LitCon 2017 |Where Fiction Meets Real

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babelfishHello, I’m your host Caesar Flickerman!

Now if you haven’t yet, please open your swag bag where you will find a small glass with a yellow Babel Fish provided by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Please put the fish in your ear for translating. This will allow you to communicate will all the literary characters today as well as the authors.

Welcome to the first LitCon! LitCon is a new event connecting readers, authors, and fictional literary characters. We have a great portal system to bring everyone through so we can enjoy our time discussing our fictional universes and create friendships. Thank you for all attending LitCon! I want to give a shoutout to Eventbrite for all their help in planning this conference! Without their help, we would not be sitting here talking. I also want to thank Hogwarts for everything. Jo, Ms. Rowling, has been very gracious in talking with that magical world to help pull strings to create those realm portals. They are amazing hosts and I can’t thank you enough for helping us put LitCon on!

Now if you all were looking at your schedules this conference spans two days but is suspended in time. We worked with some lovely people from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to create this little bubble for everyone to participate. Thank you to Hogwarts for hosting us on these days. The Room of Requirement has a great space for our conference.

Thank you for all attending our panels today. The schedule is in the swag bag if you need a refresher after this. We will be momentarily starting off with our first panel Landscapes & Cityscapes: World Building and Living Practically at 8:30 AM. If you’re looking for the time the Room of Requirement has a giant clock over to your left to look at. Following that, we have a great panel about Literary Dishes: Descriptions in Appetites at 10:15 till lunch at noon. We will have some dishes at the end which the House Elves insisted on preparing. If you have any allergies or issues regarding that please let me or the volunteer staff know. Speaking of which can we please give them a big applause for helping us out!

Following lunch at 13:30 we will have a lovely discussion in a roundtable about Growing Up Literary: Characters & Authors. I should not have favorites but I’m really excited about it! Our following panel is Transportation in Your Fiction: The Realities of Travel at 3:15. At 4:45 we will have a break for dinner and at 6:30 our keynote speaker, Ransom Riggs, the author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be talking. After we will have a quick statement about tomorrow’s events and then we can turn in or play games and discuss. Many of the fictional characters and authors have provided alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage samples from fictional worlds to test.

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I’m so glad you could all make it and look forward to talking to many of you as the days progress. As a reminder, the volunteer staff of LitCon are all here for you and if you need any help please don’t hesitate to let us know. Thank you for your participation and a big thank you to the speakers, for giving your time. Now presenting LitCon 2017!


Hope you enjoyed reading this! I had fun designing and coming up with an idea for the concept. It’s a little different from what I usually do, but a step toward many projects I want to accomplish during the 2017 year. Had fun animating the fish and illustrating Caesar Flickerman in the colors I picked for the theme of this fictional conference.

If they are questions around this silly post let me know! I, of course, have been coming up with more random ideas related to events in LitCon. I hope you enjoyed this and more posts coming soon!

Happy reading friends!
~Kendall H.

Sidenote: I do not own any of these characters. This is intended for fun and I did not get paid for any content. The writing and drawing in here are my own, but all characters are copyrighted to their authors. All for fun!

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Motivation

Spent all day hanging with the fam. It was fun. I was in no way productive as a result, but family time is always important. We bought our Christmas tree, went to a craft market, and found gifts. Since I didn’t do any work today I now have to make up for all that tomorrow. Need to get some sleep and wake up early to work. Especially since I got another idea for an animation project…I have so many on my list, but time and money are killing the mood! Guess that’s why I’m applying for the Adobe Creative Residency. Would be amazing to just work on these head animations forever and ever without worry.

If you’re in need of a good motivational video watch as Gary Vaynerchuk calls a bunch of his fans. Even just watching 10 minutes gets you pumped to get some hustle on! I know I’m inspired to make tomorrow fantastically productive! Gonna get some good rest so that I can get shit done!

 

Animation Inspiration 100 | Creatures

…I was lazy today. Had all day to write that blog post and post it…but youtube videos are just so distractingly fun. Not a productive day. Most of today has been procrastination…hmmm…need to get work done tomorrow as a result!

On the flip side, I did go see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them. Full dress up while falling in love with Newt Scamander and Queenie. All the characters were amazing, especially the animals. Oh my godddddsssss…I want all those animals. Also want a couple short spinoffs of some parts. I’m not going to do any spoilers here, but if you did see it dm me!!!!! I need people to talk with!

