Explosions, Fire, and Environmental FX

Around this time of year, after we’ve started the animation project, I often begin to get questions from students about explosions, fire, and other environmental effects. I will continue to update this post with interesting examples I come across that could be used as reference or inspiration for animation (in the fall) and comics/illustration (in the spring). Note: You might also want to check out a similar post on water effects.

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Captain America by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

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FX for the Anakama Browser based game, Dofus

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Iron Man by Gene Colan & Frank Giacoia

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Legend of Korra Animation by French studio La Cachette

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Art by Matt Rockefeller

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Art by Sam Alden

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Art by Seguir Leyendo

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Steven Universe: fragments of rough animation by Joe Johnston

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Examples by animator Leena Lecklin