An Industrious Menagerie: Behind the Scenes

ArtPrize 8 marks my fourth year of participation in this ridiculous art contest.  In the previous years, I have managed to make a curated list with "I'm not myself" and last year I was able to place in the Top 25 Time-Based entries - and I believe this year will be even better. 

In years past, I haven't had the courage to try and create sets revolving around multiple characters.  They felt posed and the characters never played very well off each other.  This year, I am fully satisfied with the results. The characters look sharp as I've learned a lot about rigging characters in environments that I never would have attempted in the past.  I also was able to utilize my own car for the project as well.  I never would have made my way out to Grand Haven in the dark capture a sunrise backdrop.

Additionally, there were two scenes revolving around water.  Crazily enough, my friend Jennifer and I found ourselves rushing to get the beavers into the Thornapple River to catch the fading light while trying to avoid stepping on snapping crayfish and sharp rocks.

I even had the pleasure of having my mom come along on a photoshoot, also in water.  Having her come along on these excursions have proven to be entertaining, and she thinks a lot like me.  We work well together and regularly solve problems when out making illustrations.

While this might sound like a lot of fun, this project was incredibly difficult and tedious to get through.  I love the end result, but man, did I have to get into some uncomfortable places and risk losing a lot of equipment to make things work.  But it was all worth it.

Thanks again for taking interest, and I hope you're able to see the work in person at the GRCC Collins Art Gallery.

On the way to the shoot location with Daisy the Sun Chasing Dog. Grand Haven State Park, MI.

On the way to the shoot location with Daisy the Sun Chasing Dog. Grand Haven State Park, MI.

On the road again. #WorkinAnimals

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