Boiled Rabbit

two plasticine heads and plasticine cat

How you getting on with that rabbit cartoon? And that boiling line business?

two plasticine heads and plasticine cat

“I think I overcooked it. You can definitely over-boil your line. That must be the art. How much to boil. But I found another video tutorial about line boil by an animator called Micah Buzan. It’s very useful. Only now I think I overcoloured the cartoon. Making cartoons is definitely complicated.”

It does sound like cooking, dear. Seems your rabbit stew is tough and over-seasoned. Whoops!

 

Animation: Rabbit Stew

2 plasticine heads in conversation

I hear you’ve been boiling your dream rabbit.

“What? No Mum, I’ve been practising BOILING me line … in my animating. I’m following a young animator kdsketch on YouTube. Her tutorials are really helpful and she uses the same software as me. One of her videos demonstrates creating “a boiling line effect” … a kind of jitter in the animated image. So I’m going to try using it.”

“It’s only just coming up to the simmer so I can’t show you the end result. But I’m going to try boiling these images soon.”

You’re not making any sense you know. “Yup. I do know”

rear head and shoulders drawing of child

She sees the rabbit for the first time.

head and shoulders drawing of rabbit and woman couple

The Rabbit Couple.

Back to the Animating Board

two plasticine heads in conversation

“That’s it. No more drawings of heads. Time for me to animate something.”

Jolly good, dear. What’s your cartoon going to be about?

“Well I dreamed of a rabbit the other night. It wasn’t in good shape and I picked it up to take it home and look after it. But it grew and grew in my arms, getting heavier and heavier until I could hardly walk…”

A proper nightmare if you ask me.

“Best thing to do with nightmares is to rewrite them.”

Blimey!

drawing of child holding a rabbit

drawing of child holding giant rabbit