075: Mike’s Animated Holiday Gift Guide Podcasters & Creatives (Part 2)

Working Title: The PodShed Gift Guide

Is it Christmas Yet?


The PodShed Gift Guide started as a daily post on Instagram.

What is The Pod Shed? It’s my creative lab. The shed of my old cottage is where I experiment with time lapses and stop motions and sometimes record myself playing guitar and singing. I like old rustic things. The Pod Shed is just that and I thought it would be a cool place to make videos.

What is PodcasterToolkit.com ? The website I really want to turn into something great. Be patient. I’m a one man band.

Do I have a podcast? Why yes I do: Mike Murphy Unplugged
Main Website: Mikemurphy.co

How Do I Make the Videos?: I am always pushing myself creatively to be better and learn the tools of the trade.

I’m not an illustrator, painter or animator but I love all them. So I’m teaching myself because it’s never too late…:D.

Step 1: Illustrate all products and tools on iPad Pro 9.7" using Adobe Draw iOS App and Apple Pencil

Step 2: Use AirDrop to send to MacBook Pro

Step 2.5: If I feel like working on my painting, I fire up Adobe Photoshop and use Kyle Webster Brushes (holy wow, they are amazing) and get my Picasso on and just play around.

Step 3: Open up After Effects and start a new composition under 60 seconds and hope something creative pops in my head. And then try to figure out how to make that happen or at least do my best.

Step 4: Because learning After Effects was not enough, I’ve started learning Adobe Character Animator to bring a character into the mix. #nuts

Note: I am a total rookie in After Effects. Gift #1 was my first ever After Effects post, but as I always say: Done is better than perfect. All of the Adobe products can be intimidating at first, but the best way to learn is to jump in and just start pressing the buttons until you get a look or effect you like. Man, does After Effects have some fun stuff under the hood! Do not worry about criticism, hit upload or publish and be proud that you are creating. People who criticize you are afraid to put their work out there. Keep doing and you’ll get better at everything and more confident. Trust me.

Learn. Create. Move Forward.

Affiliate Disclaimer: I am an Amazon Associate, so all of the product links are affiliate links meaning I’ll get a small commission from Amazon as a referral fee at no additional cost to you.


By Mike Murphy

17: NutriBullet

Magic Bullet Nutribullet Mixer
Blends raw fruit and veggies
Comes with specialty Mixers and recipes
Buy on Amazon ($80 and up)

18: Scarlett 2i2

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
USB Audio Interface
Small & Perfect for Mobile Podcasting
Buy on Amazon ($149)

19: Baron Fig Confidant

The Confidant Ideas Notebook
5.5″ x 7.5″
Blank, Ruled or Dot Grid Paper
Baron Fig Website ($16)

20: Wacom Intuos Tablet

Wacom Graphics Tablet & Pen
Small, Medium & Large
Loved by Creative Professionals
Buy on Amazon ($288)

21: Logitech c922

HD Webcam
1080 & 60fps
Designed for Live Streaming
Buy on Amazon ($88)

22: DJI Osmo

Gimbal for Smartphone
For smooth hand-held video shooting
Perfect for Vlogging or Live Streaming
Buy on Amazon ($299) or Apple Store.

I am available for hire or collaborations if you are smarter than me and know how you might need a strategic thinker with a lot of technical knowledge and creative skills. I’m still figuring out how I can make a living being me.

My name is Mike Murphy, I’m a one man band and podcaster.
Learn. Create. Move Forward.
@mikeunplugged on Twitter or Instagram

New Website: PodcasterToolkit.com

Use #AskMikeMurphy for questions.

Wanna join my Band?

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Podcaster, Tutorial Maker & Problem Solver. I Help People Figure Things Out. Email: mike@mikemurphy.co Podcaster Support & Content Creator @Simplecast.

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