Basically, final project was so fun for me because we got the choice of doing whatever we want. I chose creating characters 1D, because I feel like I have potential/possibilities of creating a developing my characters more. It was my favorite project because they didn’t force us to do something we don’t want or like, but they gave us freedom of choice. It really was a challenging for me to create a new characters, it takes me three weeks just to think about the design and how it will works well, I struggled a little bit with illustrator I wasn’t imagined that every characters will take this long but in the end when I see the result I feel so proud about my self of doing a characters in such a small period of time. I learnt a lot in this project, and the first thing is that to challenge my-self and to put in mind that, put an effort of whatever I want it to be and it will be.


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First, I was thinking of something that relate to Qatar, and since my characters design project wasn’t good enough, I decided to expand and improve my ideas by creating characters and then making them stickers. I have this worried habit; every time I pass behind buildings I always imagined them as a characters. For example, I always imagined Sheraton hotel as a classy lady, and when it comes to Islamic Museum I always remember my grandmother because of the “batola”-thing that covers her face- that appears on top of the building. I was so exciting about the project, creating a new characters wasn’t hard but it takes so much time.


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3D Printing + Final Outcome

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I really enjoyed this project, and I’m happy and confident about the outcome.



In 2D design you can do whatever you desire, without worrying about the printer changing the shape of your character, on 3D design however, your design has to be simple or else your object won’t be printed the way you want. 123d design program was new to me. I didn’t know you to use it and IN wasn’t used to work on 3D program. In 3D programs, you have to take in consideration how the object will look from every angle. But I honestly enjoyed working on both (2D and 3D characters). I remember when I first began working on the Illustrator, I thought it was so hard and complicated but when I experimented with it and designed different characters I got used to it and started enjoying it. At first I was very careful and only designed simple characters but then when I started enjoying Illustrator, I went further and took a big risk by making my characters more detailed and creative. So to me, I have more freedom when designing on Illustrator then on the 123d Design.

Working on a 2D platform is easier than working on a 3D platform and you have more freedom. In 3D platform you have to be more careful and specific with the measurements and sizes while in 2D platforms sizes and measurements are not very necessary (most of the time). Working on a 2D platform is easier, more exciting and gives you more freedom to be creative than working on a 3D platform (3D platform limits your work).

I would enlarge the size of the cup and minimize the size of the marshmallow. (I want to make the marshmallow to appear as if it’s screaming and crying while they boiled in a hot chocolate (weird, huh?)) I would also improve my craftsman, and sand the surface a bit more to make it smoother because painting a rough surface wasn’t so easy.


Research + 3D Printing

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.


How does 3D printing work?

  • It all starts with making a virtual design of the object I want to create. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object.
  • 3D scanners use different technologies to generate a 3D model such as time-of-flight, structured / modulated light, volumetric scanning and many more.




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An example of 3D printed

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  • It’s a very amazing 3D printed inspiration/experiment we looked at in today’s class. I love the idea of how the characters could fit in each other in a creative way!

3D Characters Design

For this project I’ve gone through so many ideas, but since I love coffee’s I decided to make a little coffee mug!

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A small tutorial of how I mad coffee mug:

  • Starting with a new project, I went to the menu and click the cylinder.
  • From the Modify menu, I select Shell to hollow out the cylinder.
  • Next, I clicked the outer of the top of the cylinder and drag the white grip control to affect the amount of filleting on that edge.
  • Making the mug handle:
  • I dropped another cylinder onto the workspace
  • Then, I move it out of the cylinder as desired to form a handle on the cylinder.
  • I use the combine tool to subtract the cylinder from the torus handle.
  • Combining the objects:
  • I use the combine tool, click it and then click the object I want to keep, which is the Target Solid in this case.
  • The combine tool will then switch to the Source Solid selector.

3D Characters

In this project, we were introduced to 123D Design, and had a demo on how to use it. I’m so excited about this program and I can’t wait to turn one of my characters into a 3D model!


What is 123D Design?

  • allows you to make high-precision models for 3D printers and laser cutters with the same CAD techniques the professionals use.
  • 123D Design are useful tools for making things—for quickly giving shape to your idea, exploring it, and most importantly, making it.

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What I like about 123D Design is that, I can create a digital model of my idea and then directly 3D print or fabricate the things I want, just the way I want them and the way I work with 123D Design is similar to how I work in other everyday software like Illustrator and Photoshop I’m familiar with, so I can avoid frustrations and enjoy the process of making things.


Technical things I learned: 

Sounds + visuals

  • Emotions
  • Added new dimensions
  • Attention
  • Personalities
  • Sound sync
  • Recording sound
  • Song theme + motion
  • Sound and physics of certain.
  • Working between illustrator + after effect
  • Planning of setting up the files and how it should.
  • Timing + details of key name and velocity.
  • Connection
  • It makes a huge difference when we added voice to the video.
  • Subtle animated parts and how much it effects the animation.
  • Switching between programs.
  • Working with limitations vs. freedom (no limits).
  • In terms of technology, eg. Puppet tool + bending pen= weird movement sometimes, working with mult composition and per-composing the layers.
  • Anchor point problems.
  • Pan behind tool.
  • Looping expressions (writing codes).
  • Parenting is good but sometimes it doesn’t work.

characters animation

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Mr. Marshmallow in progress

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Working with layers:

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  • At first, adding layers seem a little bit confusing, but after I used working more on it, it become so easy and it really helpful when you open your file in after-effects.

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What is the difference between Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects? And why I use both?

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Adobe Premiere:

  • Premiere Pro is a video editing program. It’s key functionality is to edit video clips together. Whether this is an interview with bRoll, a narrative film, a music video, or any other type of video – Premiere Pro is the program for this.
  • Premiere Pro has lots of other functionalists like adding text and transitions, editing audio and adding effects.
  • Premiere Pro’s timeline is better than After Effects for editing video and audio together. Trimming clips and moving them around your timeline is a lot easier to use than After Effects timeline.

Adobe After-Effects:

  • After Effects is a digital motion graphics, visual effects and composting software.
  • For titles, shapes, 2D animations, adding special effects, After Effects is your tool.
  • While you can create motion in text, images, and any other layer in Adobe Premiere Pro – it is a lot easier to do in After Effects.

I use both in my project. I add and edit the audio in Premiere and then use After Effects to animate my characters. So clips within Premiere can be easily edited in After Effects without exporting and reexporting.