Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Animation fascination...

DARN THINGS DON"T MOVE IN THE BLOG!.......sigh......I'll stick in links to go to them.

A colleague asked if I wanted to teach an after school club with her on claymation (or maybe any sort of animation) next year and I said 'uh...sure."

Then I started looking into super simple ways to do it. Not much to it at that level that any obsessive-compulsive person couldn't do. It seems mostly a matter of taking the time to do it. I did a little one to see how fast you could crank one out. Then I forgot to pay attention to the time.

I had a real use for one when I wanted to advertise a antique outboard meet so I went to Google Maps and screenshot a bunch of maps of
Tomahawk, Wisconsin...
both the satellite and regular street maps.. and did these.


I'm afraid this will get a bit hectic with both on the same page...but you can scroll one out of sight.

Then I started doing another one for my squirrel fixated friend... I took a screen shot of the process to scare off any wimps who don't want to put the time in. This image is interesting perhaps, as you can see what my computer world consists of ...I am there when I am working on the computer as totally as I am in my garden when I am pruning.

I made the sketch, scanned it, touched it up in Photoshop then repeatedly began to SAVE AS and each time I increased the canvas size with the image centered. This "moves" the squirrel. When I have done a zillion of them I will go back and make them all the same size by selecting CANVAS SIZE again but this time select the hard left option.

I want this little dude to zip in from the left and go off the right of my friend's web page. I assume there is an easier way...there always is. Like Flash... But this is practice for that animation club.

Simple minded process that is so satisfying when it is done...
...sort of the "it's ALIVE!" thing.

CLICK the following hollow looking bar...

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