M A R M O T Video

June 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here’s a fun video from the marmot dissection and drawing workshop I helped out with at the Royal BC Museum last month. Yes, fun. Not gross, trust me. I also shot the stop motion footage and assisted with the bone animation.

New animation: The Chase

April 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here’s my latest animated video for The Backhomes‘ new single “The Chase”. Inspired by the early experimental work of Robert Breer I wanted the piece to have a lo-fi analog look and feel. The choppy animation and strobe effects pair well with the driving song, and the hand drawn animated characters introduce a narrative to the otherwise abstract piece. Let me know what you think:

Everyone can animate!

November 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

I wanted to share a few of the gifs we created at the Animation Workshop I did at the AGGV last Thursday. It was an interesting evening to prepare for because I wanted to be inclusive to all skill levels, from people who don’t normally draw to those with more experience. But I also wanted to make sure we all got some hands on experience animating.unnamed-2
After discussing different techniques and how they relate to the work that I do we were ready to try our luck making an animated loop. We did so without the help of a light table, instead trusting our eyes to get stuff as uniform and lined up as possible side by side on the page. I brought a number of objects to choose from and we got to work sketching.unnamed-1
Here are some of the resulting pieces, all drawn quickly with pencil, in about an hour and a half. Most were scanned and animated on site. Animations in order by: Rosalinde, Greg, Sheila, Terry, Mariesa, Chris, Robin and me. Photos courtesy of the AGGV.
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Animation Workshop AGGV Tonight

November 20, 2014 § 3 Comments

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There are still spots open for tonight’s Animation Workshop at the Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria! In conjunction with the Hiraki Sawa exhibition, I will discuss how to take your sketchbook to the next level using simple animation techniques. Participants will pick up their own pencils and make everyday objects come to life!

AGGV 1040 Moss Street 7-9pm. Tickets are $11 for students, $13 for adults and free for members, refreshments included.

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AGGV Collaborations

November 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m excited to be collaborating with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria this month in conjunction with the Hiraki Sawa exhibition.
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The Japanese-born, London-based artist is known for video and animation work that explores psychological landscapes, unexpected worlds, and the interweaving of domestic and imaginary spaces. This Friday I will present three video pieces inspired by the playful, dreamlike quality of Sawa’s work (above). These moving light collages were created with footage of sunlight and shadows filmed around my home. This takes place during URBANITE, November 7, 8-11pm.

I’ll also be leading my first animation workshop at the AGGV later in the month. I will discuss how to take your sketchbook to the next level using animation techniques to deepen the observation of your subject (and make wicked animated GIFS!). This is November 20 7-9pm, click the link above to sign up, spaces are limited.

Gone bowlin’

November 3, 2014 § 1 Comment

Well it’s been a long time since I’ve written and that’s not because I’ve been busy bowling (I wish) but more because I’ve been away for 3 months touring with my band. Now we are home and I’m happy to be back in the studio gearing up for a very busy month. News to follow but in the meantime here’s a weird animation test I just came across from a couple years ago… STRIKE!

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Finding Emily

July 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

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A few months ago we visited the Royal BC Archives as part of the Museum Artist Residency. After poking around the extensive library of original records, marvelling at the hand bound covers of very old books, and looking through drawers of beautifully hand written documents from over 100 years ago (the calligraphy!), we ended up in this room in the basement full of art.

A random collection of framed works were mounted on rows of metal grills. Ann, our guide, pulled one out and there were these watercolours and sketches of trees and totem poles. “Are these Emily Carr?” Yes they were. I can’t remember who said it, but something to the effect of “they aren’t her best pieces,” meaning that’s why they are just sitting in that room and not up in a gallery somewhere. I took a closer look.

When someone tells me I should care about something I usually don’t. And that’s how I felt about Emily Carr. I know, I know. But when we moved to the west coast, and to Victoria, she was just so ubiquitous. It felt touristy. Her imagery is everywhere, she is the city’s claim to fame. To be honest my eyes would just glaze over. But standing in that basement looking at Emily Carr’s “not so great” work under fluorescent lights? That’s where everything changed.

The pieces were random, imperfect, vibrant, sketchy, alive. And that’s when it hit me. She was real. She was there. She went to that village, she sat right there under the fucking totem pole and she drew it. Alone in the early days of colonial British Columbia. Often being boated into remote communities by locals or hitching a ride on a horse and cart. Exploring and drawing in all types of weather. Inspired by the art and traditions of the First Nations people who informed her later interpretations of the land she loved so much. Born into an era and a part of the world that was less than supportive, she carved a path that was uniquely her own and continued to do so until the day she died.

(Here are a couple quick photos of the pieces that blew my mind down there – apologies for the bad quality)

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The other day I stopped by the Ross Bay Cemetery
on my way to the museum. This is where Emily Carr is buried, and this was the day I decided to finally find her grave. I had tried before without success (surprising because the place isn’t very big) so I looked it up online. There was a map and a photo of a tiny granite marker placed on what was until the 1960s an unmarked grave. It looked pretty boring.

I walked up and down the area where I thought it should be, and again found nothing. Running out of time I eventually gave up and decided to continue on my way. I headed towards a taped off area where a massive branch had fallen off a pine tree and was being sawed into pieces. A worker walked over and we chatted about branches falling off of trees, and how it’s lucky no one was sitting underneath (insert grave joke here). “Another huge branch fell over by Emily Carr,” he said, pointing towards the opposite end of the yard. “Oh, and where might her grave be?” I asked, casually. Turns out I had the map upside down.

Just underneath another huge beautiful pine tree on the other end of the cemetery is a patch of warm dry grass, and there lies Emily’s grave. I was expecting the sad, lonely little marker I saw in the photo but what I found was neither. The marker is there, but all around it is the evidence of many visitors. Fallen pinecones from the tree above have been collected and piled lovingly around it. The area is like a sweet smelling cozy little nest. Paintbrushes and pencils are stuck into the ground, and little messages, painted rocks and carvings nestled in. A newer memorial stone has also been added, pictured below, and it’s kind of perfect.

I’m thankful to have found Emily in my own way, and I’ll find a nice spot to put my pinecone the next time I go visit.
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