Degree Show invite and 150 words

150 words and Image 

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My name is Victoria Geary, I am a 2D animator with experience in 3D animation. I am a passionate and natural storyteller. As well as animating, I have a love for pre-production. I enjoy developing and creating concept art and storyboarding. I am a keen researcher and have a great appreciation for really understanding and learning. During my time at Ravensbourne University studying Animation, I have worked for BBC radio 4, creating a short animation for their weather in history series. I have also been able to collaborate across disciplines with other courses to help create concept art and work together on my own projects. When I’m not animating; I have an interest in travelling; my most recent travels being Japan and Iceland. I like collecting funny anecdotes on my trips to fuel my ideas. I am also a compassionate supporter of conservation, exploring coasts and nature.

Degree Show Invites

I added three contacts to the Industry Contact sheet for degree show all three are based in London where I live near and are all inspirational works to me. I wanted to invite people who could easily get to Ravensbourne. There are other studios which were based in Wales and Ireland I admired as well, but I felt the distance was too far for them to travel. The three contacts I invited was the following : Max Lang from Studio AKA, Gemma Roberts – Lupus Film and Magic light pictures as I couldn’t find a contact.

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Screenshot with highlights of my added contacts
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Screenshot with highlights of my added contacts

Gemma Roberts – Lupus Film

http://www.amberdust.co.uk/about.php

Gemma Roberts is a 2D animator with huge experience of working in industry. Having worked at Lupus film an animation studio I am inspired by means I would having gain a contact if she comes. Her website itself is stunning, and really helped me think about being more creative and illustrative with my own one. Below you can see from some of the printscreen’s from her Blog how Gemma describes herself.

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Image source  – Above you can see the different areas Gemma works as, illustrator, story artist and 2D animator I love the work Gemma creates and I really hope she attends the degree show as her work is so beautiful.
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Image source  She works at Lupus film you can see here, there most recent thing on her Showreel is Going on a Bear Hunt a piece of animation that has fueled my FMP and really inspired me. It shows the breakdown of her work and the stages she worked on. Roberts would be a great contact to know and would be able to give me some advice into getting into the 2D animation world.

Max Lang

Max Lang is a very talented director and story artist. Winning a BAFTA and nominated for an Oscar for a Room on the broom, it’s a long shot that he will come. However if he does it would be hugely beneficial to everyone. Some of my favourites he has worked on is The Gruffalo. I like the British animation focus that he creates and there is something charming about all his pieces.

https://www.studioaka.co.uk/Artists/maxlang

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Gif source Max Lang worked on The Gruffalo.

Magic Light pictures

http://www.magiclightpictures.com

I also invited Magic Light Pictures, a studio which no one had invited yet on the sheet. I really love the work Magic light Pictures work on. The Roahl Dahl revolting rhymes they had worked on over Christmas was so beautiful and hilarious! I wanted to invite them as they create magical pieces which inspire me and create masterful character animation.

Izzy burton – Blue Zoo

I had intended to invite Izzy Butron to degree show after being in contact with her during my Portfolio unit. She is a concept artist at Blue Zoo, and creates beautiful masterpieces that show great understanding in colour and composition. I wanted to invite her to extend my contact however someone had already her on the sheet! I am glad that there is a variety of people everyone contributed to put on.

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Image source  – A beautiful demonstration of using colours and contrast, these speed paints are some of the work Izzy produces. I really admire her ability to work so quickly yet make such powerful works. I would like to see her in person to ask about her experiences and further network with her in person. 
Image source I really love this picture which is atmospheric and calming;. Burton would be a valuable person to come to our degree show as she offers experience in concept art another side of industry I am considering. 
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Live briefs

I have used this term to work on my portfolio work, but I have been looking out for some Live briefs to work on. Dan sent me as well as three others this opportunity. (See below) I was really interested in working on character designing, as even though animating in something I wanted to improve. Character design is a passion of mine and something I would love to continue to develop.

