This exhibition highlights the exploratory sketches and creative solutions made by Storyboard artists. Artists include senior Animation students, Alexander Edward Karnes and Yury Guzman, and Animation Chair Brandon Strathmann.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Lunder Arts Center
1801 Massachusetts AveCambridge, MA
Storyboarding is the creative stage that Animators use to plan out their cartoons. Storyboards are a series of comic-strip style illustrations that describe all of the acting and cinematography that will appear in a finished animation. Hollywood Legend gives Walt Disney Animation the credit for creating this labor-saving method for visualizing full-length animation. Many animation artists are employed as Storyboard artists in the live-action cinematic industry as well as in animation studios where they provide projects with a plan and creative vision at the start of a motion picture.
Storyboard artists continue to offer support in designing the narrative and environment of a film all the way through its final stages. Characters and stories are designed and perfected through this tool. Whether it is drama or comedy, the exploratory sketches made by Storyboard artists provide a chance to research creative solutions to a cartoon’s storytelling challenges. Story artists’ well-honed skills in observational drawing and character acting enable them to bring a narrative to life.
The three artists in this exhibition are all experienced Storyboard artists. They have compiled their storyboards and conceptual art work made for more finished projects. Two are current students sharing the planning they are doing to complete their Senior Animated Films. They have built up their skills in drawing and storytelling in order to most efficiently design their final student artworks.
Alexander Edward Karnes is a self-taught mechanical engineer who ended up pursuing a degree in the arts due to a series of bad decisions. He is driven by the technological idealism that turned the Industrial world in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries before the fruits of all that labor did irreparable damage to human society, which is why he gravitates to technology from that age and no later. He insists on complete and total technical understanding of his subjects whether he is machining new parts for them or artistically rendering them. His visions of the ideal state that never was, the deliciously disorganized Utopian world driven by this machinery is brought to life in his film In Xanadu. Alex is highly experienced as a draftsman and engineer and works hard to grow in both of these fields.
Yury Guzman has a work in progress and will be presenting an animatic along with several conceptual illustrations. Yury is also a comic book artist and will be presenting examples of each of her independent graphic novels. She is interested in working as a storyboard artist professionally.
The third artist in the show is Brandon Strathmann. He is the Chair of the Animation Department at Lesley University and has worked here for six years. Brandon is an award winning independent animator and has worked at many animation studios as a storyboard artist. He is presenting an animatic of his current animated short in progress.
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