zondag 16 mei 2010

Please, don't be mad

I struggled a lot with this one. The poses of the birds was no problem, I had them settled quite soon, but the background was another challenge. I just didn't know what to do with the enviroment. Of course everthing that you do should support or enhance the story. So I ended up with a more swampy grim enviroment to convey the feeling the little heron has regarding the large heron.
The little heron feels uncomfortable and tries to make up with the large heron for something he did wrong; he is offering a puny trophee to his superior. The large heron doesn't like it at all. You wonder what his next move will be. Sure it won't be warm hearted. That's what makes this scene interesting, you become curious about the affairs of their relationship, just like you would with real people interacting. The interaction in a specific scene can tell a lot about characters and their inner struggles, thus engaging you in the story.

maandag 3 mei 2010

The real thing

Last weekend I was in the natural history museum of Vienna.
When I walk in a museum like that my imagination goes wild. I imagine every animal living their own little life in a fascinating world.
When I was walking in the prehistoric section I stumbled upon the actual skull of the Dunkleosteus I've been painting.
I had to look in it's mouth and imagine how many unfortunate animals had this frightning view before being devoured.