Creative Histories. Learning new skills

The main challenges, as I said in my first post about this project, were:

-Learning new techniques, rotoscoping and after effects. Now increased by the possibility of doing 2D animation.

-The lack of time (working fast-paced and creating a good piece of work in less than one month)

-Fitting the story in 60′

After last thursday I was feeling so confused about the project that I decided not to close any door.

I discarded 3 of the ideas:
-CREATIVE DISTRACTIONS: The idea of elements in my desk talking to me were seductive because the technique wasn’t too complicated, but I thought it wasn’t original enough.
-A RAINY NIGHT: Monsters getting close to me in a dark rainy night, I still like this idea but I should have to change angles of the camera several times to make it more interesting and I didn’t feel the final effect would be very enganging, though I am thinking I will try to plan it again and make it in the future.
-TINDER DATE: With this idea I gave a go with my camera and I went to record some shots to a restaurant, I realized that without help for the script it would be difficult to create a conversation genuinely engaging.


I selected 2 ideas because I wasn’t sure of which one would get a better result and because I wanted to learn 2 techniques: Rotoscoping in Photoshop and 2D animation


I kept the idea and recorded it at Stoke’s Croft with my partner.

Complications: He didn’t take it very seriously (though he put effort on it) and I had no experience directing and recording so I had to learn a lot about editing in Premiere to get a piece of material to start rotoscoping in photoshop. Also I found complications fitting it in the time stablished, ending up with 90′.

A first sketch of the edited footage to start rotoscoping:


First 3 seconds of rotoscoping



I came up with a new storyboard about one of my illustrations: Love Canyon

Logline: An alien feels lonely and finds love through a Dating App
Style: 2D animation

Technique: Hand-drawn elements edited in photoshop and animated in After Effects

First Week Development:


-Design of characters, elements and backgrounds

-First test animation (The simpsons?):I learnt basic element animation in after effects, key framing and parenting elements.


-Second test animation: Involving character animation.
I learnt about rigging a basic body but, some problems start to appear:

-How do I move the characters without moving the bodies?
*New challenge for the week: learning face animation

-How do I create a nice transition that makes the character look for tinder in his phone apps?

Next steps: start developing the other 2 scenes.




50 Things About Me. Adding a Key

As a solution for adding a key I have updated the illustration, writting on the top right corner (integrated with the illustration) “Find out more about it at”
And I have uploaded the key to my personal page. So in this way finding the key becomes a game and a tool of selfpromotion. Link to my web

For solving printing problems I found a commercial print space that prints directly in RGB so neon colours don’t have to be avoided.

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50 Things About Me. Adding elements and playing with colours. Digital and Print differences

After adding extra characters I played with colour and saturation to create a landscape in balance using the main tones pink and turquoise. I was looking for a similar effect than in one of my inspiration artist’s illustration Andrew Rae, where he uses blue ranges to create unity.

I am still rejecting the idea of putting names to all of the element, though I am thinking about numerating them.

I found the main problem when trying to transfer the bright and neon spirit of the digital illustration to the print version, and specifically in the green-blue range of colour where the pantone gama is very limited, creating strong aesthetic differences between the digital and the print version.


After a try I have changed part of the blue palette that was giving troubles when exporting in CMYK and I adjusted profiles to Colorimetric Absolute and Japan web Coated 2003.

These problems are normally solved from the beginning starting the illustration in CMYK profile, but as my strongest display is internet I prefered to have a very bright material to show online.

To get a better colour result I post edited the illustration in CMYK using the bright/contrast, levels and saturation tools.


Creative Histories

For this project we have been asked to create a 60′ piece of animation where we mix traditional and computer media using our strongest skills.

I have taken in consideration for the influences and development of ideas two of my best skill, the imagination and hand drawing style.

The biggest challenges of this project are:

-Learning new techniques, rotoscoping and after effects in my case

-The lack of time (working fast-paced and creating a good piece of work in less than one month)

-To find an idea that engages in 60 seconds and develops an understandable  introduction, core and conclusion for the viewer.


Logline: An artist tries to focus to create a drawing but the objects on his desk and the drawings don’t let him focus.
Style: Annoying Orange

Technique: Traditional video, Stopmotion and After Effect edition.

Shot: Close up, Bird’s eye view of the desk and the hands. Needs a tripod.

Development: In a funny way the elements try to convince the artist to use them instead of using other elements, or to distract him from work. Temptations between struggling to focus or abandoning it and going for a pint (possible ending)



Logline: An illustrator tinder date with a silly guy

Style: Waking life movie 

Technique: Video and  Rotoscope in photoshop, edition in After effects

Shot: Medium shot, wide focus of the restaurant.

Development: Many of us have been in an uncomfortable situation of a first date of hollow questions where our mind flies away or starts to imagine funny situations. In our date the protagonist will be so annoyed with her candidate that she will start to morph him in her mind in many different ways. (some ideas)


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Logline: In a rainy night a shortcircuit will mix a girl’s reality and cartoon worlds together.

Style: Coolworld

Technique: Doubting: maybe through rotoscope? or just playing with static elements  and light and shadow in After effects? In that case it would be 2D animation.

Shot: Static medium shot of the protagonist in the computer with a wide focus of the bedroom background

Development: This idea would be strongly related with the last project 50 Things About Me, sitting in the same position than in the poster, the protagonist would be affected by  lightning on a rainy night and lots of cartoon monsters will surround her until she becomes a cartoon too after some glitch and light effects and eventually all of them will be sucked into the computer.


Logline: A homeless person asks for some spare change and a dream starts.

