Updates & Animation Inspiration 71

I forgot to devote Monday’s blog to life updates, so instead I’ll do it tonight.

Here is a link to the gallery of the rest of the photos from the Ogallala, NE trip. I am currently working on a rough cut of the video. I really need a tripod. I have so much stablizing to do to these clips. I estimate I’ll finish the video by next week at this rate. I want to devote time to the edits, but not take away from the other projects I have to work on.

Doing some planning for the project I mentioned last week. I underestimated the amount time I needed just to plan out the idea, let alone the actual production, so I’m going to put that one on the back burner until I get my process down. I hope to make it a weekly or biweekly project. I’m too far behind to launch it this week, so, cross fingers I find enough time to finish it for next Tuesday. I feel bad pushing it another week, but I spent the weekend enjoying the family camping trip.

I am going back through my selfi animation. It got held up do to the chaos of my brain. I started doubting the script, the sketches, and ideas I had. Today I looked through a few sketches I had and I’m not sure why. One of those moments where I had to take a break from it to get a good perspective. Tip: If you find yourself doubting your work try taking a step back. Just take a long break and come back with a fresh head. Especially if you’re working on the project solo, like I am. I have yet to get someone to critique my project, and my inner perfectionist just keeps telling me to remake it and start anew. No need to start over just gotta get past that dip! Also if anyone wants to help with critiques at a later date tweet me @zonaefly. I’m gonna need feedback soon.

Since this post is very text heavy I will end with a little Animation Inspiration. Feels like it’s been awhile since I’ve posted one.

Doodle for Google – Share Your Imagination | By Google

Really cute animation with lots of different styles and animations. The pacing is fun and very bouncy. I tried to convince my school to do Doodle for Google, but couldn’t get my teacher to sign off on it. Too bad would have been really fun to enter. I know I always look forward to the Google Doodles. The creativity of the kids makes watching this video a lot of fun. Great sound design too. Hope it inspires you!


Photo Highlights from Family Roadtrip to Ogallala, NE

Family camping trip was fun. We drove up to Lake McConaughy in Ogallala, Nebraska. Took a ton of photos which I have shared some below. Still processing all the video I took and should hopefully have something up by the end of the week, I make no promises since I have some other things to tend to. Along with the photos and video I did a few sketches I plan to scan and upload. I will be making a few digital drawings in addition to add to this personal project.

I’m will be uploading my photos to a proper gallery which I will link in the next blog. Below are the highlights. I had trouble picking.

Sketching & Photo Touchup

Not very productive today so no new project launch. Might do a test tomorrow, but I have to prioritize my Character Animation Bootcamp lessons. I worked on a photo touchup of myself from when I was approx 4 or 5. Got that before & after so you can see what I did. Glorious throwback. Also made a little photoshop sketch of a tent since I’m going camping later this week.

Check those out below and come back tomorrow for updates. I hope to continue the tent sketch and test out my animation project idea.




Harry Potter and The Cursed Child | Nostalgia & Time Turners

So, I’ve decided I’m going to hold off on a full review of Harry Potter & The Cursed Child because I’m trying to pursue this booktube hobby of mine, and will be addressing all my excitement and doubts with the book in video format. I will have a spoiler free version and in depth review later this week. Depends a little on time management. I will tell you a short version is 4.5/5 stars for the moment. Sometimes when I do reviews my ratings do change because I start analyzing and pondering the initial gut rating. I will let you know on this blog when that goes up so make sure to keep tabs on my Twitter or subscribe to my Youtube.

Despite not doing a review I did want to take a moment and celebrate the amazing night that I had. It was very nostalgic after so many years and I had a ton of fun. I started the night late since my family went out to our county fair to watch a friend ride. However there was some miscommunication as to when said friend went on and we sadly had to leave before she rode. Still was a fun evening watching people reigning and some Mexican Horse dancing (pictured below). I had fun watching beautiful horses and women in these beautiful pink dresses twirl on horseback. It was a great beginning to the evening despite missing our friend’s actual ride.


