In my undergrad the people were divided to two: those how can draw who eventually became an illustrators and those how cant and became designers... I became a designer 😂 But, because I thought I never can cross this line I didn't dare to take class that involved drawing.
Now I am older (and wiser) and because I just want to learn and experience I decided try drawing.
I first thought of the concept:
I'm in the MOST amazing city in the world but because of COVID and the feeling of being not local I still feel some time that I'm experience of the city is from behind a glass shield, absorbing but not a part. I thought that a glass snowball can perfect to shows my felling and my massage.
I started by looking on real life pictures of people doing the same position and action I want to draw. Then I copied the photos to illustrator and draw on the photo with the pan tool
Then I looked for photos with color plates that can work to my animation.
then I start to draw and style my illustrator.
In the bicycle animation the position was really complicated to draw so I choose a few bicycle illustration that helped me
After I felt ok with the drawing part it was time to move to the animation. I started by duplicating the changes on every frame
Then I uploaded the files to Adobe animated and created keyframes. The sun and the snow were symbols. For me, the most complicated thing was the loop. Especially in the snow, I tried a few things..
it isn't still smooth but there are the final results:
Understanding comics reading:
I never was a "comics person", I love reading books but I never understood the need for visuals.
Until last year when I read my first visual novel "maus"
and it was amazing!! it effected the way I thought about storytelling. That is why I was glad to read the understanding comics and tried to figuring out what is the ״magic" that happened in this kind of storytelling. I wrote a few points:
I loved when he tried to guess to orient of comics.
A few weeks ago I visited the MET museum and when I saw this exhibit:
I know that it can be used as an inspiration for animation class. Even though he is not sure this is the orient it is still (for me) some kind if comics or at least a visual story with story lines and frames.
2. As a former art history student I completely agree with him that no history of art teacher will say that a 20th century art could be a comics even thought it have a storyline. I think is a mistake, history of art teachers shouldn't be afraid of different forms of art and even take the opportunity to learn about other arts
3. I really liked during all 4 chapters to read about the different styling in different cultures, it made me think of how little I know about comics even in my own country.
4. A few thing he mentioned made me think about animation:
How a few things are different: like in the example above, there are no any gaps in animation.
but some thing are the same, like the example above, the reaction must be shown:
6. With the example above I could really relate, it reminded me the world that I come from (visual communication) and how visual can show time or status.
7. I loved how style and design can completely effect the story line and the concept
8.And last but not least is style: a good story line (not only in comics) should effect a few more senses and no t only vision.