I worked my butt off completing this project. Overall, I’m REALLY pleased with how it turned out in the end! There are a few things I would have done differently throughout the process, but animation as an art might not be as bad as I thought it would be…

Please, please, PLEASE look at my final animation below! Show it to all your friends! Bring it out at family gatherings! I just want the world to see what wonderful art I am capable of creating. I worked very hard on it, so everyone should know about this incredible Jurassic Party!!!

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I am almost positive this took me much longer than fifteen hours, but I didn’t time myself too closely. Also, the clocks in the studio don’t work, and I thought it was midnight for about 5 hours so that messed me up a little. Anyways, the fifteen hours is broken up below the cut!

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Throughout his career, Yasunao Tone is an artist who has worked with many different mediums. However, he is mostly known for his musical and audio work. In it, he uses unconventional techniques to make interesting sounds. He has performed his work alone, and has been known to play in collaboration with other artists such as Florian Hecker and their piece, Palimpsest. Tone’s work transforms text into sound and music to create something that is truly different from anything else that has been created. He has released several CDs with his soundwork on them, which departs from the traditional use of a CD which is to include only music on it. While some people may consider Tone to create music, it seems more like a combination of sounds, especially in his album Musica Iconologos.

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Evan Roth is an artist who creates art based off of unintended use of technology. He typically works with digital art as a whole, but has been known to dabble in printmaking and sculptures. His art is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection. One of Roth’s most notable works, Graffiti Taxonomy: New York, is included in the collection. It shows different characters used in graffiti art, which makes for interesting comparisons between the letters themselves, but also the cities they are seen in. If what he makes doesn’t already have a modern tell, Roth puts a spin on it to make it more modern.

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In his artist statement, Jeremy Blake wrote that “rhythm can be experienced both aurally and visually,” which is a fantastic summarization of his work in under 10 words. He makes it known from the very beginning that his work isn’t just meant to be looked at, but rather experienced. To simply see it will not do it justice. In order to get the full effect, the viewer needs to be able to see, hear, and be surrounded by his artwork in a gallery setting. Winchester is one animation he created that really falls into this category. “This body of work is meant to explore the kaleidoscopic nature of perception where terms such as wrong or right do not apply for perception itself changes as much as the individual” is another quote from Blake’s artist statement that provides some background on how he wants his art to be seen. He doesn’t want his pieces to be only seen as one thing. Instead, he encourages each person to see it as something new because art isn’t a right or a wrong. People differ, as do their views on art, which is what makes it so great.

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So, I’m gonna make this very clear right from the start: I’m not an animator. I’m not a drawer. Give me something to Photoshop, and I’m your gal, but this project was absolutely horrendous for me to work on. I also used up a bajillion of my Post-Its making drafts.

But anyways, check out my final product below!

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Takeshi Murata is an American artist who specializes in digital media artwork, primarily focusing on animation. A crucial part of his art comes from the fact that both his mother and father were architects, which “has given him an awareness of the spaces around him” since a young age. Animation was a natural step forward for him. Not only does Murata have a talent with video and computer animation, he also uses colors in an incredible way. Melter 2 is a prime example of the way the colors he chooses serve to enhance his work. He has had his work featured in San Francisco and New York. His piece, Monster Movie, is featured in the permanent collection in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.!

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This assignment frustrated the living daylights out of me, because I had to rework every idea that I came up with and my version of Photoshop Elements made making animated gifs very tricky. Fortunately, I got the hang of it and these three looping gifs are what were made.

See them below the cut!

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With her work, Jodie Mack strives to create art that combines traditional media and modern ideas. She uses 16mm film, along with collages and certain noises that relate to what she has put together. Though it may seem random, everything Mack creates has been chosen for a particular reason. She merges random (and sometimes horrible) sounds and random (and sometimes strange) images to create beauty. Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project demonstrates this perfectly. It begins with a comical video of a woman messing with a tube of some sort, with twinkling music playing over it, and then transitions into a collage of various scraps. What Mack essentially does is provide animation to things that could simply function as just stills, and the way she does it is hypnotizing.

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