Ode to Antarctica

Tools & Techniques: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Audition

This work in progress is a personal project meant as an ode to one of my favorite places on earth, Antarctica. The continent conjures images of unforgiving, desolate expanses (and they certainly are unforgiving). While conditions are harsh, these icescapes brim with life. My goal is to capture the beauty and diversity of this place in an animated, visual poem. Stay tuned for more to come and thank you for visiting!

© Alejandra Vélez 2021

Albatross Style Frame

Albatross Style Frame

Fluke Style Frame

Fluke Style Frame

Transition Frame

Transition Frame

Humpback whale under water

Humpback whale under water

Humpback Whale Sketch

Humpback Whale Sketch

Visual research is an important component of any animation project. In order to capture the humpback whale's essence (with artistic liberties, of course!) I sketched dozens of images of these beautiful creatures. This is one of my favorites, based on photographer Jem Creswell's amazing "Giants" series. https://www.jemcresswellart.com/#/jem-cresswell-giants/

Ode to Antarctica

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