|AlvinLeeArt Contest entry. Ended up in second place in the polls, and very honored to have been both a feature and a finalist.|
My previous semester at school have gone just fine, asides from the light frustration I was getting from my drawing class. I passed my electives in psychology just fine, it was a fascinating class. The drawing class continues this semester, but in addition to that, I am also taking animation elective in Stop Motion animation.
My stop motion teacher Erik turned out to be one of those awesome teachers who is bursting with eagerness, energy and enthusiasm, which suits me great. As I was sitting at my desk here just one week ago, after an odd night's rest that left me with a kink in my neck and not being able to turn my head left without it hurting, my brain had been buzzing over armature methods that we had just gone over in class the previous day. It was 9am, I was sitting at my desk, a kink in my neck, -25 Celsius in the blasting cold outside, me mumbling to myself "I gotta go to Canadian Tire". . . repeatedly.
I got dressed, all warm and such, clinging to an aching neck and minding not to move it much, waddled over in the bleak cold for the 15 minute walking distance to my nearest hardware store with the purpose of scouting the possible material I could use to make a puppet armature with. As I was having to browse the store, up and down, side to side, the kink in my neck had could not stop the determination of this drive to craft a good armature. I mean it, a good armature. I was not satisfied with the typical ball/socket armature that was presented to us. I felt it was a little unnecessarily chunky for certain parts.
All week, I had been fiddling with concepts, going over my anatomy book, trying to work out how to get a well articulated armature, crafting prototypes out of paper and foam-core, constantly sketching in a couple dozen pages in my notepad as I was mulling it all over again and again.
Well I'll be focusing on just Cricket and I'll be making the ball & socket armature. I'm about to head out to the metal shop to make the pieces. I am so nervous.
I will be supplying snaps of the casting exercise I have to do too. Let me just get this stuff underway