The first 2 hours were spent just planning. I first wanted to figure out if I could actually rotoscope. So I borrowed my friends tablet, and my friends knowledge. Found a random gif online and set to work trying to trace over it. The gif I happened to choose was someone falling down so I thought it would be kind of cool to do my own animation of someone falling down. I quickly realized no matter how much I tried, I couldn’t figure out how to trace the face and make it look nice.
So for the final, I decided to make a gif of someone falling down and then trace over it and color it in.
I choose my roommate to be my model. At first we were about to take the pictures indoors, but then I decided to move it outside to the patio cause the clouds looked nice. We had to retake the photos twice because the first time I missed half her body (good job maria)
Once I had all my pictures, I loaded them all to bridge, and then photoshop and made it into a gif.
Once I had a gif, with 36 frames. I spent 30 minutes trying to pick out the frames that were not needed, and delete them and then another 15 minutes renaming all the frames. 10 minutes putting them into a group and getting it all right.
I really didn’t like hour 6 and 7. I had my gif all ready to be traced, and I had gotten the Bamboo box out and set it all up. Thats when i realized I didn’t actually know how to use it. I knew how to set up my friends tablet, but I didn’t know how to set this one up. (mind you all you have to do is plug it in, open photoshop and start drawing) I thought you had to install it on the computer and its just all embarrassing stuff. literally 2 hours later, I finally figured it out. We shall never speak of hour 6 and 7 ever again
K how does one actually start rotoscoping? 30 minutes of hour 8 was spent looking at tutorials. Another 30 minutes was attempting to implement what the tutorials taught me.
By hour 9, I had finally figured out on which layer to draw on and it just got a lot less complicated. I organized the layers again so that it made it easier.
Who knew, we finally get to the tracing. Tracing actually was rather calming. Really tedious, but not as hard as I thought it would be. Once I got the first frame down, it ended up taking each frame about 10 minutes to do (I actually timed myself.) I had to redo a couple frames though.. oops.
With all my frames drawn, I started coloring them in. I didn’t know if i wanted to have a pattern with the colors but i know i wanted the jean cuffs to be a different color then the rest of it.
My gif was basically done, but it felt like it was missing something. While I did like the background, I felt like i needed to add something. So After 30 minutes of trying to find the right background, I decided on a runway. Another 15 minutes later of finding the right runway, I added it into my gif. The more I stared at it though, the more it felt like it needed a black background. So I put in a black background instead to see if it would make the colors pop out more. It did. But I still cant decide which I like more.
The last hour was spent fixing the image size, and publishing it to the web with the right colors and everything. It took a lot longer than anticipated because it kept deleting some of my colors.
Bonus 15 minutes later:
I added patrick.
Yasuanao Tone was a weird artist to end on. His work is like no other that we have seen. He is a Japanese artist who was part of the Fluxus movement in the 1960’s. He participates in noise music, and is known for his musical work which uses unconventional techniques. For one of his albums, he damaged audio CD’s and used the discs to create new pieces. He has been awarded many grants for his pieces as well as fellowships in performance/emerging
While I understand why many enjoy his work, and why it is art. I personally do not like it. I appreciate the technique that goes into making his work, and the process, but actually sitting down and listening to it is something that I cant bring myself to do.
Marco Brambilla is a video artist from Millan, Lombardy, Italy who lives and works in Italy. He is most famously known for his video collage and installations. His installations have been screened at Venice Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival. He also made a short film in 2005 called Sync which was screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival as well as the Sundance Film Festival.
One of his most famous works that brought him into the mainstream world was his one-minute music video for Kanye West’s song “power” in 2010.
The piece was inspired by Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel, and it sort of reminded me of one of the previous artist we did Rashaad Newsome.
Another one of his really cool video installations that I found to be the most intriguing is “Cathedral.”
It’s a 9:32 video that was filmed in a mall and was installed in a mirrored box, which brought it into three dimensions and multiplied the images. It was very interesting because the way I was looking at it was that shoppers during Christmas time (when this video was filmed) really look at malls as cathedrals and are so entranced by it.
Evan Roth is an artist born in Okemos, Michigan and is based in Paris. He went to the University of Maryland and received a degree in architecture. He then went on to receive his MFA from the Communication, Design and Technology school at Parsons The New School for Design. He is known to apply hacker philosophy in his art. His work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Israel Museum. One of my favorite pecies by him is “Internet Cache Self Portrait series.” They are composed of uncensored streams of images, that are collected through internet browsing using an algorithm
Jeremy Blake is a digital artist and painter born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He got his BFA in 1993 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA in 1995 from the California instate of the arts. In 2000, 2002 and 2005 he was selected to be part of the Whitney Biennial.He is most famous for his “Winchester” series which is inspired by the Winchester Mystery House, and his digital C-prints. Two of my favorite C prints from him are “The Witches Cap” done in 2004
Both of them speak to me in an aesthetic level. I Think the colors are extremely well balanced. Neither are too bright or too dark. His paintings are also really cool. They are very hyper realistic which I love. My favorite is “Sodium Ancestor.”
It looks like a photo that was just blurred out a little on Photoshop. Very realistic and very cool.
Takeshi Murata is a Digital video artist from Chicago, Illinios. He went to the Rhode Island School of Design. He’s had solo exhibitions at the Hirshborn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. and has his work part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The work thats part of the permanenet collection is his 2005 “Monster Movie.” Monter Movie takes a 1981 movie Caveman and digitally manipulates it so that it glitches, and has different colors, and shapes with music in the background.
One of my favorite pieces that I have seen that he has done is his 2012 Ecectrolyte. I cant really explain why I like it. I guess its just my aesthetic.
Its very simple, I love how its all white except 3 objects that are colored. It has a bit of texture to it that makes it look like some of the objects are digitally animated, from a video game. While the rest of the objects don’t have that same texture to it.
Jodie Mack is a British experimental animator who received a Masters of Fine Arts in film, video and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and now is an associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College. She uses collage in her handmade films to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling as well as the tension between form and meaning.
One of her videos “Unsubscribe No. 4: The Saddest Song in the world” shows a college of paper scraps, which look like clippings from a magazine. It depicts the fun and challenging aspects of a relationship with the background music of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”
My favorite videos of hers is Lilly made in 2007. Its photo-negatives used to illustrated WWII tragedy. My favorite part is once it hits around 1:20. It gets pretty dark, with voices of children laughing and screaming with negatives of people. And then a voice comes and starts telling her story with shapes illustrating it. Shapes of bombs and swastika being shown as well as negatives of what I presume is the narrator’s photos of her wedding day (that she was talking about.) It was beautiful and sad.