At the moment at college I’m experimenting with stop-motion animation. I’m in the early days of this though as can be seen with the ‘ball’ animation I made last week as an experiment. I have a few ideas for what I’d like to do with stop-motion animation but I am feeling a little daunted by lack of experience and the time investment needed. I’m going to give it a go, though, as I find this area of art really interesting (as a child I wanted to be a Morph animator when I grew up, sadly that dream has of yet never been realised).
Then this week I came across this really quite amazing stop-motion animation using face paints. It is only just over a minute long and quite simple in concept but complicated in imagery. I’d like to try something similar with one of my children, should they be willing.
The artist, Emma Allen, took over 750 photographs to make the animation over a five-day period, gradually painting her face as she went along. The video is about the cycle of life and rebirth, and the transferring of energy from one life to another.
Looking on her website I spotted another similar video she had made, a much simpler one, of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly on her face. Blink and you might miss it.
Hurst, M ‘Stop-motion face painting – and other art stories’ BBC News website. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26049654 [last accessed 8 February 2014}