Pippi Arrives

I’ve finished animating my contribution to the recent Pippi Longstocking challenge on Instagram (Aug1-7 2022). It was organised by Australian artist/illustrator Monty Lee and cohosted by 6 other artist/illustrators.

I learned a lot: more familiarity with Dragonframe stopmotion software; playing with light; the strength of my puppets; pitfalls of balance if you don’t use a rig; that I have to tackle making detachable hands; … and I also learned that the Instagram community can provide great support.

This short is for the first prompt: “She took 2 things with her, a little monkey called Mr Nilsson and a big travel bag full of gold coins.”

Music for this piece is Rendezvous by Shane Ivers – https://www.silvermansound.com

Finding a challenge

I work best with some kind of challenge. (I have been drifting – perhaps stuck!) There are lots of challenges on Instagram and I felt the pull of a Pippi Longstocking theme for the first week of August. I will try to animate one of the daily prompts but for now I will just see how I get along.

So here’s my idea for Pippi. And there has to be a monkey, Mr Nilsson, and a horse. Oh dear ……