Katy Daft's animations combine on a regular basis life with the absurd
It wasn't until Katy Daft was at the Kingston School of Art in her senior year that she started to engage in animation after the opportunity to work with a friend. "I just found that I loved drawing something over and over again. I think this is because if I keep going, the subject will make me more confident, ”says Daft. “The first frame tends to be a lot stiffer, but from the tenth frame my drawings are much more fluid and simple. I find it really satisfying to see this process being sent back to me when I watch the animation that I played for the first time. "
Daft often combines the surreal with the funny, the everyday with the absurd and describes her animation style as "colorfully abstract". She often uses simple shapes such as circles for heads to keep movements and transitions simple while still leaving room for the lives of her strange characters.
Protect your peace of mind
Daft says her work includes embroidery and poke tattoo designs, as well as antique portrayals of women, childhood TV shows, memes, the ledges, and strange dreams. Another source of inspiration was the strange times we've been living in lately. "I think the circumstances surrounding the blockade made me absorb the world around me a little more than I normally would," Daft explains. "I also think that because of its structure as a platform where people constantly project themselves onto other people, social media is a great place to get inspiration."
She has recently I shared short gifs and animated loops on her Instagram, in which she combines the everyday with the unexpected, like a wavy figure who avoids big raindrops, another where the topic thinks about dreaming about food, and one with titled "My ultimate goal is to be what I am already", where a figure manifests a smaller version of itself like a Russian wooden doll.
My ultimate goal is to be what I am already
“Whenever I start doing something new, I try to figure out what message I want someone to take away when they see it. After that, I usually have an idea in my head of how the animation should go by drawing a few style frames so I'm familiar with the composition, but it's mostly improvisation, ”Daft says of her creative process. "I just enjoy the animation process very much and I never really know what it will look like until the end."
Previously, the animator said she thought too much about the result, which meant that she didn't think the work looked as good as it could have been, and the pressure she puts on herself is one of her biggest challenges . "I set myself daily goals for what I want to achieve, and I can be pretty hard on myself if I fall below my expectations," she says. But she realizes that ultimately the most important thing is to enjoy the process when you do work. "I always thought that if you had a good time doing something, it would really show through to others in the end."
Remember to dream of eating
Daft's favorite projects are the ones that allow her to have her most creative freedom. "I recently worked on a music video that was a lot of fun because there was no rigid storyboard so I could do almost anything I wanted," she says. “In the end, I learned a lot from this experience because for the first time I had animated something that I was curious about what each picture could change during the process. I think I also like to work on projects where I learn something from the process, which allows me to continue growing in my work. "
For those who watch their work, it is their desire that people feel a sense of joy. "In 2020 alone, so many terrible things are happening that it's nice to think that my work could connect with someone and help them feel better," says Daft.
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise