Thursday, August 24, 2006
I don't know what these flowers are, but I sure do enjoy looking at them.
I survived my birthday (and the massive quantities of alcohol that I foolishly consumed), and have been back in the studio.
Doing what, you ask? Mainly facing my fears. I have sucked it up and sucked it in, and I have restarted illustrations for the elephant story. I hope to have the first of three illustrated by the time I see K and Fuz in September--but don't hold your breaths. What pushed me to it, you ask?
I watched Mirrormask. It was like being inside the work of Dave McKean.
The plot was really good, but by the end your brain wanted to crawl out your ears and hide somewhere dark and quiet. By which I mean: EVERYTHING MOVES ALL THE TIME.
I really like his art in a 2-D format, but I'm not built to handle it in movie form. When I read the elephant story, the images were like something from McKean's work: ephemeral, a little out of focus, with lots of layers. I guess the ambition of portraying his world in the media of film made me realize that I can handle the task before me.
Another helpful hint:
If it sucks, you can always start over.