Friday, 1 May 2015

Animation Tests & Feedback

Hey people!
I've been tweaking the portfolio [as usual] and creating some animation experiments.

A few months ago, I went to Motion North in Manchester to meet my old tutor and college classmates for a catchup and some advice on what I should do/make next.
I showed them my Thomas Cook animation [below] and they were impressed considering I never used Trapcode Effects before.

Pixel Inspiration assigned a digital signage animation brief to me.
I was requested to create a 15-20 second animation that implemented Trapcode effects and help promote holiday package deals Thomas Cook had to offer.

Created: March 8th 2015



The guys recommended that I next use the Duik tool plugin for my next project in After Effects [It's free to download].
So I decided to create a puppet, rig and animate it. I based my character as Joaquin Mondragon from The Book Of Life. I had a difficulty trying to mask the limbs and be able to move them as whole items rather than several objects. But I figured a way around it eventually and came up with this test below:

Created: April 23rd 2015



I had a lot of fun making Joaquin move around.
I was so inspired by The Book Of Life animation and its credits animation, that I wanted to see if I could produce something similar yet it be my own work.





The Book Of Life Credits animation, created by Justin Harder: www.clausstudios.com
Just beautiful!


And this test is part of a bigger project I have in mind. I just hope I have enough time to execute it before the next Motion North event.

I've also been doing freelance animation work so I've had very little time to do much else.
I want to publicize what I've produced so far, but I can't yet until I get the A-okay from the client first.
So while I'm waiting and working, I'm creating more of these tests for the portfolio.

On another note, I may have a part-time animation/design role next week!
I think it's just on a trial basis so far, to see if I'm capable of producing the work, but I'm really excited.

I'll write how it goes in my next post, stay tuned! :D

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Re-Vamped Again!

I have altered my logo and social platform designs again! Hopefully these changes will be more permanent than the previous ones. 

A evolution-like progression of my logo design from my first mock up to it's current one.

 Left: Business card design from 2013. Right: Business card designs for 2015.

After looking at my previous business card design from 2013, I thought it could do with an update.
So I redrew the cat pictogram logo and the typeface I made into illustrator. 
I still wanted to use the pictogram, yet incorporate elements of hand-drawn/made works as this is my favorite medium to use in animation and design.
I like them all, but I favor the 1st and 3rd designs best. I think I’ll use the 3rd design when I'll get them printed.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

YO Sushi! Drawing Competition

The other day, I went to YO Sushi with my boyfriend to get my breakfast for the next day when I saw this competition:
You basically have to create an awesome illustration for a chance to win a £100 worth of sushi. Figured why not give it a go.
I wanted to inject some culture from the country's origin of sushi [Japan] into my design. The first thoughts that came to me was Kabuki and Noh, two types of drama performances deriving from medieval Japan hundreds of years ago.
In Noh performances, actors wear masks to represent certain characters, be it a woman, demon or deity.
Kabuki is more melodramatic in comparison and actors wear makeup instead.
To me both styles of drama performances are beautiful.

Noh

 

 

Kabuki

 


As the project went one, I veered more to Noh mask designs as their colourful facial features captivated my attention most.
I especially love the demonic and god masks like Kitsune [a fox demon], Tengu [Bird Demon] and Fudo [A god spirit made of fired clay that wards off bad circumstances].
I opted for the Fudo design as again, the colours are very striking.

My entry of a Fudo mask for the competition.

I would love to do more of these as a series for the competition if given the time to.
I've not yet heard who has won this month, but it was still a fun project for me to do.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Illustration Project: Jeaniene Frost Vampire Characters

A side project for myself, I read Jeaniene Frost’s vampire books and was inspired by her characters that I wanted to illustrate them.

Left to right: Cat Crawfield and Bones 'Crispin Russell'.

Left: Bones with Platinum blonde hair. Right: Bones with brunette hair.

I want to continue with this project, as I really enjoyed experimenting with the designs for Jeaniene's characters. That and I want to see what the rest of the cast from her stories could look like. I'm currently working on Ian at the moment, but he still needs some work.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Animation Job & Assets

In September, I had an animation job making varied illustration assets and applying them to animations.
Once the designs were approved, I imported them into After Effects or GoAnimate and animated them.















This is one of a dozen animations I helped work on. I used both After Effects and GoAnimate.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Flora's Flowers: Corporate Design Project

This was inspired from a job interview for an animator/graphic designer role a month before. I didn't get the position though as the graphic design side of my work wasn't strong enough.
Looking back on my portfolio then, I understood the interviewer's decision. I had applied for the role but hadn't expected a such a quick response. In a panic, I prepped together what work I had and brought my graphics work dating from 2008.
Having studied animation for quite some time at university, I spent very little time on anything graphic design related. Still I thought it was better for me to bring something rather than nothing at all. At least show what I was capable of creating from 2008.

Despite not getting the role, I wanted to know how to improve my portfolio. So I asked my interviewer for feedback, he told me that I lacked corporate design work.
From then, I decided I would try my hand at Corporate design. So I based this brief on a pretend florist business called ‘Flora’s Flowers’. I chose the name Flora because it means Flower, and the name originates from the Roman Goddess of Flowers.




I wanted to take this project further by animating the logo I designed. That and I wanted to keep in-touch with my animation skills.
I like all the colour schemes in this animation, but my favorite would have to be the white, green and black. I didn't chose this though as it reminded me of Flower arrangements for funeral processions only.
Instead, I opted for the yellow, green, grey and white colour scheme for the corporate design collective visuals you see at the top of this post.
Still I think the other colour scheme stands out better.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Evergrad: Posters

Evergrad, a graduate recruitment agency came to me and asked if I could design some posters for them.
They wanted the designs to reflect their website: www.evergrad.com.