Inktober 2021

I have done the Inktober challenge for three or four years now and loved doing it. I enjoyed it as a daily practice and it helped me to develop style and technique with various ink media. Most of all it disproved my belief that I couldn’t begin to think of a story when I found my characters Cissie and Bea – and last year, Biskit and Mavis. And there’s the value of the Inktober community on social media which brings the opportunity to see so much of other people’s work .

But this year I have decided not to take up the Inktober challenge. Instead I have decided to devote time each day to getting to grips with stopmotion animation again.

Of course … this might mean the occasional drawing crops up – and if it fits the daily prompt … Well it might just appear here in that capacity!

Meanwhile, for those who haven’t seen this year’s prompts yet, here is the official list. Good luck and Happy Inking.

Cissie and Dragonframe

Looking for animation software. This is a free trial test of Dragonframe – hence the watermark. The free trial only allows 50 frames per clip… so I’ve looped it in order for it to last more than a blink of an eye because Vimeo is not happy with blinks of an eye as uploads.

This is a trial run for Cissie herself of course. How is she doing?

PS. I’m going with Dragonframe as my software.

Puppets: Horse Part 2

The horse is coming along though not quite finished. The hooves are a problem – how to make them.

I have struggled between making a horse that is unbearably cute and one which looks like a zombie. The result is probably a cute zombie.

puppet riding a horse

Cissie doesn’t seem to mind. She has fallen in love she tells me.

Puppets: The Horse

stop motion puppets: doll and wire horse

A Western gal needs a hoss.

It is taking ages. First there is the wire frame.

Next I build up the body shape with foam.

And smooth it over with wadding.

What kind of animal is emerging? There is much head clutching at this point. Do not take this as a masterclass in puppet building. It is more a desperate stab in the dark.