Senior Showcase

On May 6, the DMA annual senior showcase took place. This is where the seniors present their final projects to friends, family and the DMA faculty. As always, both the gallery and showcase were inspirational.

Before attending the showcase at Orvis, some of the seniors had their 3D models, illustrations and even games up for display in the Bret Llewellyn gallery in the Engineering building. I was intrigued by how much effort went into their projects and how effortless the final product came out to be. I was most fascinated by the watercolored sky set because it had such a light feeling, as if looking at it put me at ease.

After spending about an hour or two appreciating the senior artwork, everybody migrated to Orvis to view the senior projects that consisted of film work and animation. One that held my attention was of a guy describing the story of the time he and his friends went to Canada and a lot of unfortunate and strange events happened. What was so engaging about this project was the artist’s use of different little animations that matched up with what he saying at the point of the story because it enhanced the humor of the story. There were certain transitions that were amazingly done, making this project a real knockout.

Another project that grabbed my attention was the catnip project, where a cute little cat gets high off of catnip and eventually persuades an impatient dog to try some. What I found interesting was that the art style was drawn in a way where one would assume it’s an innocent short, when it’s anything but innocent. It added to the humor because here’s this adorable cat and then out of nowhere he’s high and dragging around a dead fish as a pet.

Attending the senior showcase was very important because next semester, I will be in the same position, having to go through the same process and showcase something as amazing as what the seniors showed this year. I only hope I could live up to the expectations set by this year’s showcase.


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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