Having stumbled upon the animation of Wladyslaw Starewicz I have spent the last few hours watching the oddest films!
26 December 2012
Frosty fairies was this years theme and my wonderfully talented artist friend Sue Brown sent me a tiny paper and enamel frosty fairy attached to a label. She seems as fragile as frost and like she is just about to melt away.
I sent her a creepy little frosty imp.
I tried to make him look like a seductive black and white movie villain.
Not quite sure what I was thinking.
Posted by Caroline at 9:29:00 AM
24 December 2012
This is the first automaton I made in America, rediscovered in a cupboard.
A cat with very British teeth!
That smacks a girl
who smacks him back.
Randomly accurate smacking occurs with the cam mechanism and the heavy off balance characters which makes this look a little more complex that it is.
I have a new camera and haven't mastered filming with it yet!
13 December 2012
I bought a wonderful little catalogue from an exhibition that Sam Smith had in the London Serpentine Gallery in 1980. Thank you Amazon UK. It was so inspiring it made me want to try a more 3D, pieced together approach to building figures.
So for the next Proverb I have experimented with a slightly different look. It has turned out to be a bit larger than intended but has some elements that I will develop further. I also found a Sam Smith website.
Proverbs 19 verse 3
A man's own folly ruins his life,
yet he rages against the Lord.
I think that filming this in action may explain it better.
I also want to make more cats, oh dear!
14 November 2012
07 October 2012
A horrid cold and rainy afternoon in Baltimore but I got to see my first flea circus! Something I have always wanted to see and it couldn't have been more perfect! Mr Alberti you are fabulous!
My photo doesn't do this any justice but he did tell me he used one mechanism and the rest was purely imagined!
This was followed by an extremely odd puppet show! Each character was introduced onto the stage with "You don't need to be afraid" but you were!
Posted by Caroline at 10:29:00 PM
18 September 2012
Proverb 30 verses 32 and 33.
"If you have played the fool or exalted yourself
or if you have planned evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
For as churning the milk produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife."
Ready to clap his hand over his mouth!
Twisting and churning, well shaking milk.
And meet the trouble and strife.
Can't seem to get the film to upload at the moment but will try later as my simple pull string mechanism works and has many possibilities.
A successful test!
Posted by Caroline at 3:20:00 PM
17 September 2012
Well a sort of house and he hasn't moved in yet. I am thinking that I will make this series of automata in the style of the comic strip and need to work out a way of getting a lot of movement without adding bulky mechanisms between each layer of action. This is my test piece.
I have been looking at Windsor Mccay's, Little Nemo in Slumberland, cartoons on a fantastic website, Comic Strip Library.
I can decide which I like better Krazy Kat or Nemo, both are so inspiring! Anyway Mr Punch will hopefully take up residence tomorrow and I can see if my simple mechanism works.
Posted by Caroline at 8:37:00 PM
12 September 2012
I have started a new range of automata based on the biblical Book of Proverbs with Mr Punch as The Fool. Here are the first three characters ready to act out the first proverb that I am attempting to illustrate.
A Punch that will slap his hand over his mouth.
A Punch that will twist his nose and shake milk
Posted by Caroline at 9:38:00 AM
05 September 2012
14 August 2012
12 August 2012
11 August 2012
I have been invited to take part in an altered book exchange. A fantastic chance to play but I am not too good at responding to the book. I have decided to use the first book as a sketch book and continue to consider hair problems.
Posted by Caroline at 10:08:00 PM
09 August 2012
30 July 2012
Here is Toby based on a real boy,
the little girl riding the crocodile
and the lay out so far a bit randomly propped up. Next to make the stage and get them moving, the cardboard background doesn't really add any drama.
28 July 2012
26 July 2012
16 July 2012
Slow progress and this is not quite the final composition but I am at long last at the gluing and painting stage.
Also testing some movement options as I can usually improve on my initial ideas when I have the 3D figures to play with.