Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Just watched one of my favourite films -the Franco Zefferelli version of Taming of the Shrew with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Holds up very well! The director really loved the subject matter. As with all his films, the mis en scene is great - there's real texture to the sets, costumes and action. You can taste and smell the atmosphere. Lots of great details for the observer to enjoy. As Micheal York is riding in to town, notice the kids in the foreground imitating the sculptor of the torso.
Also, lots of great blocking and compositions.
I always feel the test of any book or film is it's appeal- do you want to go there? I would go to this Padua in a heartbeat!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Hey everyone, time to talk about a great guy -me old buddy Ken Steacy, long time illustrator, comic artist and designer, who is the very definition of indefagitable. Ken's been working for some 30 years on tons of stuff for the illustration, comics and animation bizzes, has a fantstic collection of original illustration art ,runs his own on demand publishing, has never let the bastards grind him down and now-! has the honour of being exhibited in one of the premiere art galleries in North America, the McMichael Collection. From the site:
The exhibition, A Brush with War: Military Art from Korea to Afghanistan includes artworks dating from 1947 to 2008. In particular, it explores the two military art programs that started more than twenty years after the Second World War, the Canadian Armed Forces Civilian Artists Program (1968–1995) and the Canadian Forces Artists Program (2001– present).
Ken grew up as an air force brat, which bred a lifelong fixation with aviation of all kinds. He participated in CAFCAP in the 8os and produced the pieces from which the one on exhibit was chosen in 1985.
It shows the navigation deck of an Aurora, the military version of the Lockheed Orion airliner. It shows the Tactical Navigator and the Acoustic Sensor Operator (ASO). Ken was on board the plane taking pictures and doing sketches during a SKAD mission -Survival Kit Air Drop- to some air cadets in training who who were some few hundred feet below in the water in the Strait of Georgia. Brrr!
As well, the show has pieces by Gertrude Kearns, Scott Waters and Elaine Goble, who I met and talked with (when I got to attend the opening luncheon with Ken!)
The show runs from January 17 to June 14, 2009. Get up there and see it!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
From class a two weeks back...some VERY simple grids demonstrated for the students...the point was to show how a grid could be thrown over an organic object or environment, to help the animator see the perspective of the scene. or more specifically the portion of the scene where the animation is happening. YOU may know what it was supposed to be, but help out the next guy as much as you can. This is something for handdrawn and digital layout and boarding alike! Rendered light and shadow will provide the information, but will take more time and even that can be misinterpreted! Learn to sketch the grid! Show the structure underlying the object, whether it's a rock, a path, the side of a building, a cloud or the waves on the ocean!