Showing posts with label Animation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Animation. Show all posts

Inside Out: Inspiration For The Creative Process

Sometimes feeling bad emotionally is the best thing that can happen to you. It took me a while to soak this fact up.

Eat, love and pray is a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert who drew inspiration from a messy divorce, and the result was 10 million copies sold.

Just like joy, all the other emotions we experience as humans are essential for the whole human experience, and the creative process.

 The animation Inside Out made this clear on so many levels, relatable to both adults and kids.

At times we want to get rid of those negative emotions quickly, but resisting them only seems to blow them up.

The idea is to become a silent observer and let them flow in and out. A lesson I am still learning during my guided meditation sessions with Andy courtesy of the mobile app Headspace. (You should try it out)

Inside Out is a narrative that plays in the mind of an 11 year old girl called Riley. The main characters in the animation are her feelings joy, sadness, fear, disgust and anger.

The animation simply gives faces to those little voices we have in our minds.

When joy is nowhere to be found then the other emotions tend to come to the rescue. If you watched Inside Out you can remember Sadness proved to be very useful when Joy was lost.

Joy just like many of us, was of the opinion nothing good comes off negative feelings. It was later evident that however painful some of these emotions are. They are there for the ultimate good.

The Emotional Guidance Scale (double click for a clearer view)

According to the book Ask and It Is Given, emotions always provide clues as to what kind of energy we are allowing to flow. It is good to identify where you are on the emotional guidance scale, so that you can raise your vibration gradually and comfortably.

It is also explained that it is better to travel upwards, through the contrasting number of emotions in the guidance scale in order to raise your moods. Than to leap from a very bad mood to a very good one.

So that rather than leaping from say doubt about your work, (number 19) straight to rekindled passion (number 2).You could experiment with your craft, fail  and get disappointed (number 12) but then you have learnt what works and what does not work.

You could start trying many other things to see what works and end up feeling overwhelmed (number 11). A good place to be because it means you did not let the failure stop you.

You may continue trying​ out many things for a while and none of them seem to work so you get frustrated (number 10) . However, since you tried out many opportunities before you got to the frustrated stage you start receiving positive feedback when you least expect it.

You slowly start getting hopeful  (number 6) that all the effort you put is paying off. You start positively expecting  (number 4) more good to come in your life.

Good things happen, you get two free trainings consecutively. One is on digital marketing and right after you are done with that one, you get another one on creative entrepreneurship.

The creative enterpreneurship one conveniently happens to be taking place in the evening. Perfect for you considering you just started an internship on digital marketing meant to cement what you learnt during the training. You become more enthusiastic (number 3) about life.

With every session in the creative entrepreneurship training now, you take something home that rekindles your passion  (number 2).

You are a creative and you have always wanted to use your talents to start a lucrative and sustainable business and now you are slowly solidifying and executing your plan.You realize that the whole process was important.

 The emotions you went through kept you alert and more appreciative of the small wins in your pursuit of rekindled passion. I strongly believe in this process, because the steps along the emotional guidance scale you just finished reading have been my journey so far.

So the next time you feel like you are stuck in a bad place. Try identifying where exactly you are on the emotional guidance scale.

Be kind and gentle on yourself. Even more through the emotional roller coaster life often presents and give yourself time to gradually raise your vibration by moving up the emotional guidance scale. Before you know it you will be where you want to be. So all the best to us, cause we are in this together.

AA(Auspicious Art)
Wendi Mutisya

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Moana's Grandma's dancing gif via Giphy

I like to dance with the water
The undertow and the waves.
The water is mischievous huh!.
I like how it misbehaves. 
The village might think I'm crazy or say that I drift too far,
But once you know what you like then there you are.

Moana struggles between conforming to societal norms and the urge to follow the ocean the one thing that makes her heart sing. Her Grandma a free spirit is her only voice of reason and when the time is right she embarks on a journey that leads her to heroism. 

It is a captivating story full of unexpected twists. It also has points where everyone breaks into song and dance . The dance moves looking so realistic you may just forget that you are watching an animation. 

