Seasons is a 2D motion graphics film that aims to visually depict my interpretation of seasons changing and seasonal activities of ancient Chinese people. It is an attempt to reproduce two classical arts on modern media. I mimic and mix the visual effects of Chinese shadow puppets and Chinese ink wash strokes through digital media technologies. Neither Chinese painting nor shadow puppet emphasize on reproducing the appearance of subject. It is more regarded as a form of expressionistic art, which intends to capture the spirit of the subject and illustrate the perception of the scene. My graphics are not planned to fully copy external forms of shadow puppets or old Chinese paintings, instead, I target to show the beauty of Chinese traditional art forms as well as the beauty of Asian aesthetics and philosophy.
Seasons represents my imaginary and visual adaptation of my knowledge and memories about cultures, traditions, and mysteries that related to seasons. The intent of project is to seek a different approach to integrate motion graphics with traditional art forms, and, to discuss more possibilities of transplanting classical arts into digital platform.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Seasons--Pictorial works; China--Social life and customs--221 B.C.-960 A.D.--Pictorial works
Visual Communication Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Chen, Qina, "Seasons: A motion graphics depicts activities of ancient Chinese people in four seasons" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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