Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy Tsum Tsum Tuesday!

For my Physics of Animation class, we had an assignment on creating a stop-motion character animation. Like my last stop-motion, I wanted to use my Tsum Tsums. However, for this animation I wanted to make to create my own story. I also wanted to challenge myself on not having any dialogue and try to have the Tsums communicate with their bodies and add sound effects to it. I had an idea of the Tsum Tsums wanting a snack, but they couldn't get it because of a bigger Tsum Tsum. They then devise a successful plan in distracting the bigger Tsum Tsum, yet there's a twist at the end. The Tsums I decided to use were Mickey Mouse and his pals, along with a bigger Pluto Tsum. I even added "mean eyebrows" on the big Pluto Tsum to show that it's not only his size the mini Tsum Tsums are afraid of him.


In creating this, I used a DSLR camera to take the pictures, used Adobe Photoshop to edit them, and Adobe Premiere to make the video. Compared to the last stop-motion, I had a harder time working on this due to the number of characters I had—which lead to more movement—and the weather conditions that was happening during the weekend. Other than that, I enjoyed making this!!


(some storyboards)

(before I photoshopped myself out)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Finally got to see Beauty and the Beast on Monday! Honestly, I really enjoyed it. There were some things that I felt skeptical about, but that's only because I love the animated version way too much. I did enjoy the new songs that were played, especially "Evermore"—I guess you can say that is my new favorite song at the moment lol. After watching it, I was inspired to do a drawing I've been wanting to do for about four years now.

“why is it always the woman who has to see past the beast in the man? why does she always have to clean his wounds, even after he has damaged her beyond repair? why is it always the man who is worthy of forgiveness for being a monster?
I want to see the beast in the beauty.
the half smile, half snarl. the unapologetic anger. I would like to see the man forgive the monster. to see her, blood and all, and love her anyway.”

Caitlyn Siehl

Monday, March 20, 2017

my new favorite song

According to iTunes, I've been listening to Royal Teeth's cover of "Heartbeats" 256 times. The first time I've heard of Royal Teeth was when they were opening for Rooney with Swimm on December 13th, 2016. Since then, I haven't stopped listening to this song. I also loved their EP album cover that I wanted to do some animation to it—a simple animation that illustrates the complications within a relationship as the girl keeps hiding from the guy whenever he comes into view.

If you want to listen to the song, this is them live!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Tsum Tsum Tuesday!

Last week for my Physics of Animation class, I had to create a stop motion animation of an object falling. I knew I wanted to use one of my Tsum Tsums and I was inspired by The Lion King Tsum Tsum edition as I was reminded with one of the most painful memories of my childhood—Mufasa's death.

video  video

The first video shows a believable fall of the Mufasa Tsum Tsum falling, including him landing to his death. The second video was just for funsies, where I reenact the scene of Mufasa's death. To accomplish these, I would drop the Mufasa Tsum Tsum to see its path of action for reference. I would also re-watch the scene of how Mufasa falls in the movie. After watching the scene a couple of times, I noticed how Scar flings Mufasa off to his death, giving him a tipping motion. For each frame, I took a picture after the other. I first taped the Mufasa Tsum Tsum to the rock, and after having the Scar Tsum Tsum push him off, I taped it to a sharpening stick to create the falling motion. I used Adobe Photoshop to edit the stick and myself out of the frame. After I was done editing, I imported all the photos to Adobe Premiere to create the animation video.

My neck started hurting from editing the pictures and putting the video together, but it was so much fun!!! My professor in the class also mentioned how he was having a guest judge to look at our animation, where the top 3 would get bonus points in the class. Yesterday, my professor finally revealed this mysterious guest judge, and it was Jay Hasrajani—the current animator and storyboard artist on Cartoon Network's show, The Powerpuff Girls! Not only did that surprise me, but I was part of his top 3!! I am very thankful and praise God for this privilege to have an industry professional look at my work as well as getting feedback from them. Here's some words from Mr. Hasrajani that I just wanted to share for anyone in the design/art industry:

"When you enter the real world (and out of the SJSU bubble we form), you will have to push your efforts to the limits - no matter how small the job/task is. The industry is tough and you have to be someone people can depend on for stellar work!"

I also have a blog for this class if you wanna see more things we've done!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Matthew 1:20–21

" ... behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying 'Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.'"

For my church's craft faire, I made what I call animation ornaments! The image at the very top was the picture I used in my ornaments. In the process of trying to patent them since last year, but so far I've heard nothing (so yall biters better come through me first if you use this).

I've also made an ornament for my friend Ashley who graduated from Hawai'i Pacific University! If you look closely, you can see her throwing her graduation cap in the air. Super happy for her and excited to see what God has in store for her!

You can find more animation ornaments here. Merry Christmas, everyone! Not only is this holiday a joyful season, but it's joyful knowing that Christ came from heaven to be born as man that through His death He might bring us closer to God! :)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Mood + Catch Up

... this is what it feels like when you've been trying to repair an old MOV file, but you end up getting nothing back.

I've been trying to apply for two internships but never got around to it due to school. Now that I have the time to finish it, I realized that one of the first animations I worked on has a file damage. Even though it wasn't the best, it would be nice to keep a file of it. However, it's still on my Tumblr and you can view it here (although the sound still doesn't work).

But with school out of the way, I haven't been able to post anything in my typography class. Although this class has challenged me a lot with using type as a design and as the communicator to the audience, I really enjoyed being in this class. It's helped me broaden my vision of design and made me realize how important the text is in a poster, brochure, or even a wordmark. Above is a poster project we did, where we choose a font and have to create an interesting title and a poster that relates to its title.

The font I chose was Univers by Adrian Frutiger. I came up with the title "Parallel Connections" after researching how Frutiger was trying to find "mathematical connections between boldness and width" (Heidrun Osterer & Philipp Stamm, Adrian Frutiger – Typefaces: The Complete Works). With Univers having a uniform look, I was looking up other ways of saying "uniform", where I came upon the word "parallel," meaning "having the same direction; similar" (Dictionary.com). Also knowing that parallel means that there is no intersection, that was when I thought it would be interesting in having the word "connections" part of it—which concluded my title. As for the design, I knew I wanted to have "parallel" and "connections" connect, and later my instructor suggested what if I started to play with the lines from "parallel," which concluded my final poster.

These last images are my final project designs, making a brochure, poster, banner, a website, and applications for AIA's Architecture and the City Festival. The challenge I had was trying to figure out some design with typography with such a long title. After doing some research on this festival, and looking up some pictures of buildings, I was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. The fact that it is a structure, the simple lines and the outlines of the letters displays a nonbuilding structure. Lastly, we were also to create an animation for the text, which I was pretty stoked about.