Animated short “Wings”

The Animation Project that I began in 2011 is now complete! “Stop-motion” is both the animation process I used to turn still images into film, and the literal description of the eight year journey it took to finish this 4 minute and 21 second short film.

Storyboard sketches

During the summer of 2012, I made 26 charcoal drawings that I photographed as they were drawn and/or erased. I pared the images down to about 800 for the editing process. This project was often on the back burner while I worked on other drawings, prepared for shows, and investigated editing programs and equipment.

In 2018, after several unsuccessful editing attempts, my son Matt Green ( came to my rescue. He had the knowledge, experience, and editing program that I lacked.

Still image from animation, charcoal, 22″ x 30″

True to form, I waited a year before contacting  Josh Ritter’s crew to get permission to use his song Wings, which is the inspiration for the drawings. Aaahhh, procrastination!

See two previous posts, Animated Drawing and Animation Continuation, for more info about the development and research for this project.

6 thoughts on “Animated short “Wings”

    1. blackthumbart Post author

      Thanks Stephanie! I don’t see any green sections when I view it on the youtube link…that’s curious. I used several 22″ x 30″ sheets of Rives BFK for the drawings.

  1. Melissa

    I can’t figure out why this page doesn’t have 1000s of views. Your film (and its story, including the song that inspired it) is truly beautiful. Love that you persisted to complete this, and I plan to share this with others.

  2. Laura

    Trying to reach you. Want to get you a copy of the textbook, Art for Everyone with your work included. Contact me.


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