Christmas Illustrations and Animation

I have recently been working on Christmas illustrations and animation. I worked with Adobe Illustrator to illustrate a smiling reindeer, snowy background and a sleigh. I then worked with After Effects to combine this and used the position tool to move the objects around. I finalised the piece with some Christmas themed music. This was for APC Pure and their products are falling from the sleigh. Below shows the outcome to one of my first professional animations.

Graphic Design Speaker – Mike Lemanski

Last week I had a guest speaker in Uni: Mike Lemanski.

He is a really cool Graphic Designer who I now follow on Instagram and love his work!

Mike Lemanski Work


I really like his journey and how he wasn’t afraid to stand up for himself and what he wanted to do as a Designer. He originally was working for a big advertising agency who worked with Coca Cola and other big brands, he got bored of this job and wanted to quit. Luckily the agency was going out of business the week he decided to quit.

From looking at his work, I can see a lot of it focuses on Infographics and he produces really thought provoking work that makes me question how he gets from A to B. I love his idea process and how he showed us his original drawings to final pieces as it shows his determination and passion. I also am interested by his ideas as some of the ideas and final pieces I was stunned as to how he thought of something so interesting and relevant. One of the pieces I was most shocked by was the Dinosaur piece, he worked on a book which was to do with dinosaurs and fossils. He had the idea that the human could be looking through the fossil and on the other side using a triangular composition, the dinosaurs are enclosed in the triangle. The colour palette was quite dark yet had positive connotations as it made the viewer think of their childhood and allowed them to relate back to this. I felt like I learnt that If I wanted to work with illustrations, they don’t have to be so complicated and instead could be really simple geometry to make up a final piece which Is what Mike did. I really want to try and work with illustrations and Mike inspired me to have a go myself by working with simple shapes. After this lecture, I created the following:

Christmas Illustration (ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR+ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS) from Amy Winson on Vimeo.

This piece is really simple and follows a similar structure of shapes like Mike’s work. The day I made this, I started off really scared not knowing where to start until I got to the end which now makes me feel brave enough to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone. Because of Mike I now feel like I can experiment and try new things and I also now look at my work in a different aspect completely as I think working with geometrical shapes and strong colour palettes can have a strong outcome to a piece.