Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Let me tell you a story

Once upon a time, a mammoth task was begun.
She poured strands of her soul into it.
She gave it love.
She gave it care.
She gave it life.

It flourished under her artistry.
were fun;
had all but begun.

Then there came a virus;
uncertain little bugs
to eat the cords: the strands
that lay at the foundation

She fled.
the creepy crawlies lay dormant
for a long while.
Nothing changed.

It was,
as she left it.

life was in shambles.
the task had been neglected.
something happened.
It had to.
She realised that they had a symbiotic relationship:
Her and It.

So she regathered the broken strands,
picked up her bag
full of replacements;
she came back.

this is not the end.


Next post: The Story, Part 2


Thursday, August 18, 2011

This blog can't wait to be on the road again

... and my brain can't either.

Truth is, it's been hijacked/abducted. Not by aliens but some other form of device known as Twoooo much wo-o-o-o-o-o-o-r-r-r-r-r-r-k (said in one of those cheesy slow motion sound formats).

It's the famous blockage that often comes at this time of year and involves the university realising, for some reason, that all the work it could have added in to the rest of the year in spotted intervals, should be gathered, or rather sque-eee-ezed into three months.

Not that I'm complaining.

Or maybe it's just the aliens.

Love to the bloggy world:)
(I'm still out there, or maybe in there)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Animation exploration

For the current varsity art project, I decided to tackle Stop Motion Animation. It was then that I realised 3 things:
  1. PES is amazingly talented (if you're ever bored, look up his videos on YouTube)
  2. Stop motion animators have a lot of patience. A lot.
  3. Some of them have awesome equipment (and by equipment I mean brains...)
So, What is Stop Motion Animation?

In the simplest terms it is a bunch of pictures run in sequence one after another at such a speed that motion is detected by the viewer. This is done on a computer these days but it probably has its origins in the flip-book animations people did in the corner of their school books;) Every movement between each frame/image is tiny to make it more film-like. For smoother animations, the movement done by the character or subject can be as small as a millimeter. Luckily, animation has come a long way and animators now have fantastic software that does a great deal to make animation simpler and smoother, with less work on the animator's part.

Still, there are a variety of unique effects that make stop frame animation worthwhile, even though there is technology to do the work. There is a certain quality in stop motion animation videos that is hard to find in those smoother digital ones, and it has the appeal of making everyday objects do funky things!

My amateur Stop Motion Animation:

This is a very basic stop motion animation that I tried. It's not brilliant but it was fun to put together. I am putting together a much more sophisticated one at the moment (without Lego;) which I will hand in as my art project. Hoping for the best ^.^