Sunday, February 26, 2012

SKETCHBOOK - "Sunday Sketchin' "

Been a while since I've been out and about with my sketchbook. Decided to try something I haven't done since my childhood days...drawing in church when I'm supposed to be listening! I'm sure the church of my youth would have loved for me to put a dollar in for every offering envelope I drew on the back of! Surprisingly, I found it very easy to absorb all that was going on...the music...the teaching...it was nice. I even met a couple who I wouldn't have, because they wanted to see my drawing. Turns out the husband was an architect (which means he noticed that my perspective was off, I'm sure).

On the drive home, I passed by the Johnson County Community College, and decided to sketch inside the Nerman Museum of Modern Art. It wasn't ready to open when I got there, so I enjoyed sketching the empty cafe by the museum...also closed.
After making the rounds inside the museum, I stopped on the way out to draw the entrance view...and the top of the head of the lonely information-booth guy. A pleasant afternoon.

Monday, February 6, 2012

ANIMATION! 2

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Got a new animated GIF to show..."SPACE GATOR" blasting with his laser cannon! Again...I'm animating one of my static sculpted pieces using Photoshop and ImageReady. I had taken pics from various camera angles of the sculpture. In Photoshop, I cut the torso out from multiple photos. After I repositioned and "grafted" them onto the legs, I could make him move a bit. (Check out my labels to the right, if you want to see how I sculpted this guy.) Just wanted to post this before I have to take a break for a few days...got family comin' to town for a visit. Later, Space Cadets!

Friday, February 3, 2012

ANIMATION!

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Trying something new here...hope it works! I've created a few animations from projects I've made for this blog. Recently I tracked down an older copy of Photoshop 7 that will work with the "antique" version of my iMac's operating system. THAT means, I can create animated GIF files again! (Yes...I know it's an outmoded format...but it's still fun for me.)
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Above is the "Silverback with a Jet Pack" from the "Flying Monkey Squadron" series I sculpted. (You can click on the "labels" section on this blog to see the process of making them.) For these animations, I just took lots of photos of the sculpt with my camera on a tripod. Then I laboriously cut them out in Photoshop and created all the sky and smoke elements. Then I used the program ImageReady 7 to construct all the frames. It's like "old school" stop-motion-animation for the digital age.

Next, you'll see the movements of four of my AUTOMATA projects. Folks have asked for videos of these...this is the best I can offer without a digital movie camera.
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Hope you have fun looking at these...I'll definitely be making more!!