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Remembering The Queen’s Monastery (Part 1)

Eighteen years ago. I was in Labour with my daughter Coco. It lasted around twenty four hours and ended with a hospital caesarean, under general anaesthetic. The birth had been planned at home and to take my mind off things, I continued doing design roughs for my film The Queen’s Monastery, which was contracted to begin that very day.

Here are two of my labour drawings. Very wobbly and completely off character as you can see.

Queen's labour watercolour

Watercolour drawn whilst in labour

Queens labour watercolour2

Watercolour drawn whilst in labour

The Queen’s Monastery was a dream project a once in a life time opportunity and everything about it fitted neatly into place.

But it’s a long story, which I will continue in my next blog.

Boudica News

I have just completed the storyboard and animatic for my Boudica Film for the Norwich Castle Museum. This took roughly a month to produce, for what will be a four and a half minute film. Last week was fun as I had my two favourite helpers working for me. Julian Cripps architectural designer who always helps me with background design and my daughter Coco Cripps who was officially on work placement at Pearly Oyster.

Julian Cripps

Julian Cripps working on Boudica Storyboard

Now I am moving on to the next stage of the film, which is to design and make the characters and design all the backgrounds. As some of the characters are made from very old things dug up. I have had a good excuse to go mudlarking on the Thames regularly.

Here is a photo a  goose with a fantastic backdrop.

Goose by Thames

Goose at Vauxhall beach

What is interesting is what I am learning about some of the my mudlarking finds. After looking at iron age pottery in Norwich Castle Museum. I now realise that I had already found my own bit of iron age pottery by the Thames. I had thought it was a bit of petrified wood but, now I am quite sure it’s the same sort of material.

A picture of my finds, where’s Boudica?

Mudlarking Finds

Emma Calder’s Desk with Mudlarking bits

Random Person Hits Hong Kong

London Animation Club run by Martin Pickles, was invited to send a selection of his favorite recent films screened at the club, to Hong Kong 13 Contemporary Art Fair. Now they are using a still from Random Person in Quantum Cloud for all their publicity. Random Person is supposed to be a little viral so she should be pleased!!

Random Person in Quantum cloud. Hong Kong Contempary Fair Poster

Random Person in Quantum cloud. Hong Kong Contempary Fair Poster

So if you are in Hong Kong 13th-27th May check out the work. Or if you haven’t seen Quantum Cloud watch here.

Exquisite Corpses

Exquisite Corpses by London Animation Club.

My daughter Coco Cripps, now 17 has just written and made the music, for London Animation Club’s group project, Exquisite Corpses. She wrote it in about 4 hours. I think it works really well and is in the spirit of the rest of the project, which was supposed to be a bit of fun.

Martin Pickles who runs London Animation Club, invited me to show my work recently, he also asked me to set the club goers a project. This was in response to regulars wanting to make a group film. Martin had already in mind a sort of consequence type idea, so I just set something based on an animation project I used to run at Farnham with Roger Noakes. 

Martin also asked me to animated the title sequence. This was quite fun as I hadn’t done any drawn animation for a while but, I did end up doing about half of it in Photoshop and After Effects.

For all you animation tutors out there, here is the project. Thanks to the Surrealists and Roger Noakes.

1. All sit in a circle. Then think of a famous historical human or animal. Write it’s name down in secret and pop it into the hat.

2. Each draw out a name from the hat, (if you pick out what you put in, put it back and take another.)

3. Give your name and email to the person on your right.

4. Go home and research your character, think of an animation idea that is a clever and fun way of representing the character. To keep the project quick and doable I am restricting your palate to black, white and red.

5. Keep you idea very simple as you are only allowed to use 100 frames that’s 50 drawings if working on doubles, 4 seconds of animation per person.

6. Send your 1st frame by email to the person on your left. If you fail to do so by the deadline you will be out of the loop.

7. The transition between your character and the next is going to take up quite a few frames and must be incorporated as an animated transition not a cut or dissolve and must be included within your 100 frames.

8. The transition is almost the most important part of your animation, so don’t fix your idea in stone until you have received the drawing from the person on your right. Incorporate your idea into the next scene, work out how your artwork will animate into the next person artwork, how dramatic of funny can you make this? You can abstract things if you want, but try and make it possible for people to try and guess who is who, when the film is running. No text or Captions allowed!

9. Do your animation, think concept, movement, timing and design and email, when you have finished.

London Animation Club. Runs first Tuesday of every month but not this May. Check out Facebook for info.