Capturing the Process

Our eyes are often opened in lectures to artists we have never heard of before. William Kentridge was one of them. His unique stop motion animations highlight a working process.

Though his works tend to be political and very black and white, we must also consider what it is he has produced.

Lecturers often tell us to document our work and or process of getting from an initial idea to a final outcome. Kentridge shows all of his workings as a part of his final outcome. With this in mind maybe it should be considered art in the “making of” videos as opposed to just the final piece.

Live Brief: University Promo

We were each given a statistic for our university, Huddersfield, and told to make a ten second, simple animation in university colours. This project was done under stict time restraints (4hours).

After two quick Adobe Illustrator file creations, this is the final outcome:

Camera Tracking

After creating a layered vector image on Adobe Illustrator, we converted it into After Effects and added camera tracking.

Vector Sarah Lesson AE bigger artboard

As the amera pulls out, it appears like the perspective changes. If applied correctly, videos could make an audience feels like they are walking through the scene.


As a musician, I wrote and performed these pieces. These are some snippets of some music experimentation.

I apologise for the quality, but when I decide on the final outcome, it will be recorded properly. Two pieces have already been edited, but still are not complete.

Animation Considerations

I recalled seeing this video a few years ago at my family’s church. I think that from an animation stand point, perhaps this may be a better idea, with the time constraints we have on this project.

Whilst using digital tutors, I have slowly been learning how to use an active camera setting in Adobe After Effects. This would create a similar effect. With the ability to still use my own drawing style and combine these new lessons with the ones we are currently learning about simple animations, I could easily create an animation in this manner.

Trial and error will be the pinnacle of learning how to attempt this. With the deadline approaching, I work well under pressure, so I am excited to work until the end of this project.

After Effects Tutorial: Textures and Simple Animation

This was as part of an on going lecture series on different softwares.

During this lecture we learned about various aspects on animation including importing Illustrator files, using the wiggler effect, adding textures, making layers parent layers and simple animation techniques.

Animation Test 1

This is my first attempt at animation. Although nothing really happens, the figures breathe and move slightly. This is only eight hand drawn frames, in the style of ‘Manny’s Story’ from Ice Age.

Pro’s: This animation is simple to do. it shows motion.

Con’s: It is a long process.