(。♋‸♋。) My Thesis has paintings!

HEY THERE! 😀 My thesis has paintings~! Not just any paintings but *drumroll*

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ANIMATED PAINTINGS!!!!! Whaaaaaaaat! I do have some videos that I would like to show you BUUUUT it’s kind of a big part of my thesis, so I want to keep it a surprise for now 🙂 ALSO…. the one that I was going to post that isn’t a surprise… I realized that one of the paintings/frames is unfinished. HA HA WHAT! xD I’m so silly. I’m not done yet with them, so it’s ok.

Anywho, here’s some pictures of what my workspace looked like for a few days Ha ha!

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(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧Storyboards

please note than since the creation of these boards, there have been a few changes…. but that’s ok!

( ་ ⍸ ་ ) Here’s some character designs

HI MEET MY CHARACTERS!

Nell:

Eleanor has wide eyes, because she is constantly surprised by the beauty in everything. Has long messy brown hair. Is usually seen wearing a long dress, shorts, socks, and worn out tennis shoes. She is usually seen smiling. She will probably grow up to be an engineer, but for now is obsessed with space. Her room is filled with posters and marker scribbles on the wall. She has turned her toys and dolls into astronauts. She loves her dad very much and all she wants really is to show her dad what she sees. She thinks the world is a beautiful place but understands that sometimes that wonder can be lost. There are just too many things to look at! She developed a trick, which consists of placing her hands to her face as if creating a pair of hand-goggles, to try and help her concentrate. When she does this, to her the world seems entirely different.

Nell character turnaround

Nell character turnaround

Ethan:

Ethan is a very rigid, practical, and logical character. He bases his opinions of facts and what he sees. Because of this, he has a hard time understanding his young daughter, Eleanor (Nell, for short). While he does love her, he just doesn’t understand how she can see anything other than what is right in front of her. Toys are toys, not magical astronauts in search for new planets. Markers should be used on paper, not on the walls. Ethan enjoys the simple things, like reading the newspaper at night before making dinner. He likes his quiet and uninteresting life.

Ethan character turnaround

Ethan character turnaround

I had a harder time designing Ethan because I wanted him to be a rigid character. At first I made him super emotional, which fits the character of a “dad” but was a little too over the top for Ethan. I was afraid of making him too emotionless. I resolved for a happy-medium. He freaks out only when it comes to his daughter.

Ethan character exploration

Ethan character exploration

Ethan and Nell, character exploration

Ethan and Nell, character exploration

Ethan character exploration

Ethan character exploration

SO THESIS REARS IT’S UGLY HEAD (。ŏ﹏ŏ)

Oh hello.

It’s interesting to see when the last time I posted here was. About a year and a half ago. HAH! AMAZING! Well, now I would like to tell you that since I am in my final year of grad school (final semester, really) I am working on my thesis film. Isn’t that exciting? Now you get to see some real animation here. Ha ha ha! That’s funny! Not really….

First and foremost, my story. Imagine! A little girl walks across a room. A box of markers in her hands. She looks at them happily. SUDDENLY! She lifts up the box of markers, a grin upon her visage, and brings the box down like the gavel of justice about to declare a criminal guilty! I CALL IT…. SPACE SUIT BLACK. tun Tun TUUUUUN!!!!

Ha ha ha. Something like that. Really, Space Suit Black is the story of a rigid logical-thinking father who cannot understand his young daughter’s wild, imaginative side until she disappears. As he looks for her inside of the house he realizes the stark differences between the spaces that he occupies and the spaces that she occupies within the house. This is essentially the story between a father and his daughter and his struggle to understand her.

Storyboard panel

Storyboard panel

(`・ω・´) What is in store for the future?

a somber walk cycle; just one of the many in my final project

Right now, I’m feeling lazy, so I don’t really want to do anything. But, I’ve learned something about myself in these past couple of weeks while taking an introductory course to animation at NYU. I’ve learned that I love animating. it may be tedious, drawing almost the same thing over and over again… but the result is so amazing. As I stare at my final project, I still can’t believe I did this. I mostly just hang rough animation completed, but I’m almost done with the final animation for the dog (Yes, there is a dog in my final project). This has been a learning experience. I have also gotten infinitely better at drawing dogs. Now when I stare at dogs, I can’t help but look at the way they walk.

This reminds me of the time I want to an architecture summer program, my summer after my junior year in high school. I had been told by my art teachers that I would be a great architect. The camp was only a couple weeks long. I enjoyed making models, but then again, I have always liked doing things that involve working with my hands. However, it was thanks to that summer program that I realized… I did not want to be an architect. At all. Although I have always wanted to be an animator, and have dabbled in drawn and stop motion animation, I knew that real animating was much harder. So, I started to take this intro to animation class and I was a little worried. I was worried that since it was the summer I would be too lazy to take anything seriously, or that I simply would not enjoy it.

I’m glad that that was not the case. When working on class projects, I will throw myself at it for hours until it is done (or I get hungry). Although, lately I have to keep track of the time in order to not forget to eat (which I did once; completely skipped lunch!). I really love it. I’m looking forward to it.