27 December 2012

Winter Carousel (Ladislaw Starewitch)

Having stumbled upon the animation of Wladyslaw Starewicz I have spent the last few hours watching the oddest films! 

26 December 2012

Fairy Swap

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.

24 December 2012

Smacking Automaton

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

Mr Punch Automaton of Proverbs 19 v 3

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!