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For my final motion media project this quarter, we were asked to visualize a poem that resonates with our personal experiences. Far from the usual pastel illustrations and fun concepts I normally work with, these designs reflect a much darker place that I’ve been struggling to pull myself out of mentally over the past few weeks. The song I chose is about happiness, but the artist wrote it after his wife left for Africa and he felt like his happiness had been taken away. It’s a feeling that is powerful and pure but even stronger in its absence, and sometimes we fall to points where it doesn’t seem like we can find happiness at all. I think it’s important to embrace these points because without darkness we can’t appreciate the light.

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My first assignment for Concepts and Storyboards was quite the little challenge. We started out by researching different art movements and then we created style frames for a brand with two clear inspirations – I chose Pop Art and Impressionism. Since those are such distinct and dissimilar styles, it made the next part of the assignment very difficult: merge the two into three more frames with unique compositions using only elements from the first part of the project. Here’s what I came up with!