Drought & About
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Drought & About

by ajmarek on 25 May 2020 for Rookie Awards 2020

My thesis project consisting of 3 animated short episodes. Drought & About follows the adventures of Pinto the fennec fox and Garbanzo the camel, as they search the desert looking for any water they can find. This is a feat easier said than done. They encounter many dangerous situations throughout each episode.

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This is my thesis project, Drought & About. It follows the adventures of Pinto the fennec fox and Garbanzo the camel, as they search for water in the cruel climate of the desert. Along the way, they deal with a vengeful armadillo, giant chasms of death, alien invaders, and the terrible trials of living around sand and cacti.

I took inspiration from the many online short series' I've seen, such as Simon's Cat, Pencilmation, and Sonic Mania Adventures, as well as interstitial cartoons that would play in between shows on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. My goal was to produce something simple and fun, free of complicated storytelling or dialogue, and could be enjoyed by all ages and audiences.

Character and environment exploration, and final character models for the shorts.

Four initial background style tests, and three final backgrounds.

A comparison between my storyboards and final frames of animation.


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