Assignment two on the Pikaland ‘Making your Mark’ online workshop

is about ‘finding your voice’

What I know…

Photography, Photoshop, Illustrator (a bit… it’s been awhile!), making stop motion puppets, sewing, daydreaming :-)

What I love…

stop motion, Tim Burton, weird stuff… some cute stuff (that’s mostly pleasing other people though!), making stuff, drawing, illustrations, textiles, textures… cats, animals, my baby niece, chocolate… and annoying myself with strict limitations and perfectionism… (oops… that crept in but it’s also true… ok, I don’t actually LOVE it… maybe that should go in the ‘what I know’ section.

The whole point of this course is a boot up the bum (boot camp!?) so rather than go off on tangents (which I do all the time) I thought I should try to actually fit in the things I want to create… stop motion puppets, sculptural and hand-made items and drawing etc.

This assignment comes in three parts… one to draw in black and white (inked etc) and then a colour version in any medium we want… I still went for ink as I didn’t want to paint his pants and shoes grey – so slight cheat… I tweaked it in photoshop for the black and white pant/shoes version)

This is Gruffy… he takes having clean pants very seriously … hence why he keeps a clean pair handy at all times!

Gruffy ink painted BW 001
2nd version
Gruffy ink painted 002

The 3rd part is a collage of the materials we used to create it… well that would be teeny tiny pieces of paper that I wiped the ink wash on… hmm… I was thinking of scrunching up wire, armature, fur, material etc into a big wad coated in latex and then cut in half so you can see the contents inside a latex ball. That would take too long to gather all the bits up and dry the latex plus not sure I could cut it all in a nice neat way so that the insides can be seen… a big ball of mess would be the end result.

I decided that the parts that I make the stop motion puppet from are a sort of collage… a huge leap perhaps šŸ˜€

so far I have only got a spine, wire legs and polystyrene scull ready… I’m not sure I even want to use wire though.

I’ll post a picture later… I want to try and do some more tonight.

I wont finish it by the end of today (the deadline) but at least I managed to finally have a go at drawing/inking the little guy – I got stressed and couldn’t do it all week!

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