12 February

Donald trump, Red bird, Marbles

Donald trump, Red bird, Marbles

A few recent paintings. The trump picture was drawn without looking at the page then painted, just a bit of fun 😛

7 December

Hype is the new Flash?

Hype is the new Flash?

What tools do you use to create interactive learning objects? Adobe Captivate is a useful tool which benefits from a shallow learning curve, however it tends to rely heavily on imported content for anything beyond basic interactions (drag and drop, slide navigation, media display). There are some promising cloud based solutions however these tend to […]

5 May

Noah Stop Motion

Noah Stop Motion

Poem, art & animation by my son Noah:

11 April

Making music on iPad

I have been experimenting with making electronic music on the iPad. For the tune below I used a pattern sequencer app called “iSequence”. Recommended listening configuration: Headphones and a beer. SoundCloud / Raph Roberts – via Iframely

17 March

Game art

Game art

When I was 15 I was addicted to a computer game called “Descent”. In the game, you flew a ship around in underground tunnels shooting robots, it was enormously good fun. The makers of the original game are now creating a spiritual successor, known as “Overload“, and it will likely ship with a custom level editor. […]

7 July

3d printed stop-motion head – Yarra the mother

3d printed stop-motion head – Yarra the mother

Todays post details the creation of a bust for the other adult character in the film – Yarra the mother. As with the other characters, I begin work by creating 3d geometry over the top of a front and side photo view, using Blender3d. Here is the progress after blocking out the basic geometry.Due to […]

19 June

Stop motion puppet – Painting and Mohair

Stop motion puppet – Painting and Mohair

I have started looking at painting and adding hair to my 3d-printed character heads. I watched a very useful tutorial (link) in which an artist uses “adhesion promoter” as an undercoat. This seems to remove some of the print lines, reducing (somewhat) the need to sand or acetone bathe the models. Below is a 3d print as […]

11 June

3D printing moulds for silicone hands

3D printing moulds for silicone hands

This post details the construction of stop motion puppet hands which are cast in silicone from a 3d-printed mould. By 3d printing moulds, I hope to be able to re-print the same “base” hands at different sizes, for the different characters in the film. 3d printing also allows me a greater accuracy than using the traditional […]

4 June

3d printing heads for stop motion puppets (Part 2)

3d printing heads for stop motion puppets (Part 2)

3d printing has definitely made a huge impact on the stop motion community. Components of stop motion puppets which were traditionally made in clay or silicone are now being 3d printed. From a creativity perspective, a wonderful new avenue of exploration is now available to stop motion animators. I have found there is currently very little […]

29 May

3d printing Heads for Stop Motion Puppets (Part 1)

3d printing Heads for Stop Motion Puppets (Part 1)

Todays post is about 3d printing and dissecting a human head (woah)… …More specifically, today I am writing about using Blender 3d and a Zortrax M200 printer when creating puppets for stop motion. I wanted to explore 3d printing technology as it can be applied to the creation of component-based puppet heads. Replacement mouths are often used […]