Space sounds and meandering digression.

One of the perks of doing this often is that it takes away the stigma of it being a big deal. So with this being the first for a while, let’s get on with it

It’s very difficult to ignore the news at the moment, it’s on my mind a lot, as I am sure with many others. There are terrible things happening to many innocent people. Just so you know this rambling meaninglessness has the days events weaved into its substance, if it’s not overt.

Molly Crabapple wrote some journalism (with illustrations of course) on the people Caught between Isis and Assad.

I used to have these (I am that old):

Still playing with Photoblender, all though it does seem more late at night when watching YouTubes:

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Loom bands are seemingly every where, even on my pencil. I also have a bracelet, which I wear with pride.

Making stop motion with an iPhone would appear to be living the dream, although I wouldn’t know because I live in Android. Would like to check out all those arty iPad apps though.

“Making films is all about—as soon as you’re finished—continually regretting what you’ve done. When we look at films we’ve made, all we can see are the flaws; we can’t even watch them in a normal way. I never feel like watching my own films again. So unless I start working on a new one, I’ll never be free from the curse of the last one. I’m serious. Unless I start working on the next film, the last one will be a drag on me for another two or three years.”  — Hayo Miyazaki

This quote is completely robbed from a beautiful, beautiful picture essay by Victoria Ying On Sketchbooks, read it NOW.

Legendary animator who gave me life changing advice when I was a student continues to dish out the sermons when I find her on the Twitter many many years later.

Gove got the chop, which is mildly cheering, because he wantonly ground the education system into the ground. But you can still slap him for free, if you wish.

A stop motion trailer by Jim Batt for the supernatural thriller The String Diaries.

Been having a terrible time with the render farm and Maya, had the last PC die loudly in my face and decided to upgrade to Mavericks and Maya 2015, (with one of those new Mac Pro vase things supplied by my company). Anyways things are moving forward but still having a touch of trouble with hanging renders on the network. Getting a man to look at it, etc.

Friend and former colleague Jonathan Doe has, bold as brass, starting uploading his “sketches” to the twitter. Follow him.

Listen:

Japanese childrens books that feature cut out shapes for the reader to cast as shadows to help tell the story:

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Source here.

Fell in love with this when I heard it on the radio the other day:

Lord Josh Homme (above), made a lovley program for the First Time on 6Music, and perfectly so ended the show with this tune:

(I kind of occasionally co-curate a Rockabilly tumblr over there, btw).

Molly Broxton, everyone:

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Finally(ish). Andy Serkis being generally awesome on a podcast with the Nerdist people. I think a lot of what he has said about Mocap and animation and acting has been taken out of context in the past (particularly by me), the man is an artist and a visionary and any talk, inspired by work he has done, of either animation, or actors not being needed in the future, is largely conducted by idiots. Anyways enjoy.

Okey doke. That’s it. Children begin the (not as long as I remember) school holidays today, hopefully it will bring bigs things for us all. In a good way obvs.

Perhaps you could see your way to doing this.

 

 

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365 Day Sketch Project Update: Days 23 – 37

Well over a month in. Quite chuffed. I had a few medical incidents during the course of this (see below) so there are a few rushed, but done.

23/365. Update on 12/365. I might be doing this a lot. Is that against the rules? #therearenorules #Iamtherules. Pencil. Notebook: Ethel.

24/365. So yesterday my foot had a severe altercation with the front room door. A long and difficult story. Suffice to say it involved a rogue birthday balloon and some spectacular but involuntary aerial gymnastics. I don’t think there’s any breakages, but there is pain and I’m moving about with a rather swaggy limp. #parenthood Consequently keeping it up in the air like this to avoid unnecessary throbbing. Multi-coloured ball point. Notebook: Ethel.

25/365. Various lunch time folk on the green outside. Completely unawares I am misrepresenting them so wantonly and with such poor skill. Hahahahaaa. Stabilo point 88 and Staedtler triplus fineliner on cartridge. Notebook: Leonidas.

