6.28.2009

Art In A Box - "Dorian Gray"

For awhile now I've been trying to figure a way to mesh my fine art (painting/drawing/sculpture) with my stop-mo art, some way to make stop-mo gallery-friendly. The other day I read about an upcoming show called "Art in a Box" which requires you to....well...create art in a box.....jewelry box, shadowbox, any box....and I had the idea to build a box, create a set inside, film a bit of stop-mo, and then submit the box "as is" at the end of filming....if someone were to buy the box-set at the show (if chosen to exhibit), they would receive a dvd of the animated sequence leading up to their "sculpture"...I could potentially even figure a way to display the animation with the box, maybe running on a digital photo frame (I have one but have had trouble getting it to play the video formats it's supposed to)...

I want to do something theatrical, and had just finished reading "A Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, so I've decided to tackle a scene from the book, either the big murder sequence from near the end, or the finale, the stabbing of the painting. I've already started gathering materials to build the room that houses the hideous painting, and will update soon with images.

6.13.2009

Brian and Roger

Here is a commissioned portrait that I did for a couple of friends of ours last week. It was an honor to create something for them, they have the coolest collection of art out of anyone that we know.

6.01.2009

Unearthed - The Rest of the Sets

Howdy all, starting today I'm refocusing my energies on stop-mo. I've still got a ton of work left to do on "Unearthed", here's a rundown of what's left, the remaining sets and where they stand. After Herbie takes the path through the cemetery, he wanders a bit through the woods and swamp until he starts to come upon bits of architecture, broken columns and friezes, and eventually makes his way to a cliff which leads up to the top of the hill where the stone giantess is buried.

1)The Woods - I'll be reusing the half-trees that I've been using for years, which were originally planned for Jenny Greenteeth, but will be retired after these scenes in Unearthed. I'll need to set up a few shots for Herbies wander through the woods/swamp. I still need to finish my bits of architecture, the broken columns and such.



2)The Cliff/Lady Cave - still got to moss up the cliff face and add foot/hand holds for Herbie to climb it, along with roots and vines....at the surface Ive got a small arsenal of flowers that I need to add to the ground surrounding the cave entrance....and Ive got to mold and cast my Lady's arms and finish building up the cave with layers of plaster-wrap.



3)Tunnel - mostly done, just needs to be painted...



4)Cave Interior/Pool - also mostly done, a few tweaks needed to complete...



5)Pool Interior - simple set, this one...skeletons and watery blue backdrop....skeletons are pre-fab, need to be painted and mangled into a pile...they will hold the treasure that Herbie is after and will try to keep him from getting it....he will swim down, fight them off, and exit with the treasure...

6)Herbie's Bedroom - After exiting the cave, we cut to Herbie's bedroom, where he is preparing to sleep after a hard night of murder and thievery.....what he doesn't know is that he's gone too far this time, awoken something that is coming after him...this set, again, needs to be tweaked a bit, including several additions that I've been excited about but haven't started working on yet...since Herbie's a mystical treasure hunter, I want to litter his room with his trophies, a couple of wall-mounted shadowboxes, a bookcase housing treasures, a couple of columns with statues (Cthulhu!) on them....I plan to use artifacts that will be recognizable, like a "holy grail" and some objects from Gothic lit like the print that is featured in James' "The Mezzotint" (fantastic story if you haven't read it)...lots of props to make here but I think it'll be worth it...