I wasn’t so comfortable with how my music turned out, and considering, that there’s an array of beautiful original soundtracks from Sugar’s creations, it only felt right to tie that in with the pastiche. So, collaging a couple of tracks together, where I felt it would be necessary, I got this outcome.
I wouldn’t say final, I feel that I may return to this video again during the holidays, but with this outcome, I’m pretty satisfied and I’m glad I put so much effort and time in to animating this in After effects… Although, the con of using this program was that it’s time consuming. By doing this process and working with the animation in this particular software, I was able to gain the knowledge of time; patience and practice. It sounds odd, but I was really patient when it came to the occurrence of the document running slow or it doing things, that I didn’t intend for it to do, but in the end, I had fun.
It’s not exactly the final video that I was imagining, however, in terms of what I wanted to show, I think it worked.
Re-drawing her characters in my own style has always been a thing I wanted to do, before I ever came on the course and as someone who is an avid fan of her work, I’m hoping that the audience or viewers are able to recognise the traits she has put in to bring her characters to life, through emotion, colours, character/personality and so on.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/216846238″>Pastiche 1560</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user58527443″>Smgs707</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Even though, I was coming to an end with the previous video and I was quite confident in the way that it had turned out; I went over the footage again and I had an inkling that what I was trying to say about Sugar’s work wasn’t coming across clear enough.
With some free time, during a lunch time, I took the file back in to After effects and decided to approach it differently in the pacing. I made specific aspects slower, while there were other areas, where there was lagging and the objects that were coming in, didn’t run smoothly as I wanted them to.
After publishing the video, i noticed in a couple of the scenes, where the image starts to lose it’s quality, or other parts where it continues to fade on to a black background. This was unintentional, but I would like to start adjusting and start thinking about the music/sound that’s going to be involved.
After testing out the transitions, I came to the conclusion that I need to find another way of being able to directly communicate what I’m trying to say about Sugar’s characters and how she brings them to life throug emotion, expressions and the colours she uses.
Even after re-drawing her characters in my style, but in the way that they’ve been similarly animated through out their sequences; I’ve tried it, but the message didn’t seem to be coming across. Instead of adjusting and starting again, I created a new story board.
As I re-watched some clips again, especially during the songs that are with in the more sensitive scenarios. I noticed that she uses objects to symbolise another thing, which then helps to make that scene transition in to the next one. For example, with the story board, I could use the heart as a symbol for love. Then it’ll split, fall and become a tear.
If you skip to 0:35 in the video, there was a series of different objects transitioning in to another thing; a tear to a rose, which grew. Then the rose petals fell one by one and became heart shaped petals.
After re-aligning and animating the sequence again, I felt that I wasn’t exploring the emotional nor scene parts enough. I may want to consider putting in more imagery to help make the animation a little stronger, but so far, it’s been both frustrating and rewarding because I’m finding these little mistakes and possibilities along the way and I’m either fixing them or learning something new from them.
This time, with the images, I may either redraw the rest of the images in her style or collage them, depening on whether the artwork is animated or from one of her graphic novels.
I’m also starting to figure out, that it does NEED more imagery to help back up the idea. I’m going to keep testing and producing more images to go with the sequence, but I’m being very, very specific about the imagery chosen because I want it strictly to show how she brings these characters to life.
The video may not have all of its content, yet. However, I’m becoming exceedingy frustrated with the testing progress. You know, when you have an idea in your mind, but you can’t quite grasp it once it’s created? It’s pretty much that. I figured out that having a seperate introduction screen at the begining for the artist’s name would be a bit too much, although, I decided to overlay her name on one of the moving images instead. I didn’t particularly want to get rid of the background idea, but I was going to drop it, due to the fact that my narrative is to focus on the characters she creates, not the backgrounds.
In spite of that, the backdrops/backgrounds do play a huge role in guiding the character to another place or the colours, lighting in the background help to set the scene for them.
At first, as I said I was going to leave it with just the image I had created for the title, but after some experimentation in after effects with the ‘write on’ effect; I found that there was an interesting result coming out of it.
Above is an example of the write on effect. Frame by frame, if you move the pointer for the brush; it allows you to reveal a section of the layer.It was pretty quick and easy to use, so I may use it again, once proceeding further in to the video. On the other hand, I have to bear in mind with how I’m going to strictly base this video in with Sugar’s style. With her animations, especially on transitions, it all depends on the mood or the moment. With the ending sequences, the moving images are slow, delicate and each image transitions by fading one in to another. Although, if I were going to consider this method, it might be a bit too busy.
After that. I started to throw in all of the videos, which I had animated and created in Photoshop. When it came to positioning them all; one by one. I felt that perhaps my narrative isn’t clear enough? It may be just the way that each image is being transitioned, but I did start to test different transitions of when they appear on the screen.
Indeed, I’ve tried to keep to the style with the same colour schemes, lighting; I think that I could try making this clearer by adding text. I don’t think imagery alone will be able to convey the narrative that I want to express.
I believe I mentione another one of Sugar’s works before, which was ‘Singles’. If not, go check it out; while it’s got its quirks, it also maintains her style.
In the last hour or so, I’ve quickly developed another two digital outcomes. I started to look at the more confused, lost and curious expressions more. While I wanted to maintain aspects of her style, I tried to keep to how quirky th character appeared to be.
It was pretty interestng to see how I was going to translate this emotion of curiousity, but it was a little difficult at first. I had to keep in to consideration the same pallet she used or the thickness of the lines; I wanted to keep it as close as possible.
This one was little easier. I’m use to drawing shocked, or slightly more serious expressions for my own characters, but I was loving the use of the brighter tones on the dark.
Next, I’ll start to apply similar styles to her next character from Pug Davis. I want to see how many ways I can try and follow her style of expressions and binging the characters to life through this.