Riding on a Drawing Wave

Original Post Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I’ve been hard at work creating new drawings including a self-portrait, a caricature of my dog, Lulu and a character design layout based on my other dog, Gloria (“Glory”.) I was pleased with the results of my inked version of my Gloria layout because my lines have a thick, marker effect that gives my lines a nice, bold weight.

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Overall, I am very happy with the outcome of this spread. I put a lot of thought into the character design of Glory and how her character will look on paper and in 3D on a small scale for stop-motion. I am still researching material and sources to help me with the development of my concept drawings for the backdrops I plan on making for my stop-motion Glory film, but so far in my research, I have been inspired by the paper stop-motion films of Russian filmmaker Yuriy Norshteyn. Norshteyn’s two films from the 1970’s,   “Tale of Tales” and “The Hedgehog in the Fog”, are relatively obscure and experimental with their use of paper techniques. They are also breathtakingly beautiful and well animated. The attention to detail and the rich textures are what drew my eye to these films, and I was instantly inspired. The lighting was masterful, as well and it made me contemplate the lighting choices I will make for my Glory film. I’m thinking of using lighter tones instead of taking after Norshteyn’s dark palette since my film has a more comedic undertone. I also viewed the wonderful work of Lotte Reiniger, who creates beautiful stop-motion films using paper silhouettes. I was inspired by her strong poses against black silhouettes, and will keep her in mind when I begin my concept art.

I am also working on improving my portraiture. Recently, I began making a self portrait of myself. I experimented with the opacity of the brush to try to achieve different effects. I wasn’t aiming for a photo-realistic representation of me, but I think I got a good caricature of myself. I’m eager to try drawing another self portrait soon:

Along the same lines, I am trying to capture the spirit of my dog, Lulu and have been drawing inspiration from other forms of media to help me create an appropriate caricature that fits her personality. I was inspired by the 2006 Sofia Coppola film, “Marie Antoinette” for its subject matter as well as its color palette which consists of soft hues and delicate silhouettes. I am contemplating surrounding Lulu with food while having her look very regal. This is a very rough sketch. I am observing more stills from the “Marie Antoinette” film to gain a better understanding of the styles I’d like to achieve:

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