Finally! Intro is at its final form. I'm still tweaking bits and pieces, but for Friday this will do. You'll see how the lines will transform into the hearing chart soon! Very excited to see all of it come together.
Huge chunk of my animation depends on this hearing chart landscape. When I started this project, I visualized the interaction of sound closely with this chart below. The character would walk around this surreal landscape encountering and interacting with sounds surrounding him. Only, because he is mid to severe hearing loss; he can only really respond to sounds near the end of landscape.
I am starting to animate the pieces inside the chart that represents sounds - alarm clock, vacuum, [sh], [th], etc.
Currently working on getting ASL animated for the quote from Katherine Bouton's book Shouting Won't Help: Why I - and 50 Million Other Americans - Can't Hear You.
"Today the term 'deaf' is politically incorrect for someone like me.
But I like the word 'deaf.' It's blunt, it's sassy. It's a way to talk back to your handicap"
Narrated by Deborah Rookey, and the scene is for my motion graphics Senior Capstone for Spring 2018. It is still work in progress. I don't like the flickers, but I will edit the blank frames at the end when I feel that I have smooth enough transition between each signs. The reason for doing that is because I am not familiar with ASL and I want to make sure that I am most accurately representing Deborah's translation of the quote above!
ASL sign by sign translates to this:
"Today Word Deaf #politically (she spells it out)
not precise for person me-same-as,
But I like Deaf
Deaf mocks my #handicap"
Starting now, I'm using this blog page to update the progress on my capstone. I'll be updating the concept behind my motion graphics, the primary source I'm working with and my personal investment in the topic of deafness. More will come this weekend -
For now, here's a frame I'm working on of the line from Katherine Bouton's book Shouting Won't Help "...What do we hear when there's nothing at all to hear?... It's noisy. The brain creates noise to fill the silence, and we hear this as tinnitus. perhaps only someone with profound deafness can achieve this level of silence, so paradoxically loud."
Very excited to announce that Wash U AIGA is hosting "From Panic to Position: De-mystifying the internship" panel. It was a great fun to design the poster for it. Square version is for instagram.
We often associate colors with objects we use everyday, for sentimental values or out of necessity. Today I photographed my stuff by colors. In each color group are objects that I associate with that color the most. For example when I think of blue, I immediately think of my thyroid pills that i can't live without. For pink with alarm clock because of my hearing loss. However significant these individual objects are, in the vacuum of monotone the important object becomes muted and becomes one with the noise.
🔥🔥 H O T O F F T H E P R E S S🔥🔥
AIGA Sam Fox gear is FINALLY here! Catch us tabling with Art Council next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (12/4, 12/5, and 12/6) from 11:00am - 1:00pm for $20 sweatshirts. All proceeds go towards funding educational and professional workshops! I am wearing one of my design and you can check it out in more detail here. Hope to see you all at Etta's next week!
Crit day! We created zines/book/booklet/editorial/posters about a podcast of our choosing. I chose one of the On Being series. Tippett interviews Marie Howe, a poet, about her life, poetry, motherhood, and healing. It was 30 page illustrated book divided into four chapters.
This is a video I made senior year of high school (4 years ago wow time flies) to ask a friend to a prom. I dug it up because it was one of the first videos I've storyboarded and shoot for fun. I've made couple other videos in the past, but I can't seem to locate any. It'd take me hours to design, shoot and edit them but I always had so much fun that I didn't know how long time has passed.
This semester has been one of the most rewarding, self searching time for me. Sure, bit of that is because I am thinking about life after college, but mostly I am learning new design methods other than illustrations on print media and posters that really vibes with me. For the first time in my program I made a motion graphics in After Effects to promote an album release. It isn't my finest piece, but working on it brought me back to remembering all the hours I've spent designing a storyboard, shooting and making videos. I realized that I completely neglected this hobby because I didn't know that was what one can do as a career. I feel like I'm back to beginning learning what design is, and I am both terrified and excited to venture into it but nothing felt so right picking it up again after four years. These days I've been spending my time outside of classes to research and just make more of motion content.
I'm currently working on a title sequence for Macbeth. For the next two weeks we get to work on projects that we want to. I am so excited because I am learning more and more on how to create a coherent/captivating visual narrative, and so I wanted to create a title sequence for one of the most famous tragedy. Doug, my professor, will help me designing the screen/storyboard and individual components and I will in my free time actualize the sequence in After Effects.
Recently I've taken up interest in motion graphics and I realized for the first time that this could be something I can do more than a hobby. I have a lot to work on, but it's a start in actualizing what I want to do. I am utilizing my research archive of type play/title sequences from Static-Motion project I did recently in Design capstone, and applying it here in my Illustration capstone.
To celebrate Society of Illustrator's 60th anniversary, SI held a competition. I've submitted one of my images as well! This illustration was part of the 100 people illustration challenge I did recently. I was drawing it I thought to myself: What would I tell myself about love if I meet the younger me?
One of the weekly Reference Repository I've been making. I'm always reflecting on meaning of design and the responsibility that comes with mastery of certain skills. If we can do anything with this set of knowledge, besides keeping us fed and clothed what else can we do with it? What else must we do with it?
Design can influence how we inform ourselves: delivery of information. I told myself long time ago that I want my design and illustration to tell a visual narrative of things that matter, that keeps us grounded. Entering into an art program within a university was first step in actualizing that goal. My four years at college gave me the verbal coherency and understanding the importance of research.
Recently I attempted to define the term design for myself and my conversations with Becca went like this:
Me: "For me design seems to be a process of negotiations arriving to a place of agreement using medium most appropriate to meet that agreement. I feel like I am better at gaging what makes it a good design, or comparing two design works than defining it. More I am learning about design methods and those who shape the field, I am questioning the definition of it all. I am most curious of your definition because you are one of the professional in the field I can have conversation about in person. I assume the term and practice is different for everyone, and I am curious what your personal criteria/definition/philosophy is."
Becca: "I really respond to what you said about design being "a process of negotiations"—this is quite an eloquent articulation of our process. In a given prompt or project we work with a multitude of terms, strategies, and variables, and it's all about how we bring those disparate elements together and how they push and pull on one another to arrive at engaging visual output."
we plan to further talk about in person.
Over the weekend Doug assigned us to draw 100 people. Needless to say studio was busy all of weekend. I've been working on developing one specific visual language all semester, so switching up was a great exercise. The shear amount of illustration in short span of time was a thrill of its own!