In light of being lazy I hunted down some creature themed animation inspiration..and just realized this is my 100th Animation Inspiration post. -celebration-

Sea Creature | By Beat Reichenbach

Love this breakdown. Informative in seeing how the scene was built. I admire the design of the creature and the process of the creation.

Character/Creature Reel 2015 | By Jason Brown

Love the turnarounds of each character and creature of this reel. Fascinating to see all that detail and design work put together. Well sculpted and interesting.

Animation Inspiration 96

NaNoWriMo started. I nixed the vlog idea because I don’t need to have another task on my to-do list right now. Maybe next year. Also behind already. Spent a large portion of today reworking an ‘about me’ and writing blurbs on my website. It’s going well, but I found myself distracted by everything sometime around 3 pm. It’s been a bumpy ride since then. Goals are to get on track with wordcount tomorrow and launch my new site design.

It’s weird not having an inktober project to work on. I’m tempted to continue it but with animations. I’ve added it to a list of personal projects I want to pursue.

Goal is to head to bed in a bit. Been awhile since I’ve posted some inspiration. I’ve been missing it.

Des.gráfica | By João Lavieri

Loge the transitions and various loops. Also great color scheme.

Snapchat Stories | By Alex Pope

These animations are great examples of editorial work. For mochat tonight’s discussion was about editorial motion design. It was a really interesting talk and I learned a lot about the process for that area of the industry. Every time I participate I learn something new. I swear Mochat is responsible for 75% of my motion graphics education. Great fun discussion and lots of learning. Might use this as a bouncing off point for other great projects.

http://www.axpope.com/#/snapchat/

Whale & Animation Inspiration 95

Trying to rework my website this week. It’s not necessarily old, just needs a better functional design with more projects in it. The plan is to get working on that tomorrow since I got busy today. I really do want to get some better content up for you guys soon. It’s just been a few crazy days and procrastination here. I need to get back on track this week! Starting with getting my exercise and sleep schedule.

In the meantime, I have an Inktober post and then some animation inspiration.

Looxid Labs Promotion Movie | By Gohseongwoo

Love the movement of the transitions in this piece as well as the engaging illustrations. Informative promo piece with great visuals!

Teen Titans Go! | By Benjy Brooks

Love the feel of this piece! I haven’t watched Teen Titans Go, but after seeing this I might. I use to watch the original show, but when they changed the animation style I wasn’t keen on it. I’m glad I got to see this piece so I might watch it.

Inktober:

Animation Inspiration 80

Still catching up on illustrations. -yawn- Providing some Animation Inspiration.

OFFF Mexico 2016 Teaser | OFFF

Loving the crazy designs here. Looks like fun!

Viceland Promo Spot: Burgers | By Magnus Atom

Love the quick animation here. The style of the burger is great!

Patterns & Fonts | Title Sequence WIP

Today was a busy day. Got to go peach picking with my grandmother and other family, visited my Aunt & Uncle’s new home, and then had a low key dinner party. It was anticipated since we’re always doing lots of activities when we come out to the Western Slope of Colorado. It’s fun, but draining.

I did draw an icon for the styleframes, but I have yet to mock it up in Illustrator. I didn’t get much farther than that drawing wise. I allotted time to figuring out what I wanted the type to say. I also took time finding a free font that looked similar or at least mimicked the feeling that is presented in the Man Seeking Woman titles. If you couldn’t tell I spent a lot of time reading the interview on Art of the Title.

You can see a couple pattern tests and the titles that I’ve started with. Will be testing some other ideas for the names, but for now these work. I’m working for funny but relatable when it comes to writing. I’ll have to brainstorm with a few writer friends for more ideas.

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The font I decided to use is called Moon. It’s similar in style to the rounded look of Diamonds, but has a difference in variation. Still reflective of the style, but more importantly, free.  You can download it here if you like it!

