I've been quiet here, but busy in various projects. It's time for a few updates.
I've getting ready to display monthly sampling of my work (six paintings to be rotated monthly on the first of May, June, and July...and also to replace work as it sells) at Local Colour Gallery in Alexandria, VA. The first month will have a selection of still lifes. The second and third will have a variety of possible still lifes, landscapes and figurative work. You should be seeing all new work for that by the end of this month.
I'm also getting ready to have a new selection of surreal dreamscape work on paper and wood available for purchase online (payment available through paypal) and on my sales page . It should also be updated by the end of the month and growing over the summer. There's work available there currently, so go check it out if you haven't. With the exception of very large or delicate pieces (those I prefer that customers see them in person by appointment) , most are available for shipping. Just contact me directly (email artbyjeannehospod AT yahoo DOT com) about any questions, and to place an order. I'm not doing etsy or ebay as listing and relisting adds up in fees, with very little visibility in the sea of arts and crafts.
I'm eager to see the release of that David Huntsberger comedy/animation special, which should be available sometime this summer...online and dvd being at least part of the ways you can view it. I'll pass on updates as I get them. This was my contribution , among a very talented team of animators . The sound is omitted for the preview, but trust me...the accompanying stand up is entertainingly offbeat and funny. You should get a copy when it's available.
That wasn't the end of my collaboration. I also made a couple of title credits for the special. This one is purdy. The concept was David's. I rendered, refined, and animated it:
It's supposed to go on for only two seconds, so I looped it for easier viewing.
There was also the Sixteen Second Story that was part of David's Junk Show (a monthly variety show where all entertainers perform outside the usual expectations of their work). The Sixteen Second story starts with a volunteer at the show who presents the bare beginnings of a story on the spot and they tell as much as they can in 16 seconds. Then it is given to an animator to flesh out. The next month, the story and animation is presented to the Junk Show and another storytelling volunteer adds to it. The cumulative animation and the new audio is given to another animating volunteer to interpret, ...and so on. This goes on for a year and the whole piece is presented at the 13th Junk Show, which happened to be this past weekend.
I like how the ending brought the silliness full circle, as well as the unique styles and approaches of all the animators. I also enjoy Rob Crow's background music. It was a great fit. My part runs from 2:50-3:07.
There's also a mini rundown on my art and some technical tips/tutorials on animating for newbies in a video. I'm not very technically proficient compared to the other animators on both projects, but can provide information for those interested would-be animators who find buying/renting expensive software with a high learning curve prohibitive and daunting.
Some of it may accompany David's Comedy/Animation special, but not sure how much...likely just a very small portion. I'll be sharing clips of what isn't used on my youtube page when I find that out.
Most recently I've been painting and drawing...both from observation, and imagination.
A small sampling of some of the dreamscapes, before watercolor, colored ink and some collage has been added:
Some have changed considerably since reworking in color.
This was a mashup/collage of two black and white ink stream of consciousness drawings that worked out better combined. 12"w x 16"h ink/watercolor/acrylic ink/collage on watercolor rag paper and acid free matboard. (I'm open to name suggestions on this one if you'd like to share them in the comments.)
Something random, fun and weird: A couple of years ago on my twitter timeline, I came across an interesting character, "Hacksawgranny" who dwells there. She's not on daily, and sometimes takes longish breaks....possibly taking care of responsibilities in other dimensions and parallel universes. (Which makes me think of David Huntsberger sharing an interesting theory on dementia and dimension hopping in an early episode of the Professor Blastoff podcast with fellow comedians Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan. ) It's always a treat to read her posts when she returns.
Her world has a cast of odd folk : her dead husband Walter who she still bickers with on occasion, town ladies like nasty Mrs. Bat, and that hussy Mrs. Cream, grandson Stinkypants, Chickens #1 through #6 (possibly more) and her kitten Tuba. Death itself is her frenemy...they go way back to the time when he returned her to this earthly realm because her check bounced. He's quite the mercenary type. He squats on her property, steals from her refrigerator, and sometimes takes over her twitter account, always in the goal of scamming for a quick buck.
I've worked in elder care before, so I can't help being *that* busybody neighbor who checks and fusses on her now and then. She may be all over the place in her mind, spirit, and body, but she's always fine. Hope my world is as rich at age 98.
My portion of the animation (sound omitted for the preview) collaboration that will accompany David Huntsberger's Comedy/Animation Stand Up special. The live performance was recorded at the New Movement Theater in Austin, Texas on November 15th, 2014.
