a little something for Halloween!
Less is more except in this case more eyes seems to be a better way to communicate the notion of searching for the right elements. Special thanks to SooJin Buzelli of PlanAdviser Magazine for the trust and confidence to create this piece.
in this case i think the addition of motion and blinking eyes can add a new layer to the concept.
Roughs and final along with some details of a commission for Irene Gallo of TOR Books. Irene is a treat to work for, her enthusiasm truly helps my work grow every time. Full credit to Matthew Bright for the story full of lights, darks and the many textures that i enjoy working with.
from tor.com -> "The Library of Lost Things, by Matthew Bright
Welcome to the Library of Lost Things, where the shelves are stuffed with books that have fallen through the cracks-from volumes of lovelorn teenage poetry to famous works of literature long destroyed or lost. They're all here, pulled from history and watched over by the Librarian, curated by the Collectors, nibbled on by the rats. Filed away, never to be read. At least, until Thomas, a boy with a secret, comes to the Library.
Here are the rough sketches submitted for the story. I couldn't shake the character of the Librarian. The way Mr. Bright describes the character's, motions, sounds and smells created a very vivid image for me that i enjoyed exploring.
the rats play a vital role here too, it took several tries to find out how to best render these little guys.
the Librarian puppet is available over in the puppets section.
Last fall I was asked to contribute images to help launch the opening of a 'Living Alley' here in my hometown of Greenfield.
The goal of the Living Alley is to create a public gathering space that fosters community events such as live music performances, food markets and a general place to meet the characters in your neighborhood. Eventually the alley will lead to a connection with our public bike trail and other areas of interest in our downtown.
we love adding to the character of Greenfield!!
for a short story called Typecasting penned by Harry Turtledove. about a father who wants the best for his daughter's acting career. he just happens to be governor and a towering Sasquatch.
link to the story here: http://www.tor.com/2016/06/15/typecasting/
Tall thanks to Irene Gallo of Tor.com for the assignment.
below are the roughs i submitted:
once the sketch was approved, i set out to figure out how to create a Sasquatch without using hair. don't get me wrong, i think meticulously placing sable hair on a puppet would be immensely satisfying, but being i was on deadline AND i like to try to figure out how to use unconventional materials i wanted to see what i could come up with. we headed to the fabric store with a swatch of fabric i found in the studio that i knew would have a great look on this character. yet when we arrived at the shop, we discovered that my swatch was several years old and finding a match would be futile. so we decided to see if there was anything in the store that might be a better solution. it was my oldest daughter who stumbled across this orange material that had these terrific striations of brown, ocher and red. it turned out to be a better solution than i had ever imagined.