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.

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