Monday, March 30, 2009

This was my first attempt to make the bouncy ball.

I think I'll try and do a better one later!

Digital Cel premise

I've had a lot of fleeting ideas to use as a premise for my Digital Cel Animation project, including a music video for the song "I Think I Smell a Rat" by the White Stripes. There are one or two ideas that I'm undecided on.
One of the better developed ones is a story about a little girl playing with her mother's bathroom things, playing dress-up and trying on jewelry. She accidentally drops a ring down the sink and the only way to get it out is to employ her pet hamster/gerbil/mouse, who dons an explorer hat and gets lowered down into the drain by a rope. Then he has a brief adventure, probably fighting a cockroach or something, retrieves the ring, and brings it back to the little girl.

I had other ideas, too, but this one seemed most straightforward. It's probably way too ambitious, however, and I'm trying to find a more simple premise to work with.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 inspiration

We were supposed to pick an inspirational character design from I chose this monster.
I like the color and the very simple but effective design. It has a lot of appeal. I do not usually draw in such a stylized manner, but I really like the aesthetic so I could see myself adopting it for the purpose of this class.

Monday, March 23, 2009

This movie is my favorite from my favorite studio. It's beautiful, and the animation and characters are perfect. The aesthetic, lighting, and color choices are all wonderful, and it all comes together so wonderfully. I obviously can't hope to achieve this sort of thing in Flash, so I am including this second video, which, as Adam Phillips's most recent film, is the current coolest thing made on that program.


I am Cat Brooks, although my given name is Anna Brooks, which is a source of some annoyance. Mostly it comes up when attempting to correct professors taking roll. (How did she get "Cat" from "Anna"? Is she just making up words? She doesn't look like a "Cat" to me.)
It is a dilemma, but not really a big one, so I'll stop talking about it. (For the record, my middle name is "Catherine". I never went by my first name growing up.)

I live in Nashville, Tennessee when I'm not living in Savannah attending SCAD. I have two cats and two siblings and I love to watch movies, read books, fly kites, play games, draw things, fly kites, eat pineapple and do stuff. My favorite color is orange, usually. Different colors have tried to convince me otherwise in the past, and, being a generally amiable person, I sometimes hear them out.

I love animation of all sorts, and love looking at art of any kind: film, paintings, sculpture, etc. My own art has up until quite recently featured primarily animals because I felt and still feel very low confidence in my ability to portray the human form and face. I am working very hard at rectifying that.

My art gallery online is