Day 199

Wow, really? It does not feel like I have been out of school this long. But I do have to start paying back loans now, so yeah, it makes sense. Bah. I am getting a good amount of reading in. I missed it. Next on my list is to reread To Kill a Mockingbird. And then I can read Harper Lee’s other book. Ha! That’s the way to do it; write one amazing book, and then 55 years later publish your second. If only I was that good.

I am good enough to be in the CCAD Art Fair, selling stuff. I will be selling some of my boxes from last semester, some pottery, and some stemless wineglasses with the state of Ohio sandblasted into them. Who doesn’t like wine? Mmmm.

I’m still making. Can’t seem to stop. Even if it is just little things around the house. Like Christmas stockings, bookcases, a firewood bin, and Ohio stickers. (long live the Oxford comma!) I’m also making a stop-motion puppet that I started last semester for a animation class that I was taking with Tracy Robbins. He’s halfway done at the moment. Looks a bit like a skinny gray alien version of the Iron Giant with a top hat. Pictures when he’s finished.

I did see Thom’s work that’s hanging in the Urban Scrawl Gallery. Fantastic. Go see it. Now.

I’m going to go make something. Coffee, probably.

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Day 613

Well, I almost have my degree. One more week. I just have to go and get the name tags out of the kiln. And organize my studio in which I have to find room for all my work. Hmmmm. There may be a bit of stacking. At least my boxes are square. That helps. There will be documentation of everything here soon. Including my thesis paper. Not that any of you want to read more of my ramblings, but it’ll be there. And if anyone wants to buy a box, let me know.

Thom and I will have our animations shown in the Canzani Auditorium this Sunday at 11:45 am at the Animation Roadhouse. Thanks to Charlotte Belland for putting that together. And on Monday, as part of ASPECT, my micro-animation-film will be shown at 7pm at the Gateway Film Center ($5 tickets). Yay!

That’s it. I’m going to go work.

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 451

photo It’s been a while. This might be a long one, so bear with me.

I got the opportunity to assist Elizabeth Fergus-Jean install her show that’s in the Ross museum at Ohio Wesleyan University.  It’s an amazing show. If you haven’t been, go. Now, you lazy bum. One third of the show is the installment of her boats in the main gallery. These are the infamous boats that I made over the course of the summer. Boats, boats, boats! And then due to poor storage, I had to fix several of them, but since I am amazing, it wasn’t that big of a deal. But it was quite the experience. And thanks to all of you who helped put it up. It looks awesome.

I also had my pentweekly visit with Malcolm, which went well; he emphasized that I need to be making more animations and I agreed. Damn you sleep! Who needs you?

And in our Professional Practices class, Melissa Vogley-Woods had us come up with 25 titles each for two pieces. Here goes:

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  1. I Found This Scanadium
  2. A Large Asteroid of Lithium
  3. Broken Rubidium
  4. Indium Bottled and Ready for Transport
  5. Livermorium – maybe a rudimentary metal
  6. Forgotten in the Ununhexium
  7. Useless Barium
  8. Radium beam of I
  9. Witch Gallium
  10. Tin Leftovers
  11. Pretending Thallium
  12. Lead
  13. The U.S.S.Bismuth
  14. Flerovium – probably a basic metal
  15. You’ll Never Catch Me Copper
  16. Beryllium in Transit
  17. Welcome to Francium
  18. Chromium Instigator
  19. Element 115 – Ununpentium – will perhaps be a uncomplicated metallic
  20. Yttrium
  21. Wandering State of Magnesium
  22. Not a Wooden Nickel
  23. Lanthanum in a Satchel
  24. Hafnium Stairs
  25. Rhenium

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  1. Cesium on a Plate
  2. Squared Strontium
  3. Element 113 – Ununtrium – will doubtless be a unsophisticated metal
  4. Scandium
  5. Titanium Boxes of Doom
  6. Willful Zirconium
  7. Niobium Came to This Conclusion
  8. Piles of Molybdenum
  9. Roentgenium
  10. Cubist Technetium
  11. Ruthenium with a Touch
  12. The Meticulous Rhodium
  13. Palladium
  14. Cadmium Turns to The Evil Forces
  15. Tantalum Invading Hoth
  16. Contained Tungsten If You Dare
  17. Osmium Accumulated Here
  18. The Iridium Irrationality
  19. Mercury In Its Basic Form
  20. Dr Neodymium
  21. Promethium
  22. Crafty Bohrium Waits for No One
  23. Meitnerium Goes Exploring
  24. Darmstadtium
  25. To Yet Be Discovered by Cerium

And if you’re still with me, I’m still making, animating, and not sleeping. Trudged through the cold and snow a few times, drove the forklift around Battelle until I couldn’t feel my face, my prof from my undergrad left a note in my studio, and I am getting tired of ham sandwiches. Had an awesome meeting with Charlotte where I learned more about which computer to buy, how to defend the animations a little better and zebras. I tried to fix the ceramic dept.’s airspray gun, but it may be a lost cause. I am looking forward to baking bread for Thanksgiving. And today I learned a little bit more about AE. Thanks, Thom. Stay tuned next time for a post about Thom Glick!