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Author’s Own Screenshot of email from Dan forwarding the brief on to me. 
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I replied the same day, as I don’t have a website currently I sent my Instagram which has a wide range of my concept work, I tried to upload more character design stuff to show the variety. I haven’t received a reply, but it was still a great opportunity because it forced me to think about how I present my work to other people. I
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I sent him my Instagram page as it showed a lot of the work I had been doing over portfolio and summer which had my character designs. Sadly he never responded and I was not able to work on the project. It had taught me not to worry if I don’t get the brief but also about thinking about creating a website that is split into character designs/concept/animation. It is important for me at this stage to think about it. Also this term I wanted to create a social platform page for me to work on showing my work. I am now at 118 followers! My goal was 100 before I finish so I am really happy. It’s made me feel more confident sharing my work.

Competitions

I want to try and push myself to enter competitions, we have till May to finish working and entering competitions. Competitions are a good way to challenge me, get exposure for my work and continue to develop my skills! Even when I finish University and specifically over summer I will also have time to enter competitions to bring myself some exposure. I am glad this brief made me begin to think about competitions and there benefits. 

I did some quick research into several competitions which all looked like great places to start. There is a lot of opportunity for me to work on several competitions. This term I am also looking into 2D animation and how to improve my animating skills. Therefore I need to find balance of time with all the different aspects I am working on this term.

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Some of the festivals and competitions I did research into. All of these competitions are well known in the Animation industry and will also look good on a CV if I was shortlisted for any. 

http://showmetheanimation.com/ <– Open briefs here, look to see if any catch my eye.

Stardust brief!

Rhian at the BBC asked us if we would be interested in entering this stardust competition, it was kind of late as we had only a week left to create something but I decided to use it as a challenge. I gave myself around 3 days to come up with something, however reflecting on this I think I gave myself too much time to do it. However it has taught me working to fast deadlines.

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The Brief for Stardust. 
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Author’s own printsccreen of pintrest page. 

I like to use Pintrest to create a moodboard of inspiration. By doing this I have one place where all my inspirations are. There is no limit to how many pins I can have and I can search for many different subjects. Below is a little moodboard with some of these pins.

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Author’s Own Moodbaoard

I ordered Stardust and read the book as quickly as possible, luckily I am quite a fast reader and there was only 190 pages so I was able to gain a fresh taking of the story from the Authors original words, over the successful film.

Below I began this task by creating some quick thumbnails, to think about how I could summarise the book. Some of them I don’t like, some of them are really quick and others I have tried to consider a lot.

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Thumbnail designs for some ideas after reading the book. It was really great that I read the book because it is a lot different to the film and the film characters. For instance the witch when young has long raven hair completely different to the fair headed Michelle Pfeiffer. 
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Author’s Own sketchbook Thumbnail designs for some of my designs, after researching into the layout of a piece I knew I wanted the aspects to guide the eyes to where I wanted them. Therefore I played around with flowy lines and constructive shapes to show the section i wanted my audience to be directed too. 
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Author’s Own Sketchbook – I did several of these designs planning and being playful, I personally really try to create variations and to be experimental. The journey of the final piece is actually as important to me as the final piece. 
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Author’s Own Sketchbook – Selecting some of my favourites I created some slightly bigger thumbnails. I used pen and ink to give me some tonal variations. In the end I really liked the ink tones and the black and white. I used the art of draping hair to help guide the eye you can see the third down on the left shows the witch’s hair literally dividing the image into too. I also tried to play with negative space. 
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Author’s Own Sketchbook – I do not like these drawings, they were really roughly done to plot out some ideas. The bottom one hasn’t got dynamic, it is flat on and boring (I can see now the importance of utilising the tools of composition to improve it.) These shots are boring and could have been made more exciting. 
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Author’s Own image Here are some of my designs for stardust illustrations again. Unlike the above, I like how playful I have been with the designs here. I tried to explore using the whole illustration to give some energy and magical touches. Obviously it is also good to experiment with simpler ideas seen below. My favourite is the bottom right because it has this beautiful way of directing your eyes to Tristain and Evaine on the Unicorn. 
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Auuthor’s Own Sketchbook page 
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Author’s Own Image. 

I created the below A4 sheet once, I finished with this process to document my favourite ideas. The main two ideas was Yvaine trying to reach for the stars and the characters dragging her back to earth. The second idea was to layer up different sections separated from interesting shapes. This was the idea I went for in the end.

Final favourites

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Authors Own – I put together my favourite thumbnails to compare and make the decision. I also like to get feedback from others to see what they think. My ultimate favourite was the bottom image. The illustration directs your eyes to the characters but then allows you to branch out. The centre composition evokes power. 
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Author’s Own – Digital sketch to see how I could play about with the idea of all the characters trying to grab Yvaine for her heart. I didn’t go with this one in the end because I felt the other one was more powerful in directing the flow of the piece. 

