Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Spacedog, with apologies

I had created some new merchandise of one of my cartoon characters, and I received a message from Zazzle stating the item would not be allowed on the marketplace, this of course came as a shock, nothing was a copyright infringement, or offensive,..but then I realized my characters name, Zipperhead, is a derogatory slang. I've been using that name for so long, and I never knew it was offensive !

I sincerely apologize if anyone was upset or insulted, I have now changed his name to "Spacedog Laddie".

Part of me hates changing it, the old logo was actually drawn by John Kricfalusi 

But you won't find anything with that Zipperhead logo on it now, 
(unless your one of the people getting a mug or shirt this christmas). 

I'm really anxious to post some animation of him, hopefully soon,. for now, check out the new

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

the Puppets ! the Puppets !!

I've been called a masochist,..not that I'm into pain or anything, but I will usually do whatever it takes to get a job done, no matter how tedious, or laborious. Case in point, the latest animated video for Y - Band of Robots, is a "live" performance piece that is definitely the most complicated, involved, animation project I've ever worked on. (over 10,000 frames in one continuous shot to render)

As I mentioned in a previous post, I found a program called iPi, that lets you use the Kinect depth camera to record 3d motion, then apply it to whatever you'd like with your favorite 3d program. Well, despite having a brand new souped-up computer to work on, I can't use the software because I need a certain video card....
so, until I can make that happen, it's back to animating my robots as IK rigged puppets.

The drummerbot has 4 arms, each controlled by a goal object (the squares in the picture).  And even his kit has morph targets set to animate when he hits a cymbal, or a kick drum. Lots of graph editing.


The bassbot has articulated fingers on both hands, he only has 3 fingers on each hand for a few reasons, mostly to save time animating, but really, he's a robot, he can do more with 3 than people could with 5.

Eventually, I'm going to get the motion capture software to work, but I'm still tweaking the hell out of his moves with that precision bass.

I'm currently working on the keyboard bot, it's definitely not as involved as the other performances,
especially considering we wont get a close up look at her hands !

There are many improvements from the previous Ybot videos, like this one where I used Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 to create the fireworks and laser show.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

option 7

I'm working on so many different things right now, so I'm going to shamelessly use this weeks blog entry to promote one of my original music projects. I'm really excited about the music we've been coming up with, and looking forward to performing this stuff onstage.
For now you can preview some demo versions of songs heading for our first 2 cd's..

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