Step by Step: Locked and Loading

We are thrilled to bring you the work of David Brodeur, otherwise known as Locked and Loading, for this month’s Step by Step profile. David is an insanely talented designer and animator with a strong emphasis in the photoreal and all things C4D.

You can find much of David’s work on the Locked and Loading Instagram which boasts a whopping 70K followers. Here David posts daily exercises which change each month based on the theme. Outside of his strong personal practice, David is a professor at Ringling College of Art and Design and has a significant role within the Greyscale Gorilla community.

In this month’s Step by Step profile, David takes us through his process in creating one of his most popular animations “The Buoy” which has amassed almost 1 million views!









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About the author

Joe Donaldson

Joe Donaldson is a director, designer, and animator who worked on Motionograpgher from 2014-2020. Previously, he was an art director at Buck. Over the past decade, he's lived and worked in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles and has directed work for clients such as Apple, Google, Instagram, The New York Times, Unicef, Etsy, and The New Yorker. In addition to his creative work, in 2018 he started Holdframe. He's now working as a professor at Ringling College of Art and Design and when not teaching he can be found spending time with his family or out running.



These are really great, but even at 2x speed, are they too long? Because these are not meant to be follow-along tutorials, I feel like most artists could absorb the info at 30x or 60x speed. Any thoughts about speeding them up before uploading?

Justin Cone

That’s an interesting idea, Anton! We’ll discuss it and see what we can come up with. Thank you.

Paul Ducco

Nice one. Agree on speed ups.

Joe Donaldson

Thanks for the comments @disqus_ozY5pPCVOm:disqus and @disqus_fRoQaRCAdx:disqus. The idea for this series is painfully simple, a real-time view of someone making something. No more. No less.

There are a ton of educational sites around which take different approaches. In a way, this series is a response to the overly polished tutorials and what is lost in the time-lapse style screen recordings which are relatively common. The hope here is that we can see exactly how someone works, including all the minutia. Using this video as an example, with all the drop downs, tags and plugins David is using if the video were sped up a lot would be lost, and those not in the know wouldn’t be any better off. Silly as it may sound, the minutia is what sets the series apart (hopefully haha, we’ve only done two).

Hopefully YouTube increases the playback speeds. Otherwise, you can simply download the videos and watch at whatever speed you’d like within Quicktime. There are a ton of sites that allow you to do this with YouTube videos. I’d recommend KeepVid (

In the future, we could possibly look into linking to the source files as well which would help facilitate the download process.

I hope that helps. :)


Makes sense Joe, thanks for the response! An easy download option would be awesome (but you’re right, keepvid works just fine). I enjoy watching these sped up to get the gist, but it is nice to know that all the minutia is preserved if I want to go and study the details. Cheers and keep em coming :)

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