I really liked this idea the best. It cuts up sections and re works them together.

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Authour;s Own Sketchbook – Really rough test done in 5 minutes to play about with hair length and background. I do not like this. iI did like the idea of having evaine in the centre as to not take away from the story moments above. 

Below is some of my designs for characters, environment and just several sketches that helped me work out how the characters were going to look. I liked to draw several characters to help me create a look.

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Author’s Own – I liked the renaissance look of this character. The face has a charm but I could have played with a better pose, this is something I need to improve doing. 
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Author’s Own – Using the pen also allowed me to play with harshness of lines. Using such a bold pen creates more tension over a delicate pencil line. This was a look I really liked in the end. 

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Author’s Own – Above are some illustrations of exploring the Witches character. i wanted her to be menacing with the thick long raven hair mentioned in the book. I like the variety of characters I did here. 
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Author’s Own – Stardust Yvaine’s character, I like using the ink wash. 
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Author’s Own – Environmental designs. I carried on using the ink pen as it created this nice atmosphere. I wished I inked the final piece in the end looking back. 
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Author’s Own – Sketchbook pages of Yvain designs. I love the right image of the character. I was inspired by Jane Morris in this shot. A model used by many in the Renaissancy painting. 
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Author’s Own – I explored creating shadow over my characters face using ink, to introduce more tension. 
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Author’s Own – On the left is my final character chosen for the witch. I loved her menacing expression here. It helped me explore getting her character across. 

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Author’s Own image – Above is a  variety of Yvaine Character exploration, I did not like these as they lacked appear to me. I feel some of them just don’t work .
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Author’s Own image – I liked these experiments again using the broad shoulders to play with the power of the character. The ink in this really inspired me. 
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Author’s Own  The majority of these drawings are not too good but they show my experimentation. I like the character in the middle meant for the witch. It was great to play around with the features and explore the character. 
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Author’s Own – I wanted to play with creating different characters, I Like this page because I was using the ink in an interesting way, creating shadows to exaggerate more evil characters and keeping light on the Tristains face seen to the right to exaggerate the characteristics. 

Below are some Unicorn designs. I tried to be playful and create a charming character. Some of them simply do not work. Whilst others have a powerful personality about them.

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Author’s Own Unicorn designs
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Author’s Own Unicorn designs
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Author’s Own Unicorn designs I love the drawing to the right, the expressions shows a powerful character. i used horses to help me think of how a unicorn would walk/look. Here I exaggerated the expression. 
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Author’s Own Unicorn designs
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Author’s Own Unicorn designs
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Author’s Own Unicorn designs
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Author’s Own  I wanted Yvaine to fall in the illustrations so playing with this I played about how I could used ink to exaggerate the different characters. 

More Designs for Tristains.

I like to play around with the look of the characters. Looking back I spent too long on this aspect I need to learn to refrain from creating so many character designs.

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Author’s Own sketchbook page 
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Author’s Own sketchbook page  I love the character at the top here the best, I like the charming character coming through

 



I created some quick character designs for Yvaine and the witch below. I did this in about an hour just to play with colour and some digital versions. I like to mix the two mediums to play about with the piece.

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Author’s Own sillustratio Witch transformed to her youth
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Author’s Own – rough sketches of the updated version. I wish i used the air in the way it was spread across the page in the end. However it is ok that I went for a different idea it goes to show after a month of creating the piece that I have developed and can see what is wrong with the piece. 

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Here you can see the digital sketch and the below sketch, in the end I wanted to add some of the sketchy ink lines so I scanned in and worked it all together. I am not happy with my end result, but I could not spend any more time on this competition. I want to come back to it maybe in my own time or if I have time to re work it. There is a lot I want to change, so I don’t think the piece is successful.

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Author’s own Submitted Final Piece. Here is my final piece, I used digital and traditional to create this piece. I like how this piece came together and the piece is really experimental. However in the end I don’t like it. I used the night sky to guide our eyes around the picture. I think there are too many elements and I could have made this piece simpler. In the end I am so happy I entered the competition, it allowed me to be creative and play with illustration. I loved doing it and the whole process has made me want to look into illustrating further. This is something I hope to improve and make better. 
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Ruth from Ravensbourne will be entering the weather animation from Ravensbourne into a competition for “best collaboration between a university and employer.” Me and Alice submitted a line to explain our experience. It is a good opportunity as it brings more exposure to our work, the uni and BBC radio 4.

