I still have work to do on Pippi. Her lovely shoes didn’t work with magnets. Here she is in her bare “feet”.
Pippi’s armature and head: aluminium wire, polymorph and polymer clay (hands and head).
Armature for Mr Nilsson the Monkey. Without a head.
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 ……
I wish you all the best for 2022.
I’ve been away from here for months whilst I’ve been concentrating on stop motion animating. Most recently, making and stitching together some clips by learning to use a video editor. The clips were made for an annual Instagram challenge – “Folktaleweek” – which is hosted every year by a group of illustrators who devise 7 prompts for themed illustrations, one per day. This year’s prompts were: Moon, Dream, Awakening, Feast, Bird, River and Sky.
I used them to make up a story using animation and this is the result. (No sound) It’s about a Girl who dreams that the Moon comes down from the Sky. She is told by the Forest Ancients that she must find Moon and return it. Rook helps her to search for Moon and together they return it to the Sky.
It’s been a bit of a hair-pulling learning curve. But I made it!
“OK. You want to see some folktale week drawings?”
“This is Day 5 – DARK. Done with a fine technical pen.”
“Day 6 – KEY. Technical pen with collage and watercolour.”
“This is Day 7 – the final day of prompts – CROWN”. This is done with technical pen and collaged colour and watercolour.
I think this is all a bit creepy. Who on earth is that little man inside the crown?