Friday, October 29, 2010

Fat Fridays!

Hello everyone,

I'm currently working on Part 4 of the Ghost Story on Erroneous Maximus.  I'm also working on squishing my webcomic ideas into something presentable.

Those won't be done until next week though, so in the meantime I introduce to you ... FAT FRIDAY!

What is this madness you speak of, oh grizzled wizard?

Well, I like music, and I like weekends.  I want to share some music each Friday that gets me excited for the weekend.  Generally things with fat beats.  I'll start out with a modern classic of electronica: Bassnectar, and his wunderbar piece called Timestretch.  It feels like Bassnectar can stretch time with this track, so lets stretch the weekend a little further this Fat Friday!

Have a safe and happy Halloween weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Comic ideas

Time for an update!

So far I have 2 comic ideas that are feasible and original.  I'll be sketching up some rough character ideas the remainder of this week, and then putting something together (probably in paint) over the weekend, so I can showcase both ideas on Monday!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday Comic Challenge!

This week is dedicated to NEDROID and BEARTATO! Could it get any better?


*Blogging is really great.  I always get excited to share new stuff with everyone.  It's a feeling like stepping off a cliff, but waiting below is a giant marshmallow to catch you.  Which you then chew through to another cliff and marshmallow.  Also there is bacon in the center of the marshmallow.  Right, so, here is the deal-yo:

My personal challenge is to create a new webcomic, from scratch, and place it on this blog every Monday**.

Check my art below to see what these will probably end up looking like.  Extremely homely and rough, and I expect the humor will be the same!  Hopefully, over time, these things will improve.

My goal is to make everyone's Monday a little more enjoyable, and of course to get better at this stuff too.

**Unless life sucker punches me and I have to do other things for a while.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A slew of creatures!

By popular request, a unicorn (an?)!

To be clear, this handsome young unicorn is saying "Neeeeigh" and then "Weehehehe", which are the two more common animal calls that unicorns native to North America will make when performing magic.

And now for two more poorly drawn and roughly animated forest friends!
He'll get there...

Owl + Sugar

More later - maybe some music, maybe something else.  I don't know.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Easy Animations!

First, draw something simple in MS paint.

   (or use another drawing program of your choice) 

The simpler the better, to begin with.

To demonstrate, I drew a woodland creature of questionable species.

Inanimate object!

The poor creature is frozen in time, so we better free it fast!

First and foremost, name your creation! (optional)

This one's name is Rumbelly IV 

The next step is to determine the movement we want.  Anything is possible!  Since the drawing took about 20 seconds, lets take about that long to figure out the movement.  Then we can churn out our very own lo-fi forest!

I for one would like to see Rumbelly wag, and then have him growl.

Well, just go to your original wire-frame, and modify! To wag his tail, Rumbelly's tail must be erased and made to appear - in separate drawings - in the locations where it will move to.

The number of locations you move something to is important.  This is because if I animated Rumbelly's tail to seven different locations, it would look smooth, but if 6 of those seven locations were tiny adjustments, while the 7th moved a large amount, the animation would look smooth then jerky.  Basically, you can animate with a minimum of one change to one picture, and the human eye will fill in the movement.  More frames gives a smoother animation, and the human eye likes more than 24 frames per second!  

Cripes, eyes, calm down.  We are going to give you like 5 per second and you shall see it works much better for lo-fi things such as Rumbelly.  Eyeroll at my own eyes.

As you can see there are about infinity animation rabbit-holes above that you can go down and learn about endlessly.  Some people did this and they are now called Pixar and Dreamworks.

Like I said though, we are after some lo-fi goodness, and the basics of animation, so I'll just make 2 more pictures of Rumbelly's tail in different places.  
I like to name them starting with 1
This is #3
To make him growl, I'll just make an extra one with his mouth open.

Now what?
Now we get a GIF animator from the amazing intertubes!  I like one called "Easy GIF animator".  It is a demo download, but you can use it many times for this sort of thing.  By the time it runs out you are either sure you want to be an animator or you are done with this noise.  It's a tiny file and doesn't mess with your computer.

When you open your animator, start a new animation.  In Easy GIF, this will prompt you to upload pictures.  Just upload them in order (numbering them helps here).  I like indefinite animations, and I like my delay about .15 to .20/sec for lo-fi projects.  I also just set it as center, and so on.  

You can monkey with the setting all you want I guess.  I am going to load up Rumbelly!

Well now, we have a little creature that does our bidding, mwahahaha!

You can see here I did the frame sequence: 1-1-2-3-2-1-1-4:  This makes Rumbelly pause, wag, pause, growl.

A different sequence gets very different results!

 We can do whatever we want!

We could put a wizard's hat on the old fellow, or we could make Rumbelly scamper through some woodlands.

One of the best things is to color your animation once you have it moving how you want and where you want.


Usually for these I will drop the file into .gif format within MS paint itself.  The program will degrade the picture quality, which makes your lo-fi more savory.  Yes, savory.

There's a lot more you can add, and you can make huge scenes or entire epic sagas using this method.

That's all for now.  I can go into more detail if anyone wants, but that's the basic nuts and bolts to simple gif animation.

Questions? Comments? Creatures?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tutorial Incoming

I'll post a tutorial on how to make simple MS paint drawings into simple animations (only takes a few minutes) soon!

I started doing these because at my current job we have an interoffice chat, and new emoticons were a form of crack/cocaine to us entertainment starved cube-dwellers.

In the meanwhile, have pic and gif of an impatient rhino.
He gets blurry when he moves fast?     

Friday, October 15, 2010

So, what's up internet?  Here's a bird I drew. 
And here he is animated.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Oh hello!

Why yes, I do need two blogs!

This one is for everything else besides writing that I think is nice or interesting or funny or...just drawings or music I make.

This respectable gentleman's blog got me thinking I should make a more lighthearted blog.  As my first post, have a bunny I drew in MS Paint!