Remember how I shared with all of you how much I suck at embroidery (and paper cutting), and how much I admire others who are able to come up with work that are based on these mediums? Well it looks like I’ll need to add Sara Barnes to my ever-growing list as well. She’s going to have a few pieces up for sale at the Cheaper Show soon, so keep an eye out for them!
We’re thrilled to bring you a giveaway this Tuesday, courtesy of San Francisco-based artist Gabrielle Rose – she’s the lady behind some of the loveliest watercolor and ink drawings that’s been floating out there online, and an opportunity to collect some of her work is not to be missed (need proof? Look at what happened last year when she held a giveaway here!
To be in the running, just leave a comment on what’s your favorite medium for expressing yourself (or for those who aren’t making marks yet, what would you like to master?) — watercolor, acrylics, or just good old pencil? Share it with us!
We’ll hold a lucky draw when entries close next week Tuesday, 28th June!
*UPDATE: Commenting has now closed, thanks so much for participating. The winner of this giveaway is Chelsea Miller as chosen via random.org!
Lesley Barnes (featured previously) sent me an email about her latest work — an animated MTV for the UK group Belle and Sebastian that’s made out of paper puppets and props. I asked her a couple of questions about it too, so read on below!
Tell us about the concept for the animation — what were you trying to convey?
B and S are a boy and girl in love, happy and somewhat oblivious to the world around them. But something is watching and waiting and is about to interupt their contentment. I think I wanted to get across the idea that even as your life seems to trundle along you never know what is coming round the next bend….
Was this your first animation? How long did the entire process take, from sketch to the full video?
No, I have done a number of animations. My first Herzog and the Monsters was about a little boy who gets lost in his books. I also just finished work with Jazz musician Kit Downes on a project fusing animation, live jazz and genetics at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival earlier in the year. We basically animated the history of evolution to a jazz soundtrack!
The whole process took about 4 months. I started by creating all the characters as paper puppets and drew all the landscapes before I began to animate.
And how did you put everything together for the video? Did you do it all by yourself?
I did all the designing and illustrating but I did have a crack team Matt Saunders and Bruce A. Cameron who helped me with the animation. I started by illustrating all the puppets, then scanned them in and animated them in after effects.
Were there any hurdles that you had to overcome to produce the video?
Matt had the responsibility of creating a sea from spinning circles and I think this nearly killed him! The computer got a bit confused with the hundreds (thousands?) of spinning shapes and the circles would mysteriously disappear…. but thanks to Matts persistance it looked great in the end!
And Pikaland readers, do stay tuned for a giveaway coming up in a couple of hours! :)_