FINAL YEAR SHOW - JUNE 2013
Well, the show’s come and gone… Can’t believe how fast the past 2 years have gone. The show was a great success! Everybody’s booths were set up to showcase their final projects, along with some development work, sketchbooks and personal branding… Have a look at mine above…
Following the development of my personal branding i have been playing around with some effects to incorporate my logo design, Mainly so it can be included within my showreel and so i can show more dynamic, fast moving shapes.
I was able to develop something that could be continued in the future and I will be personally developing this storyline as I get better at using software packages and my confidence grows.
The software packages have really assisted in the styling and visual appearance of this animation, I had fun with the lighting and was able to cast shadows creating a more rounded environment gave it much more depth.
I feel happy with my final animation and I feel I have built on my last animation, Hamilton Davies Trust, by adding more atmosphere to the vectors. I would, however like to develop my style by using 3D techniques in the future as I think this will create new opportunities to do something much different.
Animation will be uploaded soon!
A Monsters Tale
For this unit I chose to animate a typical children’s storyline into my own personal response. This gave me the chance to develop a storyline and sequence of events that ultimately showed the life of one little monster, Lawrence. He would routinely wake up at 9pm every evening to try his best, try being the key word, at scaring Sarah, the little girl who lived above him. He would sneak into her bedroom and rise up high with a Grrrrrr. Unfortunately Sarah was not impressed and told him to go back to bed. He would rush back into his den sulking.
The above shows asset development for the project which is an adaption of the first storyline as I thought would use my creatively to build a storyline in the eyes of Lawrence himself, hence the title – A Monsters Tale…
At the start of this unit i had doubts regarding the correct artist approach, I wanted something that looked more hand rendered and found it difficult to transfer this into an animation without loosing a certain quality. In the end I took all comments on board and pushed on, keeping a hand drawn effect by using a rough line effect in Illustrator as you can see above. The earthy colours helped bring it all together along with the lighting effects.
I created my ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’ to be able to symbolically showcase information relating to my 5 year career plan, starting from September 2011 when I changed my career direction to further develop my skills in a different design discipline.
My aim was to symbolise and capture key elements within each year to help me visulise and work towards my career goals. I also wanted to demonstrate my art and craft capabilities in a thought provoking and creative manner. I want the viewer to be able to interpret the key aspects in their own way as this relates to the ‘curiosity’ of the piece.
FIVE YEAR BREAKDOWN
YEAR ONE (below)
The year of change… Interior elements are captured within the negatives of the photo reel stamps, looking closely you will see presentation and mood boards collaged to the back wall - capturing my past work. Chandeliers and text hang down depicting my thoughts on how I wanted to change my direction from Interior Design. The netted material symbolises the feeling of being trapped and the need to break out creatively. Tokens pave the way to the scrolls of script that contain descriptive text of progression, luck and ambition. The steady up hill slope can be peered through to see the scrolls. This symbolises a clear picture of my goals and provides an opening to revert back to Interior Design in the future.A window is shown at the top of the slope relating to the direction I need to take to progress and overcome any obstacles.
YEAR TWO (below)
You never stop learning… ‘Luck’ refers to my studies and the best wishes of friends and family. Scrolls, arrows and keys hang in the air, this symbolises learning new skills and gaining new information. Having the choice in which direction to go in and having the right skills to open new doors in my chosen career path. This year I focus on my hopes and dreams and find a way to work towards them. The key on the floor unlocks the book of creativity and enables me to load my mind with new information to gain a successful foundation degree. I will be reflecting on my skills and abilities – This is captured with the mirror on the back wall. In front of this is a large scroll entwined with hearts and springs. This represents success in achieving my degree in animation and how this elevates me into the workplace. Cogs depict the learning process and new design thinking.
YEAR THREE (below)
Which direction… Having focused in year two at looking for work, I hope to be working in an animation-based company. Preferably a multi-media design company where I can draw on my strengths and build on my artist abilities. Again cogs and arrows are suspended in the air and stepping-stones can be sprung across to achieve my goals. Not only do I want to work as an animator, but also an artist, model maker and illustrator. It is important to me to maintain and build upon my artist abilities throughout my career, as this is a major driving force for my passion in design. At the base of the stepping-stones ‘skills’ and ‘clients’ are described, as I want this to be the foundation of my progression.
YEAR FOUR (below)
Unlocking the path that’s right for me… Keys symbolise doors that open new possibilities. A choice is given and I have the option to choose my direction and walk down its path. The tree of creativity blossoms behind each door. The different levels of skills are shown with some old elevations on the back wall so I can continue to build on my strengths and elevate myself higher in my chosen design direction. I seek progression and by choosing the correct path I can fit into that particular role, symbolised by the jigsaw pieces.
YEAR FIVE (below)
Personal success and satisfaction… Time has passed, flowers blossom from the tree of creativity and interior elements are shown - symbolising the feeling of being comfortable and in control of my career. Picture frames reflect the turning cogs in my mind and show how I have unlocked the key to a better path and a better personal satisfaction I gain from being in a creative role. Floral elements depict my growth over the past five years. Camper vans reflect the journey I have been on and how I have overcome any bumps in the road. A love heart is sprung off the sidewall and continues to push me into more successful years as a designer.
I feel that this process gave me the chance to do something different and rekindle my craft and artist ability. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and think that as i am a creative person it helped to put a clear vision in mind of what it was I wanted to try and achieve in a more imaginative and create way.
Assets created in Illustrator.
I thought I’d take today to update my progress on my client brief. It feels like I’ve been working on this one for a while but I’ve actually been doing other things in between.
Following a meeting with my client a few changes were made to my storyboard to make sure the contents of the animation fell under the ‘Regeneration’ banner. I wanted to focus on this section as previously planned with an idea of adding to the animation in future, if the client requires. The other 5 work streams that HDT focus on are; Youth, Sport, Community, Communication and Education. Some of these sections overlap into regeneration so they will be seen in my final animation.
Overall I am happy with the content and flow of the storyboard. The transitions will roll onto screen as previously planned; 50p later, with a little help from my favourite tutor… I now know how to get this effect! Thank you! He made me say that!
I’ve uploaded some rough storyboard work in my sketchbook and some vector graphics I have produced in Illustrator will follow. This will give you a better understanding of the style I will be using.
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