Monday, 15 June 2015

Busy, busy! :D

In my last post, I mentioned that I might have gotten a part-time animation/design job. I did! It's been great, I've helped work on banner art, rig characters, animate typography and create illustrated stills.

Test: Rig the cyclist's legs to peddle the bicycle.

When I've not been doing my part-time job, I've been freelancing or working on my side projects.
I've had some work published on youtube, but I cannot showcase anything as of yet in my portfolio.

In other news, I heard there's gonna be an animation festival in Manchester. I can't wait to attend it! I'm hoping to have one of my side projects finished in time for it.

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:
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.






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.