“It was easier to do animation on film than video, way back in the 90s”
“Comics are essentially diagrams, if you break it down.”
Mark Bell; Amy Lockhart (b4b – s2.e6)
A live author visit to a bookstore that doesn’t involve a formal reading!? Kristel Thornell came to the Bookshelf for the Fourth Fridays art crawl, just to say hello to potential readers and show off her new novel, Night Street. Browsers had a sniff. And then there’s Matthew Stadler, a prophet of literature who talks about “Publication” as the creation of a public around a work of art. He’s in Ontario next week to deliver the Cafka/Musagetes BIG IDEAS lecture. And the night after, he hosts a literary dinner.
Feature: Marc Bell & Amy Lockhart
Hey, Amy Lockhart, tell us about your iconography: “Ladies in profile, usually their tongues hanging out, big foreheads, big necks and sort of creepy-cute is how it gets described. And ink line drawings (I used to do more corss-hatching) and also acrylic painting that is somewhere between flat and bad-illusionistic rendering. Weird muscle-y men. Lots of ladies.”
Amy is an illustrator and an animator. She can talk about razzle-dazzleless film making, but also film fundamentals. “All you need to make a good film,” she was told at school, “is a good idea.”
Amy’s current animation features a hinged-paper puppet character, Dizzler (based on the character The Dazzler), who is a pop-star returning home to give a ‘thankyou’ concert.
Marc Bell is a veteran cartoonist, but he spends more time these days on his capital”A” Art — busy, formally designed, diagrammatic drawings, inspired as much by micro-biology as by theme park maps. His work changed around 2000 when he shifted away from comic strips with casts of familiar characters, and added more density and finer mark-making to his drawings. “My art wouldn’t exist as it is without comics,” he says. “Comics is traditionally about giving people a bang for their buck.”
We also talk about what it’s like to live as two working artists in one small apartment.
Matthew Stadler and his Portland, Oregon based Print on Demand operation Publication Studio. A promise to inspire…
Things we talked about:
Amy Lockhart’s 2009 Dirty Dishes was edited by and uncredited Marc Bell
Couples Therapy for partnered artists