Realised I still hadn’t put this up!
I recently finished watching Over the Garden Wall, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Created by Patrick McHale, it’s a ten part miniseries made for Cartoon Network. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this entranced by an animated series, and I’m still trying to pinpoint what exactly it is about this show that keeps it rolling around in my head.
Above is my favourite character called Greg, and his pet frog that changes name several times through the series. Each episode is only ten minutes long yet for me encompasses the perfect blend of quality illustration and ridiculous, whimsical storylines that I adore. The backgrounds are insanely beautiful and according to wikipedia are digitally painted to resemble grisaille paintings.
As Greg and his brother Wert wander through the woods, each episode introduces a new array of characters and creatures.
The show has this underlying menacing tone; for the entire breadth of it the children are being stalked by a creature called The Beast who is constantly seen in shadow and feared by everyone in the woods.
Yet in every episode there is also some sort of nonsensical musical feature like Greg below singing about Potatoes and Molasses (which will get stuck in your head I promise).
It’s this bizarre concoction of whimsy and horror and beauty and laughter. I love love love it and I can see it being a repeat place for me to come back to as inspiration.
Some belated photos. I made our skeleton character and was lucky enough to get the hilarious job of making the sound effects. The others were amazing in their fluidity working together! It was a blast.
I moved here on the 17th of September so it’s all still a bit new. People seem nice and my flatmates aren’t insane. I studied Textile Art & Artefact in NCAD for four years, and somehow ended up making my work move so now I’m here. Central Saint Martins seems vast; I’m a bit overwhelmed by the amount of facilities available and wondering if the textile people will let me on a loom in the evenings.
My work has always dealt with the narratives bodies carry around with them. Even just with this notion it seems obvious that animation was the way to go, but I’m happy I got to explore other pathways and arrived here organically.
I’m not sure if this blog can host gifs yet, because it like everything else is new, so here’s a still from one of my favourite bits of animation with a link to the piece.
I’ve been trying to find out who made this for ages with no luck. I know it’s made by painting frame by frame onto glass and I could watch it for hours.