While on my artist residency in Vermont in January I took the photos for two mini shorts that should be finished soon. One was a film I shot in the snow about a snowball. My toes froze. The shots required a ton of color correction, which is being finished now.
The other film was an experiment I did with Steve, the life model who was available to us three mornings a week. I had been asking Steve to take short consecutive poses, and then I was sketching each pose on top of the previous drawing on the same paper, mimicking what I would do if I was making a marker-on-glass animation. I had the idea of bringing lots of paper and my lightbox into the life drawing studio, and having him take consecutive poses while I drew each one on a seperate sheet with the aid of my lightbox. This is the very basic drawn animation technique (which I had actually never done before!) except done live, with only a few minutes in which to draw each pose.
I then took these drawings back to Seattle and in my studio added a few scenes that didn’t require Steve’s presence. The result is a 90 second short about a battle between a life model and the artist. The music is being composed for that one now.
And also while at VSC I created an animated loop made from prints with the help of the talented Portland printmaker Catherine Rondthaler. Back in Seattle I re-photographed the prints with better lighting. You can watch the loop below. I’m hoping to undertake a bigger animated print project in the summer.