All posts by Joyce Chen

Final Animation: “what if”


I should have stuck with this original idea from the beginning and spent more time on it. Though I like the sketchiness of the final, I would have liked to refine it a bit more and there are some sequences where the movement could’ve been more smooth (putting rubber bands on/ pot hitting person’s head and person falling.) I might’ve also changed the ending of the pot falling because the others all build up into that one moment while that scene felt too typical and expected. What goes up doesn’t have to come down. Overall, I am actually satisfied with the final outcome, something I don’t usually feel with my other works. During this extremely painful process of creating this animation, I realized that animating is very fun to play with though very painful to do, but I will definitely do more in the future.


Midterm Animation: LOVE IS DEAD


From my original storyboard, I changed a few aspects of it. Because he goes through the fruit, bread, and fruit and bread section very quickly, I didn’t want there to be too much of a action heavy animation because I thought it would be too overwhelming to watch. For the fruitful sales deal, since there were two voices responding to the question, I changed it so that there were the two devil/angel situation on his shoulders because I thought it was fitting. As for the end, he gets a spoonful of his favorite brand of bleach and pours it on his head. He then realizes how much he loves bleach, shoves everything else aside, grabs the bleach, and proceeds to shake it all onto himself in pure joy.

“What is love?

Love is dead.”


I originally wanted a more grotesque style, but I went along with the simplistic, meme-y style due to the humorous attitude of the narrator. As my story goes, the narrator tries very hard to define the word love by comparing it to fruit and bread. Interrupted by his phone, he frantically texts “I <3 YOU.” to his supposed crush, who ends up ignoring his expression of love. The narrator, despite the same light tone in his voice, turns to the dark side because they have his favorite brand of bleach. I decided to go with the lack of colors because I felt that, with so much happening, that it would have been distracting. In addition, I didn’t want to have to animate the entire thing frame by frame, so for certain parts (texting, shaking of bleach) I decided to go with only 2 frames going back and forth.


Pre-production for Midterm


“What is Love”




My project will focus on animating one of the provided sound samples, “What is Love.” In this short audio clip, the narrator suggests certain objects and events that could be possible examples of what love could be. With this project, I want to tell a story within this seemingly simple sound. I don’t want a literal translation, so I decided to give the narrator a story of heartbreak. Halfway through the clip, he compares love to a conversation to which I will animate as him texting the love of his life, who doesn’t respond to his frantic messages. This act of rejection turns the narrator into a frantic rampage as he enters a state of depression and pours Chlorox bleach into his cereal as his “favorite brand” during his hearty breakfast. At the end, when the narrator says “Helllllll yeeaaahhhhh” everything turns red with fire and burns down into the dark abyss.

The style I want to go with this animation is more of a cartoonish, simplistic one. Although I make the characters simple shapes, I want them to be very dynamic with almost liquid like properties. In addition to being very squishy, their facial expressions will also vary from very expressive and complex to a very plain face.

Integrative Studio 2: Visual Culture



For my window, I used my own drawing of a little doll-like person and placed her as a lone silhouette staring blankly outside. In the past, I have created a similar character but more human and leaning towards a Tim Burton style. They both have the same short brown hair, staring eyes, frowning mouth, plaid red scarf, and beige/ tan textured sweater.

I used Photoshop to draw out the girl and to place her behind the bars of the window. Her facial expression and stoic pose is mainly because she is unwilling to get involved with the outside world because of disinterest and that there is no point in doing so.

For my doll, I was mainly inspired by Tim Burton as well as Margaret Keane. Both of their art styles are very unique and both have wide, staring eyes in common. However, Keane’s eyes were more ‘glassy’ so I decided to use that aspect in my character. Overall, the meaning behind my window piece is open to interpretation.


Space and Materiality Final Posting

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After coming to New York, I found myself surrounded by buildings. Cement and concrete were everywhere. Outside, I found very little spaces of comfort. Everything seemed cold and unwelcoming. Even in the park, the grass was sealed off, only providing cold hard benches to rest on. I wanted to create a tangible feeling of comfort within this city. By using rabbit fur and a very versatile sponge, I would create a set of swings for people to lay in and to swing around in. My favorite playground equipment is the swing and I find it extremely relaxing to lay there and feel the rocking and the gentle breeze. I found that New York City is also a very fast paced city. People seemingly don’t have time to walk slowly or to fully take in their surroundings. By creating the installation, I would hope that people could find a comfort zone to relax and destress in.

Drawing and Imaging Final: Sketchbook

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The deadline was my inspiration for this project. (HA HA) I don’t think it’s really successful since I don’t think it really serves a purpose since it’s just random blobs of paint with ink drawn over it. If I had more time, I would probably either change my entire sketchbook or even stick with the same idea but blown up to a larger scale and add more detailed drawings of what I see in the blobs. Not happy with this but it is what it is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Integrative Studio: Memory






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The collages and pieces I created for this class were all very interesting and different from what I usually do. I enjoyed going outside the box and drawing in weird ways like in the darkness of my room. Including senses aspect was also very interesting and new to me.

Project Bella

I wanted to do an animation since I didn’t feel anything special about the other sketches I did. Originally, I just wanted a Bella silhouette to stand with the wind gently blowing, but then I felt like I needed more, so I added the umbrella part since it was raining last week. Bella is usually silent and graceful, which are two characteristics I tried to focus in this animation. For me, the frame-by-frame animation part and drawing the frames so that they were spaced evenly time-wise were the challenging aspects of this project.

Sketchbook Project Reflection

The library of sketchbooks was very inspirational. I myself could never manage to maintain a single sketchbook; I would always draw on separate sheets of paper. Even if I did buy a sketchbook, I would use a couple sheets and get frustrated and forget about it. However, after looking at all these different sketchbooks, I realized could still continue to do my same routine and even to “collage” my sketches into a sketchbook. I plan on doing a very simple and minimalistic based sketchbook for my final project.



This rabbit fur can be used for many uses. It could be used in many forms of fashion such as coats, hats, scarves, shoes, purses. It can also be used as an extravagant rug or as a pillow case.


This lightweight, extremely foam is used in many forms, especially in mattresses and pillows. The material allows for an extremely flexible and constantly changing form. So, it anything heavy were placed on it, the foam would quickly adjust to fit the object.