Part of what I do is teach (mainly primary school on supply), and I’ve noticed certain gaps in the resources out there to help teachers do a great job. There are some aspects of teaching that I know a great deal about and am good at, that I think are really important, and where a lack of helpful resources has really jumped out at me. So I’m now investigating 2D animation software for delivering those concepts using short animated cartoons with pauses for thought for discussion. To introduce children to new material, and to then get them to think about the difficult bits of a topic. So my idea is similar to an animated version of the already existing Science Concept Cartoons – but for some other subjects. (Also brought to mind is Mathmateers – whatever that was actually called – which used to be videos for teaching maths to primary school children, and involved aliens visiting our planet.)
Where I’m at with this emerging interest. After some research, I’ve just purchased some software, but it is not opening on my mac. So I need to wait till after the weekend when hopefully tech support will get back to me. I’m getting ideas for my style and characters together, and viewing videos on YouTube of how the software works.
In looking at 3D software – as some previous posts indicated – I’ve now looked at some samples of things printed out in 3D. I’m just not satisfied with the quality of those processes at the minute for coloured items (which is where my interest lies) for that to be a path for me to go down. Traditional ceramics produces a much higher quality product. But I also have a feeling that I may have gone off the boil with ceramics for the second time after it having been a source of income. Interests move on.
This emergence of 2D animated cartooning as an interest, is for me a typical shift of focus. The last post showed an interest in 3D software to get glazing patterns right. That interest in what 3D software can do, has morphed or combined with: me having used Flash in the past; being familiar with layers, timelines and related concepts from photo software, video software, as well as Flash; having a strong interest in metaphor and children’s stories; and a strong interest in creative teaching approaches. So these have combined to form a potential new direction. Not a replacement to teaching – there is no income from all this yet – but an interest that is a potential add-on to teaching activities.
We’ll see where all this goes!
First steps will be a whole lot of skill acquisition and experimentation, and the production of a first animated cartoon which will result in me knowing a whole lot more about all these things. Currently 2D is the thing I’m passionate about… that is absorbing a lot of my spare hours… and… and who knows… Watch this space.