I thought I'd cap a week of animation posts by featuring the third in the "Top 10 Traumas on the Trail" series. This one is probably the most cinematic of the bunch. I was tasked to create a funny but horrific tale of destruction. Watch the animation below—note that it may take a little while to load because my blog is overflowing with animation right now. (visit my blog if you are viewing in Google Reader)
Probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of snowblindness, right? It's basically like getting a sunburn on your eye. I was amazed to discover that our eyes absorb oxygen cells right from the air to heal the cornea. Maybe you learned something, too.
It was obviously a treat to create a UV Monster villain. As with all these animations, I tried to keep the characters simple so they would be easy to animate, using painted backgrounds to enhance the visual oomph. Here's the painting for the destruction pan, which I created in Art Rage.
I handled design, storyboarding, and layout. Allie Biondi animated the entire piece. And finally, here's another plug for the new Expedition Health exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where these animations are featured. It just opened last weekend, so be sure to visit if you live in the area.