Thursday, November 22, 2012

Female Iron Man in secret tunnel

Here's a stylized female "Iron Man", stalking through a tunnel under some super villain's lair. Maya primitives comped together in Photoshop. I think this character is more appealing, less arousing. I added her to the tunnel from my last post.
Still a lot of work to do.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Evil Tunnel

Evil tunnel, experimenting with lighting in Maya and Mental Ray;
Work in Progress.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Johnny Sokko Iron Giant Mashup

Sorry, I couldn't resist this; I'm surprised no one else has done this before. (Maybe it's a bad idea.) Or no one remembers Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot.

Anyway, What If Hogarth Hughes and Johnny Sokko had to trade robots for a mission?
If you remember, both robots get blown up at the end... Or did they?
It would be even scarier if Giant Robot and the Iron Giant had to fight each other; who would win?
I know, I should get back to work. Just blowing off steam from the CTN Expo

With apologies to the Toei Company Ltd., Mitsunobu Kaneko, Brad Bird and the crew at Warner Brothers Animation. (All artwork copyright Toei Company Ltd. and Warner Brothers Feature Animation.)

CTN Expo 2012

Quick snapshot of Woodbury's stop motion set up, created by Ric Heitzman. Canon Rebel EOS camera with DragonFrame stop motion software.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Election 2012

Better late than never, I want to refer anyone who finds this blog to a quote from the film "1776".

"Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor." I believe the quote continues as-"that is why they will follow us."

Whether John Dickinson actually said that is up for debate, but it makes sense why people vote the way they do.

Personally, I didn't hold out much hope for President Obama. When I saw how much campaign money he accepted from Wall Street, I thought the celebration was over, even before he was sworn in as President. Getting rid of Bush, and cleaning up the mess the GOP had left for the last 30 years would take time, and any non GOP replacement would seem to be an improvement. The wars, the influence of big money trampling civil rights, and the bank bailouts rolled on with just about the same momentum.

On the other hand, a Romney victory would lead us back to more of the same war, corruption and incompetence of the Bush presidency.

Biased? You bet. I'm tempted to join the angry, noisy minority that tries to rule this land.

But I don't have the energy to carry on like that, and I have to live with people the next day.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Blog Value

The numbers on this blog have dropped. According to business models, I must not be doing this well. I see now that a blog has to make money, be an authority on some subject, or offer some meaningful contribution to society. I've also read via Google search that Google reviews the value of blogs, and then resets their value. That may explain the drop. My goal is showing some expertise, and offering something constructive.

This blog is about animation, art and teaching. The bounce rate is high, according to Google Analytics. Most of the visitors are new, they seem to look around and then leave. I need more comments, more feedback, even if its just about selling a T shirt.