3D Animation Short… The Final Project

This semester I decided to take beginning digital animations and storytelling as an elective.  In this class we learned how to use the Autodesk Maya Software, which is used for creating 3D animations that are used in movies like Toy Story and Ice Age and also for computer games like The Sims. It was a great class to take, but the most frustrating class I’ve ever taken in my life! It’s super time consuming and can be frustrating if your new to the software like I was.

This is the “Sandman” 3D animation short that I have been working on all semester 🙂

“Sandman”  from Wikipedia

The Sandman is a mythical character in central and northern European folklore who brings good dreams by sprinkling magical sand onto the eyes of people while they sleep at night.

Illustrator Logo Draft

For this project I wanted to direct the focus back to me and my brand, so I tried to find a way to still tell a story with my logo but also make it simple enough to where it clicks when you first look at it.

I wanted to keep the previous ideas that I have used for my logo because I like how simple and to the point it is so I am finding a way to recreate my logo by personalizing it and making it stand out more.


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My First Logo


My Second Logo

I found a tutorial online that shows how to outline a picture using the pen tool and use it to create a silhouette so I used a photo from one of my previous photoshoots and used the pen tool with it set to no fill as I used the photo as a stencil for outlining. After scouring Dafont.com for hours I finally came across a font style that I’d like to use. Since I am majoring in Production, I decided to use a glamorous style font called Cheerful Party. After I added in my lettering, I used the elliptical tool and gaussian blur effect to create the light effect on my name. Afterwards I added in lines behind my name to give it more of a “Now playing” movie theater feel.

There actually wasn’t any open white space in my original photo but to make the photo look more realistic I used the pen tool with a while fill to create a small space in between the camera and my hands.

I would like to keep the space needle in my logo because it represents me and where i’m from so I will be adding it in on my final draft. I think I may also add in an extra shape to throw off the balance of the logo a bit. Just an idea.


Class Assignment Logo



Here is my whiteboard sketch of my idea.. I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do but I knew what picture I wanted to use.

Youtube link to tutorial Video: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=illustrator+silohuette+tutorial