I have been a very busy boy recently with lots of different projects. I am happy that I have managed to make free time appear from somewhere to get some artwork done. It seems to be something that is easy to neglect and it is a great shame when that happens. I have something to keep me motivated currently, because I am working towards making an animation to show at Surface Gallery, where we are having a volunteer show.
Something that I have been thinking about recently is what is the difference between painting and drawing? Once that question is given even a little thought it becomes murky and not as obvious as it seems on first inspection. It is a very open question that I clearly do not expect a precise answer to, I just intend to prod around in the border areas and see where the overlaps begin.
One of the most pressing things with this question is the use of different mediums. For example, conventionally paint would obviously be used to create a painting and a graphite pencil can be used to create a drawing, but what about ink from a drawing pen used with solvent? It would traditionally be considered a drawing tool and medium, but it acts much more like paint.
That touches on what is a cultural distinction between drawing and painting, that when both are combined, drawing is the preparatory stage and paint follows onwards. It is interesting to consider whether that is necessary, when paint is added is it irrevocably a painting? I can imagine people saying that is an unfinished painting, perhaps even in a derisory way, and what is it when traditional drawing materials are added to a surface containing (presenting) paint, particularly when what is conventionally considered the drawing materials visually dominates the painted area, mixed media maybe?
I have been looking around for lots of interesting animations. I have been doing some planning to make a new one of my own so it feels like a good time to do that. Chalk is one of my favourite materials to draw with so I am already fond of this. There are plenty of other aspects that I like as well.
I have seen this lots of times before, I am a very big fan, I may even have blogged about it before and I always happy to watch it again. I love the traces that are the leftover and the clear sense of there being a journey undertaken.
The really smooth blackboard surface means that the chalk can be moved comparatively very far and very cleanly. I would like to do more drawing experiments with surfaces like this.
This video has been doing the rounds of the internet recently, I took a liking to it so I thought I would show it here. It has a very effective and deep atmosphere to it, which suits the storyline well and suits the tradition of make-up art, which is all about transformation.
It reminds me that I have been wanting to do some experiments with drawing on ‘objects’ have than just flat 2d surfaces. I have been meaning to do some tests with a nicely shaped rock that I have, it would be a neat way to experiment with depth and shape. I must get around to it…
I like the strength of the colours here too, they very effectively stand out against the skin tones and background.
I finally got around to doing some drawings! It is just a pity I am not really happy with them. They are just about testing some ideas and theories I have for the next animation I am going to make.
Three points to make:
- It is going to have a live video background, the black in these drawings is just a placeholder.
- It is going to be drawn using blue.
- It is going to circle inwards, like water in to a drain.
Generally when I go test drawings they don’t look as refined as the finished product, partly because I scan them so they are very close up, and obviously because I am not putting as much time and care as I would in to dozens of hours animating. However, I can generally see the big issues still. I think for this particular project (which I will expand on later), paint would be a good medium. It gives me an excuse to use my very delicate paintbrushes!
These are nice enough drawings, but I would love this to be something special, and different from what I have done before, while building on what I have already done. Proper preparation makes all the difference.
I do like how all the different shades of blue work together, it creates a more pronounced sense of depth and maintains some shape. Its an alright start, lots of work to do though.
I think this quite surreal to watch in places (most places really), and dark and disconcerting in ways too. That style does appeal to me at times though, a bit like certain psychological horror films.
I greatly admire the skill, patience and forethought that has gone into making this animation. It clearly took a lot of planning, and as is clear with sections like the mirror, the creator did not shy away from the challenge, and it is better for it. I particularly like that section, the distortion helps create extra layers of shape, which is something that is very clear throughout I think. Everything looks very solid,rounded and well made.
The mood is the star of the show for me though, I can see why this won lots of awards.
Here is a video containing a collection of shorts by Henry Selick (to state the obvious). It mostly focuses on slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions, as well as featuring Selick talking about his work, which is something that I find equally interesting.
I really like the combination of different methods together in one video. There is stop-motion animation, cut-out animation and live action video all merged together and interacting with each other. I want to try and progress my own work in this way, it seems logical to me. I particularly want to experiment with live video and performance.
Putting all these different methods together adds to the sense of depth and shape within the video I think, which is a positive thing. Stop-motion can feel like a battle to give the impression of this sometimes, so actually creating it should be a positive.