 

 

Events

FAFF: Power house 

I went to the FAFF: Power house screening festival in London. The talk was really informative and actually shedding a lot not just on Moth Collective but also about the speakers own journey after university.

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The room which we went had around 30-40 people. Which meant it was more cosy and the talker was able to answer a generous amount of questions. Some of the things which i learnt from this talk was how to sustain a studio and how it  really is about keeping a balance. A balance of commercial and passion projects.

She also pointed out that she wouldn’t advise doing a masters after University and to wait till you had more experience if this was something you were considering. This was a really useful perspective as I was considering maybe doing a masters at some point.

There was a variety of work and variety of mediums for the work shown. There were animations to illustrate stories, to assist documentaries or to document lives. I also liked the way that the speaker wanted to/ had always felt like she wanted to work for the New York Times so one day contacted them and the next day was giving a project. The project was giving a small budget and only two weeks to turn it around.

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FAFF’s Instagram photo: Source

BBC Radio 4 : Talk and Networking event

I was invited to the BBC Radio 4 Networking talk along with several other animators from our course who had worked on the live brief last year. It is really good in the fact we were invited as it means the BBC still want to stay in contact with us.

We were invited to the new BBC building which was really cool to look inside and seemed much more open plan compared to when we went to the old building. The talk was on the creative talents the Radio stations had employed and a review of where BBC Radio seems to be heading.

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Below you can see everyone who went to the BBC.

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(Jake Preedy’s photo)

Below you can see some of the slides featured. One person who I really admired work was below. We were lucky to get to talk to the artist after and many other who were featured in to the talk. There was drink and snacks and we mingled and networked with the BBC staff and the other designers at the event. I did not have a business card and this was something which I regret. However I realised I didn’t need a card to approach people so I grew more confident later. I was able to take people’s email and contact them on Instagram.

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There was actually some really insightful questions being asked during the talk and facts that the BBC presenting. I came away feeling really motivated and actually learning a lot a bout the structure of the BBC and what the future is look like for them.

Rhian one of the lovely ladies we worked for at the BBC asked if any of us could draw, and said we should look into working on the Stardust competition.

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This event was so amazing, I have met people who I follow on Instagram and hope to even invite to the degree show. I had a great time networking and hope to continue to develop my confidence in approaching people.


Art Macabre: Cutty Sark Life drawing event 

I went to a Life drawing event with lots of other artists, the event was a lot of fun set on the Cutty sark with nautical themed models and events. It was really good to be surrounded by other artists and illustrators and polishing my skill with the form. I found this useful as I was exploring ways of meeting other illustrators if I wanted to make contacts. I think it is a really fun way of meeting other creative people. They do so many events so I am considering doing some more! I spoke to other illustrators and artists and was able to get an understanding about some of the work as well. It was another informal way of networking and allowed me to mix in a fun way!

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Me at the Life drawing 

There were mermaids, opera singers, mud larker, portrait artists, performers and life models to draw.

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Author;s Own As well as networking I was able to practice my lifedrawing which was amazing!
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Art Macabre Picture : (Me at the front from behind)
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Art Macabre Picture

Below you can see some of my drawings from the night, I had to work really quickly on some, such as the opera singer who was constantly moving on stage. But it was a fun challenge! I liked this way of networking because it was informal enough to causally talk to people and get an insight in to their working life.

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Author’s Own Sketchbook some of my lifedrawing images at the end of the event!
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Author’s Own Sketchbook some of my life drawing images at the end of the event!
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Author’s Own Sketchbook some of my life drawing images at the end of the event!
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Author’s Own Sketchbook some of my life drawing images at the end of the event!
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Author’s Own Sketchbook some of my lifed rawing images at the end of the event!

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One of my favourite elements of the night was the sea shanties sung by a quartet band ( one was missing). I enjoyed drawing them so I uploaded it on to my Instagram and tagged them in it.

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it was really great to see the work on their page! I had a lot of fun that evening and it was great to dedicate a night to practicing my drawing skills!