Senior Animation Reel, Fall 2021
Professor Sandee Chamberlain

Featuring Senior Students: 


Cole Arnold

Website: http://colearnold.art

  • Branding/Logo
  • Sprout and Astronaut

Rachel Cheek

Website: https://www.artsyplaty.com

  • A lot of people say their first language is English, or French, or Japanese, etc. My first language is pictures. So naturally I became a visual artist. 

    My second language is stories. A lot of what is in my head are emotions, events, interests, and ideas, which are best collected as fantastical worlds and stories. So naturally I became a fantasy visual storyteller.

    My third language is English, because when pictures fail or are not time efficient then I can communicate until I find the right picture.

    Therefore, welcome to the world of a fantasy visual storyteller.

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El Fayet

Website: https://misselbun.com/

  • My short film, Frydays, was meant to be loosely based on my experience working in the fast-food industry when I was younger. People would do anything to make their job more fun. Having to deal with terrible people all day while being paid ridiculously low wages takes a huge toll on the workers. In Frydays, I tried to depict that slice of life that an everyday fast-food worker must go through. These workers should be paid more for the overlooked work and service that they do every day.

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Abigail Janson

Website: https://www.ajcreations.art/

  • As a recent graduate Animation Student at Kennesaw State University, my goal is to take my skills and my passions and apply them to becoming a concept/visual development artist in backgrounds or character design. I am interested in all aspects of the animation process, but pre-production work is something I particularly enjoy. I find the process of designing from my imagination and then bringing those ideas to life in to be very satisfying. I have been developing my artistic skills in a variety of areas. Including, Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, and Concept Art/Visual Development.

    When I was younger, I loved two things: drawing and outerspace. As an adult, not much has changed. My senior film, titled “@YourService” is about a robot dedicated to serving his customers with the perfect cup of caffeine. After many years of hard work, he no longer can keep up with the fast-paced world of instant coffee, and has been sent to decommission. On the way, an abrupt crash landing leads him to make a detour on an odd world where he meets a strange human. 

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Polina Mikhina

  • As many other artistically inclined people, who strive to do what they love, I had a strong desire to create art from a young age. I always knew that I would pursue art as a career, in whatever form that interested me at the time. I went from wanting to be a designer, to an architect, to a painter, to an animator, but was always focused on art. The thing that helped me decide what I wanted to do in this age was the advancement of the technology and the convenience of the digital art. I will always love using traditional media, and at the same time, being able to recreate any kind of desired media on the computer and produce quality work for different people and studios is just fascinating to me. 

    I will always be thankful to have been part of this relatively new animation program. Ever since I met Professor Chamberlain at a high school college visit, I knew I had to try this field out for myself. The animation degree is different from anything I have ever done creatively. It includes far more than just animating, like the art of storytelling, the understanding of physics and movement, the concepting of the characters, environment and so much more. Creating an animation is such a complex process, with different variants, that the students can find a specific art form they enjoy throughout their college experience. Whether it’s technical art, 2D or 3D animation, motion graphics, storyboarding, or for me, I found my passion in concept art. 

    My senior film is about a teen boy who finds himself in a common life situation, desperate to find love. He creates his perfect girlfriend from a “Grow Your Own Girl” toy that he finds online. However, he doesn’t realize, until an unfortunate event happens, that due to his determination to cure his loneliness, he gets delusional and doesn’t see what’s real and in front of him and what’s a project of his imagination. The point of the story is to show that we are all going through the same motions of life and just because you don’t have something right away, doesn’t mean you won’t have it later. We all have different paths in life, and our destiny is unique and different from everyone else’s. All we need is a little patience and faith in the fact that something good is waiting for us out there, whether this is about finding love, a career, starting a family or anything else that you deeply desire. 

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Shannon Northrop

Website: http://www.lilishannonart.com

  • Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated with storytelling, art, and animation. I have felt so many beautiful emotions from other people’s stories and have always enjoyed creating my own. Someday I hope to be able to create stories that will help people experience the same joy that I have experienced while watching some of my favorite animations. My time at KSU has helped me develop my skills, and I am excited to pursue my career as an artist.

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Eden Riley

Website: https://edenoriley.wixsite.com/my-site-2

  • I’ve always loved creating stories and characters involving strange and fantastical creatures; such was the reason I chose to major in animation. What started off as doodling on my homework and playing with my friends as a child evolved into a love of art, design, and storytelling. I think that being able to share something that can make audiences laugh, smile, cry, or even be scared is a very special thing that brings us all together. The world could always do with more tales and legends, and especially more strange little creatures that go bump in the night.

    My film/animatic encompasses these things that I love; it was the result of me combining the memories I had with the farm my grandmother used to have, and my sister's fear of coyotes. It starts out with a normal farmer struggling with normal coyotes until things get progressively weirder and weirder… Nothing in life is ever straightforward, and things in this film certainly weren’t either! My goal with this project was to create something lighthearted, silly, and unsettling. I wanted it to be akin to the cartoons I used to watch when I was younger, and I definitely had to fit some sort of gross monster in there one way or another.

