For my MA I explored the process of visual development for animation, creating conceptual art for an adaptation of the fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Thinking of the work as a potential film was an interesting challenge, from creating appealing character designs that would also successfully translate to an animated form, to drawing storyboards with clear staging and lighting.
This project was predominantly an exercise in further understanding both the process of animation production and my own practice, to push my work and tackle design problems
Producing colour scripts allowed me to visualise the flow of the story, working from the storyboards and highlighting key scenes, considering how the colour and lighting directs the mood of the scene.
I am an illustrator with a focus on visual development, particularly character design. My work often includes classic fairy tales, either as straight adaptations or taking the themes and tropes present and trying to find interesting ways to use them.
This project has helped me to rethink the way I approach my work. I became less concerned about my designs being perfect on the first try (a problem that had previously severely affected my progress) and more focused on continued development of the work as a whole.