Day 288

It has been a while, dear readers. My apologies. You would think that life outside of school would slow down a little. Nope. It’s just as hectic if not worse. I love my fabricating job, working for a man who designs some badass things. We built a periscope last week. Looks like something out of a submarine. We spend long hours in the shop, and then when I get home I work on other, less important things. I’ve started a mini side business of personalizing/ ohio-ing glasses, I’m trying to work on animating more and keeping up with my art making practice, I’m reading more books, and I helping other people make stuff. Sundays I do laundry and sleep. Lol. My grad school schedule was a precursor to after grad school life. Meh.  Here are pictures of recent glassworks. Just for fun.

I’m going to go make tacos.

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Day 456

Review: Thom Glick. Illustrator, animator, writer of The Giant.

There is something subtly disturbing about the illustrations of Thom Glick. One is not sure if it is the reoccurring appearance of a boston terrier, the numerous monsters that become nightmare fuel, or if it is the realization that not all the human figures have proper anatomy. Whatever the case, Thom Glick’s illustrations are humorous and disquieting all in one go.sevendays09

Coming from a formal training in illustration, Thom has just begun to expand his skills and to experiment in the realm of animation. He has taken his drawing to a level of obsession, as it takes twenty-four drawings to make a second of animation. His end goal is to create a nine minute long animation. This requires an almost monastic commitment, as he is attempting this feat by himself and within nine months. Because of the time restraints, Thom’s drawings have taken on a much more unfinished look, being simplified by lack of color and minimal backgrounds. This austerity adds to the bleak and unresolved tales that he writes which are the roots  for the animations.

He has also begun to write imaginative stories. Which is a large undertaking, since he only recently began to tell complicated fictions through his illustrations. He has written many narratives, each based in humanity, but having unobtainable hope and constant endurance as cornerstones.

Thom’s current story, the one he is painstakingly animating, is one concerned with the lonely trek of a woman who is following an unseen giant and attempting to get a clear picture of it with her camera, but failing. This is a tale of endurance, of an unobtainable obsession, of an unending cadence, and a mere moment in the long life and journey of this woman.storyboard06 0

Fascinating, entertaining, depressing, and uncertain, this simple animated story is illustrated with the anatomy and humor that Thom has made his trademark. It promises to be an enthralling tale of the human condition.

To read Thom’s The Giant and to follow his animation process, his blog is: http://thomglick.blogspot.com or visit his website at www.thomglick.com

Day 409

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So I took the wonderful advice of Malcolm Cochran and ran with it. I visited the Fab Lab and made cardboard boxes. (which sounds simple and ridiculous) It was as meticulous as is everything I do. I am going to try and animate these. We’ll see what happens. And I made a green screen. Ooooooh. Editing!

Day 382

Making, making, making. It’s one thing to just make things, it’s a whole different fish to actually know why you’re working and what you’re doing. I’m in both camps. I need to keep working to figure out why I’m making, and this year is going to be a lot of thinking with the making. Good thing I’m a thinker. Thanks Strength-Finder, I had no idea. Hahaha! This year, I’m making larger piles of rejected detritus with tongue-in-cheek animations and a vague idea. We’ll see what happens. As for the animations, I’m going to keep working on those and eventually I’ll come up with an excellent reason why I’ve incorporated them into my subtly beautiful joke. Work, brain, work!

Day 182

It’s always interesting to stop and realize what has influenced the decision making up until this point. When I was in 6th grade, I remember reading an article on stop-motion animation and doing a report on it. No one believed me when I said that it took the animators three weeks to shoot thirty seconds of usable footage. I believed it and now I’m living it, although technology has improved beyond imagination from 22 years ago. Who knew I’d be animating in grad school? When I was in 6th grade I had no idea this could be so awesome. And thanks to Toby and his scattered wooden gears, I have another element to animate. Sketches to come soon. By the way, I love epic instrumental music. Been listening to it while I’m working and it makes everything seem so much more exciting. That, and having Lulu in the studio space.