26/365. Went for a swanky lunch in a swanky joint. There were swanky sugarcubes in swanky hermetic glass terrines. #livingit #swank Straight to V-ball. Notebook: Leonidas

27/365. Youngest’s very well worn but always loyal teddy. Still rockin’ after all these years. Pencil. Notebook: Zebulon.

28/365. Mo’ footballers. #ARG v #BEL. Pencil. Notebook: Zebulon.

29/365. From Sunday. (Been busy) Pilot V5 Hi-techpoint. Notebook: Zebulon.

30/365. From Monday. Ye Olde Stove Kettle. Had some trouble with the base of it there. Terrible business. Pencil and fountain pen. Notebook: Zebulon.

31/365. Rufus. Drawn in haste because he won’t stop moving. Vball. Notebook: Ethel.

32/#365. #NED v #ARG Stabilo Point 88 & Staedtler Triplus Fineliner. Notebook: Zebulon.

33/365. Cloud studies. Pencil. Notebook: Leonidas.

34/#365. View down the back garden, with the blessed shed number one in the middle distance. Drawn a day or so ago whilst taking a break from working on the 13 metre trench that’s going to be taking electricity down to blessed shed number 2. That’s 27/365 at the top of the page there. Pencil and fountain pen. Notebook: Leonidas.

35/365. The space between the fire place and the TV. Drawn during #BRA v #NED because it was so BORING! Includes one of the birthday ballons that caused the incident documented in 24/365, yet still lives on to haunt me like a tiny round ghost. Multicoloured Stabilo point 88 and fountain pen. Notebook: Zebulon.

36/365. Early birds catching worms, flies and seeds. Two sparrows were out maneuvering each other to catch a big moth like thing. (Tried to draw that down the bottom there) Pencil. Notebook: Zebulon.

37/365. Shakey rendition of the air con unit down the local health centre (don’t worry about me, I’m fine) earlier today. Pencil. Notebook: Leonidas

 

 

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Independent Immersive Cardboard

So I look at the date on the last post like this and just wade through my social media posts to put down anything of any particular note here, like a searchable back up, similar to what Scobletrousers talks about here.

The idea of an independent web is becoming increasingly vital I think, it takes effort, and does not come naturally to most. This blog is not currently self-hosted, but should be and I plan on making it so as soon as I can justify the cost. I chose WordPress for this because I get the impression it is portable as and when one is ready.

The recent controversy over the experiments Facebook was doing with peoples streams is a great example of why indieweb is so important. I have always found Facebook to be emotionally manipulative, like a bad Spielberg film.  It’s taken some time, self-confidence building and some shedding of giving a **** for me to start using it in a way that is useful and constructive, and I use it because so many people I know do and I would lose contact with them if I didn’t. This does sound bizarre when you write it down, but it’s as true for many other people as it is for me.

It was always a platform designed for young students to show off, that is what it is based on.

Here’s some Robert Breer.

It goes Areer, Breer, Creer, Dreer, Ereer, Freer, then me, Greer.

Mr Breer came to do a talk at my college when I was a student it’s not difficult to see the influence of his thinking on things like the Animated Journal.

It’s a beautiful summer (so far), we bought a new tent and spent a night in the garden. Adventures soon hopefully.

Garden Picture

I’m still loving Photo Blender.

Eli Wallach died. Remembering this as cinema.

My friend Hugh Cowling (awesome), who worked on the forthcoming Poets of the Sommes animations, told me about this beautiful little piece of stop frame.

I share a lot of stuff like this on my Tumblr, it is the form of social media internet I feel most comfortable with, most unselfconscious, if you like, I’ve been on there since early 2008, and I don’t think there’s been many days since I haven’t reblogged something.

This is taking a lot longer than I expected, I should do these more often so they’re not so rambly.

