Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hand-Made Fanboyness

So, I'm a pretty big Neil Gaiman fan. No secret. His blog pointed me to this.

I'm pretty well jazzed about the Coraline film. Jazzed because it's a cool story, jazzed because it's animated, but also because it's old school stop-motion and everything is hand-made and not messed with in computers until it's been hand-made. That is cool.

Also found a great stop motion movie on Netflix. It's a remake of the Peter and the Wolf, produced by a Polish film company and directed by a British woman named Suzie Templeton. IMDB has a clip. It's short but you can see how beautiful it is.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Sketchbooks and Button Eyes

Couple images from my sketchbook. Both done at the same time. Exercises using leftover paint while working on Christmas presents. This one started as just a circle, then shoulders and so on.

This one started with a thought about a student at the school where I teach who died in a car accident in November. I was talking to some of my students when I said something like "...Her mom has a giant hole in her heart now..." trying not to choke up. This kind of came from that.

And on a lighter note:
One of my favorite writers is Neil Gaiman. He wrote a book called Coraline and it had been made into a movie that I can't wait to see. It is directed by Henry Selick of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" fame and is stop motion and looks beautiful. Check out and "button your eyes".