Utterly moving: Updated type motion

So many intriguing animations were shown on Thurday, during the crit. I say I’m pretty surprised a lot, but yes, I was indeed, pretty surprised by this. They were all different and each of them, lead to a nice ending point.

I did enjoy this project the most, overall. Even though it was a lot of hardwork and even with previous experiences with animation, I couldn’t take my eyes of the fact, that there’s a whole lot of planning with in the timing of the animation, how it’s going to work, what each thing will do and how they’ll appear and work with everything else thats on the screen. There’s also a lot of testing to do before having the final aspect published. Continue reading

Artist/Designer Highlight: Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn

I wish I had discovered her sooner because her work would’ve been a nice thing to talk about in terms of how words can become their meaning, or the meaning to be shown through their style and the way form is depicted. Her work is very colourful, bold and I love how appealing her designs are. You may have made the automatic assumption, like I’ve done, where I thought that these were all hand drawn on a chalkboard, but they’re not. She creates all of these designs digitally by using custom brushes.

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I don’t know where to start with the typography. What attracted me most is how well the darker tones of colour work with the lighter ones. They add this ‘oomph’ to the over all design, it makes it stand out and gives it more contrast. 3553-87465

She also starts to take advantag of the entire space given with in the document and not only centering the text to the center or to the sides, in doing that, it makes the outcome appear to be free and not cluttered or squashed.

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Artist/Designer Highlight: Alexis Anne Mackenzie

Alexis Anne Mackenzie uses collages to create surreal pieces that have this sense of herritage to them. I’ll give you a few examples of her work, and then get on to talking about them:

3572-82385 This piece (on the left) conserves a touch of unusuality to it, with how the collage has a layering of elegant female heads, then having what appears to be twigs coming out of their eyes. It’s quite bizzare.  When observing it closer, it appears to me that it could probably be formed so it looks like a very odd sea creature.

 

 

The typography is what drew more to her style, whereas the collage is another great trait she carries through in her work.  Each set of letters takes advantage of the shape, style and look of the object to worm the letter.

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Artist/Deisgner Highlight: Turine TRAN

A Vietnamese born artist, who takes her inspiration from her childhood, children and nature. I came across her work while looking for new illustrators that draw in a more fairy-tale like style and only one word struck me, when viewing her art– Elegance. There’s something about her work that strikes out at you.

Fluent in both traditional studio practice and digital media, Turine’s art often incorporates hand rendering and digital painting. She constantly explores new aspects of digital art to create rich textures, which partly set a whimsical mood to her work.

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Besides the fairy tale and nature-like style, above there are a few examples of her art work. They conjure up a lot of questions– What’s going on inside this image? are they telling a story or an event? or are they influenced by stories? For some reason, they make me feel very nostalgic. The elves, pixies and little men with beards reminds me of the sort of characters that come up often in Nursery rhymes. Not only that, but the use of tones, such as the rich browns and purples, they could almost give off this vibe of the images being pulled out of a tale. It’s those particular aspect that struck out at me originially, though, I also enjoy how these are works created digitally and not by hand. To me, it’s rare to see a piece of art work that could easily be taken from a childrens book to be then be done digitally. I think that’s what makes them so unique.

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Utterly moving:Testing out sound

Before making any final decisions, I ended up not having a lot of thought towards what I wanted the music or sounds to be, as there was a very limited amount of time for me to consider what kinds of sounds I would have with in the animated piece. At first, I suppose I was tempted to re-create sounds that were made during the scene with in Eternal sunshine of Montauk and yet, I didn’t stick to that idea. I felt that would be too bland and wouldn’t fit securely with the words I had for my short story. The sound’s just as important as the words are during the production, so it had to be well considered.

I thought about making some softer sounds or maybe humming a tune…

I questioned and pondered about this for couple of days, then decided to find some OSTs that were used in films, games and animations that would exaggerate that sensation of ‘melancholy’, in view of the fact, that the short story once put together became very sensitive.

Yeah, yeah. I understand I do reference this game series quite a bit in my work; to me, this game’s quite special to me as I spent a lot of time in my childhood playing it after school. Let’s steer back to our discussion on music; the music creates this illusional vortex with in your mind, it creates this image of ‘everything is okay’, whereas there’s this change with in the tune. It starts to move on from there and the emotion of calmness soon moves away. I wanted to try and play around with my keyboard piano with a similar sound set in mind, but this wasn’t as easy as it seemed. I didn’t want the music to be calming, I wanted it to be more sensitive.

It’s rare that I ever pay attention to the background music in Lord of the rings, especially since SO MUCH goes on during the films. In fact, this gave me the idea of using pan pipes as they can fabricate many different tones in sound. Continue reading

Utterly Moving: Final outcome- She’s just a girl.

It’s been a while, since the last update to this little blog. As I’ve been developing my skills by hand and in After effects, I’ve spent the last four days coming across some issues with my concept ideas and how i was going to animate it. I had to keep referring to my notes constantly, then some changes to the story board. In doing so, it has been hectic, but from the many mistakes I’ve made, I’ve nurtured them and started to learn from them.  There were also times during the progression in making this animated type, that I needed some fresh ideas or some sort of inspiration to help me continue with it.

After I had this little issue, I decided that first it may be handy for me to test out and record all of the parts I wanted as a stop motion first, so I get a good grasp of the timing and any further issues.

The process was pretty slow at first, but as I steadily started to get the hang  of scanning each movement in, I became quite aware of the pace and how everything would lay itself out on the page. I was quite pleased with this, as I had built up this image in my head and had it to how I wanted; once it was produced as a video animation, I knew that I could carry on to the next stage.

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