Friday, 27 April 2012
So it's been around three weeks of animating, starting over the Easter break and finishing today. What a relief! The next stages are colouring and background painting, redubbing a couple of scenes and adding sound and music to the completed film. There's still a lot of work to be done and part of me wonders whether it will turn out well. I have to remain positive throughout and make sure the film is as good as possible, or it will swallow me whole, as it's threatened to do these past few months. If there's one thing I don't want to do this year, it's to fail my course and be pretty much forced to do another film like this for another year (as if my inspiration hasn't waned this semester!). That thought will always be at the back of my mind throughout the course of production, and there's no stopping it, but ultimately it will drive me further forward into completing this film in good order and on time.
From the rough little scraps I've showed to a select few, people seem to like it, so here's hoping!
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
|Stream to Nowhere, Gouache on paper|
Not that I'd desire to become a fine artist, but it's now something that I enjoy doing in my spare time. Now I'm referencing as many artists that inspire me as I can, including Henri Rousseau, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse and Inka Essenhigh's landscapes, because my earlier backgrounds looked like something a preschooler crapped out. A great deal of patience and analysing existing works will slowly and surely help me improve my art skills.
I'm currently utilising acrylics and gouaches because I originally wanted the film to be very painterly. Some of the former UCA graduates had already used watercolours, so why not go with thicker, more fine-art paint?
|Storyboard frame, Digital|
|Stream to Nowhere (an earlier effort), Acrylic on paper|
With Gouaches, it's really important that they stay moist, moreso than Acrylics (unlike Acrylic paint, it washes off easily, so the paint staying on the palette for too long is less of a concern). If your paint is too thick, you can't use brushstrokes, and if it's too thin, it resembles watercolour paint. The paint always has to be at a consistent level or it becomes difficult to paint with. Another advantage Gouache has over Acrylics is that it's easier to mix colours. If I want a blue sky with Acrylics, I can add as much Mixing White into a dark blue and it will always come out with a shade of grey. Gouache doesn't have that problem, and I have more control over shading and lighting than if I use Acrylics.
Well, that's my take on painting. As always, please feel free to comment on my work!