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Little Hawk by The Windy Hills

30 ~ January 2011

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Dreamboards & such

28 ~ January 2011

Boards in waiting

Boards in waiting

After the channel lesson from Alan Byrne, still not perfect!

After the channel lesson from Alan Byrne, still not perfect!

Mark drawing up the scenes from dream assisted by the one and only Paul Brewer - bassist in The Windy Hills

Mark drawing up the scenes from dream assisted by the one and only Paul Brewer - bassist in The Windy Hills

The motorbike

The motorbike

Blocking in colour

Blocking in colour

Brown

Brown

Blocking in the motorbike

Blocking in the motorbike

Fisheye scene

Fisheye scene

Blue

Blue

The bottoms

The bottoms

The bottoms

The bottoms

The finished boards Jan 2011

The finished boards Jan 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.

http://www.byrningspears.com

The boards I saw at the factory waiting to be glassed were incredible.

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