Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over video footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films.
We won’t be creating an animation, but we will create an artwork with a rotoscope-inspired effect by tracing over one of our photos.
Some examples of rotoscoping
(All featured examples were created by the design studio Smith + Lee design)
View the title sequence (and learn how it was created) here.
View the entire film here.
- Draw over a photograph your have taken yourself. Variations:
- Use a photograph taken by a classmate who has given you permission
- Combine multiple photos (the final product must look like one scene)
- Draw over at least 50% of the photo
- Can use either Photoshop or Illustrator
- 11×14″ or 14×11″ at 300 DPI
Today we will:
- Discuss rotoscoping and how it is used in motion graphics and design
- View examples of rotoscoping
- Brainstorm ideas for our rotoscope-inspired artwork
- Create a new blog post with the following:
- The photo or photos we might use in our artwork
- A paragraph describing our plan for our artwork
- What parts of the photo will you draw over?
- What parts will you keep as a photo?
- Will you use any filters on the photo? If so, which ones?
- What colors will you use? (For best results, limit your palette to tints and shades of two colors. If you need ideas, the Design Seeds website is a great place to start.)
- What software do you plan to use?