Task 4 – Influences

For task 4, as the title indicates, we have to think about what characterises and influences our style of animation. 

 

Let me take a moment here. Being bluntly honest I’m going to question if it is bad for me, as an animation student, to not know many animators? If I was asked to come up with a name off the top of my head then unfortunately I would be giving you a blank face. *Please forgive me Meryl!* ;^; In all honesty I was originally inspired to study animation because of Japanese anime. Also maybe Disney. (I’m going to assume many people tutted in disapproval at the anime part..) Perhaps they’ve influenced my illustrative style, atleast anime and manga has pretty much shaped my  regular drawing style and Disney, as well as Tim Burton, was definitely a big influence on my more newer, developing styles. My first cycle animation piece was almost painfully obvious that the idea came from Disney’s Oswald. However neither of the latter two influenced my current piece (or atleast not that I see or have thought of.) I was quite at a loss when I was thinking for this task, so I talked to some class mates to see if that would help. We came to the conclusion that it was realism and manga mixed together to result in the style I have used in this animation. Realism is definitely something I have been practising to improve on recently, as well as that until this year I had mainly I had been focusing on fine art.Manga is what I started out with and will probably always have traces in any style I try to do. I’m not sure if I’ve answered what I was asked to do for the task but this probably all I could say, even after thinking more on it. I thought about what I wanted from this animation – an animation that will make people think I am amazing and talented and clearly the best (pfff modest, I know. 😉 ), good grades and something “different”. Maybe I hadn’t gotten my idea completely outside the box but I tried something I was uncomfortable doing, something that would take a LOT more patience, time and effort than if I had simply chosen another idea or style and something I would usually not consider. With these in mind I didn’t quite take in any particular examples, not consciously so I can’t say. I just used what I had as my skill set.

 

Quite enough of the rambling don’t you think? For those who haven’t seen any previous posts or have NO IDEA what I’m talking about – my animation is based on the topic “flesh to bone”, one of the topics our group had decided. However they didn’t have to necessarily be in that order so I decided to reverse it. The overall outlook of what I got after working on it a while was that it felt uncomfortable and wrong but it still worked. Atleast that is how I saw it. The subject is a child I painted – Remy. The animation starts as a skeleton and instead of building upto flesh as a human would ,with muscles and tissue and things, I instead made it build up like a painting. The skin would build up like paint covering him and pouring down, shadows and highlights eventually becoming visible, hair gradually growing as I paint it as he moves his partially developed head on the digital canvas. It end with his eyes opening, blinking as the little bits of his iris’ and light glints appear and parts the end with a smile.

Task 2!! – Love and Theft by Andreas Hykade

For task 2 I am to look into Andreas Hykade and his work and career. Also to have a look at his short film “Love and Theft” which is the one above.

Looking Hykade’s history he’s a Bavarian born animator who started working as an animator in 1991 in London. He studied at a couple of places and worked as a free film maker for a decade before becoming a professor of animation in 2005.

Many of his works have won various awards – particularly “We Lived in Grass”, “Ring of Fire” (wow did that one leave an impression..), “The Runt” and the one I’m about to analyse, “Love and Theft”. This short film had won the BAF award in 2010.

Analysing this video truly is a brain melting task! Like whoa. So here, read my notes on what I spotted in there after watching twice:
Hello Kitty, a baby, Mickey/Mortimer Mouse?!, Donald Duck, Spiderman, Goofy??, Charlie Brown, a Panda?, Spongebob, Tweety, Bert from Sesame Street, Powerpuff Girls???, Betty Boop!, Snoopy, Droopy, Spike, Gromit, historical figures??/ fictional figures?, (Santa, Hitler, Shakespeare?!), a yin yang, an alligator, violins..?, scream ( from the painting)..plus everything in between.

Progressively aggressive with the music, orderly and distinct >> chaotic mess, calm in the middle >> calm end. Starts with various characters, people old and young, gets more perverse near the end? Perhaps going along with the flow of life?

