Happy VDay!

Sorry, this post is going up late. I was running behind because had to prioritize my job search this last week. I still wanted to show you what I made and hope you enjoy it!

These are some Nerdy GIFs having to do with animation & design! I have a ton more ideas that I’ll have to save for next year or maybe I’ll post some later this month. Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day and celebrated love!

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Animation Inspiration 110

I feel like it’s been ages since I threw up some inspiration on this blog. Been prioritizing other projects that are of a larger scope and letting my Friday posts slide a bit. I’ll work on posting more inspirational posts in the future.

YIN teaser | by Nicolas Fong | Tumblr: those-visions-have-no-end

Loving the textures, cel animation, and optical illusional style of this teaser. I’m excited to watch the full short. Keeping an eye out for this!

A is for Albert | By Studio Lovelock | studiolovelock.com

Love this alphabetical adventure following a feisty child named Albert. He really loves to help out, fix things, negotiate, and party. Enjoying that every letter has its own story featuring him. Great animation and very fun to watch!

You can also view these animations on Aisforalbert.com

Looking forward to the weekend! Hope everyone else is too and excited for my Monday post. Make sure to check back then because it’s a special Valentine edition!

~Kendall Hotchkiss



Animation Inspiration 109

Apparently, the painkillers I have for my hip make me super singsongy….because for the last half hour I’ve been narrating myself through singing. It’s super weird, but also doesn’t feel out of the ordinary because of pills.

I drew a shadow study since I’ve been trying to draw people all day and it’s not been working out. I figured I need some shadow practice and a few reference photos. This was helpful in jogging my memory from drawing class freshman year. I haven’t really done many people drawings since then so I’m not surprised I’m having trouble. It happens when you don’t practice. Just do a billion drawings every day for practice.



In honor of needing to get to bed because I’m about to get sleepy here’s some inspiration from my favorite youtube channel, Kurzgesagt.

Animation Inspiration 103

Spent all day working on a project with a friend. Got back from that and took a nap…basically accomplished no personal projects. -sigh- I think tomorrow will have to be a day of working in coffee shops or something. Working at home is starting to get distracting.

Whitechapel Gallery – Mary Heilmann – Summer Exhibition Teaser | By Emmanuelle Walker

Loving the textures in this piece. Interesting incorporation of movement for the exhibition.

Zubroffka 2016 | By Kijek / Adamski

Shiny lights are shiny. I’m mesmerized by the movement of the lighting in this piece. Great geometric designs.

Inktober Day 7 & Animation Inspiration 93


Inktober today left me a little heartbroken. So many extinct animals. -cry-  There’s also Animation Inspiration since I haven’t done much else art wise on here for the last week.

Flip Flop Logo Reveal | By Tenggrenska

Loving the liquid transitions and the sound design in this mograph. Simple and fun piece!


CutOut Fest 2016 – Teasers I & II | By Le Cube

These are quite possibly my favorite teasers EVER. Seriously left me wanting a whole short animation and more. So disappointed that these have endings. I’m at that point where I might download these and save to my computer so I can watch them even when I don’t have wifi. Just these graphics and animation styles…holy…

Howler Monkey & Animation Inspiration 92

I’m stuck trying to find words for a job application tonight. You know when you see a perfect opportunity but no clue how to make that opportunity work for you? That’s where I am right now. Seeing awesome and having no clue how to jump on the train. I’ll have to find a way to get on it tonight, but while I’m figuring that out check out today’s Inktober and watch some animation inspiration!

There’s Always A Way | By Dennis Hoogstad

Very cute and inspiring piece. It’s perfect for combating my current state of mind which is “omgimnevergonnafindajob”, so if you’re having any similar feelings I suggest having a watch. I love the game aspect to it and the simple shapes. Great minimalistic approach and feeling!

Motion Graphics Trend: Liquid Motion | By in60seconds

This is a compilation of liquid motion examples, a trend spotted. I recognize a large amount of these, having featured them here on the blog, and think that it’s a current trend. Although this video was posted awhile ago, but I think it’s still a relevant trend considering all the ones I’ve seen. Although it might be because I love the style a lot and find myself drawn to it. Either way, great animations to watch.

NaNo Seeking Writer | WIP

I spent 8+ hours animating today, and about 8+ hours yesterday. I didn’t make it too far last night before I crashed despite a zillion cups of coffee. At least it reinforced my love for motion design. There are not many other project types that keep my attention that long, aside from lettering. It was nice animating all day.

Aside from tons of animation, I drank a lot of coffee. I do plan to keep animating the title sequence. Due to time constrictions, I pulled out some of the boards. It got overwhelming animating every square and trying to figure out the shape layers. So many null objects. So many. It took me a couple hours to get in the groove. I realize I should have begun animating last week, but I just wanted to keep designing!

This project is so much fun and I’m happy with the current result, although I want a complete version of it still. For that portfolio! I didn’t even get a chance to tinker with the sound design! For future projects, I’ll make sure to start animating sooner.

I’ll continue working on it, but here’s the current state of the animation. Feel free to give a critique since it’s still a work in progress!

Animation Inspiration 91

I did not budget my time well this past week so an all-nighter is ahead of me. Project due at Midnight Sept 30th EST. So just some quick inspiration while I go back to the grind.

Nerdist News Bumper | By Maxwell

Because I’m a fan of the Nerdist and I love the movement of the type in this.

Stranger | By Ori Toor

This is an interesting effect. I love the quality and music. It’s an interesting style to watch.


Animation Inspiration 90

Due to an upcoming deadline I’ve decided to withhold the updates for the title sequence until it is finished and uploaded to both Vimeo & Instagram. Which should be tomorrow night…or very early morning Friday. I’m hoping for midnight tomorrow night since the deadline is Friday at midnight. Yay.

In other news, I’ve apparently done at least 90 Animation Inspirations now. -celebration-

LoopdeLoop: Neighbours | By Thesmithereens

Great short narration. I’m in love with the storytelling of this piece. Beautiful music too!

Mower Animation Test, Summer 2016 | By Isaac King

Cute little reminder of Summer. Especially now that Fall is here. Love seeing the grass grow in this piece!

Animation Inspiration 88

Feeling sick so just gonna post inspiration and go to bed. Tomorrow will have to be catchup day.

Marvin Chun – Decoding The Mind (FoST 2016) | By Future of Storytelling

Love the illustrations of this piece! Also great narration!

Book Universe | By Explain Ninja

Woosh, wooosh…this is me adding my own sound effects to those fun transitions. Lovely design!