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Project 3: Transformation Animation

Digital Workshop Day 3

Paint on light table animation through stop motion.

This is the piece of our story we are animating that illustrates the transformation of a horse to a man. Done by one middle school student under the guidance of two college Art Education Majors, Lorena and Elise.

Review: Luis Gonzáles Palma

"Every project is a small failure, this is why we continue with another one."

-Luis Gonzáles Palma

I attended an artist lecture given by Luis Gonzáles Palma which occurs in conjunction with his exhibition in The Tweed Museum of Art, A Silent Unity of Gazes. Palma is a native of Guatemala, born in 1957. He studied architecture and cinematography at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Palma reflects on social constructs, such as couples and families and the violence that invades these relationships. He also comes from a Catholic tradition, though he expresses his break with a system based, as he sees it, on guilt. His exhibition includes mostly photographs, some hand painted or chemically altered. He stated that he begins with black and white photos and then uses chemical tones to produce the sepia effect. Palma uses gold leaf in a good portion of the work on display. He uses Kodaliths embedded in resin with the metal which gives the work a mystical shine and the illusion of inner light. Palma uses the phrase "impossibility of love" to describe the central issue in his work. However, he admits that now that he has had children his outlook has softened and he views love with more hopefulness and possibility though the intense difficulty is still impressed on his thinking.


Project 3: Story steps: Beauty and the Horse.

1.     Merchant on a journey to get gifts for his daughters and he gets lost in the forest.

2.     Follows the light in the woods to a castle with a stable for his horse and dinner waiting out for someone. So he sits down to eat. He tries to take a flower from the table for Beauty.

3.     A horse comes galloping up to him and says: "You thoughtless man; I was good to you last night, I gave you shelter and provisions, and now you would even take with you the most beautiful flowers from my table." The merchant promises to send his daughter Beauty back to make up for stealing the flowers.

4.     When the merchant goes him he tells Beauty she has to go back the castle. Beauty at once said, "I am willing to follow you, father, and am always glad to help you."

5.     Beauty made her way through the woods and found the castle with dinner set out for her. Soon the horse comes and welcomes her to the castle.

6.     Beauty has a large mirror in which she can see home, she sees her father sick and getting sicker.

7.     She begs the horse to go back for 3 days to nurse her father

8.     Even though her father is getting better she stays later. Finally she looks in the mirror and sees the horse in the garden dying in the roses.

9.     Hurrying back to the castle she finds the horse into the garden she found the horse so very sick that he could not stand on his legs. Beauty knelt down and asked him to forgive her for staying away longer than she had promised. The horse asked her if she would marry him and stay with him at the castle forever. The poor animal now sighed so deeply that she took pity on him and said, fearing that he might die then and there, that she would always stay with him and never leave him.

10.  As soon as she had made this promise, the horse vanished, and a beautiful young prince stood before her.

11.  So they sent for her father to take up his residence with them, and now the marriage was performed and celebrated in a splendid manner. They lived long and happily together, the prince and his Beauty.


Project 2: Reflection.

My second experience with animation was an older animation technique: cutout animation. Cutout animation is related to stop motion but it specifically uses cutout elements made of paper, cardstock, fabric, or collage elements and photographs. We chose paper to make our pose-able dinosaur figures out of. During our twenty-minute presentation, the class created the motion.

I thought our figures were very successful but the support we used for the animation was reflective and not ideal for our use. We could have used more time to make the animation smoother and fuller but overall it went very well.

Project 1: Reflection.

The work animate has its origin in the Latin word animātus which means 'filled with breath or air, quickened, animated'. This idea of 'giving life' and 'filling with breath' are excellent starting points for understanding the reasons we animate images and stories.

This project was my first experience with animation in general. I enjoyed working in photoshop layers for the animation frames. I liked the animal and the background I made so it was fun to work with. I spent several hours with the images and was pleased with the results.
My disappointment with this project is threefold. First, I did it in only twenty minutes in class. I wish I had more time. Second, I couldn't figure out how to add music before class ended. Thirdly and finally, when I went back to edit it again all the layers wouldn't show up so I couldn't work further with the project.

For my first animation I think it was very successful project.

Project 3: Visual Plan.

Digital Workshop Day 2:

For the workshop project we chose the story of Beauty and the Beast and tried to put an interesting spin on it visually. We chose the Netherlands version of the Fairy Tale called Beauty and the Horse in an attempt to distance it from the Disney cartoon version. We chose Vicent VanGogh, an painter from the Netherlands, to be our style model and also used pictures from Franz Marc's horse collection. We chose an earthy color pallet with lots of warm yellows and oranges that we felt characterized VanGogh's Sunflowers painting. Our goal was to use the brushes in photoshop to their full painterly effect.

Project 2: Background.

Animation is the act of simulating movement by displaying a series of frames, also called still pictures. Cartoons, claymation, and the newer computer generated films are all examples of animation. Animation is different than video because video takes continuous motion and breaks it up into frames while animation starts with the independent pictures and puts them together to form the illusion of continuous motion.

 Cut-out animation is a specific technique for producing animations using flat backgrounds, characters, and props. The elements can be cut from materials like paper, cardstock, fabric, or collage elements and photographs. The earliest surviving cut-out animation was make in Argentina by Quirino Cristani in the early 1900's out of cardboard cutouts. Another notable figure in animation is Lotte Reiniger. In 1926 she made the first full-length animated feature in movie history called The Adventures of Prince Achmed which was a retelling of the tales included in The Arabian Nights. She used cutouts of cardboard and thin sheets of lead on glass. Today this form of animation can be made in a variety of ways, both traditionally with physical cutouts and on the computer, with scanned images, vector graphics or Photoshop images.

http://facweb.cs.depaul.edu/sgrais/cutout_animation.htm Paper Cut Outs:

Paper City


Monty Python

Shadow Puppets:

princes et princesses

Chinese Shadow Theatre


Computer Renderings:

Little Fables

Blues Clues

All videos from youtube.com.

Project 1: Part 2: Quicktime Animation.

Very short animation began in Photoshop with layers and finished with Quicktime.
In retrospect I wish I had added music but I couldn't quite figure it out.

Project 2: Cut Out Animation.

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