They can be hand-drawn, sometimes on a whiteboard, where you can see the hand of the artist creating visuals in time to the narration of the subject matter, but more often tech lends a hand to undo any mistakes.
This project was for The Mathematics of Waves and Materials group, a research department within the University of Manchester. They work on the "theoretical, numerical and experimental aspects of both materials and waves. " Crikey.
I was approached to create a video based on a blog about noise-reducing materials. It took a bit of time to read up and understand what the research was before throwing around ideas. Also as this was about sound, 'what to draw' visually was an open-ended question. It was also lots of fun.
My contact Naomi had already seen my work and gave me quite a bit of creative freedom. I was expecting some resistance submitting storyboards of geese, trumpets and jetpacks, but what I pitched made the cut. It was all about finding the balance between fun and relevance.
The video was created in lockdown, so I offered to do the voice over too, as a practical solution.