Create a Cartoon Explosion in After Effects
Drawing hand animated effects takes a lot of time, patience, and practice. Being in an industry that can be as fast paced as Motion Graphics we don't always have the luxury of being on a job where we can just stop and learn a brand new skill that can take a lot of time to master. In this tutorial we're going to see how you can use After Effects to make a cartoon style explosion that looks like someone animated it by hand in a program like Adobe Animate.
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Joey originally made this tutorial after meeting Ryan Woodward at a presentation that he did at Ringling College of Art and Design. If you haven't seen Ryan's stuff before, you need to. He's an absolute BEAST at traditional animation.
Joey used this amazing hand drawn effects reel for inspiration:
You can find the image of the star field image that Joey used here.