Payton Smith

Payton Smith


For the past few years, I have become envious of people who share similar goals to myself. I am trying to do the best I can, even when I feel inadequate and constantly compare myself to my peers. A feeling of doubt is crippling, and I fear that it limits who I can be.

My animations explore self-doubt and the pressure I put on myself to succeed. Specifically, I struggled to compete while diving in college, comparing my skill to those of my competitors who often dove at a higher level. Fully Commit or Eat Shit reminds me to focus on myself and my own ability. Using footage of my own and others’ dives as reference has allowed me to give an accurate representation of diving in a visual style that is colorful, free flowing, and personal.

The Elephant’s Pot is a 2D animation that is also a story of struggle. An elephant throws a ceramic pot on a potter’s wheel for the first time but must try repeatedly to overcome her personal challenges; her enormous size and strength. The visual style for this project is meant to be more lighthearted and appealing for everyone.  

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Fully Commit Or Eat Shit

Fully Commit Or Eat Shit

 2D animation

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The Elephants Pot

The Elephant's Pot

 2D animation

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