Thank you so much!!! This actually makes me really happy because I specifically referenced photos of Kynance Cove (which is in Cornwall) for the background, and I’m so glad you picked up on that so I have a chance to bring it up!!!!!
For the record, I really, really want to go there now, after staring at those pictures for months on end.
I’m inspired by my favorite books more than anything, a lot of my work is just illustrating stuff somebody else wrote!! But I also look at fashion and nature photos and existing illustrations for inspiration too. Nothing comes out of a void, and so much of the creative process is just chopping up things that already exist and trying to stick the pieces together in new ways. In the case of High Tide, for example, I’ve always been really fond of classic children’s literature, and I love stories that combine the magical and the mundane. So over a year ago, I thought, what if there was an old-fashioned boarding school on a cliff by the sea, and what if there was a little merboy who lived just under the waves and decided he wanted to attend? I drew a lot of silly doodles exploring different situations and possibilities, looked at it from a lot of angles, and eventually, after a lot of rewrites, I wrangled the story into its current form.
I guess what it really boils down to is make what you love, don’t try too hard to be earth-shatteringly original, but do also take in a lot of influences and inspirations so you don’t end up mimicking somebody else’s work by accident.
Oh, and thank you!!! :D
I’m not actively planning anything right now, but it’s not out of the question!!! I’ve doodled the characters having plenty of extended adventures, so who knows, maybe one of those will grow into a full-fledged story someday. And thank you so much!!!
The student experience varies massively from school to school, but the thing about art school - and probably any school, and probably any situation in life - is that you get as much out of it as you’re willing to put in. Nobody is going to grab your hand, stick a pencil in it, and move it around on the paper for you. The people in my class who really stood out were the people who have been working all along on their own art, for the sake of improving themselves as artists, not just completing homework assignments to get good grades and then a degree.
And generally, art schools range in cost from “pretty expensive” to “really really ridiculously expensive,” so if you are not sure, there’s nothing wrong with attending a cheaper state school or community college while you try to decide! It took me two years of attending a different school, then a couple more years of working full time, to decide that yes, I really did need to go to art school in order to get where I wanted to go. And I became a stronger artist because of it, since I knew 100% that I was there for me, not because everyone told me I needed to get some sort of degree right out of high school, and because the experience I gained over those years gave me a stronger foundation to build upon when I did get to SVA.
Anyway, it’s totally okay to not be sure what you want to do at this point in your life! And if you accidentally choose the wrong thing, it’s always okay to go back to the beginning and try again. But in case you have to, it’s often wisest to try out the least financially draining possibility first.
Hi there!!! I did the character animation with pencil and paper; cleaned up the scans, colored the characters, and painted the backgrounds in Photoshop, and put everything together in AfterEffects. We’re given a lot of freedom to choose how to make our thesis film, and most people used Flash or TVPaint; mine was NOT the most efficient method but it’s always been really important to me to preserve the warmth and life of a pencil line in my artwork.
I technically started working on it last July, but I didn’t get the story nailed down until October or start animating until just before Christmas, and I had everything done except for some nitpicky details for the official deadline in April. 4 months is plenty of time to make a short! A big part of learning how to animate is learning how many shortcuts you can get away with making. :) Good luck!!!
Yes they do!!!!! The girl’s name is Millie and the boy’s name is Simon. If you already know about the things I like you can probably guess who they’re named after!
I never gave the Headmistress a name, because for 90% of the story-planning process she was just a background character, but I should!!!
and that would be so great omg thank you so much ;w;