This week I responded to the theme of environment and character by creating a simple animated loop in Procreate. By (literally) bluring the line between character and place I was able to use misdicrection to play with audience expectations. The character appears to be a tiger but is revealed to not be striped at all, as the wind blows it's patterns out of place.
The idea came from the notion of environments that shape characters, and the fact that spots and stripes on animals are things that evolved to suit their environment. Visually I used wobbly lines and repeating motions inspired by the works of Kekeflipnote. They are exceptional at using squash and stretch to bring characters to life, even with limited motion.
A peer of mine Emerson Zandegu's gradute film Kindred (2017) is an excellent example of environmental storytelling. As a trans person the level of warmth and positivity that is wordlessly communicated in this short animated film is a constant source of inspiration for me as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rff5btYCIho - KekeFlipnote. Broken. 2020.Video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atYJ3c8iApc - Zandegu, Emerson. 2017. Kindred. Video. Melbourne: RMIT Bachelor of Design (Animation and Interactive Media).