Jake's Animation Stuff

Hi, my name is Jake. I'm a 19 year old studying Digital Animation at the University of West London, this little bit of internet is here for showcasing my various works.

This is an example of the show I mentioned in my former post: The amazing life of Gumball. I personally think it has some gorgeous art styles and it’s very refreshing to see such different character interact with each other.

So Far, So Good.

Well, we’ve made progress in the sense that we’ve created ourselves a fairly strong storyboard and we have a good idea of how the cave and character will look, what with the cave including a huge wood and rock machine in the middle of it, it took a bit of research and imagination to get it right. As for the character design, it was based off an old style I started drawing and playing with at the beginning of this year, using a painterly style with small innocent features and fluffy hair to try and make him look as naive but with good intentions.

Research Essay

So I’ve got a rough idea on what i’m going to do my research essay about and that is: “The use of mixed media animation in the industry and how it is achieved”. I thought i’d look at whether or not it is as successful as sticking to one form of animation, whether it be 3D or 2D and what are some of the hardships and problems faced with trying to animate over one another. I also it would be interesting to look at the animation pipeline companies which specialize in this kind of animation go through. I also thought I’d look at some prime examples of such animation, a good example for me is “The Amazing world of Gumball on Cartoon Network” as it not only combines 2D and 3D animation, but it also includes a variety of styles and live action as well.

Starting Off Strong

Well, we started our project and it’s going well so far. It’s basis is off of an idea we have had since the beginning of the second year and it’s basis is around a young archaeologist accidentally stumbling into some Mayan ruins which indirectly tells the story of how this tribe of Mayans perished in the cave after trying to build a machine to help them achieve freedom.

This is the final advert, I decided to use a very doodle inspired style to create the same simplistic feeling which was in the pictures sent to us.

This is the website’s logo, featuring a green butterfly which most of us have agreed to use in there animation to promote the change from being bad at managing or whatever metaphor for this change we are using and being good at it. 

This is the website’s logo, featuring a green butterfly which most of us have agreed to use in there animation to promote the change from being bad at managing or whatever metaphor for this change we are using and being good at it.¬†

The List of questions.

This is the list of questions we decided on giving Susanne:

Business
What is the service your company offers?
What is the company message?
Who is your target audience?
Where will this be seen?

Style
What is it that appeals to you about the stye you have?
Is the feminine look intentional?
What feeling do you want to create?
Do your want to keep the butterfly motif?
Are there any essential elements you want included?

Production
Will this be live action video with animation sections?
Do you want video with animation mixed together?
Black and white? or Colour?
Music?
Voiceover?

Another piece of concept art with a different style I was thinking about using due to it’s painterly style and individuality.

Another piece of concept art with a different style I was thinking about using due to it’s painterly style and individuality.

A piece of concept of the character I am including in this piece in a style I’m thinking about using. This takes the given doodles and expands the visual style into colour and appropriate shading techniques. I decided to use a very sketchy and rough wash of colour.

A piece of concept of the character I am including in this piece in a style I’m thinking about using. This takes the given doodles and expands the visual style into colour and appropriate shading techniques. I decided to use a very sketchy and rough wash of colour.

Storyboard 

My idea for this little piece of animation expanded on a doodle which was given us including a man stranded on a raft at sea and compared it to a fairly posh man sitting in a beautiful boat, this prompted me to think of something fairly easy to understand and follow yet still includes the butterfly which is the company’s icon.