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. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

ZBrush Project: Giraffe Head.

  I know I was trying to take a break from Zbrush but some stuff came up at work, so I need to fill out my portfolio with one more piece. Luckily I only need another organic thing and those are dirt simple and fast to do! I've been itching to sculpt a giraffe skull and print it out at work! This will be a quick weekend project. Here's the top of the skull without teeth. This only took 4.5 hours! Click on it to see a larger picture. Tomorrow, I'll do the lower jaw and the teeth. Then I'll render it with the teeth a slightly different color. And, hey! I got the boolean subtraction to work!!!! I STILL need to teach myself how to paint this in Zbrush and then render it PAINTED!!! That would change EVERYTHING!!!!!!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Timing Test

  Second exercise from The Animator's Survival kit. This one makes a point about timing. Both magnets leave at the exact same frame and end at the exact same frame, but behave completely differently. I adjusted the white balance on this, but not the color balance. Looks like part of an indie music video from Portland.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Well..... it's a start.

   In an attempt to be thorough with stop motion, I'm also going through Richard William's "The Animators Survival Kit". I'm going to do EVERY exercise in it! I figure if I develop a good natural sense of animation, my stop motion will be better for it.  What you see above is the very first exercise. Don't worry, it gets more interesting as it goes (the book, not THIS animation).

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Stop Motion?!

    I'm about to embark on a very special side project. I've decided, after years of threats, to actually create a full stop motion animation. I've come up with a very short little story to tell. I don't want to go TOO big my first time out. This one is a simple scene involving the Spirit of the Forest walking about on a moonlit night and finding something he cherishes. 

    I've wanted to do stop motion animation since I was 11 years old. That was 1993 and I stumbled across 'Wallace and Gromit: The wrong Trousers' on PBS. That short film changed everything. I desperately wanted to start sculpting. I consider it to this day to be a perfect short film. Two years later, they would release 'A Close Shave'. I'd have another injection of inspiration and a second film to add to my 'perfect' list. Not only were the characters and storytelling amazing, the sets and the lighting were incredible in both of those. I strive to match that level of lighting in my work. If you go to my website ( and look at my sculptural illustrations, you'll see that aspiration in everything I do. 

   What I'd like to do is show you every step of the way in starting a stop motion film through this blog. I have little to no experience in this so you'll have the advantage of seeing me stumble and fall time and time again. I'll continue posting my other projects of course. I have a list of builds I have no intention of stopping. Besides, variety is the spice of life! 

   And of course, stop motion is anything but fast. So bear with me. This might take a few years!

   The images above are the preliminary character sketches of the main character, The Spirit of the Forest. I'll probably name him or her properly later. Between the first set and the second set Maria was kind enough to do a sketch which, as you can see, completely guided me in a new and better direction. Sorry they aren't good quality scans. I didn't really think about posting these when I drew them!