Fraser was enjoying a walk on the beach with his dog when he came across something extraordinary …

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I wanted to make something simple, focusing on shape and colour. I’ve also made a companion Easter piece.

[Jesus] said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.’ But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it. Mark 9:31-32

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For my grandfather’s birthday, I made him a tie. The actual sewing of it was fairly simple (no complicated seams or sleeves or buttonholes!) but I had a little trouble getting my head around the repeating pattern. There were a few false starts before I got it right.

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Here’s the original pattern. All the little caricatures are based on pets my grandfather has owned. The ginger cat, Biscuit, originally smiled like the rest, but my mum thought it was uncharacteristic of him.

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And here’s the finished tie! The print and colour reproduction was actually excellent – my photographs don’t show it very well. I had the fabric printed with Bags of Love and used an excellent free tutorial and pattern from Sweet Shop Sewing.

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I was ready to paint a glorious square of blue. Then I saw how light from the city was glowing in the clouds.

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This morning I attended the fantastic Animation Masterclass with Ronnie del Carmen (@paperbiscuit on Twitter) at the EIFF Youth Hub. He spoke about the creation of Pixar’s “Inside Out” (which I have not yet seen, but am very much looking forward to) and emphasised how important it is to “Make stuff. Show it. Get feedback.”

Feeling inspired, I decided not to go home right away. Instead I went to the museum to draw. Usually I end up standing awkwardly next to the exhibit or uncomfortably cross-legged on the floor, but today I was able to get a little foldable stool and cart it round the place with me! I definitely noticed an increase in productivity due to the fact I was comfortable …

Some of the drawings I did are below. I fell in love with the shapes of the vases, and spent a long time going from cabinet to cabinet.

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Rows 2 & 3: Ancient Peruvian pottery, from the Nasca culture. I loved the titles of these pots, ranging from “hunter with trophy heads” to “fisherman with nets”, not forgetting “anthropomorphic mythical being”.

Rows 4 & 5: Greek and Italian pottery, the dish on row 5 a drinking cup despite being about a foot wide.

Deer Background and Breakdowns

I returned to my deer animation today, changing quite a lot of the ending and adding more breakdowns and inbetweens. I’m planning to clean it up in Photoshop, something like the deer shown below: quite loose and free, hopefully keeping some of the rough nature of the original.Deer03 copyHere’s one of my favourite breakdowns from today:

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I got some new paintbrushes for Christmas, so I played around with gouache this morning!

Close-ups below.

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I recently finished painting my backgrounds. I’m now at the compositing stage, and I’m really enjoying seeing my film look like a film rather than a line test.

Here are a few of the finished pieces!

 

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