I saw this guy at Starbucks in Greenpoint yesterday... he was sleeping on a chair, snoring, and then one of the employees brought him a cup of coffee (free!) and woke him up, saying they don't allow sleeping in the store. He woke up with a jolt and looks around, confused, looking at the coffee and the employee. He says, "I wasn't sleeping! I was just resting my eyes! I could hear everything goin on." Ahahaha la deda, I didn't write the economics paper I meant to, but it was quite funny to watch. And now I know how to get a free cup of coffee....
It's been a while since I've posted but not because of lack of activity, more because of lack of time and energy. So in order to get myself back on track I'm hoping to post a picture a day (it keeps the doctor away!). I obsessively doodle anyways, and figured why not share my sketchies with the world! I'd be happy to take requests, too, if you have a picture, word or phrase you'd like to see up on the blog! Leave a comment or shoot me a mention on twitter @emilytomasik .
This is the first of my picture a day posts, I titled it Like A Fat Kid Loves Cake. It's colored in photoshop and hand drawn by my hands. Give me feedback!
So I've been working hard on the photo albums I promised to some of my kickstarter backers. From concept to page, it's taken a while to get these babies finished! But I'm pretty proud of how they came out.
Unfortunately, I was in a rush to send them out and didn't get too many great photos. But I'm posting what I have. Hope you like 'em!
So, I was all planned and pumped on posting today pictures of my new puppet that I've been working on for weeks now. It is the actual working puppet of the model from my Pop Quiz post. Unfortunately, the puppet cracked in two at the waist as I was trying to get it to stand. Looks like the
wires just been twisted and jostled around too much. Also, his head was a little too heavy.
Now I'm back to square one, and am a little unsure of how to go about making a workable puppet cheaply. I can't seem to find any non drying lightweight clay, and can't think of any other material that would be better for the head and hands. If anyone has suggestions, PLEASE let me know!
Giant paper mache statues that were publicly displayed in Cuzco.
The city of Cuzco behind a local musician. Taken at Cristo Blanco.
The streets of Cuzco. Many are much narrower than this.
Machu Picchu. The cooking tent at one of the campsites. Mike is in the back diligently chopping an onion. Incan Ruins along the trail. A little boy who I later struck up a friendship with. He was very interested in my camera.
The fountain in the center of a plaza in Cuzco.
So I'm back from my trip to Peru to hike the Inca Trail! I know I've said it a million and five times, but again, THANK YOU to everyone who supported the trip. It was an absolutely amazing experience.
Now I'm back in this muggy heat and I've been starting to sort through the thousands of pictures that I have.
I hope to be putting a stop motion animated video together with Michael Oshins which will give you a tour and a taste of our experience in fast forward mode. I think the video is going to be really great, so keep looking out for it!
In the meantime, I'm posting just a few of the pictures here because a lot of people have been asking to see them. Enjoy, and keep watching out for more!
I'm currently making models for some characters in a promo video for a new children's book coming out titled, Cows Can't Quack, by Dave Reisman. I need everyone's opinion on who they think this man is- the only clue I'm giving out is that he's famous! I'm trying to make a puppet that can be instantly recognized as the celebrity it's modeled after- so your help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
This is a portrait I drew of a woman I saw pulling into a nursing home to visit. She didn't have the lizard (or blue hair, orange lipstick, purple eyeshadow, or hat, for that matter) but one can dream. I named her Addie.
This is a really stupid comic that I drew after having a back and forth "hi how are you" match with an acquaintance who I unfortunately caught glimpse of too soon to ignore until the "meeting point". Therefore, we exchanged too many generic greetings just for the sake of acknowledging each other's presence. But I digress. Anyways, enjoy.
I'm currently working on some other hand drawn animations for Julie Amato's website and for Squeaky Wheel Media Resource Center in Buffalo, NY. In the meantime, I made up this Illustrator file for Julie- just as something else to fancy up her website. Let me know what you think! Also feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in some cartoons or pictures for your website or blog! Thanks!
PS- not sure why it's cutting the right hand side off a little. The original has even space on both sides.
So I took into account all your comments and substituted the blue screen for that graphic I was talking about (thanks to Michael Oshins http://www.michael-oshins.blogspot.com/). So here's what I got for the final clip, I think it's kind of fun:
I haven't been posting for a little while now because as the end of my school year approaches, the work load (and stress level) increases. One of the last experiments I did was a test in live action stop motion. This is a clip from one of the tests, a static "chase scene" was the idea. I'm hoping to put a cartoony illustrator graphic of a wiggling ocean in the background, but haven't tried it out yet. Let me know what you think!
These are just a few of my favorite stills from the film. I really love developing these characters and then breathing life into them. It makes me feel like a... God or something, of my own little world.
So I have a draft of Pizza! done, but unfortunately I think the story is not coming off the way I'd like. Too many people have told me they don't get it and so I'm trying to restructure or something to make the final beat more obvious. Maybe I'll use this as a survey. Please, comment to tell me whether or not you understand it! Putting together a completely original claymation in about 3 weeks wasn't easy, and I want to continue working to make it the best it can be. Thanks so much for the feedback!
Here's the link to my vimeo page, where the video is posted. It's only 3 mintues!