Hello! I'm Johnny Cash.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Detail of a bleed print from a masonite carving on Somerset paper.
Today we started a two day workshop on how to make your own puppet and stop-action animation. I have wanted to do this forever, so I signed up as soon as the list went up.
Step 1 : wire form with duct tape at hip joint and shoulder joints, one hand attached with extra long fingers
Our figures were made of wire, foam, fabric (pantyhose and your choice of cloth for clothing, feathers used for hair or fur if making an animal), glue from a glue gun.
It's messy and you burn your fingers often. I am used to this method of working because of the friendly plastic I have used for years, so it didn't bother me at all, but was annoying at times because it takes longer to cool down than FP does. I also used cardboard for the soles of the sandals.
Step 2: adding foam to bulk up the frame using a glue gun to attache pieces as well as forming the hands with the glue
The whole character was put together with only a glue gun and some foam over the basic wire frame.
Skin is created by stretching pantyhose over the foam and attaching it with the glue gun. Seams are really visible but it doesn't seem to matter. If added delineation is needed for the face or the muscles you put glue gun glue into the area and wet a finger and press the shape you need into the glue. It pushes its way through the nylon and then holds the shape. Everyone had a few times where there fingers got burnt and a few of us even had blisters. We suffered for our art.
Step 3: Here I am attaching the nylon to the foam. I gave my man a manly chest.
Here is my completed character: front, two sides and back. Mesh shirt, swim trunks, sandals. All the joints move and you can position every part of the body. It's very sturdy.
Tomorrow we will add small details to our puppets, painting the face and hands. After we finish our puppets we move on to learn what's involved in creating a 4 second animation.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Next Week and beyond...
School obligations have me away next Saturday at Carp, and next Sunday at Ottawa/Lansdowne, my booth mate Tim won't be there and since he isn't I won't be either. So my next market after tomorrow will be the final market days for the season for me at both Carp and Lansdowne. If you have anything you'd like me to make you please let me know at either of these markets or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are here reading this, then you know this is the place I come to to post notices and such and once I figure out which Christmas shows I will be at I'll post that information here for sure.
And then there were three
16"x20" acrylic on canvas (custom order)SOLD
This was a special order created for a couple who now have three cats... little Lily was found under a lily leaf in their backyard this summer. She's the bright-eyed eager one in the back. I was told that the other two cats have grudgingly accepted her and now let her sleep on the bed.
Night Out with The Girls 24" x 6" acrylic on canvas SOLD
I'm working on a project using painting with light techniques. It looks a lot like strings, except they are made of light. This is an image showing a 1926 photograph of my grandmother and my aunt, who had a turbulent relationship with each other. They were tied to each other but sometimes it was a bit messy... and not so great for those around them.
HOW TO: Painting with light is done by setting your subject up in a completely dark space and then taking a light source and moving it around your subject while the camera is taking the picture. I used a laser pointer here and had a small flashlight shining onto the top center of the scene. Your camera must be on a tripod and the shutter speed is set very slow, like a minute or more, ISO at about 100. Because the shutter is open for a long time the camera will pick up all the movements you make with the light, creating lines wherever you move the light.
Friday, October 03, 2008
A variable edition of 5 dry point prints made by drawing into Lexan plastic with a compass needle and a Dremel tool, then inking it up and running it through a press.
This was a yummy project with sweet results.