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This is an application for the Hudson-Powell 3D & 2D Motion Designer position.

* made by others: logo animation (0:26) + background 3D (0:09)

My name is Sky Kawano and I recently graduated from the BA Graphic Communication Design course at Central Saint Martins. I also attended The Cooper Union in New York City for study abroad. Growing up between The Lake District and Kyoto, I was surrounded by a lot of traditional crafts which became the foundation of my art education. The duality of being mixed race is at the core of how I ideate because a lot of soul searching stemmed from finding visual and cultural links between the UK and Japan.

Painting supplies weren’t accessible to me as a kid, so I expressed myself through pirated digital tools. Being an active member of the Minecraft creative community was why I self-taught After Effects and created motion pieces. This experience inspired my final year project at CSM which focused on appropriation and alegality as a means of making new work (ref. Daisy’s Anatomy). It’s important that digital resources aren’t inaccessible, so that everyone can fairly contribute to the collective culture.

What gravitated me towards your work was that it never felt derivative. It shows how considered your ideation is and I know that I’d fit well in any team that has that level of commitment to the process. I’m very independent, resourceful and love solving problems. When searching for design solutions, my brain instinctively works in terms of 2 and 3 dimensional motion. I know I can find a creative and original approach to bring static concepts alive.

Blender has become a core part of my toolbox and I’m confident using the Adobe Creative Suite (especially After Effects). C4D is the next step and I’m excited for the possibilities that come along with using Redshift, especially work that uses complex textures. 2D motion is where I shine because I have a lot of fun keyframing, which also made the transition to 3D animation really straightforward. I have a lot of potential and I know within a short period of time, I’ll be tailor made for exactly what you need. Once I have a direction, I’ll find the solution.

For the whole of 2021, I’ve worked on multiple collaborative projects and found that I thrive in environments where I can bounce off others and push the talented people around me. I’m an extremely reliable team player and I’d love to join your tight-knit studio because I’m looking to be as actively involved as possible. This opportunity is foremost a learning experience and I can guarantee that it will translate into exceptional work.



A collaboration with:
Khalisha Tambunan
(+ Beabadoobee)

Exhibit: IAMSOUND x ZORA       Public Screening: Brain Dead Studios