More animation work

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When I began working on animations I had the whole ‘map’ of various stories and how they come across each other. In some way. Or at least, I wanted to come across. I didn’t want to concentrate on one particular story… One of the stories was about public urination. At some point I was working as bartender and finished my shifts quite late at night, so I saw a lot of things… However, I am not sure why exactly, I decided to pick this situation; it is not shocking or interesting… It is more disgusting and what can you learn from this?

I believe my choice was a person. As much as I can remember… I remember how uncomfortable she was when I caught her. I came from nowhere and where she was – can’t walk away, can’t stop and just hide in her own shame. By no means I am shaming her, I just thought the reaction was priceless and maybe this is something I would feel if I were in her place.

I started some drawings and animations a while ago. I made in pencil and watercolour, and it was okey. Always thought there was something to work on. Was thinking what it was missing, maybe I should add something more to the story.. And weeks before coming to London I had an idea (or an inspiration) to create couple short animations reflecting that uncomfortable feeling

 

I sketched 4 poses. Actually 3, because the other was a shadow, so it is just a blob 😀

I decided to draw some instructions how I want to move a leg or an arm… I started recently drawing small schemes how to position everything and which way I am supposed to move. I am still following the drawing lines, but such guidelines help me to save me some time and achieve something what I really wanted.

So here are those short animations:

Standing-Girl-1

The standing position. Decision making of what to do. Tried to think of impatience and that’s how I came up with feet movement and shaking

 

 

girls-face

I wanted to make sleepy/dreamy face. The one you can tell that the person barely oriented and understands what is happening around. Also this can work as face nothing happened

 

Peeing-1

The actual scene of urinating. About to do that. I doubted for a long time whether I really need this. I have a watercolour animation of Yellow Water and it could be interpreted and used in many ways. In some other animation I decided that she is falling down and exposing herself… But this time I decided to keep a nice loop for the sake of the animation and not situation. Why? Sometimes flow is more important and some things don’t need to be told.

girls-shadow

As I mentioned before I did think of her falling down, so instead of actually exposing her, I just decided to create a shadow/dark abstract figure animation. I still need to fix the loop, but has something what I really enjoy looking at it. The simplicity of the act and how it can immediately transform from one figure to another. Like a shadow play or when you look at shadows of the tree branches and trying to see something else than that.

 

 

Overall, I am quite pleased with what I achieved. I discovered another system of drawing and that was very effective. Maybe I have also picked up the speed and it doesn’t take me forever to draw, but I believe this is something I can try to work on in a future. I care about the flow and fluidity so much, but technique sometimes really helps with that. I am not saying this is perfect, but I feel it worked out for me.

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