These are some very early thumbnail sketches for Lenten motion graphics. The assignment is to make elements that can be animated in After Effects. At the time of this posting, I have almost no more material on this project. By the end of the month, I will have made God-only-knows-what.
I've said it once before, but it bears repeating... that this part of the process, the first blush, is uncomfortable and clumsy. Slightly frightening and embarrassing. At the beginning of any project I don't know what the outcome will be. What follows is research, experimentation with composition, media, style, and final execution. I've found prayer essential to every step.
Of course there is an excitement that goes with setting out on a journey into the unknown. Vacations, watching sports, and reality TV can be fascinating for similar reasons. Making art is like playing a game. There's a chance you will lose, but if you've ever experience the thrill of the game it keeps you coming back. I love the feeling of making something that wasn't there before. So much so that I don't mind the awkward beginnings.
I started posting here in 2010 with a similar "who knows" message. According to the stats...this blog now gets thousands of views each month. Sometimes I'm surprised by what gets attention (Mulberry Bonsai is a popular topic). Posting to the "The Process" has become part of my studio practice. Besides the US, there seems to be considerable viewership from Europe, Russia, Australia, and Malaysia. Wherever you are, thanks for tuning in. It's my pleasure to share the work I love.
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