A short little animation about a short little ninja.
Pencil Tests: Meet Rosie, a plucky little ninja girl with a fiery personality and absolutely no concept or care for how small she is. I've just recently completed Sweet Moves, a portrait and introduction of Rosie as a character.
Please enjoy her walk cycle as well, my first opportunity to test out color for her. Sweet Moves will have ink and color soon!
THE VIEW FROM BLUE
The images featured are stills from a large animation project that is currently a work in progress. Working title, The View from Blue, this piece is a meditation on
the rift between a child and adult perception of shared locations, objects and experiences. The View from Blue is inspired from my childhood and observations of people, especially at that time. It focuses on the current of change that grows stronger in children as they grow older and manipulates the emotional consistency
of the world around them. Personal transformations of the heart and body can, over time, make our world new over and over again, for better or for worse.
This little girl is our main character, Colette.
The clip above is one of two short commercials that were created for a hypothetical "cause" - this one being, National Left-Handed Awareness. This short animation is a visual exploration of the differences between right-handed (left-brained) and left-handed (right-brained) perspectives on life. As a comedic approach to the "awareness" commercial, this parody invites us all to embrace the smaller, even seemingly inconsequential things that make us different. On the grounds of handedness - when we have rights, there's still a choice. Write Left.
PERCEPTION AS PASSAGE
Click here to watch PERCEPTION AS PASSAGE
This animated short was created specifically for the 2010 RITES OF PASSAGE show held at the Cooper Union's new Academic Building. All of the work selected for the show sought to define what a rite of passage was - and my response was actually very closely related to the themes I handle in The View From Blue.
My investigation of a rite of passage focused on the way we perceive the physical world within the first two decades of our lives. This is a turbulent time of transformation - for one will never evolve as drastically in mind, body, or spirit as within this time period. That being said, I explore how the consistency of physical objects serve as anchors in that world... a fixed point against all the constant movement and ephemeral experiences. I use animation, a medium all too often categorized as strictly for children (especially in Western perspective), to illustrate the child's psyche and physical point of view of an ice cream bowl on a kitchen ledge. As the viewer grows older (and taller), we see the wonder of childhood stripped away, until all that remains is the adult perspective (live action), at an adult height, where one can finally see if there was ever anything inside the bowl.
The rite of this passage only reveals itself once one has passed through. Somewhere along the way between childhood and adulthood, we exchange one pair of eyes for a new one.