Overview of the Project

I really enjoyed doing this project as it let me work on whatever I wanted to. My aim was to enhance my skills when it came to the human forma and movement as like Johny had said previously we as animators need to be aware of the way the body moves  and be watching and learning constantly. I spent a lot of time just people watching with the MetroTimer app, this was useful as it showed me the timings of different movements.

When it came to my project, I was dead set on focusing on dance and expressive movements. The movements in the last two videos were so intricate but also had so much strength in them that of course I wanted to go deeper into them a try and recreate them as best I could in my own style of drawing. The amount of drawings I ended up doing was massive and the more I did the more fluent and easy it became to draw each dancer and have the proportions of the body somewhat more correct to the actual human body sizing.

I like how in my work you can see the progression of not only my drawing skills but also within the motion the dancers present. As my first piece is very much a basic recreation of someone walking (which I reference from a video I took of myself walking). Not only is the drawing basic but the use of ink it less excessive as in the next two drawings. The swirls are less wild and the fact the ink drips down shows how its still much a straight and clean set of movements.

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This then changes once the dance movements come into my work as the swirls are more expressive but also the use of colour shows how its still a progression between three images and the image above finishes on pink ink, and the next piece of work starts on pink too.  img_7553

You can see how the use of ink is much more exciting just as the actual drawings are. I also thought by shading the last two dancers in slightly it enhanced the visual look of my work and illustrated that dance does put colour into everything; everything becomes more exciting. Then on the final image I wanted both male and female dancers to add to the fact the dance has become more expressive.

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By having a mixture of every colour in the last piece showed how the dance is filled with different levels of expression but also presents the progression from the first piece to the last piece a lot more clearly.

Finally, this project was not only fun to do because I could express just my own work but I also got to push myself through the use of Premier Pro as this software to me is hard to work and was quite new to me in many ways. Although my making of video is quite basic it doe show me how far I’ve come just since the start of teamster one as I am now more confident to just get stuck into software and watch videos on my own to try and learn it in my own way. I do wish I had been able to do more fancy editing but that will come in time and work. I also wish I had got the photos all together and taken some better shots of them but I was unable to do this in my own home and didn’t plan ahead enough to book out a room at university to take some better photos.

I do feel like I have learnt a lot from this project, like time management, editing, being more expressive in my work but also having more confidence in myself as at the end of the day we are all new to this and are just trying to find ourselves.

Bolero- Paris National Ballet

Although some of the movements are odd to say the least, I loved the regimented style of this dance. As all the dancers were either perfectly still in marvelously in time with one and other! The speed at which the main dancer dances is amazing but also the strength he has to keep it up for as long as he did just shows the strength there is in dance. The wild arm movements made me want to be more free with my artwork when it came to use of ink.

Chroma

I love the movement created within this video. I was intrigued by the actual physiques of both dancers as even their muscles expressed the emotion within the dance.

Making Of Brief

I wanted to do a small project combing my two favorite types of media. I love the mixture of ink in water or in this case PVA to create a clear panel of ink mixtures and i feel it really shows a type of movement and vibrancy. I also love ink wash and continuous line drawings as they present a type of flow within my work.

I wanted to incorporate things that would be useful to me in the overall animation degree. So I thought about what Johny says about us being more aware of our surroundings and how people watching will help us with the way we understand movement as a whole. So I decided to take multiple short videos of people in public just walking and present casual movements. But also wanted to incorporate more vibrant movements such as dance. I will try to see a dance show but if not the RSC in Stratford Upon-Avon always uploads rehearsal videos of behind the scenes so I can use these too.

I plan on having a few short clips of just people watching within the video and then show how I have used some of these videos to create multiple layered continuous line drawings. I wanted to include the ink to illustrate the difference in movement as you can never create the exact same ink wash each time as it always moves in different ways. Just as different people move in their own individual way.

I hope to have within my video, short clips of me drawing out my work but on short 20 second max clips so the audience don’t get bored. A long with multiple ink experimentation until I come up with a finalized idea to present. It will probably be an A2 piece of artwork  with small individual pieces of Ink and PVA glue cut out and collaged for the background.