Every year around February several cities in Slovenia organise traditional etno carnivals called “Kurentovanje”. These celebrations are named after their main figure - “Kurent”. Kurent is believed to chase away the winter so his frightening appearance conversely brings happiness and aspirations of spring. Being a Kurent was in past reserved only for unmarried men but today married men, children, and women are also invited to wear the outfit.
This is a personal project. My goal is to promote Kurent as an interesting traditional figure and to create something fun for the season of carnivals.
Although I know kurent as a traditional figure very well I started my work with background research. I learnt there are two main types of kurent - feathered and horned kurent. The two originate from different regions and slightly differ in their head decorations.
When considering the final animation I decided to design and animate the hybrid between the two kurents: my character sports horns but also wears long, colored stripes that are associated with the feathered kurent.
Anticipating the animation I thought about how to present kurent’s special features (their horns, colorful stripes, big cow bells, scary demon-like mask) and also clearly illustrate its main purpose: to march across the land and summon the spring. Long stripes enhance Kurent’s tourning movements and add some color balance to the final scene.
To achieve this nice false 3D turn I followed Fabien Rousseau’s masterclass “Fake 3D Walkcycles in After Effects” hosted by Motion Design School.