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AE Theme Reveal – Selkie

This month’s theme was chosen by Jenny, and for June she picked Selkie. A lovely theme and a brilliant excuse to rewatch one of my favourite animations, Song of the Sea.

It’s a beautiful film, superbly animated with a gorgeous score and tells the story of Ben and Saoirse, (pronounce ser-sher) children of a lighthouse keeper in Ireland.

On the night Saoirse is born, her mother disappears leading to a wonderful story of Fairies, Selkies, and other magical creatures. If you’ve not seen it, I would go and get the DVD immediately after the blog hop and watch it!

Before I knew it, it was nearly the end of June and I had to get making. I had loads of ideas I wanted to try out, but not enough time, so I had to stick to one. I’ve been enjoying creating models recently, so I decided to make a scene from the story. To avoid spoilers, I will just say it’s the part where the Selkie sings.

The design was carved from composite foam and painted before making a Polymer clay Selkie to sit on the rock.

I thought this would be a great opportunity to try out some multi coloured LED lights we have. This scene in the film is really bright and colourful so I had a play around at getting some different effects with my photos. I love how they turned out!

One of the reasons time’s got away from me so much is that I’ve been creating a youtube channel. I’m going to upload films of different things I’ve made, mostly models and dioramas to show the process. If you’d like to see how the Selkie was made and you have a spare 15 minutes, you can watch the video here.

And if you’d like to see future videos, subscribe and sign up for notifications to see the latest ones as they’re uploaded. I’ve got a million and one ideas for more, so hopefully it will grow in to a great channel!

For today though, I hope you’ll join me for the blog hop to see what the rest of the team and guests have made for the Selkie Theme Challenge…

Thanks for reading 🙂






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12 thoughts on “AE Theme Reveal – Selkie

  1. Well that was me sidetracked watching your videos! As always brilliant work from a formidable artist 😉

  2. OMG This is amazing!!!!! I Totally love it! The film is one of those that once you watch it, it stays with you (I may have watched it 3 times this month)! I’m rather excited to hear about your youtube channel I will be checking that out as soon as I have hopped!

  3. I’ve never seen that film, but will definitely check it out. Your interpretation is FAB, I love your use of lights on the photos. Will have to ‘borrow’ your idea one day 🙂 .. Also, will check out your You Tube after the hop, sounds like a great project. Alysen

  4. This is fabulous and I really enjoyed the video of its creation. Watching you paint was almost meditative, especially when you were doing the spiral details.

  5. You are so brilliant. It’s beautiful and the lights add that extra something. I’ll have to come back to watch the video and will definitely subscribe. I’m not very good at watching videos though, but I will definitely check this.

  6. As always, you create such beautiful art!! I look forward each month to seeing what you make. The model is lovely and I like the way the mood changes with the lighting treatment you used. It’s gorgeous!

  7. I love this movie so very much and your physical interpretation of it (your work is always stunning!). Totally subscribed to your You Tube 🙂

  8. Oh how wonderful – I knew immediately where your inspiration came from! The colored light effects are magical! And you really mastered a calm innocence on the seal’s face. I look forward to the You Tube channel !!!

  9. Fantastic as always! I just loved watching the video of how you created this. So glad you are documenting your creations now. The foam turned out perfectly for this diorama. And the lights make it so magical. The little selkie must love it’s new home.

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