My name is Elena Bloomquist. I am 18 years old, a current freshman, studying Animation for a Bachelors in Science and a newly declared Art Minor. I've been drawing almost every single day of my life from bizarre anime portraits in middle school to well toned out work in characters, animals, and landscapes that I can call my own. My go to medium is typically graphite, pen, or digital art recently this year I've picked up charcoal and a little bit of watercolor. Pretty much all of my childhood was filled with cartoons and animated movies, Nickelodeon once aired a "DIY Animation" with sticky notes and I was baffled by how it all worked. This love of cartoons and anime would push me to pursue art and animation, wanting to learn the rules while also creating a signature style. I'm glad where the IM courses are taking me and excited to see what will become of my skills.
Completed in the winter of 2018, something I was excited and stressed to work on. It makes me proud of my choice of pursuing an animation by being able to say I made something. I made an animation. Stay Calm is a surreal metaphor for the consciousness being bombarded by sudden feelings of depression or anxiety. It is uneasy, lost, and panicking unsure what to believe in or what to do to combat these scary feelings. It was animated in Adobe After Effects and some parts in Photoshop.
Stay Calm Cover
This was made around after I finished the Stay Calm Cutscene. It was for our Design Journal cover, and this piece is something I'm very very fond of. It encapsulates all of the emotions I tried to share in this project, a looming unease, an uncanny protagonist unable to speak back as it holds its lack of neck in a choke hold while its literal demon shrouds it daring it to give in already. At least that's what I think I was going for while making this in Photoshop.
Natsuki from Doki Doki Literature Club
This was fan art for the rise to fame Psychological Horror Visual Novel game Doki Doki Literature Club by Team Salvato. This is considered a redraw from one CG scene in the 1st Act of the game before all breaks loose. I drawn this out on Photoshop referencing the colors and original piece drawn by Satchely. A good learning exercise on color in digital art, something I was hoping to work on.