Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Here's a random tour around the workshop taken on a recent cold rainy afternoon.
Come see just some of what's randomly in-progress on the tables and in the boxes in the workshop; snails, large-scale gardens being built with composite snail trails, message leaves reveal their answers, spiders in the attic, coloring book chickens, and more!
Next Tour: The completed fully-dressed set!
Friday, November 04, 2011
He attaches to the upholstered chair via matching-headed long needles as tie-downs (in silver so I can find them while animating him crawling.)
And making it prompted me to have to actually install the other sewing kit on the arm of the chair, which included gluing in each of those pins as well. And sewing the shell box onnto the chair with thread that I then painted over to match where it lay. I had to stiffen up all the dangling threads on both settings and fasten them down.
I can count on one hand the number of things left to do in the cottage before it is ready to begin shooting its scenes.
I've tooled his image as a double-sided copper figure, gazing upward to the skies, pen and journal in hand, with white and spring green patina to reveal the detail.
a color sketch of the Mouse. I used two squares of thin copper and various stylus tools to essentially draw the image twice, once flipped the other way, so they could be placed back to back to get a nice dimension.
Once these halves were matched up, seamed together as one, I set about creating the directional of leaves (actual directions don't matter at all in Halfland) finishing them of with thick medium and copper paint (so it would appear to be part organic blending from the metal hardware.
I used KS metal tubing to closely fit the figure into the base stem. It can swing freely with precise control, no wobble whatsoever. I used a wood doll chair leg as the wooden base on top of the cottage cupola. I liked how it looked like a bee skep.
Ah, I see we are expecting a lovely day.
The idea of making these cloth ground surfaces like the sand, grass, and dirt is very versatile. If I need a bit of set in a background, I can use any old things around, boxes or old drop cloths, to make a base and then throw one of the texture cloths over the top for an instant portable place.
These kids were among the most intelligent and sincere people I've met. They don't watch television, they read, and I could tell the difference. It was dramatic.They delighted in seeing everything, actually helping on the set, etc. They were full of fanciful ideas for the film. I hope they'll be able to come again.
They better hurry, hopefully Halfland will be be all lovely and done before they graduate collage. :)