Burn the Candle at Both Ends

Burn the Candle at Both Ends - student project

Here is my project based on the idiom "Burn the candle at both ends". The phrase originated when candles were the main source of light and actually means working from early morning before dawn to late into the darkness of night. So the expression actually means to burn the candle at both ends of the day (for light).

Burn the Candle at Both Ends - image 1 - student project

I tried to imagine what a device to hold a candle so it could burn at both ends might look like. The idea turned out to be simple, just a U-shaped metal holder that the candle was balanced in. I suspected the action of the candle wax dripping from one end and then the other might cause the candle to rock back and forth like those dunking birds that have been popular for decades. 

Burn the Candle at Both Ends - image 2 - student project

The candle flame would melt the wax at one end of the candle and a drop of wax would drip off making that end lighter. Then the lighter end would rise and the opposite heavier end would then form a drop of wax which would also drip off. This action would alternate as each end melts and drips wax. First one end dips down until the wax drips off and then bobs back up as the other end begins to dip down.

The static image doesn't do it justice, so here is a GIF animation to illustrate the action of the candle burning at both ends. This animation was created using Cinema 4D.

Burn the Candle at Both Ends - image 3 - student project

The illustration part of this project was created in a much looser style than I am used to using. It was kind of uncomfortable to work that way, but it felt a little bit liberating too. Maybe I'll incorporate this less precise style into more of my work in the future. Anyway, thanks for the class, I enjoyed it!

Marv Ruona
2D Illustrator and 3D Artist