Rhianne Hartshorn Illustration ☮
Graphic Design student at Sheffield Hallam. I eat, I sleep, I drink tea & when I'm done with that I like to think I'm an illustrator.

I originally searched for hand drawn pattern animation and this is one of the video’s I found. It’s a lot more intricate and complicated compared to the the work I will be producing but it just shows what is possible in animation. I really like how how the imagery and pattern moves across the paper and travels around the page. I want to capture movement well and hope I could create something that flows as well as this. 


Simple animation using shape and pattern.


Further research into stop motion using a whiteboard and markers.


Another example of the style of work I’d like to do except instead of character based imagery I’d use pattern and shape. I like how random and abstract the animation is and feel those words fit well with my audio track. I also like how one image flows and transforms into the next, I’d like to achieve this flowing style in my own work.


In my initial thoughts towards how I would go about producing my animation I considered whether using stop motion with a whiteboard or chalkboard would be effective and time saving. I decided to research past print to pixel animations to get some ideas of how animations had been made previously. I came across this animation which uses the same techniques I had thought about. It was also useful to see how much I can create within the timescale we have. 

Using a whiteboard with coloured pens is definitely something I will consider working with as things can be added or taken away from the frames without having to redraw the whole frame. This would save a lot of time during the making of my animation and make the process run a lot smoother. 


Past Experimentation

A few years back I had a go at making animations myself using GIMP. It followed the format of taking frames and joining them all together to create an animation. I first experimented with this by taking screenshots from videos. Even for a simple few seconds of animation I was using 30+ frames. I hope to expand on what I learnt from this and use those skills in my current animation process. 

I want to convey my ideas of confusion and abstract through my animation. The most obvious way of this is through line pattern, shape and colour. I want to add vary speeds of motion through the designs relating to different areas of the music, like when the music is very upbeat and messy the patterns will be very busy and chaotic. Listening to Free Jazz Part 1, to me, sounds very unorganised and pointless as if there was no structure or form to the music. It’s just a clash of instruments played at random and is very hard to try and interpret. Although it’s difficult to understand this piece of music it is quite easy to create a visual to display this sense of haphazard. 

I made a mind map of words that came to mind when I listened to my track. The three that I think define my piece of music best are:
confusion - 1. the act of confusing.2. the state of being confused.3. disorder; upheaval; tumult; chaos: The army retreated inconfusion.4. lack of clearness or distinctness: a confusion in his mindbetween right and wrong.5. perplexity; bewilderment: The more difficult questions left us incomplete confusion. 
abstract - 1. thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, oractual instances: an abstract idea.2. expressing a quality or characteristic apart from any specificobject or instance, as justice, poverty,  and speed.3. theoretical; not applied or practical: abstract science.4. difficult to understand; abstruse: abstract speculations.5. Fine Arts.a. of or pertaining to the formal aspect of art, emphasizinglines, colors, generalized or geometrical forms, etc.,especially with reference to their relationship to oneanother.b. (often initial capital letter ) pertaining to thenonrepresentational art styles of the 20th century. 

haphazard - 1. characterized by lack of order or planning, by irregularity, orby randomness; determined by or dependent on chance;aimless.

I made a mind map of words that came to mind when I listened to my track. The three that I think define my piece of music best are:

confusion -
1. the act of confusing.
2. the state of being confused.
3. disorder; upheaval; tumult; chaosThe army retreated inconfusion.
4. lack of clearness or distinctness: a confusion in his mindbetween right and wrong.
5. perplexity; bewilderment: The more difficult questions left us incomplete confusion. 

1. thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, oractual instances: an abstract idea.
2. expressing a quality or characteristic apart from any specificobject or instance, as justice, poverty and speed.
3. theoretical; not applied or practical: abstract science.
4. difficult to understand; abstruse: abstract speculations.
5. Fine Arts.
of or pertaining to the formal aspect of artemphasizinglines, colors, generalized or geometrical forms, etc.,especially with reference to their relationship to oneanother.
b. (often initial capital letter pertaining to thenonrepresentational art styles of the 20th century. 

1. characterized by lack of order or planning, by irregularity, orby randomness; determined by or dependent on chance;aimless.
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