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.
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!