I decided to challenge myself to work in an artistic medium that I very rarely use… sculpture. I figured it would be an interesting change of pace, so I got out my batch of Sculpey and made this:
Unfortunately, I’m not a great photographer, but hopefully you get the idea… the head of a guy with a big smirk on his face.
Oh, incidentally, if you are at all interested in sculpture yourself, you really owe it to yourself to pick up some Sculpey. It’s pretty expensive stuff, but it’s the best thing I’ve ever found to sculpt with, for two reasons. First, it never dries. Ever. The Sculpey I used for this is 5 years old, and after about 10 minutes of kneading it in my hands, it was ready to go (unlike clay, which dries out ridiculously fast). Secondly, if you want to keep your sculpture, you just bake it in your oven. Easy as that (check online for baking instructions).
Anyway, that’s that. Maybe I’ll try and make the same head in Blender 3D sometime.
Creating the animation for yesterday’s blog post took up a significant amount of my free time, so I’m gonna have to be a little lazy about today’s blog post. I know that quite a few of the people visiting my site also visit other forums, so I created these:
They are 100×100 pixel icons, and if you want to use them for any reason, be my guest.
In other news, if you’re one of the people coming to my site looking for new word puzzles, I highly recommend ClockWords. It’s a very simple concept for a word game that relies on your speed and word creativity to beat, and the music is wonderful too.
After drawing the blob monster last week, I decided that I really did want to animate it, so this week, I did. I started with one of the sketches from last week’s drawings, and worked from there to create a general goopy monster animation.
I’d forgotten how even the smallest animations take quite awhile, though… I’m probably going to have a much smaller post tomorrow to fulfill my two-post-a-week promise.
A few months ago, I said to myself that I should design a blob monster of some kind. Blob monsters always looked kinda fun to animate, so today, I finally got around to designing one. The first few drawing attempts (top row) were pretty dismal, but I eventually found a design I liked.
He’s a little rough around the edges, but I like how he could go from being “totally disgusting” to “happy and only partially disgusting”. I hope I remember to animate him someday.
Uh oh! It looks like a large group of animals has been eaten by a different large group of animals! Each word on top is the name of an animal with some letters missing, and the letters missing are the name of an animal from the bottom. Each animal on the bottom is only used once. Can you place them all?
Expert challenge: See if you can complete the puzzle without looking at the animal names on the bottom!
There are a lot of early sources that I can point to that made me want to become an animator when I grew up, and one of them was definitely Sesame Street. Oh sure, it was a lot of puppet stuff most of the time, but there were also lots of little animated segments, including ones that taught the alphabet.
These little animations inspired me seven years ago to create an alphabet animation of my own, and while I’d like to do a better one someday, this type of thing still brings back memories of my early childhood.