Scientifically Sound Questions

While hiking this weekend, Lily proposed some interesting questions, which lead to this particular inquiry.

Scroll of paper with the words "If you look young."
Paper scroll with a painting, for animation

Working Title? Oil

I’m enjoying this so very much.

This animation is on a scroll of paper that I purchased from IKEA. I’ve been making scrolls on this stuff since 2008. I really love working this way – on scrolls, I mean. I’ve always thought animation and scrolls are intertwined.

This was my first attempt, but I chanced my mind and decided to work in the opposite direction (to go down instead of up, from this point of view). I got to seven seconds of footage, which is 168 frames, before I abandoned this one.

The above photo shows me wrapping up this scene. It was about 8 hours of work, with a lunch break and dog walks.

Below, the final scroll.

It’s worth mentioning – and, really essential that I explain – that the music in this was the starting point of this animation. In fact, every animation that I’ve produced this year (12? 14?) began with some audio that I authored. This was recorded with a Moog, and I love it. I hope you do, too!

About Face

Following up on the last post, I finished the Face scroll over the weekend.

This was a lot of fun to work on, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

About Face WIP

As referenced in the title, this is a work-in-progress post.

Last month, I started another large drawing, based on a patchwork, stream of consciousness grouping of faces, which hover above trees in a park.

Scroll on my drawing stand.

Initially, I wanted this to be a drawing, but I hit the end of the spool of paper before I could finish it. Here is Goose sitting on the drawing, for scale.

Then, I thought it would be interesting to animate it. The first problem I found was the praying mantis in the foreground. I envision using this as a background on the multi-plane camera stand. The second problem was the scale of the drawing was too large to effectively animate.

I made a smaller version, shown below.

I made a first pass of filming this on Sunday, showing movement and sound.

I think this works, such as it is, so I intend to do a “real” take, where I add and subtract from the drawing.