Thunder Kitten & Dragon Breath
The first project is “Thunder Kitten” which is a 2D animated short created by Paloma Sawko. The short focuses on a curious, blue-eyed kitten, who finds infatuation with the raindrops racing down the window of his home, the only problem is that his greatest fear is the sound of thunder and the flashing claps of lightning that can be heard outside. The gag of the short stems from the kitten finding some peace after realising he is safe, only to be struck by a leaf, fallen from the flowerpot behind which he sought shelter.
The second is “Dragon Breath” and is an animated loop of a frustrated dragon who, after his attempt in lighting a candle, keeps extinguishing it as he flies away.
This work consists of 2D character animation over photographic stills. The realistic rain and lighting effects knit the animated and photographic elements together to create a seamless bridge between art and reality. The inspiration behind these projects happen to be the weary, easily spooked and silly Yorkshire terriers that I have at home. These pieces aimed to express their personalities and attitudes through fluid and exaggerated animal animation. While giving myself an opportunity to animate some of my favourite creatures, my greatest task was to test my VFX and compositing abilities using light, shadows, water, fire, smoke effects and matte painting.
This animated project was very challenging but also rewarding and my hope is that it will be admired by many audiences in the future.