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Sunday, September 9, 2012

After a six month hiatus, I'm back at work on A is for Aye Aye.

For those of you who are new to the project... A is for Aye Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure is a celebration of the New York Public Library's amazing Picture Collectiona repository for over one million images collected for over 90 years. The images are arranged alphabetically in Categories ranging from A & P Food Stores  to Zoological Gardens, pasted on large pieces of cardstock and labeled by hand. You can check out these images (60 each week!) in beautiful little green portfolios and take them home to scan or just stare at. 

In this short film, a young girl wanders into the collection and encounters the image of an Aye-Aye, a lemur from Madagascar which you can see an image of below.  The Aye-Aye leads the girl  through a series of alphabetical worlds created from images in the collection, and then finds herself outside in the real world being followed down Fifth Avenue by the Aye-Aye and a few of her other new-found friends from the Picture Collection.

The Aye-Aye looks like this:
The Aye-Aye, From ANIMALS: A-L

You can read more about my process by going back to the blog's beginning, but I just wanted to create a visual summary of the work I've done so far.

My very first sketch for a world drawn from the letter D, which I hope to elaborate on is here :
D is for Desert and Dirigible
The letter E has proved (not surprisingly) to be Elusive, but the letter F looks like this:
F is for Forest and Fortune-telling
The Letter G:
G is for Gauchos, Giants, and Gibraltar
The Letter H:
H is for Hypnotism, Hair, and Hawaii
The Letter I:
I is for Ivory, Incense & Ice
The Letter J:
J is for Justice, Junks, and Juggling
The Letter K:
K is for Knights Knitting in Krygystan
The Letter L:
L is for Lapps, Lunchboxes, Labyrinths and Lighthouses
The Letter M:
M is for Magic Carpets, Masks, Mermaids, and the Maya on May Day
The Letter N:
N is for Newsstands, Nurses and Nigeria in Niagara Falls
The Letter Z:
Z is for (Great) Zimbabwe and the Zodiac at the Zoological Gardens
So, eleven worlds from eleven letters have been sketched so far, and I plan to move on to complete the project in plenty of time for the collection's 100th birthday in 2015.

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