Since 2014 I have designed over 30 original characters for Cosmic Kids, whose yoga videos tell colourful stories to kids every week. Jaime, the show's host, wears a costume adorned with patches featuring a handful of these characters, and she recently asked me to prepare a few of the more recent characters to be made into new patches. I've yet to see the results, but the above image was made from the haul of characters that have emerged over the last 2 years. They include Arnold the Ant, Diggory the Dump Truck and a rare humanoid addition in the shape of Ruby Broom, with her enormous hair.
At the time of writing, the content I created for the Cosmic Kids Yoga Pose Universe is also still being released on a weekly basis. Here's Butterfly Pose:
Look out for more additions to the wonderful world of Cosmic Kids in the future.
My latest work for Cosmic Kids will be released weekly throughout 2018. Welcome to the Yoga Pose Universe. Somewhat ambitiously, towards the end of 2017, I embarked on a collaboration with Cosmic Kids that would result in 50 short films in total. Each film features Cosmic Kids host, Jaime, demonstrating a single yoga pose together with my animation.
Jaime was shot against a crisp white background which essentially became a blank canvas on which I could doodle scenery and bring characters to life, complementing the pose in question. Hence we see Jaime amongst swarms of dragonflies, birds or even hot air balloons. She startles sleeping lions, blows candles, bubbles and raspberries. It's a vivid world, teeming with life and unexpected outcomes.
My part of the work was created in Adobe Animate, to be compiled together with the final cut of the video later on. However, having a version of the video on my timeline meant I could animate directly onto the video canvas, and time character reactions to Jaime's as though in real time. With so many episodes to create, we refined the technique as we went a long, and by the time we'd finished we knew exactly how we should have started.
Excitingly, our work is not done. If this series is successful, there are as many more poses waiting in the wings for another explosive burst creativity some time in the future. In the mean time, keep checking the Cosmic Kids YouTube channel for regular updates to the Yoga Pose Universe, and much more besides.