Little Hawk by The Windy Hills
30 ~ January 2011
Dreamboards & such
28 ~ January 2011
Four Dreamboards and one 6’5” channel bottom Widow Maker, shaped in early January and painted by Mark Sutherland. Mark taking stills from his animated film dream - hence the name of the boards. Mark noted during the painting of the boards that it was a similar process to when he painted the animation cells for dream in 1987 - blocking in say the colour brown and then moving onto the next board to block in the brown and so on. He said back in the day before computer animation there used to be rooms of people drawing and colouring animation cells, each working on their own animation part or colour and then moving them onto the next animator or colour master.
Before I shaped these boards I visited channel legend Alan Byrne on the Gold Coast at his factory. Alan was good enough to give me a one-on-one in cutting channels. Alan has been on the channel programme since 1978 when he witnessed Col Smith (Newcastle) ride a Jim Pollard original channel bottom at Sunset and Pipeline. Citing a later conversation with Pollard about the principals of channels as a turning point in his life. Alan still hand shapes all his boards from a blank. If you’re interested in one of his boards he can be contacted here.
The boards I saw at the factory waiting to be glassed were incredible.
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