I’m working on a couple of 15×20 drawings at the moment, and yesterday I took a few hours to photograph them for animation while drawing. I set up a camera on a tripod next to my work, focusing on the paper until it filled the frame, and then started drawing. After almost every line (and breaking some long ones in the middle), I would lean over and snap a photo with the camera. I ended up with about 800-1000 photos for each piece, taken over a period of about 1.5 hours of drawing. I downloaded, resized and renamed the photos into a sequence, and then brought them into AfterEffects for color correction, timeshifting and rendering into video. The process took most of the day, but I love the way it shows the drawing process on its own, in a sort of mysterious way that eliminates the actual creator.
Timelapse Drawing – Water Map from Emily Garfield on Vimeo.
Timelapse Drawing – Network Map from Emily Garfield on Vimeo.