Fresh from suffering a twat-ful of overpaid Hollywood superstars crying into their onion-filled hankies at the weekend, the world of showbiz was again rocked to its very foundations yesterday, as the who’s who [or should that be who?… who?..] of animation gathered in The Manchester College’s…
I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of my fans…. Alex and stiobhart, who’s support is greatly appreciated and Mr Matulevicz who excepted my handbagging with much grace [no tears.] Mr Esterhuizen, a rival, however the hatred is expected as I know he secretly loves me… [It is returned my friend, it is returned.] Mother hen and papa who have stood by me and supported my dreams of winning a stio…/ermmm wooden doll award since before my hatching! Now that my goal had been achieved I feel so much more fulfilled as a designer. Thank you… From the bottom of heart… Thank you. [sob sob]
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.
Further developments. Adding splashes of colour.
Rotoscoping Progress - Vikki
I started hand tracing my frames for the group project but then decided i would add detail in PS. The hand drawn elements will be included underneath in some parts, but for now i’ll carry on working through it to see how it looks. Will update you with my progress shortly… The general theme is about nature, adventure, freedom and growth with a technical twist. It should only be about 10/12 seconds long when finished.
I have now chosen a competition brief from the YCN website!!
I am to produce an animation that ‘inspires printers across the UK to work with the wide variety of Fedrigoni paper on offer.’
Fedrigoni are an Italian formed company that became part of the paper world in 1717. They produce fine quality papers with various surfaces, textures and colours. Although they are known as a luxury paper manufacturer with many high end customers across the world today, they want to eradicate any misconceptions of luxury paper being unaffordable, especially to printers.
My challenge is to produce a campaign that ensures printers across the UK are aware of the broad range of papers available and that are suitable for a range of budgets.
After gathering all the necessary information for the brief i have started to work through my sketchbook detailing the requirements and generating some design ideas.
As I will be breaking the animation into two parts, I want to select a palette that would differentiate between the two.
As there might be a lot of movement and detail in the graphics of the animation, I am thinking of using a muted colour palette so it wont look too crowded and overly complicated.
To begin with I thought I would use deeper shades of greys, browns, oranges and neutral shades to convey the historical elements. I then want to brighten the colours when I introduce my client in the second half of the animation. A mixture of greens - emerald, turquoise and light shades, blues and whites. I want the brighter colours to convey ‘a bright future’ whilst they also represent the clients colour scheme and identity.
I’ve been working away on my client brief and i am currently waiting for some information, so I took the time to crack on with my research.
I am working on the lines of having two parts to my animation.
1 - Introducing the history and heritage of Irlam and Cadishead. I want to give a background of the area and what important aspects have helped it became what it is today.
2 - Introduce my client as an important factor of the regeneration of the area. This will include what projects have been completed and what plans will be carried out in the future to better the area.
My research has covered important aspects from far back as 1830 when the Liverpool to Manchester railway was completed. This runs through a part of north Irlam and was constructed through a large agricultural area called Chat Moss. The ‘peat bog’ as it was known, was a means of income for the local people at this time and supplied markets with produce as far away as London. There are other large factors that have played a role in the development of the area, The Manchester Ship Canal, large industrial companies like the Steel Works and Margarine Works, which again helped the area grow in the 1900’s on a huge scale. This important industrial development created jobs for local people. All essential for the growth of Irlam & Cadishead.
Above - Development work from my sketchbook.
Below - Old photographs of the area showing the Soap Works, Steel Works and traditional farming methods used on Chat Moss.
So, i’ve been working on a few things today at home. When sitting back for a moment I peered at my old school portfolio propped up against the wall, I started to flick through it and came across these.
A lot of it was inspired by Venice as you can see as I just came back from a family holiday there. Wow must of been 12 years ago now. Some were copies inspired by artists, some of their names escape me! I know the top middle and bottom left were Edouard Manet’s which I copied in oil pastels and chalk.
The two smallest ones were just me going mad with my new Venetian ink pen! One of the Salute sat on the banks of the Grand Canal and one showing Doge’s Palace.
Aww happy memories, it was the highlight of my day when we had art class at school. Mr Mills my old art teacher was one of my biggest inspirations and most definitely helped in the direction I took when I left.
One thing I do regret is not going back into college when I left to collect my things, it would of been nice to flick through those as well. Oh well.
As part of the first half of the years studies, we have to complete both a client and a competition brief by January.
I have chosen to start with my client brief where I want to focus on my local area - Irlam and Cadishead. I will be focussing on a number of points when carrying out my research and developing my design ideas:
- History and heritage. (1800 - onwards.)
- Industrial development.
- Regeneration and development. (Present day.)
- Future projects.
- Benefits to the community.
The company I have chosen to contact and work with are called The Hamilton Davies Trust (HDT). They are a local company based in Cadishead and provide financial support to sustainable projects benefiting the community.
My aim is to produce an informative campaign promoting the regeneration and development of Irlam and Cadishead through a timeline of events.
I have started to fill my sketchbook with interesting facts that I can develop to be part of my final animation. See snippets below for progress so far: