Why Brain, Why?

I woke up and drew a fantastic creation today. I am not sure why I thought it was going to be relevant for a rebranding. I’m really miffed at my morning idea. I remember looking at an amazing animation and being really excited to create something. Pulled out the Cintiq and opened Photoshop. And then drew a cat. Specifically my family cat, Zorro. Spent several hours refining the illustration and style that related to a motion graphic I have no script or plot for or idea for that matter, but I know it was meant for animating. I specifically used my own brand colors, including new ones I added as a part of the rebranding, and just went all in creating.

Somewhere around 3pm, I realized I don’t know why the drawing of the cat is relevant to ANYTHING. It’s not going into an animation, it’s not work related, it’s not a gift, nor is it supposedly for my website. But now I have an illustration of my cat. I really don’t know why I drew him. My brain decided it was a good idea at some point between 9 am and 10 am because I drew several ideations of him from 10am to 3pm. I am genuinely confused about why I did this and have spent the last few hours trying to find the connecting thought. How did I go from awesome mograph to website rebrand to drawing my cat?

From the general blasphemy of my mind, I present you with screenshots of what I created today. I’ll see if I can find a way to bring into my rebrand.

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Digital Plein Air Sketches

I got distracted by the internet today. I did make this as a result of the distraction, although, t’was not the original reason I got on the computer. Sometimes I go on the Adobe Twitch to motivate me to work. Instead of animating, I saw that Syd was doing digital plein painting, so I joined in at the last hour or so to create these two scenes. Was a fun idea and quick project. I’ve never thought of going through Google Earth and finding awesome places to draw from. So, new pass time activity.

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Update on other projects, still really behind on the camping video. I also need to “eat the frog” and finish animating for bootcamp. I have a new desk setup with a large monitor which helps with animation and video editing. So much nicer to animate with a lot of screen real estate. I don’t know why I didn’t move my monitor up to my room sooner. It’s so nice! The camping video is taking awhile due to lack of a tripod. Takes longer to find good footage. I’m gonna stop complaining about my lack of progress and go work on something.

Hope you all made something today! ‘Cause at least you’re making something, which is better than nothing.

Bye!
~Kendall

Digital Doodles 2

I had a reason for going into photoshop…but I forgot what I was making halfway through and ended up just arting. Pulled out the cintiq to letter in photoshop, got distracted, and this happened. Now too tired to return to the original purpose of working on my selfi animation. So I present you with more digital doodles. I don’t know what to do with these doodles. Anyone want a new desktop or phone background? You’re welcome to use them, just let me know if you do. If anyone has any ideas of what to do with these let me know.

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Animation Inspiration 73 | Backpack Sketch & Interactive Olympic Site

Drew another backpack sketch while watching Syd Weiler’s Twitch stream today. I like going on there to watch other people create. It’s inspiring and motivating. The problem is that my computer overheats if I watch a stream and try to animate at the same time. It’s fun to sketch, but I would prefer animating at the same time. Oh well, as long as I’m creating something.

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Also sharing this awesome website about some of the Olympic athletes. I like the incorporation of motion graphics and video as it explains how each of the athletes move. If you have time I recommend going through each of the featured people. It’s very interesting. Love the interactivity of the site. I’m enjoying the trend of using videos as the site background.

NY Times Interactive Olympics

 

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http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/05/sports/olympics-gymnast-simone-biles.html

 

 

Camping items

Some quick sketches of items that I took and used during the camping trip. Still need to do some tweaking. Had fun working through the whole process on my cintiq. Usually I end up with a combo of analogue and digital sketches, but this time I just started in photoshop. I’m pleased with the illustrations.

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Thanks for viewing!

~Kendall

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.

 

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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!

Styleframes:

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Speedpaint of Location in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Meet my extremely sketchy doodle from the Raven Boys I did mostly via my ipad, but since I couldn’t really record my screen on there I ended up only being able to catch the tail end of my edits on my desktop. Hope you enjoy I liked this and might do more.