The Zoetrope was perhaps one of the oldest platforms for animation. It’s origins are a little unclear, however, it was popularized in the 1900s as an artifact. Growing up, animation and cartoons were a big part of my life. I owe my ability to draw years of watching anime and trying to replicate that. Hence I have an emotional attachment to this project and am excited to personally draw the frames for the animation.
The design which I want to go with will be dictated by the aesthetic that I choose. The basic design will be a box with the zoetrope on top, the box dictating the aesthetic having interactive components and the zoetrope mounted on the box. The interactive components would be either a switch to activate the zoetrope or a hand crank depending on further tests with colleagues and friends.
The aesthetic of what captures my interest are expressed through some fonts which have the essence of the aesthetic.
This design conveys the carnival aesthetic. Gaudy colors, flashing lights and a hand crank would go with this aesthetic.
This aesthetic is very dear to me. I am a huge fan of retro games. Perhaps an animation of Space Invaders or Pacman would be great!
These two aesthetics probably received the best response to and I will pursue one of them depending on further testing with my teammates.
I have some challenges to overcome, especially with making the cylinder. But one by one I will address my issues that I posted in my 5 challenges post and hopefully I will have my project!