A painted animation based on a poem I wrote about the winter. Narrated by the magical Chris Barlow.
I created around 75 original ink illustrations for the agency First Image as part of their brief to produce an animation for Selfridges and it's brand partners.
First Image commissioned me to draw characters that you might find in and around the iconic London building, from tourists to wealthy shoppers, hipsters to business people.
Using black ink, brushes and nibs I produced static character illustrations and First Image animated them to move, placing them into the finished film.
A body of work from my travels to Mexico City from October 22nd - November 10th 2009.
I spent some time working with Angel Flores, a local printmaker who taught me his low-tech methods of plate etching. This is a small 2 plate etching of a skull.
Upon my return I produced a silkscreen print of the many different skulls I saw during Day of the Dead.
I also photographed the many beautiful souvenirs I had returned with to act as a cover image to this body of work.
Most significantly I produced a short moving collage where every frame was worked on by hand, using, pens, pastels and a photocopier. I have worked over stills and moving imagery that have captured soley from the trip using a video camera, a disposable camera, a digital camera and a holga.
The animation explores the overwhelming experience of being immersed into such a rich culture, in which for the most part, i was unable to understand and be understood through language barriers.
The poem 'Between Going and Staying' by Mexican poet Octavio Paz was provided a rhythm to my travels.
The film itself is set in a cigar box, much like a typical Mexican cigar box shrine, often containing offerings of gratitude, or prayers.