Happy & Sad Dreams

Hey friends,

Sorry, this blog has been inactive the past month or so. I’ve been prioritizing other projects and IGOTAJOB.

Not saying what this job is at until I’ve finalized paperwork…mostly because my brain is still telling me that it’s not real even though I know it is. It probably won’t feel real until the first day of work which is coming up on March 13. In the meantime, I’m moving to New York City without a place to stay and lots of craziness as a result. Well, that’s not entirely true…I have family in Connecticut that is letting me crash there for a couple days while my dad and I go apartment searching. After that, the only plans are to make an Airbnb reservation for the rest of the month. I leave for the city this Sunday, March 6th. Life has gone from 5 mph to 100 mph what feels like overnight.

To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’m absolutely terrified too. But the good kind of terror. The kind of terror that you just are so excited to pursue that you’re running at a cliff full speed with only a very thin bungee cord and a very brief safety talk. I’m so unprepared but so ready to spring at this opportunity. Life is going to be insane for the next month and I will be updating this blog as much as possible.

I’m thinking about daily uploads here again. Ones that function similar to a journal so that I don’t forget all the little details and moments of the move and memories I’m about to make. I am so ignorant right now of all the business and movement New York City is going to hit me over the head with, but I’m so excited to try my best and live there.

In other news, a sad one, some of my childhood is leaving me. My favorite video store, The Video Station is closing. It hurts like hearing a friend has passed to know that my weekends will never again hear “Can you pick up _____ film/movie/tv show from the Video Station?”

It’s a relic that shaped my childhood, my dreams, inspiring me, and gave me a goal I didn’t realize I had. I want to design title sequences at some point during my art journey and the movie magic love comes from this place. I owe The Video Station for teaching me about stories. It’s a library of artistic moments that have shaped some of the stories I tell today. My dad said it sadly, “I will no longer look forward to Friday evenings.” It’s true. Every time I’ve left Boulder some of the things I miss most are watching videos and TV with the family, eating dinner, and going for walks with the pets and my mother. But crowding around the TV to watch a film my dad grabbed from The Video Station was always something I loved. Fresh popcorn (not that microwave kind), green apples, blankets with the lights low all huddled on the couch to anticipate the film found on the shelves of this place.

It’s sad to hear, not something unexpected, but sad. I’m sorry that it happened and some part of me wants to find a way to fight back, but I’m not sure how. How do you bring a video store back when everyone wants convenience? I’ll admit Netflix is easier to watch sometimes, but it’s never had all the titles I want to see. There’s no charming surprise of a title there, just algorithms that tell me what I’ve already seen in a different form. I’ll miss the recommendations and the charm of browsing, finding that story I didn’t know I wanted to watch.

To The Video Station, Thank you for giving me a foundation of stories to live by. Horse films that I rented out constantly, horror and sci-fi I couldn’t get instantly from Netflix, foreign films I’ve never heard of, and stories that bring me joy. Thank you for being here and I’ll miss you greatly, old friend.

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Animation Inspiration 85

Yay it’s Sunday night, which means I will actually get stuff done tomorrow Weekends always get taken over by family time. Also I finally feel better after that long week of networking. I went to 6 major events which involved lots of networking, plus a concert and meeting…I’m surprised I had any energy at all considering I’m a big introvert meaning I draw most energy from being alone. Seriously surprised I was even peppy at any of those events.

‘Nyway, here’s some Animation Inspiration.

History of Japan | By Bill Wurtz

I feel like I’ve shared this before, but either way you should watch this. It’s a fun strange animation with great information and narration. Very quirky and hilarious.

Far West Far City | By Alkanoids

Love the action and movement of this piece. Very quick and great movement. The viewers eye is drawn around the screen perfectly! The sound design is great too.

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!

Animation Inspiration 75

Spent today babysitting and drawing with the kids. I sketched on my ipad and have yet to transfer over to my computer. Might continue drawing later, if not will share the sketches tomorrow.

AMI | By Tantrum

Lovely transitions throughout the entire piece. Leaves a great feeling and has great movement for the eye. The animators do a wonderful job with helping the eye follow lines and focus on key elements. Great design work and a pleasure to watch!

Nadia Comaneci perfect 10 | By Fluor

Love this. I’ve been watching Olympic athletes and wanting to make some gifs. Have yet to find enough time in the day to make all the projects. Soon. This animation is simple, well as simple as animating a gymnast can be, and pleasant to watch. Great drawings and sound design.

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!

A Very Dan Brown Themed Trip | Booktube-a-Thon 2016 | Day 6

My book spine poetry video is coming soon. I’ve been trying to balance reading and getting challenges in for the day of rather than backtracking. I really do want to finish that one though, so I should be up soon. Instead I did today’s challenge which is Literary Book Travels. Basically pick literary locations you would want to travel to. I had so many different places I wanted to go, but for the sake of sanity just ended up picking Dan Brown’s mystery books. He has so many different places that are rich in history as his main locations, and they’re all places I want to go to. If I had more time would have illustrated some places and maybe animated them. There’s also the potential to create some travels based around fictional worlds like Narnia & Hogwarts. I’ll have to leave that for another week though. Till then I need to read more, only one more day left of this readathon!

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.

Animation Inspiration 67

Since I’m trying to still clean and get myself back to the top of my game I’ll just be providing some inspirational animations until I create something I feel worthy of the internet.

Science World: How do you stop mosquitos from spreading disease? | By Polyester Studio

This is cute. It makes me laugh and reminds me of how much I hate mosquitos.

Coke Contour | By Gareth O’Brien

Nice and simple animation with fun shapes and definitely on brand.

Animation Inspiration 66

So I wanted to be finished with my Booktube-A-Thon TBR video, honestly, I got distracted. So since I don’t have an update for that tonight I’ll just leave you with a couple animations.

TomTom – Drive | By Colin Hesterly

This one has some fun animations while keeping the design simplistic and “corporate” feeling. It’s very to the point and easy to follow. Very fluid and great fun to watch. Love the music that goes along with it and how easy the script is to read. Love Colin Hesterly’s work, this was great to watch!

Senna, in the Heart of Brazil | By Le Cube

This one I watched a few times because it’s hard to read the subtitles and concentrate on the animation at the same time. The animation is amazing with fluid transitions and great follow through. Love the rain with the little splashes and details. The movement from scene to scene is beautiful and translates the feeling of the narrator extremely well. Lovely piece!

Animation Inspiration 65

We spent most of today hanging out with family and driving so I don’t have a ton to show you today. Here’s some Animation Inspiration to inspire you to create tomorrow!

Shh! We Have A Plan – Trailer | By Chris Haughton

This is cute! I love the character designs and simple plot. Adorable trailer!

Soviet Cars GIFS | by Nikolay Ivanov

Love these loops. I’ve never animated a car, it looks like it’d be a bit complicated with all the different moving parts. Although, it probably can’t be much more complicated than figuring out how to make a smooth character animation. I love all the different moving parts on each vehicle. Would love it if I could see more animated gifs of the cars in action!