I have another 5 hour+ drive back home to Boulder with the fam tomorrow so we’ll see how much work I get done. Depends quite a bit on the time we get back. Yay traffic. >_>

Night friends,
Kendall

The Purpose Hotel

I am not done with my lettering, more on that later. First off, I want to take the next portion of this post to promote The Purpose Hotel. Jeremy Cowart, the person who’s quote I’m lettering, has a kickstarter which ends tomorrow [Sept 2nd]. The concept of this hotel is that every part of it helps contribute to changing the world. By sleeping there you sponsor a child through the room. If you want faster internet that fee helps combat human trafficking. Each item used helps a someone out in some way and makes some kind of difference in this world. It’s an amazing concept and I hope you will contribute! I don’t have a lot to give money wise so I donated $10. Giving up a couple coffees from Starbucks. There is a $1 option if you really can’t donate much. This project is awesome and I hope that I get to stay in the hotel one day! Please check it out! The Kickstarter is here and you can watch the video below for more details.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thepurposehotel/the-purpose-hotel-change-the-world-in-your-sleep/widget/video.html

Lettering wise I started typing out this post with initial frustration and anger at myself for not being done with my it, but decided it’s not going to do any good. Why dwell on being angry at myself for not being done? Doesn’t change the progress on my lettering. If anything it set me back because I’m spending time focused on being angry at myself instead of actually finishing the product. I know for future reference that if I want a finished lettering product to allow more time for ideas and sketching. At least if I want to have that to a certain caliber that is…I’m trying not to be a perfectionist, but I still want to take my time with the project.

I just realized I forgot something important with both the lettering project and title sequence. I forgot fun. No wonder I’m getting nothing done. I’ve spent the entire week just annoyed at myself rather than enjoying the work. Pffffffffttttttt…I always get the most done when I’m excited and having fun with the project. Obviously not all projects come with butterflies, sunshine, and rainbows, but these are personal projects that are suppose to be enjoyable. I will have to remedy this.

Tomorrow I’m going to have fun and play with these projects. I make zero promises as to where I’ll be progress wise, but I do hope I’m finished lettering since I want to promote that hotel before the kickstarter closes. Got to go to bed early so that I can wake up and draw! 😀

Updates & Animation Inspiration 78

Update to the previous post on the recreate a title sequence contest. For the title sequence I’m going to focus on the book choice since that will determine the mood. From there I can try to find a 2D sequence that I can mimic which fits that same mood. I probably should have done that earlier today, but instead I went down the rabbit hole that is Art of the Title. Too many title sequences in my head now.

Bootcamp is also done. I didn’t quite finish the character throwing the ball like I wanted to today. Combination of lack of willpower and complicated tweening process turned into me getting only partially through the tween. Really love keyframes, really hate tweens. Character Animation is hard. It sounds stupid to say that, but it’s just hard. Seriously even though I’m not finished with the course (I can still complete the rest of the lessons just no more critique time) I’ve learned so much! It’s crazy seeing how much School of Motion has kicked my ass and changed my animation skills. I’ll try to have an updated reel for you guys to see soon. Just taking my time trying to really learn that art of animation first. Love you SoM. ❤

Since I haven’t progressed far on the title sequence contest, nor finished all the bootcamp stuff I’m throwing up some inspiration. Depending on how crazy my weekend is I might have another update for these projects, but I’m trying to spend some time reading too. I haven’t gotten too far in my Bout of Books goals. Just want to finish at least one book by Sunday. Which is doable if I actually sit down to read.

Night,
Kendall

Rocklets + Mogul | By Zublime

This is like a completely animated Skittles commercial, but better because it’s animated.

Madita | By Animography

I love Animography! They always have fun fonts to watch animate. This one is great because the promotion has such a strong story to it. Beautiful transitions and sound design. If you don’t know about Animography, they create animated typefaces which you can purchase and use. I recommend checking them out even if you can’t buy, because they’re super fun and great for inspiration! There are a couple free types you can download. Love this!

Baseball and Animation Inspiration 76

I feel gross after sitting in hot HOT sun for 5 hours at the Rockies vs Cubs game today. Was kind of fun…except for frying like an egg in a pan. I seriously have new tan marks just from today’s exposure. I’m pretty sure my makeup is the wrong tone now. Yay sun. So much sweat. I am a little bummed that the Cubs lost… Still a fun outing hanging out with the fam, but bummed.

The hot sun evaporated most of my energy today, thus, I didn’t make any headway on projects. Plans are a good night’s sleep and early morning exercise so I can get all the stuff I need to get done, done. To make this blog post not boring inspiration time!

Bearband | By August Håkansson

Why is this not a website? I want this to be interactive so the bears can play with each instrument and be controlled by various clicks. If not a web based interface, at least a kid’s computer game. It’s very bright and colorful with fun animations. Really wanted to interact with the piece!

I Like to Play | By Josep Bernaus

Great exercise that plays with different elements to make a dynamic and engaging piece. I love watching the interaction with all the exercises. Really fun idea and great way to add personality to inanimate objects. Perfect idea to use for practice.