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THE SHOW MUST GO ON (2022)
KEY ROLES: STORYBOARD • CHARACTER DESIGN • ILLUSTRATION • ANIMATION • MOTION GRAPHIC • VIDEO EDITING
To illustrate the evolution of contemporary social media influencer culture, I selected Japanese Oirans, who were esteemed women in the Edo period who capitalized on their beauty, and entertainment skills, and even provided intimate services. Despite the vast time difference, the parallels between these Oirans and modern influencers are striking. Both groups are entrepreneurial, investing resources, time, and effort into enhancing their appearances and lifestyles.
Being a fervent admirer of Japanese culture, I recognized an opportunity to reconnect with my inner otaku and embarked on a personal project using the cutting-edge software, Mental Canvas. Within just 12 days and with no prior architectural training, I set out to sefl- taught this new software from scratch and create a mesmerizing masterpiece. The initial step involved storyboarding, followed by character design and illustration. However, the most exhilarating part of the process lay in crafting intricate floral patterns for each kimono and devising a world with my unique modern twist.
The final stage of my project proved to be both daring and rewarding – a true "high-risk high-return" endeavor. It compelled me to explore uncharted territories by seamlessly integrating Mental Canvas with animation, motion graphics, and video editing software that I have been familiar with for years. Through this amalgamation of traditional and modern mediums, I successfully infused elements of time travel throughout the animation, serving as a visual representation of how tradition has evolved. This artistic expression allows me to pay homage to my Asian heritage while showcasing my appreciation for both the traditional art of watercolor and the versatility of digital art.
7th Dimension- Supernova Digital Animation Festival, Denver, CO. Night Lights Denver commissioned animations, Silent Screen outdoor art exhibition, spectacular Live events in Denver at the Buell Theatre and Sie Film Center, and community collaborations with CU Denver Experience Gallery and Streetwise Boulder.
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