Thursday, July 31, 2008

Organ Grinder: Skeleton

Here's the ball and socket armature for the Organ Grinder character in my latest animation. Turned out a bit larger proportionally than my original plan. Most of that was because I bought the materials for a 12" humanoid figure and had to cut his limbs down significantly to get it close to my blueprint. For those of you who are in the market for ball and socket armatures for stop motion you can get kits to make your own like I have here. They are fairly priced and you don't need to go to the UK for individual parts. They even come with alan keys to adjust the set screws. Even better there's no silver soldering required for the threaded rod and the ball. They come pre-soldered. Here's a link to the site where I get mine. The guy who owns and operates the site is a great dude and is very knowledgeable if you had any questions.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Organ Grinder (storyboard END)

This is the storyboard for the ending to the my latest stop motion project "The Organ Grinder". For some reason or another I worked out the ending in my head before everything else so I recorded the shots while they were still fresh. These frames will spoil the apex and punchline of the story so if you'd rather be surprised then feast your eyes upon something else.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Self Portrait 4

I've been messing around with the ol' tablet. I was inspired to do some rotoscope drawings from Ashley's recent work...although I cheated a bit. Ashley didn't. Check out her self portrait "Loose to Tight" on her blog:

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Inner Beauty: "Succubi"

I found this image of three mannequins online for a different project I was working on and I began to manipulate it in Photoshop. Then I thought this might be a cool exercise to sketch since I haven't drawn still life or from a picture in years. It probably shows here too. After I finished the sketch I realized how rusty I've become with figure drawing and perspective. I've decided to make myself do more sketches in attempt to oil those old cogs.
Thanks for checkin me out.