This is a test animation I made for a creature that I used in one of my projects senior year. I originally intended for this piece to be interactive in the sense that the viewer would need to feel some kind of emotional need to take care of this creature. The video here shows the creature examining the viewer and chewing. I also tried to show the creature becoming less groomed and mangier, hoping that the viewer would want to groom the creature themselves. This is not the animation I ended up using for the project.
This is a photo book project I created for a digital media class. I had been working a lot with an underwater theme that semester, and wanted to continue to work along those lines for this project. At that time I had read about a number of different unknown underwater sounds recorded by NOAA, and was thinking about underwater beasts and about the strange creatures that live in deep ocean. As I stated in my post about the whale shark, I wanted to write a narrative about an underwater explorer, so I ended up writing a short fictional journal for a deep sea explorer and their homemade submarine.
The whale shark was the animal that originally gave me the idea for “The Deep” because I read that whale sharks are very docile sharks, and that sometimes scuba divers can grab onto their dorsal fins and go for a ride. That nugget of knowledge made me want to write a story about an underwater adventure.
This is the first finished animation I produced using Maya. I wanted to create something that looked like a cartoon, and then focus on getting the motion to look as insect-like as possible.
These tube worms are another example of work from, “The Deep.”
This is a clown fish that belongs in the group with the other sea creatures.
This is a short animation that I did to practice different kinds of motion. I was experimenting with creating different characters through the character’s movement, rather variations of form. Although they are not are more abstract in form, I think of these characters as types of insects. For example, I like to think of the purple spikes as ants.
This clay project was also a part of “The Deep.” Here I have depicted barnacles to accompany the angler fish.
This is a photo from a collection of photos I took about sea creatures. I made these creatures out of oil based clay, and staged the photos for a photograph. This was part of a short narrative story I wrote, which I self published as a book. I will discuss the whole book in a later post.