The process of my animation was quite the struggle. The week before I had to start working on it I opened after affects for the first time. I’m probably one of many to really feel overwhelmed when I opened the program. I was very disappointed with my first few exercises of playing and figuring out the tools, but there was one that I understood very well so I decided to make an animation using that same idea because it was something I was able to understand but make very cool.
First, I had to start on making the solar system which is a lot harder than you think in trying to replicate it. I had to think about textures and different ways I could make and blend the patterns so that it would look like a legitimate planet.
After working with shapes, I remembered I could use textures and so I did I made textures that would go with each of the planets. My favorite two planets that turned out were Jupiter and Earth. I was very satisfied with how I was able to use blending tones to make it look really nice and make it look like the planet.
The next part of the process was the animation, I changed the anchor points to be the middle of the sun. Then I set a rotation on each to rotate a certain way and at different speeds to represent the color system. Which set it all in motion, no pun intended.
There are two objects that I made rotate differently and those are the moon around the earth and Saturn’s rings I tried to change those to make it look more accurate to the solar system movement.
I hope you like my simple animation.