Cultivate a Better World

This week, our design theme was "social message," or PSA, and the style was modern/naïve. I chose to make a video about Chipotle's environmental values and Local Grower Initiative that ensures their food is safely grown by local farmers. Take a look!

Design Board

Styleframes

Process Highlights

Run, Forrest, Run

Another week, another new project to share! This time our key word was wayfarer (person who travels on foot) & the design theme was illustrative. I decided to recreate Forrest Gump as a stylized character and play around with some warped perspectives of him running around. Take a look at the finished frames below! I've added the full piece as a portfolio page too — click the link if ya'd like to see some of my process work, plus one more frame that I'm still finishing up to complete the board :)

Lacoste Lovers

I had the pleasure of repurposing a little sketch I did in France for a classmate who found her future husband there! Here's the design I put together for their wedding invitation. It features the Lacoste landscape (originally drawn with Micron pens and watercolor pencils) and a little digital calligraphy to match it. I designed both an English and French version! Congratulations to MacKenzie and Philippe :) 

Nature of Love

Happy Valentine's Day! This week I designed frames for a hypothetical video prompted by the word "Nature," which I turned into a concept about the nature of love in the animal kingdom. Did you know that only about 3-5% of an estimated 4,000 species of mammals practice monogamy? Or that the bond between wolf siblings is equally as strong as that between parents? Or that sea otters hold hands while they sleep, which is totally adorable — but, not romantic at all — since it's actually mothers holding onto their pups so they won't drift away.

I learned a whole lot while planning this design board and had just as much fun executing it!

Styleframes

Process work

The Golden Touch

This week, Sara Roma and I had a lot of fun working on tactile design boards for the theme "Fable." We decided on the story of King Midas whose touch turned everything to gold, since we thought it would be perfect for this hands-on type of project. As a twist, we turned the main character into a beautiful female instead, and we made the visuals feel as if they were part of an imaginative fairytale. The designs follow a tale of a princess who is so obsessed with her gold possessions that she wishes for a golden touch, but grows to regret it very quickly when she can no longer enjoy the tastes or smells around her.

Styleframes

Process shots

Compositing

and a GIF, just for funsies

 
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Make sure to go check out Sara's other tactile & stop motion work — she's super rad and I never would've thought to do something like this on my own!

Compositing practice!

I've been brushing up my Photoshop skills with some exercises for Design for Motion class this week. Here are the three designs I made for the abstract portion of the assignment; I'm pretty happy with how they turned out :)

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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!

Wawa Promo Video

IT’S DONE!! I just finished my first Motion Media project since officially deciding to switch my major. Check it out by clicking the link above!

For those who are unfamiliar with Wawa, it’s like a combination of [Parker’s, for those living in Savannah, or any other convenience store around the US], Starbucks, and Subway… but better. They’re based in the northeast and their headquarters is right near my hometown so I am a huge fan of Wawa stores and their products. They sell everything from hoagies to stuffed soft pretzels to cannoli dip&chips to apple slices without the skin, and they’re open 24/7 so you can buy this stuff whenever you want. (I’ll be honest, I stopped for a dirt pudding cup at 1am when I flew home this weekend.) So, Wawa is a brand that is very close to my heart, and I decided to create this little appreciation video as a promo for their beverages which are great at any time of day.