My mother and I ended up leaving to go home where I was able to AIMG_7347get dressed up, haphazardly, as a Ravenclaw. For being such a big HP fan I realize I don’t have a lot of clothing…probably because I’ve grown out of most of the items. Oh well, in the spirit of my minimalism goals, I would rather have experiences than items. I would have liked to wear a Harry & The Potters shirt, but they were way too small. I did wear the wool felt cloak my mother made for me in the first or second grade for the very first Harry Potter movie. I remember braiding my hair and looking extremely frizzy in an attempt to dub myself Hermione. Most kids just said I looked like Hagrid…Still can’t decide if that was a compliment or not. Anyway I have this great, heavy, cloak that’s homemade and full of love (like Hagrid kudos if you get my reference.)

I went to Barnes & Noble for the event which had a few events going on including coloring, trivia, sorting, wand making…etc. I was surprised to see more young kids than millennials there, but I figured out later that most people in my age group went to the other local bookstore also most of them showed up in the last hour. Despite that, there were a ton of people there at then of the night to bring in the book. Near the end to build BIMG_7351more excitement they started drawing names for prizes. Funnily and sadly they kept drawing names for these prizes and a lot of people weren’t present to win. Everyone waiting got all excited because the last prize they called was the Time Turner. I was lucky enough to win it! Wasn’t expecting that! It’s now homed on my Harry Potter bookshelf.


All ‘n All fun night! It was great to bring back the midnight Harry Potter events and I’m looking forward to buying tickets for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! I will keep you guys updated on a video book review soon and talk to you tomorrow! Also Happy Birthday Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling! And a belated one to Neville Longbottom!


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Booktube-A-Thon | Challenge Day 3 | Book Title Slip In

So this is the culmination of just having fun creating something different. I learned a bit more on how to use Audition, although I really don’t have an ear for this kind of stuff so I can’t really say I know how to use it well…but the point is that I learned something new. I also was reminded of how much I love photomanipulations. Been awhile since I’ve done that. All in all good creative day. Have a few more things to work on before bed tonight, but for now celebrating the wins of my day!

Question for you! What did you do today that you’re proud of?

I’m proud of finishing this Challenge Video and still having extra time in the day!



Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks – Road Trip Vlog 2

Made it through another day of vlogging. Sorry this one is a bit late. I finished it at 1 AM and decided that I wanted to sleep instead of wait for it to upload to Youtube.

It was a fun hiking trip. I enjoyed being able to hike again, although my mother did not mentally prepare me for the sharp drops that we were hiking up. I expected a hike, but not one quite as steep as we went up. It was a lot of fun, very exhausting, but fun. We proceeded to follow this up with a huge dinner of pizza.

I’m pleased I’m making headway on my video goals since it’s been awhile since I’ve tackled that. It’s also nice trying to remember to keep track of my day to day and learning to put a quick narrative together for this story skillset I’m working on.

Anyway, I’ll elaborate on my trip and feelings about vlogging when I get home. I have a ton of photos and video I didn’t get to for edits today so more things will trickle out as time goes by.

And now, the vlog. More soon!

Story Campaigns by Device

I watched these signature stories by Device, produced for American Express. I really like the simplicity of these stories. The narration of their brands that they have crafted with very simple shapes built upon each other to show off what they’re saying. It’s different from showing a photos and short films of the stories because the illustrations build upon what the narrator’s voice. It creates an image of these people without forcing you to box in their face and brand by showing photos. This gives the stories a dream like feeling and helps to make the customer visualize themselves.

These are great advertisements. It’s a great little campaign and they harmonize each story together via animation, but they also separate them by personalizing it with the narrations. I love when campaigns are easily recognizable because the style and stories go together. They can be strong on their own, but you can tell they belong together at the same time. These animations do that very well in a cohesive narrative through script, copy, illustration, and animation. Hope you enjoy!


What story do you see?

Day 8 of 365.

Let’s talk stories in art. Below is a quick manipulation I created out of my own photographs & stock photos from Unsplash. I guess it’s not really talk so much as what do you think this photo represents to you? I have my own reasons for the type of narration I want to express through this. I don’t want my personal statement to make any type of impression of your interpretations, so I’d rather not say anything at all (at least not until tomorrow’s blog). I do ask that everyone, who looks at this, to really think about what kind of narrative you take away. Especially since this is a very abstract piece.

I believe that stories shouldn’t always be told to us, sometimes you have to make up your own. These stories can be personal, shallow, narrative, a documentary, and much more. It’s up to the viewer to really make the stories for themselves.

Today’s story experiment is to see what stories you can think of. Please leave a comment or tweet at me with the story of this manipulation.