mari jaye blanchard

Drawing the Line!

Ever wondered what twenty seconds of animation would look like floating around your head? Mark imported all of my Quill animation into Unreal as geometry!

Every single frame on top of one another, hanging out in space. Quite a way to see an animation!


VR Workshop at Anibar 2019!

Very excited to say I have been invited back to Kosovo for the 10th annual Anibar Animation Festival this July.  I will be teaching workshops on creating 2D animations in a 3D environment.  I’ve been spending a lot of time in my headset as of late working on my film (posts on that should be coming soon), and I am really excited to share what I’ve been learning with other animators.  If you’re over in Europe in a couple of weeks, stop by Peja and witness the wonder that is Anibar yourself!

 

(hiking in Peja with the amazing Vullnet Sanaja, Anibar Founder and Director, July 2018, photo credit: Cynthia Chu)

ILSSA North Mountain Residency

Just spent a few days down in West Virginia at the North Mountain Residency with other ILSSA (Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts) members and am re-energized as a teacher AND a human being!  Workshops varied from book-binding to sonic meditation to vintage animation, which is the discussion I led and which pleasantly surprised me in terms of everyone’s focus, efforts and results.  They can all be seen here, including a song sung during dinner-prep that I absolutely had to include.

Farmer to Light Table

Sometimes I’ll try the assignments I give my students so I can see where they might get hung up.  Here’s a rough test of a farmer slipping around in mud, in perspective.  I got hung up on the timing and arm movements, so I made a point of discussing both again in class. My favorite part of teaching is how much I get to learn!

Zombie Boyfriend Lip Synch

Made a sample recording for my Dynamics class, and though I cringe at the sound of my own voice, I felt it important that they see the audio all the way through to the lip-synch, so I gave it a shot.  Disclaimer…this audio may or may not be true…

 

Shining a Light on Arcs…

I noticed students were having a bit of trouble following arcs in their last assignment, so today I handed them flashlights and asked them to act out a simple action.  We took long exposures of four seconds of movement to see that every action was filled with traceable arcs…I was pleasantly surprised at the results!

NYFA comes to Rochester!

I was honored to speak this weekend during the New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) presentation at Flower City Arts Center to promote NYFA’s programming for artists.  After arriving here from Brooklyn two years ago, I have been impressed with spirit of artists in this city, and want them all to know that NYFA houses many resources they could be utilizing!

Felicity Hogan and Judy Cai touched upon many of those resources including:

Fiscal Sponsorship

Online Resources including comprehensive classifieds and an artist hotline

NYFA Fellowships

NYFA Learning

Great to meet some new folks at the event, and to know that they’ll be spreading the word to other Monroe County makers about this wonderful organization!

 

 

NYSCA/NYFA Resources and Services Talk, Flower City Arts Center, August 2017. Photo: Judy Cai