Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TV Doodling

I finished a painting a few days ago I quite like that can be seen here. I'm working on about 5 pieces of art at once. Jumping back and forth from piece to piece lets enough distance and time pass for me to determine if they're worth finishing or not. In between bigger pieces I've decided to carry a pen and pad around with me and draw something, anything, whenever I get a chance. It's liberating to draw randomly from your head without reference material or without a plan. Just do. I did this one last night while watching TV. Now looking at it, I think I was a influenced just slightly by seeing the movie Coraline on the weekend. Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders play two flamboyant elderly actresses in it. Love those gals.

As for kids movies, how refreshing to see a movie like Coraline that isn't so Disney-fied with annoying sarcastic jokes, predictable feel good plot and wacky spectacle. My daughter loved it and the creepiness of the story and visual craft of great stop motion animation sold me. Take a look at this video of Althea Crome, the designer and knitter of the teensy tiny clothes for the film.



6 comments:

dinahmow said...

Wow! And here's lil me, deciding knitting 4ply is too painful with my fingers!
Yes, in complete agreement at the non-Disney approach. And Gaiman is pleased with it so it must be close to his first concept.

Caroline said...

What amazing coordination and great eyesight she must have!

Such gorgeous tiny pieces.

And I love your women - very French and Saunders indeed.

Melody said...

And I thought I worked small........

andrea said...

Reminds me of the kind of endless doodling I did as a kid/teenager. Repeated ideas, always modified slightly, always women or horses! Does this resemble anything you did in the past? It's got a lot of character.

I enjoyed Coraline so I hope I don't put off seeing the movie until it's at the library!

Angela Wales Rockett said...

Wow! I can't even knit at the regular size.

I loved Coraline for much the same reasons you did. It's so cool to see how much care they took with the artistic details like this. And the animation company is based right her in the Pacific Northwest in Oregon!

BlueJude said...

Love the doodling!! Movie sounds neat. Happy Belated Vday...keep drawing!