(BTW - I had a fabulous time at the live show at The New Movement Theater in Austin, and met so many cool talented people! David, the film crew, the prop artists, and the animation team were a pleasure to work with. I'll follow up with links to the other animators in an upcoming post.)
Curious what all this imagery is about? Want to hear David Huntsberger's comedy standup? Want to see more of the other amazing animation work by the rest of David's team, (thanks to the supporters of the Kickstarter that made this project possible?) The official DVD and download will be available for sale (approximately) by the summer of 2015.
Hi! Just reminding my friends, animation geeks, comedy fans, and just about anyone who wants to see a performance that is Austin Weird worthy, come to the New Movement Theater on November 15th (a 7pm and 9pm show) to see comedian David Huntsberger , (of the Professor Blastoff podcast trio... along with Tig Notaro* and Kyle Dunnigan) . It is a live filmed recording of a comedy special that will have accompanying animation from artists around the world (my contribution included), staged as a sort of scientific experiment.
The resulting recording will be available for purchase by DVD and download later in 2015.
I'm honored to be a part of this show, to work with such a cool team of people, especially under David's unique vision, and excited to be able to fly back to my Austin friends and family to share it.
I can't think of a better way to celebrate my 45th birthday.
Tickets are limited! Hurry and snag a seat asap!
I'll see you in Austin.
(*Get better Tig! All your Blastronauts and fans love and wish you a speedy recovery!)
Now that I'm done with the animation project, I've been reorganizing my workspace in order to get back to painting. I'll be focusing on both still lifes and dreamscape work. I took a look at some past pieces I either had in progress or were finished but could use a bit more reworking with a fresher eye. Here's two I played with. Both are in/on recycled painted frames.
Watercolor on acid free paper mounted into a
recycled frame and uv archival plexiglass painted
with acrylic and acrylic ink
23" x 11"
acrylic on wood panel mounted on recycled wood
framed mirror, carved and painted with acrylic and
As David says, what separates this kickstarter from many is that the project has been well underway for months, and creatively near completion. What the fundraiser will do is raise money for the equipment needed and film crew in order to shoot this project.
If you can please help make this project possible. Any financial amount is appreciated. And even if you cannot pledge cash, please link it generously in your social media, emails, blogs etc. Thanks for your help. We need to raise $25,000 by October 1st.
It's in the link, but here's the promotional video:
Another image to leave you on:
BTW If you aren't familiar with David's comedy, check him out. My favorite combination of humor: smart, offbeat, and trippy.
I don't exactly agree that he has the standard issue brain, but that's a good thing.
Oh, I want to add this...it's one of my favorite Professor Blastoff (David co-hosts the podcast along with Kyle Dunnigan and Tig Notaro) episodes: Astrobiology
A classic blastronaut balance of pure silliness and science.
Hey, the Kickstarter for David's project will start this Tuesday. I'll link it (and a few more final images when its up). Here are a few more stills, not in any particular order.. Sorry, I won't be explaining their context though. You'll have to see the live show or purchase the recording of it, or any other way it is chosen to be shared by David. part one here (with sample clip)
Something I've noticed in all of my animation projects....I seem to retain that sepia/black and white palette and introduce color as a dramatic element and to introduce a new world like The Wizard of Oz. It hasn't gotten old for me...yet, but it is something to note.
Here are some stills to the animation project I'm doing for David Huntsberger. This will be completed in two weeks. The next step will be the Kickstarter for David and the animation team (other animators are working on different topics that are a part of his stand up comedy).
The plan is that the videos will be projected behind David, with the concept that it is the audience's thoughts being projected onto the screen.
This will be filmed in Austin, TX this November. The animation team will be participating in the live show
in the role of "scientists" supervising the audience brain scans as they enjoy the stand up.
I'm not explaining what exactly is going on. I'll leave that as a surprise but it will come together when
you hear David's topic that goes along with it.
As you might recognize, Da Vinci's vitruvian man makes several appearances. His final one at the end I'm giddy about, but not saying why. You'll have to see the final product (will eventually be on DVD) or check it live if you are in Austin this November.
some fun details: posters in the background of the
doctor's office setting: the cliched "hang in there" kitty poster
(My own lovely furbean as my model) and what I call Dante's Eyechart
Here is a teeny preview of a motion clip.
Note that the quality I'm uploading on blogger isn't near
what it actually is for the project. Here the size is tiny.
The real deal is HD 1080 x 1920
I'll share the rest of the stills (puppies, kittens and birds!) at the end of the project in a couple of weeks.
Oh, and the Kickstarter, of course.
