Behind the Scenes with Chi Jihan

Laundry by Chi Jihan.

In our Behind the Scenes series, we have explored some amazing artists who are using Adobe Stock and Dimension to create breathtaking works. Whether it is a geometric cityscape, an abstract composition, or a minimalist design, artists are leveraging the power of 3D in different ways throughout their creative journey. This month, we take a look at a few techniques used by Chi Jihan to make three fun, illustrated motion scenes.

Jihan is an artist and motion designer from Asia. She has a strong background in film and television production and currently works as a creative director in the Philippines. The focus of her work is on marketing and brand development, and in both her personal and professional life, she is always exploring new tools and workflows to expand her creative arsenal. This year, Jihan discovered 3D models on Adobe Stock along with Dimension, and combined with changes to her work-life environment, began to envision a series of unique motion works, inspired by the assets, the tools, and her everyday world.

In this article, see the results of Jihan’s exploration along with a few tips that she used to bring her vision to life.

Tip 1: Creating a narrative with 3D assets

Jihan is always on the lookout for resources that can help support her artistic vision. For this series, she started by searching Adobe Stock for 3D assets that could be used to create an at-home scene. Like many of us, Jihan has been spending quite a bit of time indoors and was looking for a way to enrich her day-to-day routine. Finding assets like this free model of a washing machine and this laundry basket, Jihan was able to source a variety of models that could be used as the starting point for this animated series of works. Chairs, sofas, TVs, and more, she had everything she needed to start developing out her ideas.

Searching Adobe Stock for the perfect 3D asset.

Tip 2: Customizing for a concise style

One of the most enjoyable parts of this project for Jihan was experimenting with materials, lighting, and camera angles in Dimension. She wanted to have a matte, clay-like finish while leveraging a pastel color palette that would vary with each scene. Jihan selected the Matte material from the Dimension Asset Panel and applied a single color to the entirety of each model to achieve her desired look. Whether a bright green chair, a pink TV, or a blue washing machine, she was able to give each object its own style while connecting the three scenes together through the material. Once the assets were complete and the composition arranged, Jihan customized the lighting for a soft-shadow effect and used a front-facing camera angle before rendering out her final scenes.

Customizing materials and textures in Adobe Dimension.

Tip 3: Adding illustrative elements

With the 3D renders complete, it was time to blend in some illustrations, animation, and sound. Leveraging the PSD from Dimension, Jihan was able to use the Object Selection Tool in Photoshop to easily isolate each element in the scene. For example, she could select and mask the washing machine and the laundry basket away from the background in Laundry, opening up her work area for the illustrations. Using this technique, Jihan then began to incorporate small hand-drawn elements, like a plant blowing in the wind, working frame-by-frame with the help of the Onion Skin Function in Photoshop. This technique helped bring her own design aesthetic to the trio of works while building out unique details within each composition. To finalize each short, Jihan brought each work into Premiere Pro, adding in effects like the static of the television and the audio tracks.

Using Object Selection Mask to create the final work.

Finding time to create new work can be a challenge, and Jihan is always looking for ways to find inspiration as she spends more time at home. Experimenting with the objects that make up her everyday life and discovering the creativity that can be found there is a great way to see the world in a new light. In the words of Jihan, “take a look around you and see what you can explore.”

Discover more of Chi Jihan’s work here.