Case in point:
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Case in point:
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Ok, so why am I a bad animator? Well it's this: simply put, I did not do my homework. A good animator always does their homework. I knew negligible bits about Coraline going in. Being more than familiar with Henry Selick I knew I was in for a bit of a scare fest. As I did not want to ruin the experience I chose not to do too much research. Mainly I was intoxicatingly excited by the tactile reality of it. I wanted to savor every bit of stop-motiony goodness without being distracted or knowing too much about the plot. I did not read reviews. I did not read the book. I did not watch previews. I looked at several subway posters and that was that.
If I hadn't disregarded all of modern technology, I would have known what I was getting into.
This movie is friggin' scary!!!! I know I said I was prepared for a scare fest, but I thought it would be a child-sized scare fest! Granted, I am more like a five year old than most 27 year olds, but STILL!!! I'll admit I'm a little worried about going to sleep.
I watched it in 3D at the Zigfield (two of my favorite things). There were tons of kids in the audience. The clarity of terror I had made me certain I would never take my kids to watch this film. I'm sure it wouldn't be long before they'd be calling me "other mother" and throwing cats at my face. Worse, they'd be having nightmares and daymares for weeks.
Coraline was perfect Friday the 13th faire. The film itself is gorgeous. It excited the good animator in me. I was treated to ooh and ahh moments. There are several characters in the film that equal shear genius. I felt the movie's main characters were lacking that little something special, but some of the peripheral characters more than made up for a spark. I can't wait to load the musical score onto my pod. The backgrounds were so yummy I wanted to eat them. After spending the last ten minutes on IMDB I now know that I could have. Every cherry blossom was hand-painted popcorn. I like to remind you there here at 'She Sure is Sketchy,' "nerd" is the word.
In the end it was an enjoyable ride, but a terrifying walk home.
I'm sure I'll never look at buttons the same way.
I wanted to give you a sneak peek of some new surface designs I've been playing with. I hope you get to form an opinion about them before you watch Coraline ;)
Happy Friday the 13th!
I hope it scared the pants off you.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
favorite things: Paper Blanks. I'm on my third Paper Blank notebook and don't plan on switching teams anytime soon. Here's a list of the things I love about them and why you should get one A.S.A.P.
- They close with a magnet - how cool is that? This way pages don't fly open and get bent.
- They support the arts with scholarships and grants
- They offer a perfect range of sizes. I have one that fits in a clutch. It saves me at dullsville gallery openings
- They don't scrimp on quality
- They're the perfect sketchbook/notebook because they have lines for writing, but they're light enough to completely disappear when a page is scanned.
- They open flat as a pancake.
- There's a wide selection of covers and styles. They're all so pretty!
- Ooh, they all have that great string-book-mark thingy. (I'm pretty sure that's the technical term.)
- Many of them have pockets in the back!
- They're acid free (of course)
- They're all archival quality and take a variety of mediums remarkably well
Come over to the cool kids table and get one soon! They're carried in Barnes and Noble, most museums and the occasional smartly stalked local bookstore. They'll get you drawing/writing/smiling more.