I'm trying to be as brief as possible lest I spill all the beans and leave nothing to look forward to. This animation is definitely A MUST WATCH. It is inspiring and it teaches very crucial life lessons. Oh yeah and women can be sheroes too. Yes we can.

Until next time bye bye

AA (Auspicious Art)
Wendi Mutisya

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Why does the human brain remember faces so well?

I used to write down the names and something special about the new people I met on my phone's memo. It was one of my strange secrets. I did that because sometimes I did not trust my mind to remember their names.

It did not occur to me that I should take a picture of these people so that I can remember their faces too. Maybe it was because subconsciously I must have thought I cannot forget his neat movember moustache and side burns or wow she has really pretty eyes.

I recently enrolled for 3D animation classes and in one of our classes I got to understand a bit more on how our brains work.

Our passionate lecturer explained how our minds act like databases that store people's faces. The only difference is our minds store people's faces with their most unique features popping out kinda like a caricature.

A caricature is a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic effect.

Just like a criminal investigator uses a computer database to search for suspects faces our brains search our mental database to retrieve the face of the person we first saw say two weeks ago.

He went further to explain with the example of how hard it is to tell your mothers hands apart from a collection of pictures of people with similar finger types. This with the exception of those hands that have a birthmark or a unique scar on them.

This made a lot of sense to me. I mean think of how easy it was for you to identify your mother's face way across those school halls back then during special occasions in school.

Ever wondered what feature on her face stood out so that you were sure it was her?

The brain is truly an amazing organ and it seems like we are yet to understand it fully. All the same I am glad I learnt this and who knows now I may just try out some inspired caricature pieces.

Quick question can you identify anyone from the two caricatures above? Looking forward to seeing who you think they are :)

Wendi Mutisya

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My Art World- Through the Words of an Award Winner

Deep in Thought (Charcoal on Paper)
 by Allan Madegwa

"As a child I used to get any adult I could find to read me the comic segment on the magazines or newspapers I saw and managed to get my hands on.

The images on these comic segments fascinated me especially in the way they communicated to me. It is then, at that tender age that I figured this would be my means of expression.

A 20 year old student at Kenyatta University pursuing a degree in Fine Art and History. I'm an animator practising character design, concept design, story board and clean-up.

My fascination with drawing was fueled by my mother who is also an artist. Early schooldays did not encourage the development of the skill since art was not offered in the curriculum. I'd however draw for fun and also in a bid to be considered among the cool kids in class :).

 Potrait of Kalemera (Pen on Paper)
by Allan Madegwa

High School had me encounter the likes of  Mr. Shikanga, my Art teacher, who introduced me to the academic side of art. He contributed to my style thus influencing and boosting my imagination and creativity. 

Ms. Mwiti one of my Lecturers in Campus teaches us on the possibilities that line has on a blank surface and encourages it's use. Research led me to stumble upon a book known as Drawn to life. It's Author Stanchfield Walt uses line to express gesture, emotion and motion

 Glen Keane an American Author and Animator used line in the creation of the 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Tarzan' and 'The Little Mermaid'. Kim Jung Gi a Korean Artist confirmed the possibilites of line work and encouraged me to come up with a style of my own. These incidences made it clear that my path is in animation.

From then on I have always combined new knowledge and influences to a chosen scenario and the results have always been amazing.

Friends Paula Karanja, Edna Taabu and Nancy Chela

encourage creativity and keep the creatives on their toes. They influence my work and keep the dream of an African Animation Powerhouse alive.

I recently participated in a  project at GESCI AKE,

my first full animation, and it stretched my limits, possibilities and skills. I loved every bit of its production and I am open to new animation adventures because they are chances to learn and become the best.

My plan for the next five years are going to be geared towards building experience and gathering of knowledge to be applied in the next phase for the achievement of my ten year plan by which  talented youths can get employment or create employment through animation. Thus telling Our stories to the World, through the pictures and  animations we make."

