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Feather Head

30 Sep

Feather Head

Animation and Background by Mindy Fisher

Character by Kelly Pelka

Music by A.M

So this is the first time that I created a full film. Actually it’s more like one scene with credits at the beginning. It is very short, but i really just wanted to use it to brush up on motion tweens, titling and adding music. The process is documented below:

1. I played around with making a background in Photoshop which is the very first frame. After that I created about 30 more layers and changed the background bit by bit making it come to life.

2. I imported the backgrounds in flash and changed them into symbols. I used the alpha option to fade from background to background which gives it a neat stop-animation feel. In the future I think I want to continue morphing the background throughout the entire video…I don’t love how it just stops when the “stars” are flashing.

3. I looked for a song on the amazing Free Music Archive website. There is tons of great music to use and it would have taken ages to find the perfect song. They have an option to search by artists who allow their music to be synched to video. I clicked that. Then to narrow my search down I typed in different keywords that I thought described the atmosphere of what I had so far…and found “Somewhere Between Night and Sky” by A.M after listening to about a dozen songs.

4. I downloaded Audacity so that I could edit the song down to fit my very short video.

5. I found the character from my friends (kelly pelka) flickr account, I asked for permission first. It’s actually a metal sculpture with feathers that she and Todd Willing collaborated on. I put that in photoshop, erased the background and put the head and each wing on separate layers.  Then I imported that into Flash and turned those into layers. Normally I am going to use my own artwork but I envisioned something by her in this background.

6. Then I created the titles which was a little bit of an ordeal. I hadn’t started with that so then I had to learn how to add more frames to all the layers so I didn’t mess up the rest of the video. This is where mistakes can really teach you how to do things right.

7. Then I added the feather head character. I learned that in order to make the feathers flap I had to edit them separately by double clicking them and adding motion tweens. I was going to have the head fly around but didn’t really like how it looked. Instead I have it start as an alpha layer and become more opaque then fade away as well as grow in size while staying in the middle. Another thing that was frustrating me was that the right feather had a white highlight around it, even though I had erased everything around it. I couldn’t fix it without going into photoshop so I just copied the left wing and flipped it.

8. Lastly I had to encode it so that I could upload it to YouTube. When you do this you have to export the file as a .mov or .avi file. Then you add it to Media Encoder where you can change it to a FLV file.

All in all I probably put in a good eight hours of work just for 20 seconds of video (and if I had hand-drawn everything that would have taken much, much longer).

See Also: Bird Animation

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Re-girl your legs

18 Sep

Wild Thang!

My friend Kelly and her partner Graciela have started up a very cute leg-warmer making business named Re-girl. They upcycle t-shirts into one-of-a-kind warmers. From their website: Re-Girl, founded by artist Kelly D. Pelka and fashion designer Graciela Llorente, is street art inspired fashion using secondhand clothing as well as one of a kind artist designed eco friendly fabrics to create legwarmers, belts and more!  Bright and bold colors juxtaposed with typography and graphic imagery make these accessories a fun addition to any wardrobe.  Show off your style and “Re-Girl” yourself!

Re-girl is currently only available in Chicago at the Rockwell Crossing Art and Crafts Walk in Lincoln Square on Saturday, October 9th and at The DIY Trunk Show. Bookmark their website and check back if you live far away.

Repeat

10 Aug

Since I haven’t scanned any part of the new projects I’m working on I thought I would post this video by my good friend Kelly Pelka, with music by Jim Shea. She alternates between images of her mixed-media artworks and photography.  It’s a great use of video to showcase her awesome art! Check it out!