So after a long 7 month hiatus from creating any time based art, I decided to kiss and make up with Adobe After Effects and invest some time into a little experimentation.
If you happen to recall my very first post here on "Out the Other Side" (which you can find HERE ;) , I talked at length about my "Memories and Hallucinations" project (which has yet to have it's official debut on this blog). That particular project is approximately 5 minutes long, completely drawn/digially illustrated by hand and took around 4 months to complete.
I carefully and painstakingly fussed over every detail of "Memories" and to say that it was an ambitious undertaking is a gross understatement.
It was such an ambitious undertaking that I kind of didn't want to touch After Effects for a very long time after that. :/
Don't get me wrong -- motion graphics are definitely among my many artistic passions. However, I believe that after 4 months of working on the same thing....I just got a little burnt out. It happens, I suppose.
"Breathe and Bleed " is no where near as technically ambitious (and can honestly use a little more fine tuning), but it is very loose and experimental. More than that - it's much shorter than most of my moving creations. Anyone who has seen some of my motion work can tell you that this is a pretty big breakthrough for me. I really tried to challenge myself to visually say what I needed to in a minute or less. I'm kind of proud of myself for actually self editing for time and am quite pleased with how I managed to shape this into a somewhat compelling piece on a very tight work schedule.
I'll admit, self editing my work is a skill that I need to spend a little more time on. Artistically, I tend to thrive on eclectic extravagance, but it's pretty amazing what you can do when you give yourself certain limits. With time and practice I hope to one day get better at setting those creative boundaries for myself.
As for the concept behind "Breathe and Bleed" -- I'm just going to leave that up to all of you to interpret it. It's a pretty open ended piece and I have my own thoughts about were I was at personally and mentally when I was working on it. However, I don't really want to get into all of that now. I just hope that everybody has a good time watching it. :)