A small woods, cloaked in the lonesome air of winter

A Snow Story [in progress] from Elizabeth Daggar on Vimeo.

Here are the bare beginnings. (And more Ravel, as it happens.) For context, see this post and this post.

8 thoughts on “A small woods, cloaked in the lonesome air of winter”

  1. I think what you’ve done so far is beautiful – I can’t wait to see what it turns into. And I love the Ravel – it’s one of my favorite pieces. Hearing you explain how you do the drawings and animation is fascinating.

    It brings to mind a long story I made up ‘on the spot’ for my son over a few weeks of bedtimes – he was only 3. The very first scene is in a thick, snowy wood. I hardly remember any of it, but your animation sparked that scene back to life.

    dw

  2. I found that piece and listened to it. It’s so interesting how much difference in instrumentation can make. I admit, I rather missed hearing piano keys, which is my strongest association with Debussy. Thanks for the head’s up!

    1. Hi, and thanks! Well, there are three layers of foliage (dark trees, middle trees and the very small undergrowth trees in the back) and the snow-ground. The rows of trees each consist of about 3 drawings all pieced together, then backgrounds erased in photoshop. Then there are the birds. The birds are made of of about 8 drawings each to get their wing cycles. It’s all layered together in After Effects, where i also added and animated the falling snow, made up of a lot of dots drawn on the computer. It’s time consuming 🙂

      1. Well, Ravel is hard to beat, FaurĂ©, and you probably know already, there’s an electronic version of Debussy pieces, done in the ’70’s, must have been one of the first all-synthesizer albums, by a musician Tomita, called “Snowflakes are dancing”

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