When coming up with an idea for my final project, it actually took me awhile to come up with something that I truly wanted to do. I knew I wanted to do something along the lines of animation because I really enjoyed it the first time we did it, but coming up with a storyline for my video was what I was having a hard time with. My friend ended up giving me the idea to do a little superhero scene with a “bad guy” and the “hero.” So, the day before I started actually working on the project, the idea was given to me.
This time around, I decided I’d use flash cards rather than post-it notes. For our previous animation project, I just felt like the post-its didn’t give me much room for an actual scene, which is why my first animation project is relatively simple (until I remember it took me about 7 hours to create a 4 second video).
Here’s a timeline of the steps I took throughout the process of completing my final project. I was pretty good about splitting the work up so that I wouldn’t be doing too much drawing in one day, but when it came down to scanning my drawings into the computer, I kept putting it off, because I knew how tedious and annoying it was the first time around.
Day 1: Planning
I honestly do think I took me about 2 hours of planning when I was trying to come up with this project. I ended up making some very rough sketches in a notebook to kind of get a better idea of where I was going with this. Unfortunately, I was originally way too ambitious with the drawing of the “bad guy” in my story. In the final version, he’s not as detailed and cool looking.
Days 2-5: Drawing
For days 2-5, I spent about an hour drawing roughly 14 flash cards a day. It doesn’t seem like drawing 14 a day would take an hour, but I had the bright idea to trace over the pencil in sharpie so that the lines were more defined and showed up better when scanning them into the computer. I mainly did this because flash cards are thicker than post-it notes, so if the lines were darker, tracing each card using a light board was a little easier. Here’s a picture of me being a little less than halfway done:
Day 6: Scanning
When scanning each individual card into the computer, it took me about 2 hours. Since I was originally going to have about 80 cards, representing 80 different scenes, I anticipated it taking a lot longer to scan than it actually did. About halfway through the project (and after drawing out and tracing over about 30 cards), I realized I was being way too ambitious. Once I realized 80 was probably an over kill, I just decided to double the amount of cards from the previous animation project I did. That means I scanned roughly 60 cards into the computer between about 9:15pm and 11:15pm on December 11th.
Day 7: Editing the Video & Uploading It
When I finally made it to the editing process, I was stoked because this is my favorite part of animation projects, and it’s specifically why I chose this to do as my final. This took up about 2 hours of my time because I’m really picky when it comes to the sound and titles and all that. Since I’ve been so busy with other finals, I ended up having to wake up at 5:30 the day of my final presentation and complete the video, along with this blog post. Luckily, I was able to complete it with plenty of time to spare!
Now that it’s all said and done, I really enjoyed creating this project. It’s so crazy that about 15 hours of work goes into making a short, 10-second video, but I think it was worth it because I like how mine turned out. If I could go back and change a few things, I would probably be a little less ambitious right off the bat. I think that was huge downfall because I had such high hopes for this project, but with time and all my other finals I had to study for and work on, I just didn’t have the time. I think I would have also managed my time better so that I didn’t have to cram the final blog post and editing into the morning of, but like I said, I’m pretty happy with how my project turned out.
Chris Milk is not only a digital artist, but also an entrepreneur, director, and photographer. He is a founder and CEO of the company “Within,” which is a virtual reality technology company. He was born in New York, but currently lives and produces artwork in California.
I really like Chris Milk’s work, specifically his photography of famous people. I like the angles he uses to depict the subjects of the photo. It makes it more unique and unlike just a regular picture. I also really liked Milk’s Coachella photographs and how well the pictures give the audience a feel of what the concert is actually like. As far as his videos go, I wasn’t a huge fan of anything but the music. They all were kind of on the weird side to me, and I wasn’t a huge fan.
Marco Brambilla is a digital artist that born in Milan, but now creates art and lives in New York City. His work focuses on video collages of popular and found imagery. His artwork has been feature in exhibits nationwide, and he even created a short, one minute music video for Kanye West’s song, “Power.”
I found Brambilla’s work very dark, but at the same time, I loved the amount of detail in his videos. I kind of like the theme of darkness and creepiness that is behind his work, and I feel like it makes him very unique compared to some of the other artists we’ve researched this semester. While a few of the other artists have a creepier feeling to their work, I think Brambilla’s stands out because she also incorporates things that seem kind of Greek-Gody (if that makes sense.) It looks like paintings I learned about in Art History, and I really like that vibe with modern artwork.
Evan Roth is an American, born in Michigan. For college, he attended the University of Maryland and Parsons The New School for Design. He is best known for his artwork in interactive art, programming, generative art, digital art, and net art.
I think out of all the artists we have learned more about throughout the semester, Evan Roth is one of my least favorites. I can understand how and why some people might find his work interesting and cool, but I have a hard time staying interested in anything he has created. I understand that there is probably a meaning behind creating such dull artwork, but personally I cannot find anything super fascinating or intriguing about what he has created. I prefer more happy art that has more color.