Archive for January, 2012

Here are some of the latest Polaroids I made inspired by a dear friend of mine.
I have over 160 Polaroids now! this set was all about women, there are more to come. I wanted the girl to look natural in a familiar setting. There is nothing sexier than a “All natural woman”.

Some girls are so beautiful and naturally elegant they can throw any old shirt on their shoulder and still look amazing. There is something very Candide and cute about a girl wearing no make up and a simple shirt while drinking a cup of coffee in the early morning…

goodnight

Enjoy, happy Sunday!

I realized I forgot to post about an animation I did a few months ago of one of the Polaroid series. I’m an animator and I see moving pictures in my head constantly. Usually triggered by music I listen to. In this post I wanted to talk a little about the process.

Originally, I wanted to do a “animation test” because I wasn’t sure how to go with it. The drawings are complex and animating them was therefore going to be challenging. But I really wanted to see what it would look like to have one of the Polaroid come to life. They would be very subtle; an eye blink here, a smile there, that kind of thing…

So first I picked one of my favorite Polaroid, also because it’s one that I knew had the most exploitable movement in it.

Polaroid N127


So I traced over it in Flash and started drawing, frame by frame, the movement desired.

It took about 2 weeks of on and off work (I was sick to look at it by then!), and no less than 100 frames. The details of the characters made it more time consuming to animate. A bit like that rotoscope I did a year back. This is the end result;

We can’t see it but I actually did the outline with different colors (dark red for the hair, dark pink for skin etc…).

I was happy with the movement, which is really smooth, however I wasn’t satisfied with the texture at all. Applying watercolor texture on these frames is possible but would be too time consuming, and it wouldn’t be the same as when I pain them by hand. It would just be “adding texture” after all…

I was told many times before that it would be great to animate my actual watercolors, however watercolor animation is difficult as you can never have the exact same thing on each frame, in short you don’t have much control over it, resulting in a jittery felling. But you can make something very subtle using less frames and dissolving them into one another. So I figured I’d try something new;

I draw on traditional animation bond paper 3 KEYFRAMES that I will trace and paint just like all the other Polaroid I made so far, only this time it looks like 3 snapshots that have been taken one after the other. Once colored I’ll do a test on the computer, melting the frame into one another and a loop. I cannot wait to see the result. I’ve never done this before so it is an experiment but from what I studied in school, this should be nice. Here are the pencil drawings on animation paper.

till next time…
bisous ❤

This is an homage to my two favorite lyricists; Serge Gainsbourg and Brian Molko. Thus I created my very own “Requiem for a jerk”.

I’m not a writer, I’m a “visual artist” (Or so I was called), so I gladly steal their words, and spit the pictures I have out of my chest with the help of my pencil. I was originally inspired by a Single cover of Gainsbourg and Birkin of “Je t’aime moi non plus” for this painting. I thought of “I hate you – Me neither” for the title but I stuck with “Requiem for a jerk”. So if you look closely you will recognize my handwriting, and the words from the songs…

The line between love and hate is thin, sometimes mix feelings about a loved one are so strong they make you loose reason, but at least it proves you’re alive and that you’re a sensitive human being. They picked up the pieces of me that were lying around, but they could not find them all…

I’ll simply end with another quote;
“A heart that hurts is a heart that works”.

love,