When it came to creating the video, which follows a yellow character, it was pretty much up to McChesney to create and interpret based on the song. “I enjoy the comments,” McChesney said of the YouTube site. “Some think yellow was stupid. Some think yellow was in on it. That is why I left it up in the air. We were kind of playing off the idea sometimes in the game when you have too many people, you can have two impostors. It could be Yellow, or he could just be happy and oblivious to what’s going on.”
‘Passionate about animation’
The video has caught on because of the popularity of the game and CG5 has more than two million followers, McChesney said. “In terms of my part in it, people like the style,” she said. “There are no straight lines in any of my art. It’s soft.”
Jesse Woodward, UW-Stout lecturer of animation in the design department, said McChesney is passionate about animation and eager to learn more about it.
CG5 has become a unique channel, hiring and showcasing work from emerging artists, Woodward said. “As the collaborators are given a lot of artistic freedom, this was a great opportunity for Chloe to develop a creative story while pushing her style and animation skills.”
Woodward said McChesney’s work was professional. “As a polytechnic university, we strive to collaborate with the industry, bringing students and professionals together with hands-on experience,” he added. “I encourage my students to work outside of class and develop their own animation and projects. With this animation project, Chloe has shown the possibilities and inspires others to get out there and create something awesome.”
McChesney created her first animation when she was 12. “I was part of a fandom called ‘My Little Pony Fandom,’ ” McChesney recalled. “I just kept working on animation and doing comics on the side.”