Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Painting

I had a great chance to try out the airbrush - painting a mural for a new library opening up in Dugald, MB. This one measured about 5' across - it was alot of fun trying out the airbrush on the book and worm.Now heading out to Dugald means seeing... the Praries. This one was taken just beyond the perimeter. It's crazy how fast you can be surrounded by one massive field...

Normally I'm not much inspired by the praries, and always find it exciting to go some place with hills, let alone mountains! But this trip came at just the right time - figuring out what Henry's paintings will look like. I shot about 300 pics through 3 trips out there, and will be using them as the basis for compositions of Henry's painting - happy to be inspired!
Henry is a painter, an artist... though he hasn't really done anything in a long while. This is about to change. Here are his canvasses - currently 30 plus some stretcher frames, will see if I need more once the set is up. Some will be painted right from the get go and others done during the animation - but I'm waiting to see how they look in the set before painting them. There are 2 stains of wood, and differently primed canvasses;
Adding the mini staples (some back, some side) took about 1/2 hr per canvas - each is made out of jewellery wire and had to be bent to shape and holes punched in the canvas frame.
And this is the floorplan for Henry's studio, very excited! The set room was re-cleaned tonight and set building starts tomorrow. Since storyboards are finished I mapped out each shot - each layer of gray is what that shot sees, so the darker the area, the more popular it will be. The set is 5' across and will break away in a few places for access, with all removable walls.

7 comments:

Shelley Noble said...

What a clever way to determine where to place the most effort in fabrication. AT least I think that's what you've done?!

emmyymme said...

Thanks Shelley! Yep that's the goal - I know where to put the most detail, and where to put the seams in the set - based both on where I need to reach most, and what'll affect a shot the least.

people in gorillasuits said...

The logo looks very nice - cute little bookworm and a very nice idae too !
And for the picture frames: Holy Cow ! First I wondered, if you would paint the (usual size of canvases) until I realized, how small they all are... I must have overread something... sweet !!!

emmyymme said...

I should say that I didn't design the logo - I think the bookworm image is pretty common, and they added the mouse - but it was fun to paint!
Most of the canvasses are 2x4, 4x6, or 6x8 inches. All through painting class my teacher hated that I always used a size 0 brush - now it'll come in handy!

Darkstrider said...

Hey Em... nice photos, and nice canvasses!

I just noticed something you have in common with Shelley, and Im not sure if I should mention it or not. It's neither good nor bad, just a trait that I happened to notice. Neither of you say "I did this today" or "I built that"... instead you say "This was done on the set today" or "That was accomplished". It almost makes it sound like little elves marched out and made things for you!! Hmmm, well, I guess that could be a good thing though.... those little fellows need something to do now that automation has out the old-world cobblers out of work!

jriggity said...

oooooo.....look at all those empty canvases....

??? exciteing to imagine what will fill them.

jriggity

Aravind.J said...

finally set building! my favorite part:)waiting to see the finished set..