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Valerie Rush

Website: https://www.wonkadoodlecreations.com/

  • Being in the ANIM4660 - Senior Animation Reel this fall semester in 2021 has enhanced my understanding of ToonBoom Harmony as an animating platform and, perhaps more importantly, has taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of. Bettering my knowledge of how to properly organize the different assets of a rig in the node view was incredibly helpful and being able to quickly find and fix where a rig is breaking made the production much smoother. It was also good to experiment with node transformations, such as the auto patch node, and broaden my undersranding of different ways to set transformations effectively and efficiently. Arugably the most valuable lesson I learned this semester was how to better manage my time and to be honest with myself in terms of how much of my time I can give to others 

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Michael Sharp

Website: http://mikesharpmakesart.com

  • For my senior film, I wanted to capture the feel and charm of traditional 2d animation. I gathered inspiration from a number of artists and their work. The style in my film has been heavily influenced by Richard Willams’ The Thief and the Cobbler as well as from Felix Colgrave’s film, Double King. While for my background designs, I took inspiration from Maurice Noble’s work on Looney Tunes and Tom O’Loughlin’s work on The Pink Panther.

    Much like any classic tale, I felt that this story needed a good moral. Seeing how we live in a very materialistic society, I wanted to show the consequences for blind greed. The story itself is roughly based on Norse folklore surrounding Fafnir, who as a result of greedily guarding cursed gold, turned into a dragon.  In my case, I wanted to emphasize the cyclical nature of greed. I attempted to illustrate that greed is a constant and that there will always be people blindly following it, making the same mistakes over and over, often leading to the same consequences. In the case of my protagonist, his pursuit of a dragon’s hoard is not a unique quest. In the background there is evidence of many kings who have sought the gold, all of which are now dead. Every greedy king who slays the dragon to take the gold, becomes the new dragon who protects the gold. Then that dragon ultimately dies protecting the gold that cursed them. Throughout the film the king continues the cycle of greedy kings and ultimately becomes the next dragon to be faced and replaced.

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Nick Shook

Website: http://nickpshook.com

  • Logo
  • Drone
  • Pop's Corn Food Truck
  • Fitgerald "Fitzy"
  • Natural Environment

 

 

 

 

  • Creative and passionate animator with experience in designing and modeling human characters; creating unique styles, movements, and personalities. Expertise in 3d printing with an enthusiasm for fast-paced, exciting productions. Flare for realism and nostalgia and a passion for bringing similar feelings to future projects and audiences.

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Hayley Sirmons

Website: https://hayleysmoore.squarespace.com/

  • Hello! My name is Hayley and I am a visual development artist. I enjoy world building, painting backgrounds and props. I love realism and semi-realism which reflects in my work. I tend to gravitate towards pastel color palettes for my artwork. I enjoy all parts of the creative process and will continue to strive to improve. My dream as an artist is to create beautiful worlds and stories that hopefully can touch others hearts and inspire them.

    My senior film “Sakura in the Koi,” is about a young girl, Ren, who lives in the countryside of Japan and takes care of her family's koi pond. One day, as she is feeding her favorite fish, Nami, tragedy strikes and she must go through the pain of loss, learning valuable life lessons and that there is more to life after death. Until we meet again. 

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Emma Stewart

Website: http://www.owlelfling.com

  • As an artist, I love blending the mundane with the fantastical, something about combining these supposed opposites is very appealing to me. I spent much time ruminating about these concepts while working on my film, “A Break For Tea.” I cycled through several different themes and concepts while one character stayed the same, a dragon living in a teapot. I eventually settled on a theme close to my heart, the trials of art block and the importance of rest. Working on the film was a trial, but I’m satisfied with what I’ve accomplished and how far I’ve come during my time in college.

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Alexys Terman

Website: https://www.aterman8er.com/

  • Having developed my skills as a digital animator, I found that I prefer to animate in 2D and develop concepts in environments and in characters. Furthermore, I enjoy modeling environments in 3D.

    Having said that, I grew up in a family of board games, video games, and anime. I basically grew up in an artist environment, however, I was constantly told to never go into the art field as there would be no end goal. Well, I have officially proven to others that I can be an artist and make it my career, and I am an animator. I’ve learned that art stretches far beyond just a ball and a bounce and a falling leaf, to the stills of a fully flayed body and to the simpler designs of a logo and poster design. Commercials, movies, stop-motion, rotoscoping, and there are so many different forms of art that the word itself is endless. While I mainly focus on the visual art form, I can appreciate the sounds of music, the verbal arts, art has brought me to a place and to a community of like-minded individuals and others with an imaginative perspective of life. At the same time, I respect the life of people and hope for the best, and hope that they are healthy and safe. I hope to continue to earn from life in the art field, as there is in perfect, there is always room for improvement.

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Kingsley Wentink

Website: http://www.kingsleywentink.com

  • From as young as I can remember, I was a child who lived up in his own imagination; I lived in a fantastic world of my own creation. Everything around me was more than what it appeared in real life. What looked like a stick off the ground to most people was actually a sword or magic staff, and just behind that rock was an entire Kingdom that needed saving. Art has always been something that attracted my soul, putting what was in my mind down on paper. Art allowed me to be expressive and allowed me to communicate when words failed me. As I grew up, my life took a different direction, the more I followed that path the unhappier I became, until I decided to make that change in my life and follow my heart. Never in my life did I think I would become an animator, or even an artist, but my journey to get here has been filled with joy. I have seen myself improve in my capabilities, and I am reconnecting with the boy inside myself who I haven’t seen in decades. The more I connect with art, the more magical the world is becoming once again.

    In a symbolic way, I feel that my final animation reflects some of those stages in my life. I was a person filled with hopes and dreams, as much as the Pauper from my film; however, obstacles got in my way, represented by the action figure, and knocked me down. It made me lose some of that confidence in myself, but I got back up and confronted every challenge that stood between myself and my goals. Just as the Pauper had to look around the room for a way to climb the dresser, I had to think of creative ways to overcome those challenges. My story appears bleak at first, but it ends happy. I hope that my art and animations connect to others in that same way; I hope that people see themselves or similar situations in my art and that it confides them, giving them hope.

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