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I did this for my core class at UC Santa Cruz. The description follows. Geez, this took so much time to do. Enjoy.

Jeffrey’s Encounter With Art
Jeffrey Faden

My final project is a 4-minute animation done in Macromedia Flash. I had my friends provide the voices, and I did all of the art, animation, writing, and otherwise directing. It took me about 72 hours of straight work (and about 200 mg of caffeine) to complete this project.

My intent in making this animation is to show that one’s identity isn’t necessarily so enigmatic that it has to be conveyed through an obscure art form that often makes no sense. What I’ve seen from past personal experience is that some people try to pass off quickly-made collages or marker drawings as something deeper than it actually is.

To further prove this point, this project required the most effort I’ve ever into any project. It’s not meant to strengthen my ego in saying that all this hard work is much more important and meaningful than others that might not have taken as much time, but it’s the fact that the form is animation, which I love doing, and that it conveys my identity by showing that I am passionate about what I like.

Another important aspect is the concept of humor in my work. I was originally planning on making something very different that would attempt to make people reflect deeply on it, but decided to pass that up for something that would be more enjoyable for me to make and for people to watch. And my humor is also a part of me, as I’ve written comics for years.

While this project might come off as a cartoon that ridicules the work of other people, it should also inspire thought into what the art world is comprised of, and it should show that perceptions of works of art can be extremely skewed based on the viewer.
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mashita Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
almost 10 years later… this is still true.
yf19-sama Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
dead link!
breakbeat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2005
NatAsplund Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2005 lots of views... uh..... hi *sneaks away*
jamberry Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
Hahahahaaaa! This is hilarious!! XD

...And yet, slightly tragic at the same time because it can be so true. :( - jams
zatrix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2004
man thats too funny, gj!!! :)
lykwyd Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2004
being a dedicated art major, i totally see your point!!!
catycata Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2004   Digital Artist
so true!
ccomett Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2003
Hahaha! Amazing work! Ah, the truth is pretty sad sometimes. Hehe
Awesome skills you got there :D
c2de Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2003
There ARE people who do hard work without enough concepts behind it.. and that's just sucks.. this is the two most common cases on the art scene isn't it? I too, study art... well architecture and I also see this all the time with my friend so all I've been trying to do is to find that balance by putting real effords in to thinking and the hard work.. the results, I'm probably the only one in the class who hasn't got the presentation model thrown out of the window :D I'm glad that the professors still see this point clearly.

this is very nice by the way.. I like the first 'art' best, the way you move your charactor and lip-synched it so beautifully :)
Rourin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2003
nice lip-syncing
TeaFogArt Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2003
I don't think that I have ever heard the phrase "Ooh, I Like Interpretive Dance!" used in cold blood before.
caprius Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2003
ecksellant just ecksellant and by the way feel free to critic my work whether my art conveys my " identity " or watever you feel and im gona check out some more of your animation i throoughly enjoyed the walk along journey and the story ;)

Babylon-X Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2003
Awesome! +fav
NatAsplund Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2003
Bwahahahahahahahaah! that rocked man! that totally rocked!
blury04 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2003
This brings up one of the points that bugs me most about the art community- people who do rediculous stuff and call it art. I'm no artist, by no means, as you can see I have no deviations or anything. The difference is, I don't try to be one. People who are like the ones in your animation serve only to give other artist's a bad name, and make it more difficult for true artists to be recognized.

On a lighter note, I loved the animation, I laughed the whole way through, definately a +fav, nice work. =)
nicknards Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2003
hey..... where's homestar
yukita-chan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2003
Ahaha. I would pay to see you walking around MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Los Angeles. There's a white wall called "The Wall II" and a canvas painted with the same shade of green. " Nooo, this isn't just laziness. You can tell it's art by the way he painted it on. If you look closer, you can see that he used small strokes instead of large ones...." >_<

Great. +Fav.
micklec Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2003
hellowl Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2003
Good point. It's sharing your self whit others that gives great art :)

Sokushitsu Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2003
^_^ I think that the humor mixed in fact is very strong and well done here....<.< I go to an art institute too, and I see this in all the Davinci-Cezanne-Wright rip off artists that go for what's conventional in their tiny minds, over what they could create as fresh and new. And the snob level is on high with those certain majors, versus the 75% of us that try new things and love what we do...not try to duplicate what someone did before us.
:nod: Well, I didn't mean to go on, and on but your flash animation relates to so much of what I witness, etc. Great job!
:D :D :D
coopermx Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2003   Interface Designer
hey, thats cool. I don't even have a sound card and its still cool. What?
occareth Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2003
hehe, very nice.. great writing and execution
c2de Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2003
17 comments and 10 favs.. this is phenomenal... O_O (still waiting for it to load...)
pooshanda Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
HAHA! Very well done! I loved every second of it. Everything is so true!
sleepDeprived Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2003
HAHAHAHA!!! I love it. Especially the end. :D
jjuup Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2003
Nice! How did you create the mouth synch and mouth animation? Any special gimics worth noting?
JeffreyAtW Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2003  Hobbyist Artist
Nope. Just went from frame to frame and changed the mouth. It might look smooth because I used motion tweening to make the mouth move from one motion to the next, but it's a bit hard to explain.
okashina Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2003
Funny. Nice work.
sabbathgold Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2003
I noticed that a small picture (bottom right of the window) flashes in and out of view while the tutu scene is playing. Who's the picture of?
JeffreyAtW Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2003  Hobbyist Artist
Hahehah. That's Colin Mochrie. Some sort of weird rule that I abide to on the net is that Colin Mochrie must be in every Flash animation. For the weirdest instance of this, wait until the end of CAR 100 and be scared.

I got the "idea" from Animutation.
Area--51 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2003
8 comments!!!!! u gotta be joking :clap: god thats god!!!!!!!!!

nice work
darkmage8 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2003
One aspect of art, mostly in animation, that catches me the most and makes me like it is the element of surprise. That "hunkey dory" girls story and the progressive exrpession of horror on your face had me laughing, I didn't expect something like that to happen. Not to mention the dance at the end, ha ha. Great job, I appreciate the style and work that went into this :)
JeffreyAtW Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2003  Hobbyist Artist
Heh, thanks. I like the line "silly, you know I don't have a stepdad" for some reason - for me it makes the whole scene come together, per se.
rabid-potato Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2003   General Artist
Best. Core project. Ever.
ohnojaylo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2003  Professional General Artist

I have a few peers who need to see this.
trancetime Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2003
So true...
I noticed this myself actually. It was in computer class, high school computer class to be precise. The teacher gave us an assignment in flash, the assignment being making a interactive movie (2 scenes, 4 buttons and one of those buttons being a roll over image). The other students at Ozias-Leduc (my high school), of course did the minimum amount of work. I, on the other hand, made something a bit more complex ( go see it at [link] ). And by doing this over abundence of work, my project is to this day being used as the example for the last project.
Actually, come to think of it, I always did more work than I was supposed to do...

Now wasn't that a nice story?

Good job man! I +fav this!
(Sorry about the rant)
deathwatch Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2003   Traditional Artist
hehe, very cool. +FAV
crouching-kitty Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2003
XD lol thats so funny! I like da guy in da tootoo lol :lmao: :+fav:
blameshiori Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2003
Everyone keeps telling me that it doesn't sound like me... >_> Is that a good thing? XD

Err, I think you uploaded the wrong one? It doesn't seem to have the boundaries in check.
Oniko Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2003
Gee Jeff!! That is jus honky dory!! XD Lol Liz is now gonna kill me...:runs n hides: Great fun btw! lol ^_^
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