Back On Track

From time to time I’m reading a blog called Zen Habits on which Leo Babauta, the founder and main author of this website, writes about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives, personal developement and accomplishing self-setted goals. With great interest I read Leo’s post written to assist his readers to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. I decided to give it a try.

Why? – Well, you know, it’s been two and a half year since I began working on the Orpheus project and I now really. want. to finish it. I want to have it done by the end of the year which sounds quite ambitious then, hm? But by telling you this I make sure that failing is a sort of embarrassing which hopefully keeps me away from doing so.

Last week I started working on the puppets again but only for a tiny amount of my day’s time. However, I did it daily. This week I expanded the time window and I haven’t missed a day which really makes me feel great. Though I always believed I havn’t got much done up to now, I learned this wasn’t true. After decluttering all the former results I now have a much better idea of how the silhouette puppets are going to be. I get used to the quotidian work in my studio and it started feeling like a job.

I reorganized the production time schedule and I absolutely think it’s possible to finish the film within this year. I want to give my own artistic and personal development more room in my life since I want it to be more important than all the other things I do. Hell, that’s what I always wanted to do, but for the last six months I just denied it. So again I decided to be an animation artist. – We’ll see if I’ll stick to this.

As a small foretaste of the silhouette puppets I’m working on have a look at these picuters of recently created prototypes:

Hades puppet prototype.
Hades is the god or king of the Ancient Greek underworld. This silhouette puppet dummy is made of thin cardboard and approx. 35 cm at full height.

Cerberus puppet prototype.
Cerberus is the three-headed hellhound who secures the entry to the underworld. This dummy is made of paper, and its shoulder height is about 10 cm high. I took this picture while the model was lying on my light table to get an impression of how it may look as a sihouette.

Especially the cerberus puppet moves nicely. And I’m really looking forward to animate the finally assembled puppets…

PS Tomorrow is the second birthday of Horray! – Though I’m neither in the mood for a party nor for any review this time. But I promise we’re going to celebrate next year!

07. January 2010 by Jessica
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Comments (3)

  1. Love the look of these And congratulations on not only two years blogging but also making daily advancement on your work.

    I am finding that there is a certain balance between progress, which can only be done by actually doing, and an elusive creative magic which can’t be made to happen at all. And yet, all the magic ideas in the world would be doomed to be just that if not made actually.

    I’m walking a tightrope between driving action and allowing organic idea development. It’s challenging to say the least.

  2. very nice looking paper puppets!

    there is such a charm to flat 2d puppets like this.

    I am sending you positive vibes for the completion of your project.


  3. Shelley, you’re absolutely right… I learned that most of the creative magic you’re talking about could be triggered by working steadily but *not* result-oriented. It’s more about the process, I guess.
    Nevertheless I’d like to finish the project in time…

    Justin, thanks! Good vibes coming from someone as creative and active as you are is a great support!