I've been busy at work on an animation project for comedian and Professor Blastoff podcast team member, David Huntsberger. There will be an update in a couple of weeks with more information on the overall project (what, where, and how it will be used) as well as the Kickstarter to fund it. Something I'm very excited about: it will involve me being flown back to Austin, Texas to feature my contribution in a live performance, as well me (along with the other animators) playing a small supporting role of a scientist!
My portion of the project is fairly brief (approximately a only a minute and a half vs the 4-5 minute long music videos I have embedded on the left side of this blog), but rivals the time taken on my previous animation work, as it is visually and technically more complex. I'm using the latest version of Photoshop Creative Cloud instead of my old Creative Suite 2 version. This allows me to rotoscope video I've shot, and go back to clips to add other layers of movement at different time rates. Still, I've been flogging my Toshiba laptop above and beyond its capabilities which causes it to slow/freeze/shut down Photoshop. After my temper tantrum from too many glitchy shutdowns, I've given up seriously trying to finish the project with my current computer. I've shopped for a bargain store model desktop that has all the features needed to allow the processing of large files and clips, as well as allow me to learn how to work on 3D animation, (which is very demanding on RAM) in future projects. Until it is shipped to my door (in a few days...I can't wait!), there's still plenty of simpler parts in the project I'm working on, without despair or worry about making unreasonable demands on my laptop.
I've switched to a new art gallery to display my paintings. Work is available for sale at Local Colour Art Gallery, in Alexandria VA. If you click on the inventory page of my work, you will see what is currently available at the location (first half of the page), and other work (second half) that can be viewed with an appointment made in advance. There is talk of a featured show with new colorful still life work of fruits and veggie harvests as well as the dreamscapes with the ghost-like imagery for a festive Day of the Dead inspired party/opening. I'll update when I have more to share about that.
Earlier this spring, my paintings were to be featured in a background set to a short movie that was entered in the 48 Hour Film Project. The current version was edited to fit the very tight time frame entry rules. Therefore any footage that had considerable focus on my work was unfortunately cut to keep to the absolute essentials to the story (a parody of a fairy tale). However, the production team is putting out a longer director's cut which doesn't have to fit any external imposed time demands. In that future version, I will have a Production Design credit. I'll provide all the credits, the production company as well as sharing my experiences on my first film set and embedding the longer video here on this blog, when it is released this fall.
Long Story and uh, not really up for sharing that one. Sorry.
Here's a tiny one (on a stretched canvas!) that went to a special someone I encountered
for a brief but intense spell.
He told me of warming up a cold shocked hummingbird he found on the ground in Seattle.
She thawed up and flew away.
It's been a such a long winter. It's really getting to me.
I had volunteered my time working on a graphic art holiday project for fundraiser and/or awareness raising regarding a unique and tragic cause that moved and saddened me. I took the team leaders' direction and gave it the equivalent of about a 40 hour workweek. The end result (which was deemed by the same group members to be professional, attractive and attention getting) was dismissed and discarded upon completion. In addition I was told any further contributions of mine were not to be trusted. It makes absolutely no sense to me except it was spawned from a good deal of already present collective dysfunction, distrust, inflamed egos and poor communication, despite individual good intentions. To the individual who was the focus of my efforts...sorry-I tried. I'm glad to hear you are keeping brave and may be coming along in your journey.
Moving on: I'm working off and on a series of images for my friend and niece's mama, Susan Michalski, author of the Geodesy Series. It's about the world of four teenagers linked with a psychic, sensual, and emotional bond. Each book narrated by one of the characters: Sage (Book One -Safe Distances),
Elena (Book Two - Stellar Navigation), Ethan (Book Three) and Finn (Book Four) as they unravel their interwoven personal tragic past and grow into adulthood.
In Safe Distances we are introduced to Ethan, an intellectually and artistically advanced seventeen year old, who is also emotionally stunted..stuck at age four, when he had suffered a violent loss. Susan asked me to create his drawings and paintings described in the book.
More are coming.
Currently, I'm working on a collaborative animation project for David Huntsberger. He is a witty, silly, and thoughtful comedian, host of Huntsberger Junk and podcaster of Professor Blastoff (along with the amazing Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan) Unlike past projects, I won't be previewing any images ahead of time on this one.
There's an past stalled animation project (didn't have/couldn't afford the right software at the time, as well as other considerations that pushed it down on priorities) that may be yielding a painting series before I make it into a video.
Just contributed my paintings to a multi media party featuring experimental live music (homemade instruments-like a gong made from industrial gas tanks!) and a fiction reading headed by this group: http://questionthetruth.com/ in a big open hippie loft house in Takoma Park, MD.