NEW PRINTS!

Along with the recent An tEarrach Thiar scene illustrations, we’ve also released some additional prints for sale on the Paper Panther Shop:

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Raven
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Battling Wolfhounds
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Chaloupa in an armchair
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Werewolf
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St Brigid: 50% of proceeds from this print’s sale will go to the Abortion Rights Campaign
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Honda 50

 

New Life Drawing course @A4Sounds

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New batch of #lifedrawing classes A4 Sounds​ ready for booking!
Course begins Monday 10th April:
€50 for the six week course: http://www.a4soundsshop.org/product/life-drawing-course-6-weeks
or €10 for individual classes: http://www.a4soundsshop.org/product/life-dawing-class

Only 13 spots remaining, so be sure to book soon to avoid disappointment!

We will be working on observational drawing skills, using gesture drawing, blind drawing, wrong handed drawing, silhouette drawing, as well as sculpture, to improve observational skill and handling of the media.

Be sure to check out the facebook group here, to view work by some of the participants: https://www.facebook.com/groups/a4lifedrawing/

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The Bird & the Whale: Project Update!



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Another fledgling left the nest on the Bird & the Whale, with Caitlyn Rooke finishing her final scene!
Caitlyn was such a joy to work with, and her experience as an oil painter was invaluable in how it informed the project!

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Be sure to check out her own work here: caitlynrooke.com

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Here is Caitlyn working on her infamous Storm Sequence!

You can view our timelapse of the Storm Sequence below:

An tEarrach Thiar Prints!

We have added a selection of prints from Eimhin’s forthcoming film An tEarrach Thiar, available as high quality A4-sized prints for €25 and archival quality A3-sized prints for €80!
If you’d like to take home some of the scenery of 1930s Inis Mór, swing by our shop here: http://shop.paperpanther.ie/product/an-tearrach-thiar-prints/atet_01 atet_04 atet_05 atet_08

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Here is a little bit more from Eimhin’s upcoming project An tEarrach Thiar, featuring a fisherman character who appears towards the end of the film.

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This  fisherman featured in the 1932 documentary Aran of the Saints, courtesy of the IFI Film Archive, was the basis of the below design:

 

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Rough character study of the fisherman
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Final colour model

 

A little bit of research for this scene’s location:

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Kilmurvey Beach, Inis Mór

 

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Here’s the layout sketch with annotations. This layout sketch went through a few iterations before getting the right level of ‘shape’ in the strata of limestone rocks on the beach.
Below is an earlier, more generic looking beach:tobar_bg_25

And here is the completed background by Robin Hoshino and Eimhin

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A4 Life Drawing Course 2017

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Eimhin’s life drawing course at A4 Sounds is back with new dates, beginning on Monday the 20th of February!

 

You can book the full 6 week course here: LINK (Fee: €50 EUR)

 

The first half of each class will involve a lot of short poses, working on speed and energy in your drawing, incorporating resistance exercises to improve observation and drawing ability, such as gesture, blind, bamboo-stick and wrong-handed drawing. In the second half of each class you will have free reign to apply what you have learned over 2-3 longer poses. We will be using a number of different media, such as charcoal, pastels and ink.
To view work created by the participants of previous life drawing courses at A4 Sounds, be sure to check out the facebook page: LINK

When?

Monday 7-9pm
20th Feb – 27th Mar 2017
Where?
A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset St
Dublin 1
Materials provided include:
– charcoal
– white & coloured pastels
– A2 paper
– A2 boards
Please feel free to bring along your own additional materials!

An tEarrach Thiar @ Cafe Frosch, Kyoto

A lovely bit of news reached our ears today, all the way from Japan!

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Photo by Robin Hoshino

 
The backgrounds painted by illustrator Robin Hoshino for Eimhin‘s upcoming Cúl an Tí project An tEarrach Thiar, are currently on display at Café Frosch in Kyoto!
The paintings depict the landscape of Inis Mór much as it was in the 1930s when Máirtín ó Direáin lived there, and conveys the light from the lingering sun, as the day comes to a close.
 
Delighted that Robin’s excellent work can be appreciated in person! You can see more of Robin’s work on her website here: http://www.hoshinorobin.com/
You can see more of our work from these projects by following this LINK

Cúl an Tí: Cill Aodáin & An tEarrach Thiar Screening!

We recently had a little screening for our in-house crew and some members of A4 Sounds of Cill Aodáin & An tEarrach Thiar!
Below’s a little peek at the projects:

Cill Aodáin directed by Pádraig Fagan

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Raftery an mbard taisteal
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A beanna mbard ghoid an seó!

An tEarrach Thiar directed by Eimhin McNamara

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Fear ag glanadh cré
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Gach bóithre mar thoradh go dtí an fharraige

These projects were co-produced with the Cartoon Saloon & Sónta Films, and will be making their way to TG4 in the New Year!

Next week we’ll be releasing prints from these shorts for sale in our shop, so keep your eyes peeled and save up your shekels!

 

Introduction to Experimental Animation is back!

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Due to popular demand our Intro to Experimental Animation course has returned!

The course runs 7-9.30pm every Tuesday from November 1st, and provides a solid foundation in various forms of stopmotion and other experimental techniques!

You can book your place over at the A4 Sounds shop page here: LINK

An tEarrach Thiar – BG Process

We were very generously asked to contribute to an anthology of Irish language songs, produced in collaboration with Sónta Films, the Cartoon Saloon and Kíla.

Here’s a little taste of Eimhin’s contribution: An tEarrach Thiar
Based on a poem by Máirtín Ó Direáin, with an original arrangement by Kíla and lush vocals provided by Lisa Hannigan, the film takes place in that golden hour, as the sun sets on a spring day on the island of Inis Mór.

You can view a previous post, featuring photos taken on a research trip to Inis Mór here: LINK

Here’s how I went about putting together one of the early shots:

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Initial storyboards, roughly laying out the pertinent elements and actions involved in the scene

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Layout drawing, locking down the details, and adding in the foreground element to help with framing

 

Timelapse of the background being painted

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Final painting. The addition of some cliffs in the BG, helped to delineate the brightly lit ‘steps’ from the sky

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And here it is comped in with the characters (character animation by Katie Sherlock)

Within each scene the BG painting was separated into different layers, with some clone-stamping to cover any overlap. This allows some repositioning, and addition of cloud movement in the sky, or wave movement on the water. In addition to these digital edits, some other BGs required more lighting in comp, but as this one is one of the introductory shots it wasn’t as extreme in terms of photoshop work to reign in or emphasise the painted elements.

Here are some photos of our brilliant animation crew at work:

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Our singer, Lisa Hannigan, with crew members Katie & Ciara

Thanks for reading, I look forward to sharing more of this project with you in the coming months!

- E.

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The sun setting over the Aran Islands, as viewed from Fanore, Co. Clare.