Making my mark TWO…

Assignment two on the Pikaland ‘Making your Mark’ online workshop

is about ‘finding your voice’

What I know…

Photography, Photoshop, Illustrator (a bit… it’s been awhile!), making stop motion puppets, sewing, daydreaming 🙂

What I love…

stop motion, Tim Burton, weird stuff… some cute stuff (that’s mostly pleasing other people though!), making stuff, drawing, illustrations, textiles, textures… cats, animals, my baby niece, chocolate… and annoying myself with strict limitations and perfectionism… (oops… that crept in but it’s also true… ok, I don’t actually LOVE it… maybe that should go in the ‘what I know’ section.

The whole point of this course is a boot up the bum (boot camp!?) so rather than go off on tangents (which I do all the time) I thought I should try to actually fit in the things I want to create… stop motion puppets, sculptural and hand-made items and drawing etc.

This assignment comes in three parts… one to draw in black and white (inked etc) and then a colour version in any medium we want… I still went for ink as I didn’t want to paint his pants and shoes grey – so slight cheat… I tweaked it in photoshop for the black and white pant/shoes version)

This is Gruffy… he takes having clean pants very seriously … hence why he keeps a clean pair handy at all times!

Gruffy ink painted BW 001
2nd version
Gruffy ink painted 002

The 3rd part is a collage of the materials we used to create it… well that would be teeny tiny pieces of paper that I wiped the ink wash on… hmm… I was thinking of scrunching up wire, armature, fur, material etc into a big wad coated in latex and then cut in half so you can see the contents inside a latex ball. That would take too long to gather all the bits up and dry the latex plus not sure I could cut it all in a nice neat way so that the insides can be seen… a big ball of mess would be the end result.

I decided that the parts that I make the stop motion puppet from are a sort of collage… a huge leap perhaps 😀

so far I have only got a spine, wire legs and polystyrene scull ready… I’m not sure I even want to use wire though.

I’ll post a picture later… I want to try and do some more tonight.

I wont finish it by the end of today (the deadline) but at least I managed to finally have a go at drawing/inking the little guy – I got stressed and couldn’t do it all week!

Clara: The Final Word for Now: via Owl Knit You

Obviously Emily is my biggest fan… and equally I’m a fan of hers!

Clara: The Final Word for Now I posted a while ago about my friend Lenny Carter. She makes the most amazing puppets (among other things!) She just graduated with a 1st from London College of Communication. I went to see her degree show the other day and saw the final incarnation of Clara. Clara is a misunderstood young girl, who feels as though she’s being manipulated by the people around her. In response, she creates her own world to which she can escape reality. Clara is th … Read More

via Owl Knit You

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I decided to try out student hood before I got too old!

I tried a 2nd year of a HND a few years back but no students or tutors turned up (plus after a years tution the other students didn’t know how to open Quark which I thought was pretty bad… opening a piece of software is the same no matter the type!! so I left as I was only working part time and couldn’t really afford to do something that wasn’t going to teach me anything).

I probably should have done a different course but a BA in Digital Media Design was linked to the work that I’d already done so it was a practical choice – I could have gone into the 2nd year but decided that I needed a break from working full time (been 25+ years!)… well the course was a mix of video/audio/web design/design and it seems to be an intro to each subject.

I didn’t really take to the video/audio as I’ve only dealt with still images (photo/drawn/illustrated/DTP etc) so I’m slightly surprised that I ended up doing stop motion… wish I’d paid more attention to it all now ;-P

I’ve mentioned the Clara project before…

here: linky

and here: linky

both of those show Clara’s previous head… I burnt the super sculpey clay head when fixing a broken eye! took four tries before I got one that worked… is slightly better – I do want to try and re-make her head with actual rotating eye balls… which I hope to work into the storyline.

Clara's ruined head next to a fresh formed attempt - which developed cracks 24 hours later!

oh and one more thing… I got a First 😀


New website landing page layout

Stop Motion – Clara- Chapter One done…

My stop motion project has moved on slightly from the teaser which I did last year.

after faffing with different camcorder/web cams I finally brought a Canon Rebel but found that it wasn’t compatible with either iStopMotion or Dragon… so I then sold that and brought a Canon 500D with still wasn’t compatible with iStopMotion (which I could borrow from a friend until I could get more money after paying nearly £500 for the Canon) so I ended up buying Dragon stop motion software… which I prefer actually… so this one little chapter cost me over £600 lol… I do obviously hope to continue and improve which should stretch the cost out ;-P

Clara needs her own camera equipment

There’s a few other clips on Vimeo that show the walk cycle etc.. plus also a new (very quickly made) puppet and it’s foul mouthed little ‘friend’.

Clara – Chapter One… from Lenny Carter on Vimeo.

There’s also a facebook fan page which you can join – I tend to update that more often than this blog… but will start to blog more – the dissertation/projects just got in the way!

Clara the Stop Motion Puppet Facebook Page

Update on Clara Project

In a previous post I mentioned that my final year project for year 2 was going to be a stop motion sequence. (click here to see previous post)

Here are some images of Clara and the video of a short teaser clip.

You can visit Clara’s website at ‘Clara’s Animated World’

you will also find links to my blog documenting how Clara was made and Clara’s own blog which is her personal journey into asserting herself and making her own stop motion sequences, hopefully helping her solve personal issues and learn new skills.

All this is still very much in production and I have a long way to go – I will eventually be adding a comic strip (not sure if it’s from Clara’s personal view point or one that Clara actually makes herself!?!) and hopefully the full animated sequence will be done in the next 10 months, plus more useful links for anyone who wants to try this themselves.

Also, the website needs sorting – I want the comic strip segments on the page to zoom and shift to open up – rather than go to a new ‘page’ (it’s a flash website), also the blank segment will be where Clara’s comic strip will go (I don’t have a suitable image for that yet). plus sounds… and how to add video content that doesn’t show a youtube or vimeo logo or if embedding, how to get it to show a decent resolution/quality as it’s rather poor at the moment… but you can see the video below which is from youtube in the meantime!

Clara - stop motion puppet
a pre-production shot of Clara in a 'dramatic' pose!