(In my opinion, posting something before my first class this week still counts as posting during Labor Day Weekend.)
I’ll be kicking off this week with a handful of assignments for different classes. In my Design for Media class I have a choice of either a Human as Landscape assignment, or a Menagerie assignment. I’m strongly leaning towards the Menagerie.
The project’s parameters call for a series of objects or figures related by theme, color, and design. It has a chance to be much more illustrative than the more abstract concept of a figure as a landscape. I already have a few ideas for this.
For my first idea, I’ll tell you a little story: when I was about 10 or so years old, my parents got me a book called “Origami Made Easy”. I took it with me everywhere and worked hard to make the pieces look perfect. I was only good at a select few; one of them was a butterfly. The book is most likely stowed away in a closet some where, but I still have the butterfly memorized. Over the years when I was bored in school I would make butterflies out of anything paperlike: old tests, candy bar wrappers, scraps of Christmas present wrapping paper, etc. I think I once made a butterfly out of a 1-inch square piece of paper.
Something I really love about this idea is that I can make these butterflies out of any type of paper, so size is something I can really explore. I have gift wrap at my dorm, and I really want to see how large a butterfly I can make. There’s also a stack of magazines and newspapers that I’ve been keeping for a project like this. The idea of scrap pieces of paper, basically trash, being turned into something beautiful like a butterfly is really appealing to me.
I do have another direction I’d like to go in, but it’s not as fleshed out as my butterfly idea. I was really inspired by the example of menagerie in Mac George’s and Hans Barber’s blog, the image titled “Red’s Studio – Equipment”. I’d like to explore the concept of what my studio would look like as an animator. There’s something very appealing in the lines of this style that I find inspiring. It actually reminds me of Disney’s 101 Dalmations to be honest. This assignment could be a great way for me to explore what I need or will use as an animator.
I’m really looking forward to this project. I think it’s going to turn out pretty great.