Today, we’re shining a spotlight on motion graphics artists and Motion Array creator, And911. Here’s our discussion with him.
Tell us a little about where you are from and how you got started in motion graphics.
Hi, my name is Andrey Baranov, I’m from Russia, Nizhny Novgorod. Well, I studied for 5 years to be a radio physicist and finally became a Motion Designer.
“Like many people, I began to create simple effects for my homemade films when I was a schoolboy, so it started my introduction to after effects. And then I realized that it much more interesting than I thought.”
How long have you been working in After Effects and how long have you been making templates?
I have been working in Adobe After Effects for about seven years. I’ve been working as a motion designer for five years and making templates for just about a couple of years.
Do you mainly build AE templates for a living or do you do other client work as well?
There is a small production studio here that I opened with my friend. We shoot videos and do the graphics and animation. So yes, we have a lot of work with clients too.
I do projects when I have time and find inspiration. It’s a good way to gain self-realization and understanding of what people need.
Where to you find inspiration for your design work?
Design is everywhere, you just have to be able to take something useful for yourself. Actually, great sources of inspiration for me are the works of my colleagues: talented artists and studios. Also, I watch a lot of videos on the internet, motion design works, music clips, short films, commercials, etc.
Who are some of your favorite artists, designers, filmmakers, or musicians?
That’s really hard to say. There are tons of videos, films, and music in my favorites.
Where do you go to learn new techniques in After Effects?
I just set complicated tasks for myself. If I set a task that I’ve never solved before, I have to use all the available tools that I have. There are experienced colleagues, forums, a lot of tutorials. Even if this problem could be solved by another, more simple and direct way, the result of the work will give you more new techniques and opportunities in the future.
How did you end up producing templates for Motion Array? What do you like about the platform?
I discovered marketplaces for myself not so long ago. I became more active in producing templates over the last year. Than one of Motion Array team guys contacted me and offered me to sell my work here.
“Motion Array is young marketplace with fresh ideas and an interesting approach to sales I think. It’s quickly growing, developing, and attracting more and more authors.”
I wanted to say a special thanks to the Motion Array team for the competition that I won in January. It is very nice and stimulates me to do more templates, do them better, and continue our partnership with the Motion Array.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working?
I love all life’s stuff. I love to travel, to communicate, to shoot video, spend time with my wife, and do anything that will help me to find new ideas and inspiration. But most of all I love my work, of course.