Animator Reimagines Korea as 2D Platformer With Photoshop & AE

This incredible love letter to Korea took two months to make.

2D Animator DeeKay Kwon has unveiled "I Love Korea", a jaw-dropping animation with dozens of eye-catching details, fun elements, and easter eggs that reimagines the streets of a typical Korean city as a playable 2D platformer game.

According to the artist, the entire project, with its detailed buildings and characters, took two months to make from start to finish. To create the animation, DeeKay leveraged an assortment of Adobe tools, including Photoshop, After Effects, and Illustrator. Following the project's reveal, the artist also shared a breakdown video offering a behind-the-scenes look at the animation process behind "I Love Korea". You can check out the breakdown attached below or by visiting DeeKay's Twitter page:

"I haven't visited Korea in a long time, and every time I return to my home country, it's as if I'm rediscovering my youth as an adult, exploring every part of Korea," commented the artist on the idea behind the project. "I wanted to capture those emotions through animation."

"I spent my childhood in Korea, but adulthood there remained a distant horizon. Though it's my home, it's always full of surprises. I know a lot about Korea, yet there's still so much I don't know. Everyone resembles me, speaks my native language, and the food tastes like home. This is me reliving my youth as an adult, exploring every corner of Korea. I love Korea."

If you would like to create similar animations, we recommend checking out DeeKay Tool Light – a free version of DeeKay's character rigging and animation tool for After Effects. The extension allows you to create and customize animations in a couple of clicks thanks to its intuitive controls.

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