This day workshop gave me good practice in thinking about transitions between scenes. It was also really useful to see how much can be done with only one element – since this video only consists of about 4 animated elements. It’s made me keen to start manipulating my images using video editing software to see how far I can take my currently quite safe and realistic animations.
This was my first completed clip and I really like how it turned out. The flashing face feels like a pulse, which is a feature I’d like to continue with come the films completion in the Final Major Project. This has also got me thinking about soundtrack, (this particular clip uses music from a popular artist), as I’d like to be able to find – or possibly make – copyright-free music to work with further.
Still quite a novice at Blender, I had a go at playing with the physics functions on the program to see what I could create. I used a sample head shape and was interested to see if I could use the program to my advantage in some way, perhaps when I need to make a more complex, abstract animation that cannot be aided by videography alone.
A recurring feature I wish to include in my final film is the presence of an anonymous character portrayed through medical gloves, meant to represent at a base level the surgeon/doctors. Throughout the process of my surgery and recovery I have been constantly poked and prodded, and thought was interesting to see how much I could manipulate the face using facial expressions alone. Though this clip is not finished yet, I do like how the face and hands alternate between appearing, yet you can still follow the movement continuously.
Here I parodied Rossetti’s ‘Venus Verticordia’ by replacing model Alexa Wilding’s face with my own. Though the clip is currently a bit too fast I think it is progressing well and I’m excited to finish it completely. My next task is to finalise the pacing and finish the background flowers.
This is a sketch from another Rossetti painting also featuring the model Alexa Wilding. Similarly to my other Rossetti parodied animation, I simply replaced her face with my own with a purposefully neutral expression, as well as a couple subtle changes like the bracelet to add a bit more of myself into the painting. I’m not sure if I will animate this one as it will be quite complex with many more elements, so I think it will be a matter of if I have extra time after prioritising other clips.
This is a very unfinished clip but gives a good idea for what I am planning for more hectic or dramatic sections of my animation. I still have a lot of frames left to draw but I will keep a degree of the flashing in and out feeling like I have with my previous clips. For this example I have sped the footage up a couple of times to show how I can use the animation in a variation of different ways and atmospheres.
Below are some images I have been collecting that I have found online with which I draw inspiration from for the next portion of animations I am about to start. I am keen to explore more metaphorical and interesting sequences rather than just images of my face, and am keen to have fun with more experimental and imaginative imagery.