Thursday, December 3, 2009

Train Drawing #08 - Natural Selection

Natural selection has a way of working things out...
Even in the pizza world.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Location location location?

Did a little background work while the render monster chomps away.
Animated 21 seconds this weekend and a 1577 frames of 2 character lipsync today... BABOOSH!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Train Drawing #54 - Pineapple Sandwich

Sad but true.
It's okay Pineapple, I still love you.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Train Drawing #47 - Sound Effects Jenkins

Number 47 - "Sound Effects" Jenkins
If you are a hobo, consider changing your name to this. Actually, if you are a hobo and have somehow weaseled your way onto the internets, bravo my good fellow, you have graduated from hobodom and are well on your way to being President*.
Now stop reading and start looking:
*and by President I mean unemployed, former hobo.
Nobody will hire a hobo, you know, with the economy and all.

Train Drawing #21 - Bacon and Egg

I ride a train to work.
If I was still 5, I would be thrilled about this.

A couple months ago I did a train sketchbook where I did at least one stupid cartoon every day.

Here is Day 21 - Bacon and Egg.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Motion Blur in MentalRay

(not my bg, just something to mess with the renders on top of)

So, MentalRay looks great.
And, motion blur is kind of neat for quick, cartoony stuff.

Put them together and you get a big, bowl of slow.
If you like math, this is the equation: MR+MB=SLOW.

Anybody have any decent looking motion-blur-in-post solutions?

Getting late, bed calling.
Need to investigate this MB in MR situation further tomorrow.

Oh, and bring a drill for Sean.
And Up blu-ray for the other Sean.

Monday, November 23, 2009

This is getting crazy!!!

It's a sign of the apocalypse... dogs living with cats etc etc etc
(new still from my short, eye like pizza)

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Here's a short giblet of animation.
Uno is very sad here. So sad, in fact, that not even icecream will cheer him up. Good try though cyclops... good try.
Ears are a bit too floppy/floaty/mushy/squishy. I'll have to sort that out.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Disco Cyclops!

Animated a whole bunch this weekend.. close to 30 seconds.
Here's a still from a real humdinger of a sequence. Disco is back baby!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sloooooooowwwwww Renders

For some reason the tooth brushing sequence is taking a long time (30 mins!) to render a frame. Mentalray was doing a really good job with the other sequences, which are essentially the same... just Uno and a couple props.

I noticed that some frames render in about 4 mins and some take 32 mins, could this variation be due to motion blur?

Anybody know rendering or mentalray enough to comment?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Brushing Your Teeth is Sad

If you are an animated cyclops, brushing your teeth can be quite an ordeal.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Backgrounds backgrounds backgrounds

Uno's second job is a Cold Milk Technician... oh yeah, livin' the dream.

Another Background Test

Getting later .. things looking better...?
We'll see tomorrow, again, as well, too.

Sad Uno in the forest

Stealing heavily from the classics for this background... and I'm okay with that.
Actually didn't end up taking long at all, could be a clever use of my time.

It's late, I'll sleep and see how I like it tomorrow. Night night!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bad Drawings of Stupid Things (and the opposite)

Coming soon!
(depending on how fast Mr. Scanner is)

29 seconds plus 16 seconds

I wish I had the strength of ten men .. or someone like Steven Segal or Chuck Norris or the Captain of the Steve Irwin; Paul Watson. If I did, I could animate more during the week nights.

The last two weekends have been productive though, 29 seconds and 16 seconds of animation done! Running total is somewhere over 2 minutes... the short is around 5 so I'm well on my way!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

100% smooth is not the best

So we all animate on low-res characters and things look nice and chunky and the world is a happy place. Then you finish your scene and turn on smoothed-mode and your character goes to mushy, smooth, noodle land.

Mushy, smooth noodle land is not the best.

Turn down the smoothing to 0.5 and experience +10 happy points.

A Couple Stills

Still finessing the lighting and colours and background.. it's coming though.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Well, these pretty little characters need a pretty, little background to live in ... nothing really working for me yet.

Uno in a teacup

Exhibit Number 1:
Uno is sad because he is in a teacup.
Also because he has no nose or mustache.

Happiness Lesson Number 1:
If you are sad, grow a mustache.

Firing Up The Blog

It's almost time to start real production on my short film, Eye Like Pizza.
Maybe I'll give this bloggy thingy a shot?!

Here's Uno the cyclops pizza gardener:

Character Design Lesson Number 1:
If you character doesn't look right, it's probably because he is lacking in mustache.