I previously mentioned my disappointment at the recent Godzilla 2014, so I recently caught up with Pacific Rim, which, although not exactly Citizen Kane, is great fun, it’s pitched perfectly, has a very valid message for the kids, is inclusive and has international characters working together. I found myself laughing and clapping my hands several times. That someone loves those kaiju and the rest of humanity so much, they would make such a film for the rest of us is heart warming.

Here is a quote from the director Guillermo Del Toro (culled from Wikipedia so it must be completely accurate) which illustrates just one simple reason why it’s a superior product to G14.

I don’t want people being crushed. I want the joy that I used to get seeing Godzilla toss a tank without having to think there are guys in the tank… What I think is you could do nothing but echo the moment you’re in. There is a global anxiety about how fragile the status quo is and the safety of citizens, but in my mind—honestly—this film is in another realm. There is no correlation to the real world. There is no fear of a copycat kaiju attack because a kaiju saw it on the news and said, ‘I’m going to destroy Seattle.’ In my case, I’m picking up a tradition. One that started right after World War II and was a coping mechanism, in a way, for Japan to heal the wounds of that war. And it’s integral for a kaiju to rampage in the city.

I think they got the go ahead to make some more, which is great news. Apparently this is unusual because it didn’t do so well in the States but did well elsewhere, and they don’t usually commission a sequel in such circumstances.

Had a go on this thing.

 

Was lucky to see some immersive theater last week. It was very intense, unlike anything I have experienced. Get into that if you’re wondering what to do with yourself, it’s actually ground breaking. Not sure there can be a lot of money in it though.

OK, I’ve spent twice as long on this as I was expecting. If you actually read this and liked it do something to let me know what you liked. If you didn’t like it, I don’t care, I’m going to keep doing it anyway.

Hit send.

 

 

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365 Sketch Project 11-22

Still going after over three weeks. It’s interesting to see what you notice.

(Text culled from the Instagram posts.)

(If you can’t see the embeds you might need to go here to see them.)

(Oh yes, and about half way through this sequence I start  recording which notebook each sketch is in, more on that later.)

11/365.  Bottle opener left to me by my dearly departed Nan. With actual scorpion. Probably as old as I am, if not older. A cautionary tale this. I began this drawing last night but soon became distracted by the beer I was opening with said bottle opener then was soon lost in revery of the evenings benison. Therefore the need to finish this now and slightly slide it over 2 days. I know far better and more talented people than me have tried this #365thing and not made it, so I am cutting myself some slack on that one. I can promise you that the scorpion is real, I’d like to think it’s encased in amber but it’s much more likely to be come kind of mid to late 20th century plastic. I am not an expert on such dubious matters. Nor am I an expert in the moral jousting of owning arachnid based cutlery. A small part of me feels I ought to destroy it, but it is beautiful, and my Nan gave it to me, and besides I have become quite fond of the shrieking sound the children make when they unexpectedly discover it amongst the spoons. Ink and pencil.

12/365. Lot’s of sad, angry, loud, drunk English people wandering around the streets making people feel threatened, atm. Losers. In other news: I drew this earlier today, in stages, whilst waiting for test renders. Pencil on paper. View out the window at work.

13/365. Detail of “Studies for The Libyan Sibyl” by Michelangelo. Pencil on prepared paper. Yes, it’s a drawing of a drawing again, but this time, as our fair England captain tells us, there are #noexcuses. You learn so much by following the lines of these works. Not that I go around dispensing drawing wisdom like I’m all that and a bag of chips, but I have suggested that people do just that when they’re lacking confidence in their own abilities. Mickyangelo knew a thing or two. TMNT as well, proper renaissance dude.

14/365. Daisies. Forgot to post this yesterday. Pencil, V-ball, coloured markers. Notebook: Zebulon.

15/365. Saplings growing out of broken tree stump. Leigh Woods. Pilot V-ball on paper. Notebook: Leonidas

16/365. Drawing of hat. V-5 Hightechpoint on paper. Notebook: Zebulon. This is a hat my father gave my son. It’s from the Czech Ice Hockey team the HC Berounští Bears, but most of the badges on it relate to speedway.

