Today was the briefing for a collaboration with The London Transport Museum. This is the poster we (Steph, Kyle, Alex and I) were assigned. We’ve already discussed some potential ideas. I think some subtle movements would go a long way here. The sentiment set out in her pose is a really good starting point for us. The graphic simplicity and flatness could animate really nicely, with the butterflies flying about and the wind ruffling her skirt. It was also exciting to visit the archive part of CSM and see the original poster, along with some others. A treasure trove at our finger tips! I’m ready to get stuck in to this project.
Thank you Goldie for your gorgeous voice! The second lip-sync exercise, as complete as it can be. Assessment… here we come!
I just came back from the theatre, my friend is in the play The Recruiting Officer. It was such a treat to go to the Donmar, it’s so tiny and you can sit on three sides of the stage, so your perspective is really involving and far more dynamic. The choreography becomes more apparent and complex, rather than just flat on to the scene. A stronger sense of characters relating to each other in the foreground and background. It made me want to draw acting so much. I must see if I can get to draw the drama students rehearsing at Saint Martins. Anyway, Nancy was brilliant as the cross-dressing Silvia (below) and Mackenzie Crook played an entertaining and crafty Sergeant Kite.
We had a drawing class with the marvellous Maryclare in the British Museum. I spent time in the Islamic Art section and the Japan section. The drawing below is copied from a 15th Century dish. It was painted in a deep blue onto a white glaze. Some Islamic painting was really influential in the early stages of the development of my creature, so it was nice to learn more about it and see another graceful bearded animal.
Character Sheets for my quadruped creature Fahad. His has an arabic man’s name, that also means Lynx. There are elements of cat, dog, goat, deer and even bird in him. I really enjoyed going back to a paint brush, it really helped express something of the specific nature of this creature. At once ethereal, elemental and evanescent.
“A hint of dove-like and tiger-like
qualities shone in his dark eyes.”
A friend reminded me of this artist makes glass sculptures that feel like wonderful sea creatures… a tropical ocean palette.
I’ve been working on some lip-sync to Death Becomes Her. It’s one of my favourite films. It’s just so funny. I think seeing that as a child really shaped my imagination and humour, it was one of the few non-animated films I would actually sit through. I love Goldie’s voice, she doesn’t get on my nerves even when I hear it on repeat. I also think American dialogue is easier to sync. Is that possible? …“Divorce? In California? That’s exactly what she wants you to do!”
Steve said to have a look at this film in relation to my character design. I like the sentiment of journey the dog takes the woman on, and the relationship that develops between them. The design of the dog is the best bit though!