Annual Cycle Animation

We all know the four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. We can all easily interpret them through snowflakes, flowers, the sun, leaves, and other symbols. However, those symbols are not the only things we can interpret them with, we can use colors and actions to define the seasons. With the help of watching abstract animations from Oskar Fischinger and Hans Richter, and from my own creative mind, I was able to create an abstract animation of my own that goes through the seasons without the symbols we normally relate them with.
Colors and actions were a key part in this animation. For winter I used blue and white which can be related to ice and snow, and made the scene shake to interpret shivering. To interpret spring I had the winter scene slide off to interpret melting and created cut-outs of green, pink and red, with yellow ultimately behind it, to interpret blooming flowers. I changed the shade of Yellow and Green and pulled away the red and pink to interpret summer, with blue wave lines to interpret heat waves. Autumn was defined by the random red, orange, and yellow shapes falling and swirling around and winter was brought back up by having white fall on top of red, orange, and yellow and having the same motion be shown again.
The animations I watched was Wax Experiments (1921-23) and Spirals (1926) by Oskar Fischinger and Rhythmus 21 (1921) and Rhythmus 23 (1923) by Hans Richter. While most of what I animated came to my mind before I saw these animations, my animation was still influenced by them. The sliding of the various colors between seasons and the blooming motion may have been influenced by the sliding in Rhythmus 21 and 23. The “heat waves” can relate to the spirals we see in Spiral and the rustle of the red, orange, and yellow shapes might have some influence from the background in Wax Experiments.
There are many strong points in this animation, but nothing is without its flaws. The strongest point in this animation would have to be at frames 261 to 267, 305 to 310, and 344 to 349 where the blooming motion is happening. The weakest point in this animation would have to be in frames 452 to 746 during the “heat waves,” I could have made it a bit slower to look more like waves.


About degrafgo

I am a fun, green loving guy who owns 3 YouTube channels under the name DeGraphics.
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