Instagram Pick of the Week | Guywithredbeard

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This week its motion graphics designer Daire O’Suilleabhain a.k.a. Guywithredbeard.
What is Instagram for you?

Instagram is primarily a place for me to showcase my work.

Why/when did you decide to start sharing your work on there?

I was working in-house as a general designer (video, photo, graphic) and they used IG a lot. So I needed to learn how to best present work on IG for them.
After a while, I realised I may as well use it to myself. I was still new to motion graphics and rather than let my attempts sit in a digital drawer, I posted them. This really helped me improve when I saw my work online and could compare to what other people were making.
I tend to make short form videos and GIFs so they are well suited for IG. I also like to make use of the auto–looping of videos on IG so my animations can run over and over, seamlessly. It doesn’t always work out that way though!

How would you describe your style?

2D delights.

What materials do you mainly work with?

I usually draw in Illustrator and animate in After Effects. Trying to draw more in Photoshop these days and add more texture to my work.

Who has been or currently is an influence on you?

The great thing about motion graphics is that is so well suited to show off online. People like Eoin Duffy, Austin Saylor, James Curran, Oddfellows, Al Boardman, and Emanuele Colombo are the some of the best in the world and have greatly influenced me. Tutorial wise, I’d be nowhere without Mt Mograph and ECAbrams.

What are your must-follow accounts on Instagram?

itsaustinsaylor, slimjimstudios, oddfellowstv, alboardman, ema_colombo. Plenty more than them.