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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stop motion puppet: Silicone hands

Stop motion puppet: Silicone hands

This post continues detailing the creation of the puppet which we used for my sons school project. Today I am talking about how we created the “poseable” silicone hands. Creating the hands for this particular character posed some unique challenges. The armature we were using was the smallest size available, meaning the hands were smaller than average […]

Stop motion puppet: Armature and Padding

Stop motion puppet: Armature and Padding

I was lucky enough to pick up some paid stop motion work recently, and I wanted to explore a few ideas, learn some new puppet construction techniques, and do some testing before diving into the final project. As it so happened, my son Kaiya had a project on the Australian gold rush to complete, so we joined forces! […]

“Kaiya” Digital Painting

“Kaiya” Digital Painting

This image is created using a fusion of digital painting and photo collage. Kaiya loves futuristic things and always has interesting ideas about the future to share. I painted this picture for him.

Brainstorms

Brainstorms

A very serious video concerned with the undertaking of brainstorming sessions.