Well after being sick of only doing creative work for clients I have been attempting little creative freedom thanks to the long weekend.
Firstly I created some characters out of playdo – sounds very advanced I know! It is for my husband’s computer club at the school he teaches at, they are learning how to do stop motion animation and I am trying to come up with a sample to show em how its done.
After spending 6 hours creating a perfect dog (who knew it would be that hard) only to have my hubby stretch and mangle his legs because they apparently weren’t moveable enough for the animation. In a huff I went to bed well after midnight muttering, “da vinci didn’t have to put up with this sh*!?t”
So the next night I persevered and now have a dog, cat and alien with movable arms and legs (and detachable heads!). I am not sure how the characters are going to fit into the story line – probably should of thought of that first.
Next, while watching the 15th episode of scrubs on dvd, I found a really cool artist jess volinski, not sure where I found her work but it was procrastination that led me there. She uses black line art over water colour backgrounds so I thought I would give that a go. I now know watercolour is not my fortae but I am not discouraged as painting is very theraputic.
Lastly I worked on the childrens book I have been asked to illustrate. This is much tougher than I thought it would be. It is so hard getting the characters right and then making sure the scenes explain what is going on in the story and also making it look exciting and fun without being too overdone. I really admire the children’s book illustratiors who have really simplistic styles but they are able to convey the story so easily.
So all in all I felt pretty satisfied in doing something artistic every day of the weekend. I just wish I had a studio so I could leave everything out and keep working on it. I just want a little room with cement floors (so I can splatter paint to my hearts content), an attic would be nice, with a view. My kitchen table will have to do for now.
Until next weekend.