Anime as a Source of Inspiration

As every illustrator whom ever lived through our time, I did not escape japanese animes. Actually i was raised as much with animes as with every other cartoon style.

I believe there are 3 schools you are raised with and choose when growing up: the school of Disney-Pixar-type of animations , the school of Cartoon Network and the school of animes.

There was quite the boom in 2000s in mangas and animes. It was all the rage. I was obsessed with the style, the details they put in and the quality they aspired to. So I started drawing animes. The style felt so delicate under my touch and so foreign, it was quite the challenge.

Then growing up I had a bit of a fall out until… I went into animation. I started watching animes with a different eye. Well, when I started doing animation, I truthfully started watching everything with a different eye!

Something you quickly notice when you watch japanese anime as an animator is how smart the animations are.

If you know japanese anime then you know it usually comes with quite the exaggerations, big moves and fights. “Naruto” is the perfect example of a japanese anime (also my favorite).

Naruto is all about fights and powers. That is something you would think will take ages to animate. Especially considering it as a TV series. However, the clever way they pulled it of is by extreme close ups and angles. Minimum movement, maximum impact.

With japanese animes also comes a whole new world of thought and mythology bringing amazingly inspired stories. Stories you would not think about, stories that inspire you.

A good example of that is “Sword Art Online”. This series talks about a world where everyone immerses themselves into a virtual reality game. One day they find themselves trapped in that game with very real consequences.

Now these types of animes are addressed to a youth audience as well as an adult one with plausible problems and stories that you may face one day.

Lastly, japanese animes is one of the last style to mostly use 2D which guarantees me work!

In the end japanese animes cleverly turn their diverse stories into beautiful efficient animations making it a popular source of entertainment.

Creating Stylized Characters

The more I get through this Character Animation course, the more I realize character design is one of the process I enjoy the most.

We did brush past it in class, however I wanted to investigate more. The most usual way for me to do that is usually to purchase a book. Of course, the older and more interested I get, the more books I collect.

I finally landed my choice on “Creating Stylized Characters” by 3Dtotalpublishing.

This book explores the fundamentals from simplified shapes to lines of action to expressions to color schemes and outfits.

As the grad film is approaching, character design is going to be 50% of the success of the piece.

I have been looking around at animators and illustrators and observing their styles as well as process to get an idea of where I am going for for my final piece. I have also done some observational work for my main character which I want to start developing.

Since it is an animal, it was pretty easy to find reference online and start creating, thanks to all this, the character I had in my mind.

ENO Group Project

For the ENO project, I was lucky enough to be put in a group of a project I really admire. Working with Rishabh and Erick on an environmental piece grounded in Rishabh’s geographical and traditional background, I had to start by doing research.

Rishabh gave me a list to look at as well as his presentation. His list consisted of looking at the Sundarbans, Pattachitra, “Tara, A Tigress”, as well as the Rohingya crisis and the NRC draft.

Sundarbans is a national park between India and Bangladesh , an area full in fauna and flora diversity.

Pattachitra is an ancient Bengali narrative art usually depicting stories of Hindu deities:

“Tara, A Tigress”, by Billy Arjan Singh, is an observation of a tigress named Tara, transferred from a Zoo in England to Nepal.

Billy Arjan Singh fought for the protection of tigers, managed to ban shooting tigers in India and helped to the creation of Dudhwa National Park in Nepal.

Finally the Rohingya crisis is Rohingya migrants from Birmany or Bangladesh trying to flee to Thailand , Malaysia and Indonesia in 2015.