This sketchbook is a collaboration between mother and daughter partnership Helen (mother) and Daisy (daughter) Leigh-Phippard. We both share a lifelong love of, and passion for, film. Daisy is currently a film production student at the Bournemouth Film School in England and I (Helen) have for some time been thinking of making a sketchbook of film colour palettes, so when we saw the theme Standstills we thought of film stills and decided to make a sketchbook about film. We chose to make double page spreads of 15 of our favourite films, with icons representing those films on the left hand pages, which would be painted in colour palettes represented on the right hand page.
We chose the films together. It was hard coming up with a list of 15 of our favourite films which also represented a range of our favourite directors, genres and colour palettes but we got there in the end. We also came up with a list of essential images for each film but then it was largely left to me to draw the images for each page because Daisy was away at Film School for most of the time I was drawing. If I got stuck I would message Daisy for ideas and send her photos and she would come back to me with her thoughts. Once I had drawn and painted each double page spread I would send a photo to Daisy and she would come up with the names for the colour palette, which are an important part of the book.
Daisy says "I conjured the names firstly from my knowledge of the films - a lot of them are my favourites as well - but then through pulling up stills, trawling through quotes on IMDb, and rereading the plots online to try and find names that were almost in-jokes. I tried to avoid directly naming the colours after obvious characters or titles, but instead look for the little details in the films that made them our favourites. A significant place, lines of dialogue, or a small object; but something that you might not know until you’ve watched the film - or are now inspired to."
You will see, of course, that, having decided to use watercolour paint, I struggled with the original paper in this book. I decided to stick with it though and go with the challenge of making it work. So there is bleed through from the paint and i have just had to live with it. I wouldn't do this again but I got so far in the book that I just wasn't prepared to start all over again. It did mean I had to work over some parts (e.g. the colour names) with pen at the end because some were almost illegible. But the challenge was an interesting one and I love the book we've produced. I hope you do too.
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