FMP: Research: Animation pt3.

Over the last month or so, I’ve been thinking about the gif/animation outcome and I really wanted it to be something that really shows my improvement in a skill I love doing. Animations have always been tricky to put together on my own, but I found a lot of inspiration from cartoon series I watch; love and enjoy.

Each one is creative in their own way, from the narration of how characters interact, to the style. (more…)


FMP: Anxiety through animation (Research (2))

Not knowing where to start with the animation research, I thought I would start thinking about how others express Anxiety and what it does through animation. Luckily, Youtube had a ton of different videos explaining the topic and there were quite a few interesting ones.
Ones that actually describe what it does; what it is and how it can be handled, while there were simple animations which show the effects of it in a metaphorical way.
All of them, are independently unique in their own way, but they also start to give me a good idea of how I could start testing simple still images and helping them form into a possible outcome for a gif or even an animation.

I’m aiming to try and do both, but it would be good, in my opinion to decide on things, such as the timing of it, the narration/direction and what I want to show. As my focus is the effects, I think it would be interesting to focus on this.

Another approach I found, was through someone explaining how it affects us, through many examples and experiences.

G+T: MM: Advertisement research (5)

As today has pushed back what already been scheduled, I’ve started to think more about how I could approach the two gifs. I mentioned previously, that I did start to play around a little with collaging in fruit shapes in with the photograph and collaging them, but I wanted to look at how I could approach this differently.


I felt that this approach was too simple, then again, I’m pretty fond of the idea of me taking this on board simply, HOWEVER, there’s a lot more I can probably do for this.

While I was struggling to come up with more ideas, even to the point of me drawing out tiny thumbnail sketches across two pages, I had to re-consider that maybe, just maybe I could try out telling a narrative through the gif, like I did for the previous project.

As I was consistently brooding over this thought, figuring out how I could do that; an advert for Co-Op came on TV.

It was a really good advert, it was brief, but it was putting out what they had to say about the food they were selling. They gave it a topic, and the advert definitely drew me in.

It was particularly clever how each food was making its own unique way on to the plate, and it allowed me to kind of connect some ideas to how I could show the use of the fruit bowls.


FMP: Inside out and Anxiety

Inside out’s inspiring, especially when it comes to depicting emotion and behaviour.
For those who have never seen the film, here’s the trailer:

Not only did the narrator discuss anxiety, they gave good examples of how Riley, the character experienced it and what experienced it. It also gave us an insight in to the kinds of thoughts that our emotions, and the thoughts inside our head may have when we’re under pressure.

I think, what I may have to do is, is start looking at other films or animations have explored this concept to see where I can take it in terms with the animation.

Give and Take: Development(2) and Experimentation(5)

I was testing out some new Photoshop brushes I had downloaded from DeviantArt and I wasn’t too keen with the way they turned out, so the little doodle I did. I ended up saving it, due to the fact that I was happy with how it turned out.

Bearing in mind that I did some research on some more practitioners, and the feedback I received, I decided to try and animate the digital outcome by moving around specific elements. Untitled-1

The image could fit more with the word ‘Company’ as there’s a company of lines, which remind me of Crows.


Next time, I will have to keep in mind  to separate different parts of the image on to layers to make the movement less bulky.

Give and Take: Research: GIFS (1)

Welcome to my GIF finds!

I’ve had a bit of fun going through my tumblr and Pinterest accounts, trying to recall the gif image locations I saved or had reblogged.

I tried to look in to them a bit more, and find out who had created them and what they do, so to start off…

Tom Hardwick

Tom Hardwick’s an Illustrator, who had graduated from Hull School of Art and design. When I was doing some research for simple animated gifs, that appeared to be hand drawn, I was struck by how simplistic, but effective the animated scene was with in the moving image. When I think about this gif, I find it remarkable how I didn’t even consider layering up a still image and a moving image. I would like to see how I can animate two different images on the separate layers and see where I can take it from there, but I may need to keep in mind of how they’re going to move, and what they’re going to do in terms of my words.
I need to consider line, mark, colour, shape and form.

Another thing I may have to bear in mind, is that I need to communicate the word in some way.

Nimura Daisuke
Being able to depict frustrations or things that people may relate to, he does it so precisely and easily through the small actions.



Charles Huettner

Another freelance artist and animator.

Another animator whose gifs/animations are simple, yet enjoyable to watch. There’s something so smooth and flexible about his images, that make them so enjoyable.