In an exotic geometric pond, right off of old Two O'clock Bayou, there’s a field of bright and bouncy lily pads hovering over that murky olive green water. There were never many visitors to this peculiar stretch of the swamp, especially after that one incident with the chemical spill. Out of curiosity, one of these Green Guedrys, heading south from Port Barre, decided to see how many leaps it would take to cross that blinding green blanket by hopping across it like a ouaouaron (pronounced wawarõ or ou wawaron). You see, he was interested in measuring, but only by unconventional means that nobody had a conventional use for…unless they, too, thought outside the box. He would fiddle with his findings, which were never too useful, then try to coax others to purchase his odd measuring tools. Anyways, I wonder how many leaps it actually took for him to get across that thing.
Incorporating an image of a beautiful location on the west side of the Atchafalaya Basin and a Green Guedry, my own cartoon-like creature which symbolizes us benevolent southern Louisianians, I’ve created an animation and story that touches on curiosity and the risks one takes involving research. Having an interest in animating cartoons and the privilege taking classes at Disney when I was younger, I chose to create this contemporary animation by incorporating traditional processes used by animators such as Chuck Jones, Walt Disney, and Tex Avery. I painted each separate frame of my animation on makeshift cels, scanned them into the computer to manipulate their placement and used one image I took of Two O’clock Bayou as the background.
The Louisiana Art & Science Museum will embrace the world of animation through The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, running April 13th - July 24th, 2016. This is a large-scale comprehensive overview of the animation studio that created such beloved characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig. This 160 piece exhibition will be complemented by an additional visual and interactive experience entitled The Origins of Animation: A Hands-on Exhibit, and I, along with local artists, have been asked to help make it come to life.
“The Origins of Animation” draws inspiration from earlier forms of animation and gives the public a greater opportunity to understand the animation process through aesthetic experiences as well as hands-on explorations of cartooning, zoetropes, thaumatropes, flip books, and stop motion artwork. I'm so happy to participate in this exhibition because I've been invited to create a kineograph (rotating flip book) which will be featured in The Origins of Animation: A Hands-on Exhibit, running from April 16th - August 7th, 2016.
This is the animated GIF version of Pad Pouncing, the animation I created for the kineograph in The Origins of Animation: A Hands-on Exhibit, for those that aren't able to see the physical version of the animation at the LASM.