17/365. Farm gate. Straight to ink on paper. Notebook: Leonidas

18/365. Cars on Severn Bridge drawn blind whilst being driven back from extraordinary theatre experience in Monmouthshire. Straight to V-ball on paper. Notebook: Leonidas.

19/365. Tyndale Baptist Church. Pencil on paper. Struggling on with what I started on 10/365, still a way to go. That neo-gothic religious architecture thing is a real number. Notebook: Ethel.

20/365. “…and the goal keeper’s got football pie all down his shirt.” Drawn off of the telly at various stages of #Brazil2014. V-ball. Notebook: Zebulon.

21/365. View into Youngest’s bedroom. Pencil. Amazingly drawn yesterday just after we’d had a tidy up. Pile includes previously drawn hat, Nerf gun, foam clone trooper blaster, boxes full of various tiny plastic bricks and that. Notebook: Leonidas.

22/365 The blessed electronic device. On the charge. Window to the world. Recorder of things. Night whisperer. Shower of ways. Government spy. Etc. The only thing I don’t use it for is CGI, but that’s probably just a matter of time. The other day a friend lent me a cardboard thingy that turns one of these into a VR viewer. If only my 7 year old self could see me now. Straight to V-ball. Notebook: Leonidas.

 

 

 

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General Items of Interest.

Yes, so I’m still working out what this thing is, I make and think a lot of things and it occurred to me that most of it was either spread out all over the internet on social media sites or scribbled in notebooks never to be see.

I generally won’t be writing about what I am working on at BDH as we have a general policy of not speaking of such things until they are done, for reasons which should be obvious.

I subscribe to several TinyLetters which are lovely because they come across like personal correspondence, so I am going to treat this like that, a letter to an old friend (that’s you by the way), keeping them up to date. But I will keep plugging at this even though I am probably 10 years too late. ( a really good Tiny Letter, by the way is Pocket Lint by the aforementionerd Mary Hamilton, it’s a collection of interesting stuff she finds on t’internet).

I also should point out that these “daybook” posts will probably be a compilation of things stumbled across, written about or mentioned already elsewhere, but the writing things down seems to be suiting me, it’s making cogs turn upstairs, so I will endeovour to press ahead. Having a phone that I can type quite quickly on makes this a lot more feasable, as my time is usually limited.

Twitter started accepting GIF’s although they don’t seem to trigger automatically at the moment. like they would on Tumblr, a lot of the attraction of them for me wat it was a potential short film with no play button, the viwer had watched it as soon as they had looked at it, the play button turns it back into a request thing, but it still good I think. Surprising how old peices of tech just seem to hang in there and gain whole new realms of life in their own way.

There’s this clip of Phil Tippets Stop Motion pre-vis for the kitchen sequence for Jurassic Park (via mappeal).  Some of it much more compelling than the final result methinks, but I am old fashioned.

An old animation friend suggested it was better than Harryhausen but I am not sure I am willing to accept that.

(The acting is better though)

 

Molly Broxton is starting a small press called We Are Hermits. I am working on a little something for the first edition (I can tell you about that because it’s art not work, see?). You can sign up for occasional email updates here.

Did you see the Supermoon?

There were a couple of game announcements at E3 that really caught my attention. One was something called No Man’s Sky, its was made by a small company called, and they made a game that generates procedural worlds for you to explore. Here’s a presentation movie:

And then animation supremo David O’Reilly announced his game Mountain.

Mountain is a mountain simulator, You play as a mountain, and you get to do all of the things that a mountain does. I’m sure that fulfills all of your darkest and most disgusting fantasies.”

And watch this trailer for Mari Naomi’s book Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, it’s simple, but awesome:

Ok, that’s it. I could keep going but I need to wash potatoes.

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