In 2024, I won a VACMA grant to create a series of pieces of illustrative artwork on North East Scotland Folklore.
Alison Gross is a Scottish ballad, first recorded by Anna Gordon Brown, a female folklorist and musician from Aberdeen, Scotland.
I like the Woodbine & Ivy Band's rendition, which you can find here:
It tells the story of a (huge) witch- the 'ugliest witch in the North country', who seeks to woo the narrator into being her lover.
My task is to take scenes of this ballad, illustrate, and turn them into short vignette animations showing limited movement, kind of like the animatronics that you might find in a museum/ narrative theme park attraction.
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