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Swamp House

Hello! I'm Nikki, a graphic designer/illustrator in Brooklyn. Excited to start the year off learning something new.

I rarely draw buildings or environments so I thought this course would be a good challenge! I knew I wanted to also include an interesting land for the house to sit on, and I really love a good mysterious isolated cabin/shack.

Here are my inspiration pictures:

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And my sketches:

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I liked the energy of my sketch and struggled with different approaches in Illustrator to create something I liked as much using simple shapes that would be managable in After Effects.

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(Snooze)

Finally (at 2 in the morning) it started to come together with imperfect flat shapes and some small details. I think adding a few more details will help pump it up but keeping this simple weird white house as the focal point.

I need to think more about how to animate the panels of the house, I want to have a very slapped together feel. The artwork may need to be adjusted during the animation stage. That will inform how I handle the platform pathway, which needs a bit more work - although I don't want to take away from it's simple, cut away look.

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And now, to sleep! Looking forward to sharing this project with you all. 

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Dear lord, this was exhausting! Final gif below.

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