Still drawing -- This weekend I spent a little time playing with the new Vine.co app. It really is a neat little thing to tack on to a twitter account. I will attempt to not over-use it... but in the mean time here is yesterday's drawing, a raw little stop motion animation called "Mad Hair Day". I used one sheet of paper and added to the same drawing with each frame. The eyes are two circles from a hole punch sitting on top of the paper, which could be moved around with finger tip. You can't get too much simpler than that.
I was doing some searches on "doll hair" (because I am making a new doll for the Softies for Mirabel project, are you?) and I found an interview with Suzanne Moulten, head of the hair department on the movie Coraline. It's pretty cool to think that you might spend you whole working life carefully making beautiful stop-motion hair.
I went on to find another crafty Coraline video - Althea Crome's tiny knitting. It really is incredible to see such beautiful, tiny knitted pieces.
I spent so much of my childhood making tiny things to fit out my doll's house. There were hours spent tinkering away at little tissue boxes and christmas puddings with my friend Pia. Pia had the patience and the inspiration (and the endless supply of Liberty scraps) to make the most breathtaking little bits. I just did a web search to see if I could find Pia and HEY there she is! She's got her own crafty label. Hello Pia - if you ever google yourself and eventually come across this post. Glad to see you are still making.
"When one shrinks a craft or a skill into something so tiny it asks the viewer to imagine how it was done"
Now I am off to make some really tiny jars of cumquat marmalade.
A quick update tonight - as I can barely string a sentence together after a long night up with a kid with the voms. But we all went to see Ponyo this afternoon, and it was utterly charming. I kept thinking it was like an animation from my own childhood - no tacky glitz or bad songs sung by novelty characters. Charming, as I said. If you can bear that horrible movie-trailer-voice-over guy, have a look at the preview because it was as fun as all that.
Lots of cut paper in this one!
"A film for 4th Estate Publishers' 25th Anniversary. Produced by Apt Studio and Asylum Films. The film was produced in stop-motion over 3 weeks in Autumn 2008. Each scene was shot on a home-made dolly by an insane bunch of animators; you can see time-lapse films of each sequence being prepared and shot in our other films. "