Some thoughts. It was a child, and it zoomed out of his head. And all that we saw was what the child’s head was filled with. Cartoons, Sex, illuminati messages, general pop culture, etc. What most young minds are filled with these days through TV, internet, outside, inside.

Some parts had specific messages? E.g. Mickey straight after Hitler = Walt Disney was pro Nazi?

My head has exploded with this. It is an amazing piece of animation though! One of my favourites.

Character Design – Tips and Notes

Character Design – Tips and Notes

So I happened to come across this blog post whilst looking for character turnaround sheet references and I must say, it was quite useful.  🙂 It gave me an idea on the whole character designing process (one that I don’t usually follow strictly) and other tips for drawing and coming up with the turnaround sheets~ There were a lot of examples from Disney movies and such so it was familiar and easy to follow!

Medusa and Pegasus

Medusa and Pegasus

After spending all week stuck on who to draw for my character design, I went off to watch Percy Jackson and Disney’s Hercules for “research” *wink wink* 😉 and inspiration. Well guess what guys? I GOT AN IDEA!! //lightbulb moment. From Percy Jackson I loved the idea of drawing Medusa and from Hercules I was in love with Pegasus. How convenient for me that the two are actually linked in the same story in the myths? Not sure if Medusa actually counts as a Greek God but seeing as it’s link edI think it should be fine. The story of Medusa (and Pegasus) that I got from this link; cut short:

*Medusa is the sole mortal from the three Gorgon sisters and vows to be a priestess for Athena, meaning she must remain celibate > however she is charmed and married Poseidon, the consequence being she breaks her promise to Athena and is cursed by her. The result is…not so pretty. > She flees and wandered around (Africa apparently?) and develops a character befitting her appearance. (I would too to be fair.) > Perseus comes along and kills her and upon her death her snakes/hair become Pegasus. The End.

Now wasn’t that a cheerful story kids? Either way it gave me a great idea for the ad banner/poster and character design. It also fits well for this week’s  task – Thinking about memorable characters for other brands and also listing cliché /opposite traits for our own.

For Medusa, and also Pegasus, it works pretty well and is straightforward. The Medusa everyone knows:

*Has snakes for hair

*Is evil

*Turns others to stone with her gaze

*Skin doesn’t look too great..

The opposites of these would in fact be Medusa’s original form wouldn’t they? Those being:

*Lush, gold locks

* Pretty Skin

*Is loving and kind

*Has bright blue eyes (ones that seduce a God 😉 )

So whichever version of Medusa I create, I would still be able to use the opposite and would still be Medusa anyway? Sounds good.

As for Pegasus? Not sure what the opposite would be for a winged horse but I would assume:

*White > black

*Feathered wings > bare wings

* Brave, confident posture > cowardly or perhaps more sinister pose??

Not sure what else to do there.

I’ll keep thinking of ideas and sketch once I finish the logo design! 🙂

Research Ranting & Disney’s Hercules!

Research Ranting & Disney’s Hercules! << Wikia page.

You know guys, for people like me (and probably most of everyone else too) researching is a pain in the patootie. Really. I draw and colour and get all excited about amazing art and all that jazz, not so much to reading. Actually scratch that, I do like to read – fiction novels. Not history and what not, it bores me to death. However! Fear not! There can be fun ways too (occasionally.) For animators and illustrators like me, research can go from dull to fun with the simple idea that watching videos and movies can count as research too~ Isn’t that great?! Researching and reading pages and books endlessly really wear you out. In my case I was researching Greek mythological beasties and gods. What’s the first thing that came into my head? Yeap, that’s right – Disney’s Hercules!! ❤ As a kid I loved that movie, and I also remember Meg being my favourite heroine ever. Now before the hate parade comes and corrects me or something, I know full well that it’s not all accurate, blah blah blah. BUT. It’s a starting point, a fun one that will keep me interested and give me ideas. I took a sneaky peek at the Disney Wikia page (Wiki, I know. So bad. Q^Q) and familiarised myself with the story again briefly and also read some trivia, facts and stuff. This gave me SOME ideas, but not enough. So now off I go to watch the movie – see you later~ 😉

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