Friday, 15 April 2016

Chosen Furs

Reflecting on my concept art and research into the shape, size and colour of the dodo, I found the overriding tones that kept coming up in the scientific images and paintings to be warm shades of grey, with some yellow-orange hints. I wanted to reflect this using more than one colour and texture of fur, as to add visual interest and variation to the puppet. I decided on using fur because it doesn't always have to be the 'traditional', straight texture. Some of the furs I ordered were extremely sparse - so much so that you could easily see whatever was underneath the fabric. I didn't want to have to add another layer of fabric underneath the foam to disguise it as it would add extra weight, so decided to continue the search. I found the following three fabrics - all of which have a fluffy, clumped texture often referred to as 'Mongolian' fur. This represents the 'down'-like texture of the feathers the Dodos apparently had; it seems they didn't really have many, if any well-defined feathers. This makes them look appealingly soft.
The first fabric I chose is to go on the head, neck and feathers, and is very soft and fluffy. I look forwards to it being stroked; it's really appealing and has a nice movement to it. It's a very soft grey and reminds me of the tiny feathers ducklings have when they first hatch.
The second fabric is a longer, more stranded and curly fur. It is an off-white, cream colour and will sit nicely down the front of the neck, offering a contrast in colour. It has a great 'shake' to it. The third fabric is a darker, mottled curl that sits closer to the weave and gives the appearance of larger strands of feathers. It isn't as soft to the touch, but has a pleasant slight shine and will sit well on the back of the bird.
I also plan to use a more 'typical' fur for the tail of the Dodo, rolled up into sections and attached to the orb base of the tail. This should provide a good contrast in texture and also move nicely. If the Dodo looks like it would benefit from them, I may also add some individually made 'accent' feathers around the chest and neck.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Haruka Miyamoto's Junk Dodos

"The idea of this work is based on life cycles in nature.

Haruka rescues materials from the bin and gives them a second life, so they don't end up in landfill.

The impact that humans have on nature can be devastating. The dodo, which became extinct due to human activities, is a symbol of extinction.

Haruka's extinct animal collection is formulated from her childhood memories. Coming from a small village near Hiroshima in Japan, she was privileged enough to grow up with nature all around her: mountains, natural forests and a wide range of animals.
This beautiful environment has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, through the thoughtless actions of humans.
She expresses anger and sadness through her use of the colour black."

 The Dodos appear to be made out of a mixture of scrapped materials such as leather, rubber, wire and plastic. Their proportions offer an appealing contrast between round, chunky bodies and necks and slender, spindly beaks. The texture of the feathers is satisfying as a mixture between the hard edges of the fabric and the softer feathering that's been cut into it. However, the dodos seem to be lacking a certain element of connectivity with the viewer - we are reminded that they are objects, extinct, and merely a representation - through the lack of eyes. Whilst these birds are a more solemn reminder of the fragility of life, they don't offer the playfulness or lighthearted side of interaction that can put a more friendly face to awareness and conservation.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Storyboard: The Release of Beef

The storyboard is drawn and written in such a way that it is palatable to children whilst still being able to be appreciated by adults. I have drawn it in a simple, bold style that makes use of tonal values over colour to allow the emphasis to be on the shapes and movements of the characters. This makes it more legible and easily understood. I used Adobe Photoshop and a graphics tablet with some 'real-style' brushes I downloaded off the internet that give the panels a more interesting texture.