A New Year

I wish you all the best for 2022.

I’ve been away from here for months whilst I’ve been concentrating on stop motion animating. Most recently, making and stitching together some clips by learning to use a video editor. The clips were made for an annual Instagram challenge – “Folktaleweek” – which is hosted every year by a group of illustrators who devise 7 prompts for themed illustrations, one per day. This year’s prompts were: Moon, Dream, Awakening, Feast, Bird, River and Sky.

I used them to make up a story using animation and this is the result. (No sound) It’s about a Girl who dreams that the Moon comes down from the Sky. She is told by the Forest Ancients that she must find Moon and return it. Rook helps her to search for Moon and together they return it to the Sky.

It’s been a bit of a hair-pulling learning curve. But I made it!

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: 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.