“This project was very fun for me! I love animation, even though it is a very frustrating and time-consuming process. I enjoy playing with facial expressions and personality through characters, so for this project I took one of my original characters and did just that.
One problem I ran into was taking consistently placed photos of each step of the animation process. I tried to keep the photos more or less in the same place, however, in the end the animation did turn out choppier than I would have liked.
Despite this, I still enjoyed this project, and it was a fun challenge to animate through traditional media rather than digital.”
“Before I started this project, I had just finished an intense digital animation, and so I was eager to return to physical materials like the charcoal in this animation technique. This project was also a good opportunity to hone my abilities in observational drawing and frame composition.
My subject matter was something very ordinary. While scrounging around for ideas, I noticed this small, ornate mirror that sat on my desk. I would use it to put on makeup, lotion…one thing or another. But its primary purpose was for making stupid faces when working drained me out. I decided to capture this quirk in the animation, and it was fun drawing my strange expressions.
At the end, I wished that the animation was a little longer, and that I had used some kind of paper that was more durable. As so many of my charcoal drawings were done on newsprint, it became a force of habit to do everything charcoal-related on it. Not only is it cheap, but rougher newsprint grips the charcoal dust effectively.
The only problem was its durability; after several erasures, the paper had gotten frail, with fibers jutting from the surface. That made it increasingly difficult to work on, and I pushed it as much as the medium could handle.”
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