Monday, October 16, 2017


Finally the third and final (for now) Bubo from 1981's Clash of the Titans is finished and off my plate!!! Now I can more fully focus on the PBY, traditional animation, violin and stopmotion!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Stopmotion: room upgrade!

A before and after shot of the closet. I built new tables right into the walls so that table shake is impossible! I figure I can have two scenes going on at once here. Since everything is wood, I'll also be able to drill right into the table no problem! Tomorrow I start building the test Forest Spirit head. But I've also been mulling around a quick Rankin Bass christmas parody as well. The possibilities are literally endless!!!!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Stopmotion: First Test!!!!!


I got my cord in today and set everything up!!!! I found my shuttle Tydirium and thought the movable wings would work as a good test! Sadly, one wing didn't have friction all the way through and just fell early on. The movement away looks like a Gumby animation. But HEY! EVERYTING WORKS!!!!!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Stopmotion: The right gear.

  Over the weekend I bought a dedicated laptop for stopmotion and just today I got Dragonframe 4 in the mail! The laptop is a Samsung 15" Touchscreen from Best buy for $649.00. Dragonframe was about $325. I accidentally ordered a separate blutooth controller for it for another $65 (GRRRR!). I thought I could digitally download just the software so I ordered the nicer controller first. Then I found out that you can't purchase a full version of the software for download. You HAVE to get it with a USB controller... oh well.

My old Canon Rebel T1i will work with Dragonframe 4, I just checked the website. I went on Amazon and ordered the camera's USB cord. So, in theory, on Wednesday I will be able to plug everything in and start animating!!! Now I just need to build the armatures. I'm going to start with the larger close up head first. I can do tests with it and such. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bubo III

 This is the third Bubo I've made and the 2nd most relaxing. I still have till December to finish, but I'm sure I'll be done WAY before that. Just got the legs worked out this weekend. I put the clay ribbing on the lower legs this morning (not pictured) and finished cutting out all the metal pieces to finish the head. The Beak was also sculpted on this morning, but will still need to be sanded and painted. We go to England for a week starting next Friday so progress on everything will grind to a halt for a little bit. Hurricane Irma was actually a blessing for me since we maintained electricity and I got 40 hours paid time from work despite only going in for maybe 10! All the rest went to Bubo!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Animation: Pooh Bear head turn.

 One of the exercises in the book is a typical head turn. I wanted to have more fun with it. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stopmotion update

  I've actually done quite a lot on the stop motion front since last I posted. As you can see from the photo above, the armature is coming along quite nicely. I hope I'm not making it overly complicated.

The storyboard has been finished on my end and Max is reviewing and making some notes as we speak. I've updated the design of the Spirit of the Forest who now has a proper name! His full name is Dasos Fos That's greek for 'Forest Light'. His wife/mate/partner/whatever (who you won't meet in this animation) is named Silva Tenebris. That's Latin for 'Forest Darkness'.

I admit, things are slowing down now that I'm taking up so many projects at once. If I can just keep it up, I'll get the PBY and Bubo III finished and lighten up my load. I just have to remind myself that the ONLY deadline I have is with Bubo.