Sunday 14 December 2008

30 weird tall robins

A blog is for life not just for xmas! I've let things slide but to make amends here's an xmas card for everyone who has been nice enough to stop by. Season's Greetings to you all (now there's an inoffensive religion non specific sentiment for everyone :)!!!

I've been hand drawing and colouring my cards this year! Well it saves on printer ink, spray mount and card... and I actually found the production line process quite relaxing after a while. So to paraphrase the song... "on the 30th day of christmas (OK I realise that's January 6th...anyhow) Matt sent sent out to his friends, 30 weird tall robins..." In keeping with my creative leanings of late there is more than a little of Miro's graphic style in these little fellas. Just for fun I wanted to see what an animation of all 30 would look like. I was hoping for a kind of Rhubarb and Custard wobbly line effect (for any non Brits, Rhubarb & Custard, along with the smoother action of Henry's Cat, were felt tip pen drawn children's TV animation by the great Bob Godfrey back in the early 80's). I quite like the end jumpy result...although if I went to the trouble again the bird would have to do something! There was also something strangely satisfying about the inky (Miro starish) snow flakes (watered down blue ink drawn onto heavy textured watercolour paper with the blunt end of a kebab skewer) and I felt the need to fill up my practice paper with them. The whole project ended up with a playschool / kindergarden thing going on (perhaps I should give it to my mum to put up on the fridge...!). It was a nice change to get stuck in with real materials. I think I'll hand draw again next year (sorry hallmark, no cash from Matt). Ho Ho Ho to all!


Kev Levell said...

lovely quality to this Matt - really appreciate your efforts ;-)

Chris Kennett said...

Love the simplicity of this. Always been a big fan of Bob Godfrey, I used to collect the Henry's Cat stickers that came free in packets of Ricicles. I ate a lot of Ricicles as a result.

Enjoy the festive break!

ArtSparker said...

Maybe a little stompy dance...nice to see this new work, lovely character, I did a Christmas robin too in the sense that I made an earlier bird into a robin. Looking forward to seeing what you do next.

Eric Barclay said...

Matt, I'm really loving this. And the animation is beyond awesome. Your work is always outstanding.

Abigail said...

Wow, hand done Christmas cards! Now that's some holiday spirit. They look swell.

Unknown said...

These look great. Im currently making my own christmas cards for the whole family. Everyone perfers a handmade card.
recently though I got some fabric printed of watercolour snowflakes I painted, see here
the're just like yours! The fabric looks cool.