Sunday, December 6, 2009

Backyard Visitors

Last Saturday, we ended up having a few surprise visitors in our backyard. A mother and her two fawns. They ended up staying about half an hour just munching on leaves and laying in the grass. They must be used to people, they let my wife and I get to within 6 feet from them. I must have taken about 200 photos.

One of the fawns got up from laying in the tall grass in a really interesting way. If I was forced to animate it without reference, I don't think there is any way in the world I would have come up with having him roll forward on his wrists. Then to prop himself up to get the other front hoof on the ground.
I couldn't quite make out everything that was going on because of the high grass. I did some sketches as an action analysis to try to figure out exactly what was happening.

Even sticking her tongue out at the camera doesn't keep them from being welcomed in my backyard anytime.

Quicksketch 1

Possessed To Paint a Skate Deck

At Tippett Studio, every Christmas we have a Secret Santa gift exchange. What makes it great, is that the gift has to be hand made. In '07, my recipient was lighting guru and skateboard fiend, Aharon Bourland.
So, the idea was to custom paint a skateboard deck with a graphic image of a goblin from The Spiderwick Chronicles. I had never done this before, so there was a bit of trial and error involved, but that's the beauty of opaque paint.

Some of the things I found are...

  1. Sand the board down until it's completely smooth and then undercoat it with gesso. The colour of the acrylic paint will be much more vibrant and the paint itself will don't be absorbed into the wood.
  2. Mix a fluid medium (the kind used to mix paint for use in an airbrush) into your acrylic paint to thin it out enough to get a nice clean edge with your brush.
  3. When trying to get hard lines on small details...frisket is your best friend.