To celebrate the release of the stunning graphic novel adaptation of Siobhan’s Dowd’s ‘The Pavee and the Buffer Girl’, I am delighted to welcome the illustrator Emma Shoard to the blog today, with an exclusive animated gif reveal.
I decided a while ago that after I had finished the illustrations for The Pavee and the Buffer Girl and the drawings decided upon had gone off to print, that I would like to animate a few scenes from the book. I studied animation a little bit at University but this would largely be a new process for me and it was exciting to imagine what it might bring to the illustrations. It was a way for me to continue developing a project that I have loved working on since receiving the commission back in 2015.
With these animations I wanted it to create the idea that the world inhabited by Jim and Kit continues beyond the page by introducing small movements to an illustration or having a character move through it. The three scenes I have chosen – the second of which appears here today – are all from different points in the book and hopefully tell you a little about the characters and setting of the story.
This image I had been looking forward to animating the most. There were so many possibilities for things that could happen. I chose to imagine a scene from the book viewed from a different angle. Around the corner, just out of sight a fight is breaking out and two people are reacting to the noise.
The Pavee and the Buffer Girl
Jim and his family have halted by Dundray and the education people have been round mouthing the law. In school the Traveller kids suffer at the hands of teachers and other pupils alike, called ‘tinker-stinkers’, ‘dirty gyps’ and worse. Then the punches start. The only friendly face is Kit, a settled girl who takes Jim under her wing and teaches him to read in the great cathedral chamber of the cave below the town. With Kit and the reading, Jim seems to have found a way to exist in Dundray, but everyday prejudice and a shocking act of violence see his life uprooted once again.
A huge thank you to Emma for stopping by the blog today and to Nina and Barrington Stoke for inviting me to take part in the animation reveal.