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Ramen Stand

28.9.2021

Practice, Reflection, Analysis

My name is Declan Luke and I'm a concept designer and illustrator. Currently, I am studying a Bachelor of Design (Illustration and Animation) at the University of South Australia. Outside of art, you'll find me playing basketball, re-watching the 2006 Pixar film Ratatouille, roaming open world video games, and eating the best food ever created: apple crumble.

I have an obsession with maximising the efficiency of my design process and finding a balance between speed and quality. My focus day to day has been developing a streamlined practice method which builds self-discipline and helps handle challenges, tough workloads and consistency.

My focus is on complete transparency and open-mindedness with all feedback, critiques and suggestions; as most of my best ideas come from outside input. I'm in love with creating believable worlds and characters with flair and personality. My current goal is to bring emotion and life to my images through a sequence of lightly animated 2.5D illustrations.

If you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to contact me at declanlukedesign@gmail.com

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Headspace explores the stories of various characters amidst the Australian bushfires, COVID-19, and BLM protests. Each figure sits atop a stool in a dark room representative of their mental state. Dreams and reflections surrounding their individual experiences rotate around the composition leaving the viewer interpret and explore.

Living in a state with no COVID and little exposure to the events of 2020, I wanted to research and develop a stronger understanding of these situations. I took the collective study of each and wrote a storyline behind a nameless character, mixing elements from stories I read throughout the year. My goal was that the illustrations would provide people unaware of the severity of these events with a window into the struggles these people experience on a daily basis. 

Utilising VR to develop props at different angles and blender to organise my completed models, I built a 2.5D animation of each in a rotational motion. I presented these final designs as a looping video. (Created during my final semester at UniSA).

Programs used: Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects & Blender