Stuart’s animation gets you out a hole

Aberdeenshire Council's roads service youtube video. The animation was made by a student at Robert Gordon University, Stuart Elliot, who is originally from the Borders.

Aberdeenshire Council's roads service youtube video. The animation was made by a student at Robert Gordon University, Stuart Elliot, who is originally from the Borders.

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They are the bane of motorists’ lives, but a design student from Berwickshire has found a fun way of reporting potholes.

Stuart Elliott, a communication design student at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, took on an unusual project in conjunction with Aberdeenshire Council’s Roads Service.

The project brief? To explain how potholes are formed and to ask for the public’s help in reporting them – through the medium of animation.

Stuart Elliot, who has just finished his third year at Robert Gordon University’s art school, saw the council’s brief in February and instantly recognised a worthwhile project that he could get creative with.

The aspiring illustrator, originally from Earlston, has been working on the video since March. The animation will contribute towards his graded portfolio of work and also appears on the council’s YouTube channel.

Not only has the project offered Stuart an insight in to the tribulations of roads maintenance, but useful experience in working with local government, and a chance to exercise his creative skills.

He said: “The majority of the animation was very new to me, so I was pretty much learning how to use the software as I went along. You’d be surprised how difficult it is to animate a walking person!”

Stuart’s course mates and lecturers supported the project, but he admits at first they thought the topic was amusing.

“While potholes are not a particularly glamorous subject, people get very irate over them. I felt I could inject some light-heartedness by having fun with the visuals .”

Stuart has crafted a pastel-coloured Aberdeenshire landscape, where the mountains are high and the snow fall heavy, the traffic fierce and the local wildlife highly intelligent.

It’s a tongue-in-cheek Aberdeenshire where cows, rather than dogs, can be seen driving tractors, moles like to wear top hats and seagulls deliver the mail.

You can see the video on our website now.