Monday, December 27, 2010

Re-Inventing Rosalina

The above is from my final project for the Drawing For Animators II class I took in my last semester of school. It's the inspiration for my next personal film. The girl's name is currently Rosalina, although I may change that in the future, and she is a child flamenco dancer performing in an out-of-the-way bar in Barcelona, Spain.

I created the character from a memory I have of Spain, of walking through a dark alley in Barcelona and ending up at a little bar where flamenco dancers performed. Everything was dark except for the stage and a few other elements. Even the guitarists were mostly hidden from the lights. Strangely enough, the strongest memory I have of that moment is of a spectator in the back of the bar, completely silhouetted with the orange lights behind him outlining only his frame and the light of, and smoke drifting up from, his cigarette. At the moment, he's playing an integral part of the film.

The piece won't be completely serious; I need to have some fun, after all, and I'm not good with heartbreaking masterpieces. This film is going to take some time, but I'm glad I finally feel loose enough as an artist to create something like this. So far, my brain and hands are connected. I'm really hoping I don't lose that during this process.


  1. all artists thrive for that brain hand connection; the hard part is keeping it throughout the project. I think working on multiple projects is great with keeping the connection open and fresh. if you nitpick if you will one project, you wind up losing steam.

    All that being said, I cant wait to see the new film! It looks like it will be amazing, i love the style im envisioning.

  2. Thanks, Mike! You have a great point with working on multiple projects to keep things fresh. It's so difficult not to stress every idea, though. :)

    I should mention that I'm doing this film in stop-motion, with the entire set looking like an intensely designed pop-up book. The characters will be very detailed paper puppets, though not always completely flat...once I get everything together, I'll upload some pictures. My own description confuses me, and isn't quite what I want to say, hehe.