Winner Ideas & Methods Interview: The Making of Jop Gover’s “Far From Dwelling”

The “Winner Ideas & Methods ” sequence covers sensible workflows and strategies shared by winners of the “2022 Animation At Work Contest”. To let customers see the total spectrum of the Cartoon Animator pipeline, we’re introducing tasks that acquired consideration and credit score from the neighborhood. Let’s now check out “Far From Dwelling” to see how Jop Govers labored his magic with Reallusion Cartoon Animator (CTA).

About Jop Govers

Whats up, I’m Jop Govers, a seventeen-year-old dwelling in Eindhoven, Netherlands. I used to be all the time curious in regards to the world round me and inquisitive about studying new issues. I used to be both asking questions or creating issues from my creativeness. Round age eleven, I found that producing music was one thing I may do myself. I watched movies on YouTube and located an internet program (FL Studio) and simply began to supply and compose my very own music. Steadily, I refined my craft and even managed to get my first single document label deal at fourteen. I then taught myself to play the piano by watching YouTube movies and finally with the assistance of a trainer who helped me additional develop my piano abilities.

As soon as one thing grabs my consideration, as music did, I turn out to be actually dedicated to pushing myself to study as a lot as I can about it. I don’t overthink it, slightly, I really like the educational course of; and the identical has occurred with animation. As a younger child, I used to look at loads of cartoons ⁠— who doesn’t? ⁠— and I bear in mind all the time wanting to grasp how they did it and even making an attempt to make the drawings myself. Having grown a bit older, I form of forgot about making my very own animations and simply loved watching them. This all modified when my nephew launched me to Rick and Morty. Wow, was I hooked? Then on, I began watching every kind of animated reveals past the standard kids’s cartoons.

I figured if I may study to supply and compose my very own music, I also can study to create my very own characters and animate them. I researched in my free time on the web, watched YouTube movies, and tried every kind of various software program and instruments to make laptop drawings and animations. Considered one of my academics knew I used to be diving into this matter and he confirmed me how he used Adobe After Results and Photoshop for his commencement challenge, then I made a decision to offer it a go.

The quantum leap ahead occurred a number of months later when I discovered Reallusion Cartoon Animator. I used to be amazed at how intuitive it was to study and how briskly you can create professional-looking animations. My childhood dream of creating my very own animations was lastly inside attain with the assistance of the Cartoon Animator.

Why I made “Far From Dwelling”

I’m an enormous fan of Rick and Morty and truly every part on Grownup Swim. Since my animation ambitions began with Rick and Morty, I needed to create one thing that had the identical feel and appear, but, I may nonetheless name mine.

Why I selected Cartoon Animator

Cartoon Animator permits me to create professional-quality animations sooner than every other software program I’ve used. Its easy-to-use interface permits me to faucet into my creativity and “simply do it”. I can create 360 heads in minutes as a substitute of hours and characters run in seconds with premade movement information whereas rigging is a breeze with Reallusion templates. Subsequently, I extremely suggest Cartoon Animator no matter your proficiency as an animator: from “new youngsters on the block” to those that’ve already skilled the magic of making animations. Certainly, CTA will allow you to enhance your abilities and ship your personal magic.

How I did it with CTA

Step 1: Script and voice performing

I write all my scripts in Google Docs and I search for inspiration by watching and analyzing different reveals and cartoons. For my voice performing, I take advantage of a tremendous device known as Replica Studios which generates a number of the greatest AI voice actings I’ve ever heard.

Step 2: Character Creation & Rigging

I draw all my characters in Photoshop utilizing the default brush. In Photoshop, my characters are created in an 8K doc to simply upscale if I needed to. I rig my characters utilizing a wide range of templates that are, by default, obtainable in Cartoon Animator.

If you happen to discover it tough to provide you with your personal characters, simply discover and research cartoon characters you like and checklist why they attraction to you. Search the web for attention-grabbing shapes, humorous, stunning, and even ugly options. Combine and match all these elements ⁠— something goes so long as it makes you smile. You possibly can even do that on paper if you need. Attempt as many sketches as you want and don’t overthink it, let your creativity out and waft. As soon as pleased together with your paper sketch, strive to attract it in your laptop.

Step 3: Character Customization & Animation

The one factor that no different animation software program does like Cartoon Animator is Movement Clips. The outcomes are mind-blowing and but it’s tremendous straightforward to make your characters stroll when rigged correctly for lip sync. I simply take heed to the audio and apply the suitable mouth sprites on the proper time.

Step 4: Scenes creation & composition & Digital camera setting

I drew all my backgrounds in Photoshop with inventory brushes — nothing too particular. Textured brushes have been generally utilized in Rick and Morty so as to add particulars, so I made a decision to do the identical because it provides a lot extra depth to the scenes, in my view.

Step 5: Composition in After Results

I used a blur that was set to a lesser opacity with overlay because the mix mode. I additionally added some shade correction utilizing adjustment layers. This was utilized to all of the scenes after which every part was put collectively.


Straightforward to study and intuitive to make use of with outcomes that impress: that’s the essence of why I really like CTA, and why I like to recommend it to anybody who desires to expertise the magic of making your personal animations. You don’t have to be a seasoned skilled with years of expertise. You additionally don’t have to be a pc whizz or have an expert animation studio, you solely want the desire to offer it your greatest!

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