Time Passing

Time. What an interesting little thing when you pay attention to it. It is a constant, moving at an unchanging pace. Or is it really?  How many times have you felt like the time you spent doing something went by too quickly? How often do you feel like something is dragging out for ages? And have you ever been in a moment where you feel infinite? It’s beautiful! Absolutely fascinating.

Our project is called Time Passing. When we received the brief two weeks ago it was a bit of a shock and a relief. what we had to do was go out and choose a place. We had to sketch it, take pictures of it, capture it from different angles and perspectives. “Record this place through a range of different methods: drawing, photography, conversations, interviews, personal thoughts, collecting ephemera.” Then the fun started.

We had to do storyboards. On that first day, we had to do a 10-image one. which roughly shows what place we have chosen. After that we could focus on the rest:
– 12 images showing a sequence happening within the ten minutes
– 20 images showing a sequence happening within an hour
– 7 images showing a sequence happening within a week
– 4 images showing a sequence happening within a year

Then we had to choose one and finish it to a high standard using black and white plus one colour of choice. So there you have it.

I had a really good time working on this project, but that is probably because it is closer to my comfort zone (being basically a comic strip and all). Projects like that make you think. and i got into some really deep time-concerning thoughts during the last two or three weeks. It was brilliant.

Now… DEVELOPMENT WORK:

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And here come THE STORYBOARDS:

1. 12 images for 10 minutes

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2. 20 images for 1 hour

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3. 7 images for 1 week

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4. 4 images for a year

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And for the FINAL IMAGE:

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P.S. Inspirational songs include
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High by the Arctic Monkeys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6366dxFf-Os)
What New York Used to Be by The Kills (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMcu_g8eWgY)
Black Cat John Brown by Bakermat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w8HXUZGSkw)
Black Swan by Thom Yorke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJhmKF4npMs)
One Day by Asaf Avidan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRAMNWzfjcg)
and more ((((:

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Personification: Rumpelstiltskin

I can only say that I had an incredible time doing this project. For so long I had forgotten what it was like to draw with black ink and just black ink and after I did the first couple of images, the rest felt like child’s play! Amelia did say this was going to be one of the hardest projects of the term and I can agree that parts of it proved quite difficult. For example, I believe that the hardest part of all was just setting the character-items into this world of setting/background-items. The very interaction between the two types of ‘inanimate’ objects, the proximity of one to the other (which is key to conveying the needed emotions), the relation of blacks and whites and contrast altogether in one object next to another (should they be similarly shaded in contrast to the background or should they contradict one another?) and, well, actually a lot of other things that one usually doesn’t think about consciously (like me).

But enough about that. The project is called Personification and this is Chapter I: Rumpelstiltskin.

Below you will see twelve images that illustrate the story. They are black and white images done with ink and pens (with the help of a Promarker here and there). I guess it would help if you find the story for yourself and read it, and it would be a fun exercise to try and figure out which is which, so, enjoy.

*Bear in mind that this is a Course Project.... any feedback and/or constructive criticism is warmly welcomed!!!*

 

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Personification: Giving Life to the Inanimate

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Monday morning, the start of a new day and a new week. How about that… As you might imagine Personification sounds like the simplest thing in the world—just take an object and give it ‘life’, right? What’s hard in that? We know it; we’ve done it; kids do it all the time. But, as there is always a ‘but’, when you have that as an assignment, things tend to change some.

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Let me start with a simple fact: Amelia is the leader of this project together with illustrator Georgina Hounsome. In other words prepare for something that sounds fun and simple and childish but in reality it’s a real pain that (obviously) takes you by surprise. Anyway, in an e-mail Amelia told us to bring as many random everyday objects as possible, both from home and from nature (e.g. forks, fruits, vegetables, interesting looking things and boring ones as well, sticks and leaves and twigs and so on). It was easy to visualize what we were to do with these things given the name of the project is Personification—we were probably going to choose an object, and draw it as a living thing. Hmmm, yes and no.

What the day began with was a presentation about what ‘personification’ actually is, and it was packed with examples; artists and works alike. What she was most clear about though and what she kept on emphasizing was that we shouldn’t draw faces on the objects or give them arms and legs—that’s not their true self, is it?—we have to let them speak for themselves (and not just that), we have to strive to catch them in mid-action*.

*— What she meant by that was simple. Have you ever seen Toy Story? Well, basically all the toys in a little kid’s room are alive and while he’s playing with them they just pretend to be dolls and puppets and do nothing. But as soon as he’s out of sight, they come to life, start moving and go about their toy-business. The little boy doesn’t know that these things are happening (even while he’s asleep) because he can never catch them doing it. As Amelia said: in this project you have to catch them off-guard, while they’re active, you mustn’t let them become static and inanimate.

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So yes, we have to catch them mid-action. When we draw our objects we picture them alive and kicking, roaming and doing, active and moving… If you think about it, it’s not the easiest task in the world.

There were several drawbacks in the forms of limitations as well. For example, we couldn’t use colours, we couldn’t use speech or put faces and/or limbs on the objects. Each of us received a task sheet on which there were 11 sentences printed. What we had to do for this exercise was pick objects and put them in the situations described on the paper. Since everyone brought different things everyone made different thumbnails and the diversity of mediums, techniques and objects used was inspiring! We made some pretty cool thumbnails! I did too :)

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fwxJ1But THEN came the actual project. The hard part. Rumpelstiltskin—you know the story (if you don’t find it online and read it, it’s a good story)… well, what we have to do with it in connection to Personification is to replace every character with an object, and make 12 black and white thumbnails illustrating parts of the story. Much like the previous exercise only a bit more concentrated. Another catch is that we can’t use normal landscapes. We have to look at things from an object’s point of view and depict the world they inhabit using the studio as a base (meaning that all the landscapes and backgrounds in our thumbnails have to be from our studio at Howard Gardens). Before making the 12 thumbnails though, we have to submit character worksheets—size A1, one sheet per character—sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

Lumping awesome!!! SO looking forward to it!   \  (>.<)  /

P.S.  Why I believe this project is an absolute must and we totally have to do it:

First of all, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone” (something I heard and I’ve been saying an awful lot lately—which doesn’t make it less true!!). This task is definitely out of my comfort zone, so I see it as a challenge, a sort of obstacle that, once overcome, will turn out to be a good experience. One that will make me a stronger and more skillful artist.

Second, this is something I would never think of doing on my own. I might give myself challenges, but they are nothing like this one… but once it’s been given to me as a project, as something that I must do, I get hyped up and enthusiastic about it and I do things in the end that I never expected I could! In this way I am able to explore my potential and strengthen the abilities that I already have. (And here you could go back to the previous paragraph, because they kind of mix up… :/ hmm…)

Anyway,

Await updates in the form of pictures :)

S.