THE SHOW MUST GO ON (2021)

KEY ROLES:  STORYBOARD • CHARACTER DESIGN • ILLUSTRATION • ANIMATION • MOTION GRAPHIC • VIDEO EDITING

To depict the contemporary social media influencer culture, I chose Japanese Oirans, high-class women who sell their beauty, entertainment talents, and even body services from the Edo period. Despite the era gap, the similarities are striking as they are considered entrepreneurs in certain ways for investing money, time, and effort glamorizing themselves and their lifestyles, and have a higher social status than their clients and audiences. As an admirer of Japanese culture, I saw an opportunity to reconnect with my inner otaku and set a goal for myself to produce a project in 12 days using brand new software called Mental Canvas (without attending any architecture drawing classes). Storyboarding was the first step, followed by character design and illustration. The most exciting part of the process was creating floral patterns for each kimono and world-building with my modern twist. The final stage was indeed the 'high-risk high return' part because it pushed me into new areas of incorporating Mental Canvas with animation, motion graphics, and video editing software that have known for years.

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