Saturday, April 22, 2006
Just In Under the Wire!
Starting at 6:30pm tonight I made my first wire/block armature, mach III based on the Rana sculpt.
Thank you everyone for the comforting support and good solutions to my time management affair. It really was a relief to hear from each of you that I'm not alone in the matter. I realize having days clip by at a race pace isn't something to complain about, I was just at a loss for how to better apportion my time. This 6pm browser boot may work out well!
I'm happy to report I completed the armature I wished to but I'll have to wait a bit to see how she moves, realistically Wednesday, wait, that's a lie to myself, *realistically Friday. (*if you don't know what a "Mittlesmurch" is, a.) good for you! and b.) it's for me, an intense, regularly occurring health issue that lays me flat out for a few days. c.) you don't wanna know. d.) I may need a code word to post so you'll know why I drop out; "Back Later, Gone Mittlesmurchin'?!")
On to the specs: I chose a three strand braid for the arms, two Almaloy, one galvanized 18 gauge wire. I wrapped the braids in flexible wire mesh to enhance the longevity, should the braid snap with use. I made a 6 strand braid in this same fashion for the legs, which are in the (confusing) backward knee action of a goat, so I can practice Rana's movements first. The wrapped braids were hot glued into drilled holes in wood blocks. The bones were lengths of small dowels, glued and wrapped with 30 gauge wire.
The rig: This morning I spied an extra Swiffer© mop in the pantry that I thought might make a good universal joint hip rig for Rana. It is utterly movable in every direction and stable, lightweight, with a handle that could fit in the channel of a cinder block for counterweight. If it tests well, I can paint it Chroma blue.
Next stop: Reading more about iMovie importing and compression, trying out Boinx iStop Motion software for the heck of it, getting either a copy of Muybridge on animal figures in motion or a digital clip to single frame study so I know how to work the backward bending knee joints, and testing the new mach III Rana armature in a short clip.
I wish you great success with what you are working on this week!