I am a mom! I have a dog! I work full time! I have a life! I have very little time to do dev work outside of my actual job. So that means that if my job doesn't require a skill, I rarely have the opportunity to spend time improving in that area 🤪.
An example of an area I rarely get to dabble in: Animation. I am also not very artistic. The idea of being asked to animate anything makes me nervous because I feel like I am just so abysmal at it. BUT I do really admire the people who CAN build fantastic animations.
Spend 30 minutes a day trying to make some little animations. 30 minutes because that’s about all the time I get before someone requires my attention. Also it’s low pressure - no one is going to build something fabulous in 30 minutes, so I don’t have to expect too much of myself, but at least I could play around a bit in that time.
I wanted to share some of my explorations in this post, as well as share some things other people built that inspired me 🙂
Featuring: Some simple CSS animations on letters as well as very basic animation on a SVG to create a rainbow.
From there I thought I should try to be more original and not be so inspired by someone else’s work, so I came up with this other text animation, which has probably been done before as well, but it was new to me:
Then I saw this really gorgeous Pokemon animation and 🤤 I loved it ♥️. I figured I could do something kind of similar but simpler. There's no way I can draw a Bulbasaur and a Pikachu hanging out, but I thought I could manage a sunset/moonrise:
A few thoughts on the outcome:
I don’t feel like my skill level got way better through these projects... it’s probably about the same as it was before. But it gave me the confidence to try and play around and makes me want to do more in the future. I imagine if I keep practicing I will improve 🙂
😁 A challenge for you - It’s kind of a fun exercise in general, so I thought I’d challenge anyone who reads this to embark on a similar project, either by:
Pick something you want to be better at and devote 30 minutes a day for a week, see what you come up with
Or, if you want to stay in the animation genre, share in the comments an animation you’ve done that you’re especially proud of.
Thanks for reading and putting up with my shameless self-promotion of silly codepens I have built 🤗
Honourable mentions: A few other cool codepen pens I found: