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.