Creative Elements

Tex Avery Presentation

After each group finished their animatics we were given another task. Each group was given an animator and we were told to create a presentation on them using Pecha Kucha which is a style of presentation where 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds at a time. At first I wasn’t sure exactly what this form of presenting was until I looked it up, there was no text in the slides! At first I found this very nerve wrecking so I made sure to read and re-read, write and re-write the points so that they stuck. We had 5 slides each as there was 5 in our group. The animator that we were given was Tex Avery, an animator mainly known for his huge involvement with the Looney Tunes cartoons. We met up as a group to talk about the presentation, we broke the animators life up in order to easily pin point important facts to talk about. Each of us then had an area of Avery’s life to talk about in the presentation.

  • Glenn– Early life and time at Lantz
  • Veronika – Time at Warner Brothers
  • Myself- Time at MGM
  • Charlotte– Death and Legacy

During the group meetings we shared any books/videos e.t.c that we found on Tex Avery.

Veronica found a book on Avery called Tex Avery: A Unique Legacy, 1942-1955 and Charlotte mentioned a documentary on YouTube which focused on Avery called King Sized Comedy: Tex Avery and the Looney Tunes Revolution.

There was another documentary on YouTube which focused on Avery called Avery, The King of Cartoons which was very helpful in learning about the animator.

We made sure to share any ideas or questions in our Facebook group chat, this made it much easier to organise and plan our presentation. We then decided that instead of talking about our topics in chronological order we would swap a few with each of the group members. We thought that this would be a good way for each of us to know a good bit about each area of Avery’s life so that if someone went blank during the presentation that another member of the group could jump in (luckily this wasn’t needed!)




More Maya

We had our second lesson on Maya today and it’s already getting more difficult. Today Conann showed us show to create three spheres one for the sun, one for the earth and one for the moon. He then showed us how to create a hierarchy by parenting the spheres which means that whatever a particular object does another will copy exactly (like a parent/child). He showed us how to the have the earth rotate around the sun and the moon rotate around the sun. It was so interesting but quite tricky to do!

For our homework Conann asked us to create three different types of ball:

  • Bowling Ball
  • Tennis Ball
  • Super ball/ Bouncy Ball

I was so confused at first.. I tried looking back at my notes and couldn’t work out how to do it; but after watching some YouTube tutorials it started to sink in.

Here is my first attempt at making a bowling ball:

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Here is my first attempt at making a tennis ball, I used a cube then reshaped it in order to divide the plane to act as a net:


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Here is my super ball/bouncy ball:

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Scale World

I’ve been moved into the Scale World group with Charlotte, Glenn and Veronika!

This was the animatic that the group presented before I joined.

I asked the group what needed to be done to finish off the piece and they said sound effects so I started looking for sound effects on that could be added to the animatic to give it more depth. Charlotte was in charge of soundtrack to the final version of the animatic.

This is the final version of the animatic without sound:

I wanted to do some concept work on the world just to get a better feel for the project. This is my digital painting of the big character:

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Once I added sound effects and Charlotte chose the music track that we were going to use I edited it together using Final Cut Pro, here is the final finished animatic:


We had our first real lesson today on using Maya! I am nervous but excited to get into learning it! Our first task was to create a bouncing ball. I tried using Maya before I started the animation course just to see what to expect, I made a bouncing ball! So when I opened the program I remembered parts of how to do it which was a big help.

Build A World Animatic

Our groups task for this week was to create an animatic for our world. We were each given different roles in order to complete the animatic.

The scene that our group chose to play out in our animatic was the opening scene where the colour moon melts onto the world and the creatures absorb it.

First of all we had to create a storyboard, we met up in uni so that we could talk about possible shots for the animatic. As we met up on a Thursday each of us had life drawing class at different times during the day so we had to work around some people leaving at different times. Yazz began to draw up a storyboard in her sketchbook and I started to write out descriptions of each shot in my notebook, Leon then started drawing digitally drawing the storyboard, this helped us all to ensure that we all had the same idea in mind for our animatic.


After we came up with a brief storyboard plan Yazz and Leon had to go to life drawing so it was up to me and Dearbhail to explain our storyboard to the rest of the group that were in life drawing while we were doing it.

We then decided to start drawing it out onto the whiteboard.


Next we each then worked on our individual roles within the group and made sure to share anything we did on our Facebook group so that everyone could see the progress!

Roles for the animatic:

Yazz– Storyboard

Molly & Leon– Backgrounds

Emma– Character Design

Myself-Character placement

Dearbhail– Editing

My role was to draw the characters into the backgrounds which were drawn by Molly and Leon! To do this I used a program called MediBang Paint Pro. This was one of my first times using this and I really enjoyed it.

Here are some stills from the animatic that I drew the creature on top of:

Here is the animatic that we presented to the class:


The feedback wasn’t great.. so the group decided to re-draw pretty much everything and do it again. In the end both Yazz and Molly edited two different versions of the animatic, so here’s both of them:




Colour World

We got into new groups today, I got put back into the colour world that I was working on a few weeks ago. A lot has changed! The people in my group are Molly, YazzEmma, Dearbhail and Leon.

The general idea for the world is that the inhabitants of the world need colour to survive, the sun melts colour moons onto the city, which brings floods of colour, which is then collected and stored by the creatures.The creatures are based off of Pitcher Plants (shown below). Our task this week is to create a full colour animatic of a potential scene. The premise for our animatic is that a moon is melting onto the city and the creatures have to collect the colour to store in pools in their nests.


Our task for our world is to use colour to show tonality. I began by doing some paintings in my sketchbook with acrylic paint just to get used to working tonally with colour before working digitally.

Here are my paintings:



For the painting below I took inspiration from a still (above) from the 2010 Alice in Wonderland film of a mushroom forest.


I decided to repaint the last one digitally using photoshop.


I am getting used to working digitally and really enjoy it!

Here are some of the paintings by the others in the group!






Colour Temperature

I found the concept of colour temperature and understanding warm and cool tones really tricky so I decided to watch some YouTube videos to help me better understand it!

I came across one video which helped me to practice colour temperature starting from the very basics just to get the hang of it.


Here are my paintings:img_4866

I used four different colours of paint in these paintings:

  • Blue
  • Red
  • White
  • Pink

I used different combinations of each paint to get the different effects shown in each painting.

Tonality and Composition

This week we have to use tonality and composition to show our world and the characters in it!

In our group we discussed possible light sources that our world could have, since mushrooms tend to grow in dimly lit areas and don’t need much light to grow and survive we decided to try using light orbs in our world to give a source of light, similar to that used in Guardians of the Galaxy (shown in gif below).


This is my painting of a possible landscape:

This was my first time painting digitally so its not the best! But I am going to practice so that I can improve.


I then wanted to redraw the characters and their silhouettes just to get the hang of drawing their shapes.


Here are some more of my tonality sketches:img_4921

The drawings below are some from the other members of the group!





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