Wednesday, 5 November 2008


the performance of

Palomar in Society - On Biting the Tongue.

Basically it reads from top to bottom:

Palomar in society

On biting the tongue
"Any edible tongue will be mashed into a pulp by the teeth"

Part of capsule cabaret afternoon
Animation & Performance

from 2:15

(That's when ours was, I wasn't quite sure when it officially kicked off at the time of making this poster)

in the BA Illustration studio.

Basically just a lot of collected imagery, a warped photocopy, stencilled text, some edited text (that originally said: "Anything edible will be mashed into a pulp by the teeth, jaw and tongue")

I am quite comfortable working in punk style cut-n-paste, so this was pretty easy to piece together really. I think using warped photocopies as a background works quite well for black and white, as it has a textural material-like quality to it.

I also made this beast.

Mr. Palomar now resides in my kitchen/lounge in Halls.
His grey skin tone represents the greyness of his character. Always "umming and ahhing"
His eyes move in unison (not of their own accord) and his maxilla and mandible (thanks, Hunterian) are seperate so his mouth opens and he had a big foam tongue but it was rather rank so i didn't bring it home.

Originally, he was supposed to have an empty white box showing his mind and thoughts through projection. In the end he was a kind of minor part as most of the focus was on the animation, which was on a white curtain. I was behind the curtain operating the eyes, jaw and tongue.

It was a little bit shambolic on my part because I couldn't see what was going on and hadn't chance to rehearse as such! I enjoyed it though, it was a larf.


After choosing the 8 key moments in our storyboard, we were each asked to remake them, to a multiple choice specification, for example: quicker, lighter, darker, geometric, blah.

I chose DARKER cuz it gave me an excuse to draw sick things.

1 -Puking Bloodspit

This was originally 4 people socialising with each other. Harriet drew lines to represent speech, and it reminded me of a fine bloody mist. I'm really pleased with it, but in hindsight it would have been better if the bottom left guy was puking onto Thatcher.

2 -Well Forked

This was based on my images of Palomar's brain. My train of thought was (Brain --> Zombie food --> cutlery --> Indiana Jones monkey-brain eating style image) The knife and fork suggest cannibalism too, which is quite a dark topic i suppose.

3 -Sick Things

This was based on Alice's drawing of Palomar thinking, showing the inside of his mind and a ponderous facial expression. I wanted to show him as a sick fucker grinning like a mentalist as he conjours up thoughts of viginal tentacles, drilling babies, arson and kitten suffocation.

4 -Gaffa-gob Gun-mob

These were two well dressed chaps. They got got.

5 -Flying LaVey

Based on Liam's warped photocopier high jinks, it was quite abstract so I thought of using evil bastards as the starting point. This one's Anton Lavey, satanist bible writer and general nutcase.
Number 6 was similar but of a horrible clown. I later used the original of 6 as the background for the performance poster.

7 -Theifs' Choice

This is a more visceral version of the one from the previous set of bars in his mind representing the consequences of his speech. I thought about nasty consequential punishments and came to the idea of an arabian theif's hand being severed after being caught in the act. This could have been done better but I was rushing to finish.

8 -Nazi Cock Knocker

This one's just horrible. It was based on a tiny piece of one of Alice's pieces which had a nazi propaganda poster of a steel worker hammering at something on an anvil. Because of the connotations behind the original, it was hard to think how to make it darker, so I just made it sick instead... There we go. Not my proudest moment, but a response none the less.


We had to make a storyboard on the texts we had been given. My group's was Palomar in Society - On Biting the Tongue. We assigned ourselves six each images each or so.

Here are mine.
Mr. Palomar's brain.


Zig zags.

Flashback in mind (circle).


Propaganda eyes.

The originals are on A4 paper done with biro. I sketched the first one out, then folded it to A5 size. I then scaled up that section, using a grid method and did the same from the second to the third one.
They are not the greatest drawings in the world but I think 'Thoughts' and 'Zig zags' are pretty succesful in that they benefit from the textures I used, which are diagrams of brain processes.
I am still not sure whether I should have used colour. I like the uniformity that comes from keeping it black and white (not to mention having to pay 5p rather than 70p on the photocopier!!!) but with hindsight of the last 3 projects or so (as well as line drawings from British Museum) I am starting to become sick of never using colour.
The way I replicated sections was a decent method, i reckon. I masking taped the original to a new piece of A4, put it up to the window and basically traced it.
The only one I'm really unhappy about is 'Consequences'. I feel that the bars look cack-handed and the hands look cackbarred. I should probably have put more detail into the eyebrows too, esp on 'Propaganda eyes'. Can't win 'em all!