Saturday, August 25, 2007

No Moth Balls Today

Today I made a second sketch for Yanu, the Mothman. This one a closer portrait with his deer kill slung over his shoulder. There are a couple more for this character study I'd like to make.

I think I should make a new sketch in this illustration style for the Rana and Kyra characters as well. It takes time but it really does help with visualizing the traits of the person, thereby resolving issues between my imagination and real being. When I move back to sculpting, so many unconscious questions will now be worked out.

LIFE AS ART QUOTE: "Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art."
--Leonardo da Vinci


  1. Just read last Posts Comments: Your Willy-ing to have nudity in your Film!


    I Apologise for the Tacky-Joke!

  2. Hi Ben, good question (and joke!) Halfland was never, ever meant for children, it's just that because it's puppetry animation and filled with fantastical storybook type characters, (good!)folktale imbued, it is a concern of mine who the audience is.

    I don't want to be in the position of it appearing to be family fare, luring parents to let children view it, and then turning out to be shockingly age inappropriate. yipes.

    All I can say right now is, I'm, as always, making what I need to make for myself and I'll deal with how I present it after it's done.

    It is a real question though... how to make a freely artistic expression in a medium previously known to appeal to kids?

    Although, there are wonderful examples of this succeeding. Mike re-introduced me to "Balance" (I am putting away groceries and don't have time to go grab the link right now) which, while being *dark* is to me completely fine-art-stop-motion.

    How do you feel about my using the nudity?

  3. You're making ART.

    Do you think that children shouldn't be allowed into art museums, because there are nude men and women in the paintings and sculptures? (I certainly don't think the Louvre should be "18 and over!)

    There are children's books that have naked bodies in them, e.g. "In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak. Personally, I think when done thoughtfully, books like this broaden a young persons experience of the world in a positive and harmless way.

    It seems to me that attempting to conceal the very existence of naked bodies from children generates shame around nudity -- which doesn't help them.

    Furthermore, an air of secrecy and taboo doesn't help to prevent sexual abuse. If children aren't allowed to see and talk about nudity, then it's far easier for perpetrators to keep their crimes silent.

    If you can make art that involves nudes that doesn't feel lude or obscene to you, then don't worry about it... Trust that your art is ART.

    I don't think you pose any threat to children, in terms of damaging them... But if what you're really worried about is hyper-protective parents getting in your face... Then when you actually get to the point where you're trying to show this publicly, you can choose to come up with a suitable warning sticker...

    How much do you fear people attacking you for having shown nudity? It seems to me that if you *were* attacked (hopefully unlikely), that nudity in Halfland is an artistic choice that is probably worth taking a stand for.

  4. I like your pic!


  5. I agree with Sven although my personal instinct tells me at least some of the characters should be at least slightly covered up. I believe its ok to have a fairy tale for adults. Going back to blood tea and red string (cause its the most modern folk-lore animation about) it contains Nudity with the blue-bird girl who has no feathers on some of her body. But the Louvre contains nudity (as sven said) and as long as "it" is kinda disguised its ok to show some. Maybe you should ask the Tree?

  6. Loved all the comments here, thank you! And Ben, Suggesting I "ask the Tree" made me really LOL! HA! Great!


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