I had the privilege of witnessing one of my cousins get married at the end of April and did some wedding illustrations as a gift (beats giving gift cards any day).
The roster includes (as follows): the married couple, both sets of parents, the bride's brother, her father's mother/my Oma, her birth mother's and mother's mothers, the bride and her birth mother (an earlier sketch from the bridal shower), and the wedding party's post-ceremony smoking pit (which elicited an "Oh, that's a big part of it!" comment from the groom).
At some point in the early portion of the character and story development stage of Uncle Antlers, I played around with the idea of switching out one of the characters - the boy - with a separate character I had kicking around at the time, a girl. Myrtle. I had previously done a graduate film centering around a boy and his grandmother, and wanted to try something different this time, switch up the dynamics a bit. Myrtle also had a more distinct character and style that I thought would make an interesting contrast with the melancholy and sombre Uncle A. I think it worked quite beautifully.
early boarding, pre-Myrtle
the magnificent Myrtle
the two, together
an early concept that made it into one of the final scenes
I storyboarded the film several times, over the course of two or so years - picking it up and working on it, putting it down and letting it percolate, returning to it, reworking it and repeat. Within that time frame I also ran it by a few trusted people with fresh eyes for feedback, implemented suggestions, and continued shaping it). By the end of 2013 the story was at a point of being finished; I worked towards the deadline of film grant applications. I must mention that I am very thankful to live in a country that has a number of grant programs available for artists to create their own projects outside of the commercial sphere.
Hey folks! Uncle Antlers will be screening at this year's Photophobia
Contemporary Moving Image Festival in Hamilton, June 4th and 23rd, in
partnership with the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc.
I'll be in attendance at the first screening - you can check out more info on their facebook page here.