Computer Animation Gallery Write Up; Puppet Show

For this write up, I would like to discuss the Puppet Show/Silent Auction that was held in the Bret Llewellyn Gallery from March 26-April 16.

In this gallery, the freshmen of the 3D Design and Color class, including myself, showcased wooden puppets. It was interesting to see the direction most people went with for their puppets. Whether it be a half manatee-half man crossbreed, a self-control wooden hand or an extremely detailed fish. It was inspiring to see how creative people got with their puppet because it really did emphasize our progress and talent overall.

One puppet that really stood out to me was named Beatrice. Beatrice symbolizes a sort of demon. Although she appears to be somewhat frightening, she’s still a crowd pleaser. This puppet has a certain presence that one can’t simply ignore. What I like about it is the way it was carved. The arms are nicely shaped and smooth and the cheeks are beautifully rounded. The craftsmanship was nicely done, especially for two people who are just freshmen and are new to the world of puppetry.


This gallery correlates with this specific class, for character design did play a huge role in designing the puppets. Just like in Maya, designing these puppets revolved around the combination of regular and irregular shapes. It was basically sort of a hands on Maya. It allowed us to create a character outside of our laptops and sketchbooks, allowing us to expand our use of mediums for character design.


About schinnery1996

My name is Shanelle Chinnery and I study Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College. It’s my third year and the last time this bio was updated was on my very first day of college. I had ended off my previous bio with my desire to grow throughout my years here in Alfred State and with my senior year on the horizon, I’m glad to say I’ve definitely grown since that day. With the variety of classes and mediums I’ve experienced during these three years, I’ve learned what grasps my attention and what strays it away. I came into college with an unclear direction of what I wanted to do in my field and to be quite honest, I’m still not sure what direction I’m going in, but I have a better idea. I enjoy the storytelling aspect of animation, but then again I also enjoy animating in 3D and would love to explore the possibility of voice acting. While I’m uncertain about the exact route of my future, I still take great pride in the how much I’ve changed, art wise. I’ve gained knowledge and experience in endless number of programs I never thought I’d be able to work around, I’ve grown accustomed to digital art rather than traditional pencil to paper art, and most importantly, I’m just a better artist in general. I could say that is my favorite achievement and I can’t wait to see what my future holds in this field.
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