I actually have been working this past week, I’m just nowhere near ready to share any animation yet. Here though is a still from a work-in-progress. Everything might look different in the final thing, but at least this is evidence I’ve been doing something.
Continue reading Life in the Ancient Middle East
I interrupt this series of Ziz iterations to tell you about a new book you are likely to enjoy. It’s called Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive us Mad, by Liz Langley. Why are you reading about it here on my blog? Because there’s a whole chapter about ME, that’s why! Apparently I am a paragon of how not to kill your ex in a tormented rage, and make a work of art instead. Most of the other profiles in the book are about people killing/maiming/permanently damaging their exes or themselves after breakups, but an alternative is to make a feature film, which is what I did and how
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See, this is why I leave myself open to comments, even though they can cause discomfort. Sasha Rubel made an excellent suggestion. On areas that were already brown, I used gold outlines.
Continue reading Brown Outlines FTW
Two Zizzes, actually. The first has black outlines, which are thicker in the animated gif than the source file:
The second has no outlines, reminding me of 1930’s travel posters.
Maybe this Ziz is on its way to visit Palestine.
Continue reading Ziz of a Different Color
Slight improvements? Or exprovements? Either way, I’m still fiddling and posting the Ziz as it develops.
I’ve only just learned that if you post a work in progress, everyone wants to tell you how to change it. Not once did I request advice, but advice is clearly what I’ll get if I post unfinished work (or finished work, come to think of it). I’m free to ignore any or all of it; everyone on the interwebs is just talking, they don’t have any power over me unless I give it to them. I can “take what I like and leave the rest” – and sometimes someone offers something
Continue reading More Zizzy color
This is a test. This is only a test.
Continue reading Ziz color test
I can’t stop! And I haven’t even added color yet. This one replaces the sin-wave wings with the stiffer wings I made before, adjusted for a 24-frame cycle.
Continue reading Birdy Ziz II
This one has a beak and a different mane, a whole new head design actually. Also: dotted lines everywhere.
In case you’re wondering, all these modifications aren’t in pursuit of the Perfect Ziz. Any of the ones I’ve made so far would be plenty adequate for storytelling, and my motto is, “Adequate is Good Enough.” No, I’m just pulled along by curiosity right now. “What would happen if I did _______?” This kind of open-ended fiddling gets a lot of us artists in trouble – it’s addictive, and also “safe,” not risky like designing a whole new character, or actually telling a story, or moving on and getting a project finished. Hence
Continue reading Birdy Ziz
This one’s for Ravi Swami. It needed a little movement in the neck and head, but I thought the feathers were too much. Of course I might redesign the head, so all this will have to be re-done, but who cares, I’m crazy.
Continue reading Another Day, Another Ziz
Can I spend all day doing this? Without showering or leaving my apartment? Yes, yes I can. Now you know.
This one has a feathery mane.
Continue reading The Ziz With The Feathery Mane
Those previous Zizzes are 36-frame cycles at 24-frames-per-second; each cycle lasts 1.5 seconds. Above is a faster Ziz, on a 24-frame cycle. Because I left various components spaced per the 36-frame version, this one’s a lot more “active” – curvier, wavier, more energetic – as well as being faster.
Continue reading Ridin’ a Fast Ziz
Do you have any idea how many versions of these I generate in a day? A lot. I can’t possibly post them all. But here’s another one that I think improves upon the last one, by adjusting the timing of the legs and synchronizing the pairs of wings.
Continue reading Building a Better Ziz
So many details, so many things that can be tweaked in animation. This version is sinuous and sin-wavy, including trunk and tail. It took a full day to make these changes that may hardly be noticed by some. But, I am curious, and I’m into the kinds of wave animation that are possible in Flash, that I didn’t fully explore in Sita Sings the Blues because this learning takes time.
Continue reading Progress of the Ziz
This Ziz is in progress, people, as in not finished, so go easy on me.
Continue reading Ziz-In-Progress
Some infinities are bigger than others. This Leviathan has a few extra receding loops, making it more infinite than the version I posted earlier.
Continue reading Now Even More Infinite