Style: Joseph Pierce Rotoscopes

Technique: Traditional video, Rotoscope in Photoshop and edition in After Effects.

Shot: Handheld shot, subjective point of view, walking down the street.

Development: Influenced by the artwork of Meek (Australian graffiti artist inspired by Banksy)  link ref  and by Joseph Pierce short movie The pub where he use rotoscope to express underlying meanings.

I first came up with the idea of a journey through Stoke’s Croft at night where the people’s faces would morph into night creatures and monsters.

But thinking about the meaning of the piece of artwork “I want Change” I realised that I could do something more interesting in concept.



Other references:

Mixed media:

I admire and I would love to do this sort of animation but I think it requires a team of people and more time to develop

Hug me I am scared (puppetry)


Joseph Pierce

2D Animation



Hello stranger Kirsten Lepore

Specially in this one I like the way that engage she makes with the social media community with such a small amount of resources.



50 things about me. Working with colours

During this week I have been working in the rest of the characters and starting to add the main colours to the elements.
I have been changing from a saturated and wide  palette to a softer and more defined range  of colour choice, supported as well by the personality and tone of my last illustrations.

After printing some tasks and corrections are on the table.

1- Defining backgrounds: Is it going to be simple and bright? or am I going to add textures, gradients or shadows? Is it going to have the same treatment than characters?

2 – Fill up spaces: There are some spaces that seems a bit empty so I will add between 2-4 characters and some different plants along the canvas.

(Here I locate the idea of adding a character that may carry a legend or a list (key) to decipher the code*).

3-  Create a hierarchy of elements using contrast and colour. Maybe adding more colours? some extra blue or purple?

*In class we have been talking about adding a key the helps the viewer to read this map of characters, maybe by adding a character with a list or legend and numerating the elements, though it can reduce the imagination of the reader helping him to categorize the elements or to look at them by number instead of by appeal.

I will work in both versions and choose the best result.


50 Things About Me. Putting the pieces together 1º day

I started the poster by putting up together the parts and the characters of the main area.

I divided the canvas in two halfs and also following the rule of the thirds so i could put strong figures in each of the important points of atention. This exercise gave me information about how to continue with the composition a where to place new characters.

Also I realized I would have to add background or filling elements like plant leaves, anemones or cables to give visual space and not overcharge everything of information. I realised I should use some elements with bold shapes of the same colour and not lot of detail to create balance with the most complicated figures.

I came back to my references to see how my “heroes” would have developed it.

Andrew Rae

Matt Williams and Bicicleta Sem Freio Collective

What do this illustrations have in common to create balance? 
They add areas of a bold colour with no details, they repeat shapes in several places and they use a reduced palette of colour to keep unicity.

Next steps:

-Create background and filling elements; one of them will be the little blue worms that are very simple shaped and attractive visually, while other will be vegetation and patterns.

-Stablish a colour palette based on my artwork

-Continue composing and creating the rest of the “50 things/monsters about me”

-Allocate the title. (Also maybe a list on the right side or the bottom with the name of every character on it?)


50 Things about me. Finding the idea. The calm after the storm.

After the presentations; and during these days I like to call “of reflection”, I realised I got too focused and “trapped” into the idea of getting close to the infographic aesthetic, or into just doing a graphic exercise and I forgot what was important about my aesthetic and what was the best I could do with my knowledge and experience. I realised that what really matters is to be confortable with the work you are going to do, with your idea, to be true to yourself and to do “what you really want to do“.

The presentations were very beneficial and enlightening to me because I could see in my colleagues ideas different strategies to bring the topic to their own ground.

So I got to some conclusion questions:

-What really matters in my artwork?

-What is the actual engaging fact?

-Do I have to go so far away from my confort zone?

The idea appeared before me late at night.

My creativity and my illustrations have been always triggered by dreams and fantasy, by monsters and creatures that were a reflection of my experiences and emotions so, why couldn’t I join all of them in a piece of paper?

First idea was to create a portrait where I appear sleeping in my bed, and, through pieces of acetate you could uncover dreams or nightmares from nowadays, my adolescence and my childhood, (the acetates was a resource I found interesting when we were discussing projects last thursday). I discarded this idea when I came up with another one that made my pen start to fly.

I created a new pinterest board to get inspiration from (Portrait Board)
And several sketches made come up with the idea.
First I thought I could do a portrait of me surrounded by all my creatures, but I wouldn’t be applying any categorization or extra information.


After thinking about it I came up with the idea of organising the elements by age, the oldest creatures would be on the right side and the most recent ones would be on the left, also the things more related with reality or real characters would be closer to me while a more dreamy environment could be found on the right side.

To enrich the poster with symbology I asked myself:
-Could the monsters represent feelings? memories? emotions?
-Are they going to be doing things I like or dislike?

So I planned a “To Do” List about the poster:

-Character design

-List of the actions, feelings or experiences from the past that they can be representing

-Classify by age/period

My tools will be my fotolog, facebook, notebooks and memories
I think the most challenging facts of this project will be:

-Planning a big illustration with such a big quantity of elements that interact with each other

-Keeping coherence, colours and style balanced along the whole illustration

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First approach to some character design



50 Things About Me. New ideas Or Getting the infographic style

During these last days I have been researching a bit more about infographics, the main tool I have used is youtube, looking for different kinds of infographics and how to apply different styles to the information I have.

Pros:More ideas have come up and seem easier to develop them in a more infographic way. They are starting to look good in my mind and looks easy to relate them to each other.
Cons: I am starting to reject the most interesting ideas (World and numbers)