Sunday, January 24, 2010
I spent time recently experimenting with some medium format film in my Holga camera. The shoddy craftsmanship of the camera (it has a plastic lens!) allows for random color and light pollution. Couple that with multiple exposure, and it's sort of like using blending modes in photoshop to generate randomness between layers. Many of the images are not very useful as photographs, but they sometimes have great accidents that I really like. Sometimes I find bits in the worst of them that spark ideas for illustrations.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I am currently reading the classic The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and illustrated by Robert Ingpen (Hardcover). The story is one I have seen in cartoons and in BBC specials, but nothing is as splendid or magical as reading this particular book. Ingpen's illustrations guide my mind just enough while still allowing a great deal of imagination. The print quality is amazing. The story is one of the greatest I have read, and strikes emotional chords that are hard to ignore. I wish I had created it!
I have posted a few different bits of things that I find inspirational lately. Very soon I will get back to posting my own story-based creations. Till then, read this book if you can!