Sunday Afternoon in Shauri Moyo (Ink on Paper)
by Allan Madegwa

I met Allan Madegwa at the MASK Award Ceremony

which was held at the Micheal Joseph Art Center Nairobi on the 23rd of June. We clicked the moment we met and sparked a conversation. I had no idea he was an awardee until later on. The three pieces above were his award winning pieces. His passion was evident in the stories he told me about his experience as an artist and that led me to ask him whether I could feature him on my blog. To my delight he  agreed instantly without any hesitation.I also got to meet Paula Karanja one of his great artistic friends. Who worked on an animation project that won her a MASK award the previous year. Clearly birds of a feather flock together :).

A video of Paula's Award Winning Art Piece that was converted to an animation titled: 
What the Noice Gave Me

I would like to thank Allan for his acceptance to be featured on my blog. I would also like to thank  Alla Tkachuk the director of MASK for her invitation to the 2016 MASK Award Ceremony. It was an amazing experience and thanks to that invitation I got to meet many like minded and inspiring artists.

Wendi Mutisya

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Video credits:
MASKcharity YouTube Channel

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Young Creative and Innovative.

Can creativity be learned? and is it true that innovation is key to economic growth? Well, the answer to both of these questions is yes.

Creativity can be learned because it is a skill like any other and according to some leading business executives, in order to be creative you need to develop the ability to identify problems and create original solutions. You should be able to maintain a childlike curiosity and visualize a spectacular future that leads you to take risks head on so as to establish ways of bringing that spectacular vision to life.

According to Margareta Drzeniek Head of competitiveness of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2014/2015. Innovation increases productivity in economies thus driving growth. Mobile money is a great example of how technology infrastructure is being used in Africa to promote growth.

Over the years it has been proven that the arts are the main courses that develop the creative skills. However only 10-17% of high schools in United States, offer the arts. On the other hand only 2% of high schools in Kenya offer art courses.

All hope is not lost though, institutions such as The Mobile Art School in Kenya(MASK)an NGO have come to the rescue. MASK was founded in 2007 and since then it has developed effective creativity teaching and learning programmes. It provides art education in primary and secondary schools in Kenya and has developed entrepreneurs, leaders and even a patent registering scientist!

With that said I would like to introduce four amazing artists two from MASK and the other two from The University of the Creative Arts(UCA)England. I hope their paintings and animations will have a positive effect on you like they had on me.

The title of this painting is Adore Woman by Edwin Wainaina.

I wonder what was going through your mind Edwin when you created this lovely piece. It captured my attention instantly and I could not help but stare in amazement. Your bold use of color gives the impression of your respect for women and I am honored to be writing about you and your piece.

According to Albert Einstein " Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought". That is where you come in Samantha. Your ability to recreate and enhance this piece through animation is mind blowing. After watching it I felt like I had a glimpse of what went through your mind the first time you saw the painting.

An animation of Adore Woman by Samantha Niemczyk.

This next piece is titled Greener Pastures and the Colors of Youth by Churchill Ongere

Now, Churchill your piece reminds me of how it was when I used to teach children how to draw. The look on their faces while they drew and painted passionately was priceless. I remember how I used to smile till my jaws ached when they called me Teacher Wendi and asked for some guidance. The pain of joy is always welcome in my life and that is exactly what your piece brought my way. So thank you.

Your animation Emily makes me want to stand up and dance. To be honest I totally did not expect what I saw. I mean you used these simple elements as though they were pieces of a puzzle finding their way to represent different things within a span of seconds. Incredible work!! I am very impressed.

An animation of Greener Pastures and the Colors of Youth by Emily Clarkson.

As illustrated by these four great artists the fusion of art and technology has the ability to create amazing results. The art scene is truly changing at a fast rate and with the knowledge of creativity being a skill that can be learned we can also find ways to learn it and join in on this amazing new trend. In conclusion I would like to thank Alla Tkachuk the Director of MASK for giving me the go ahead to create this post. Your efforts have truly bore fruit and I wish you and the rest of the MASK members the best in all your endeavors.

Wendi Mutisya

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