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It’s quite the feeling to have a studio like Baker & Hill, to whom I hold in the highest regard, say to you “we like what you do and we want you to do it.” It’s also quite the feeling to be asked to work on a project for PBS about the Statue of Liberty. I mean, wow!
I was asked to do a few spot illustrations, which turned into more, and more, and then making work for an animation, and then another. The main part of the project is an interactive collection of facts and history of the Statue of Liberty that is formatted into a timeline. I created the spot illustrations, each based on a different fact, to accompany the gorgeous 3D renderings of Lady Liberty by Jonny Pineda. As you move down the timeline the camera moves around the statue and stops at different points of interest.
2 of those points of interest were to be animated shorts about certain aspects of the Statue’s history: one about french sculptor Frederic Bartholdi’s sources of inspiration for the statue and another about Emma Lazarus’ famous poem “The New Colossus” which now lives on a plaque on the statue’s pedestal. I created the illustrations for each scene and they were beautifully animated by Baker & Hill.
Click the images below to see the videos.
I am still extremely honored to have been a part of this project and I will be forever thankful to Baker & Hill. It’s not often that you get to work with such amazing people on a project that means so much. I’m a first generation American and the symbol of Lady Liberty means a lot to me. Additionally, they saw something in my work that they though could bring real value to the project and didn’t try to mold me or push me into a corner. Instead, they nurtured and championed my creativity, as it should be. Overall, it is an experience that I’ll never forget.