Astarte

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Astarte and her equine friends, based on plaques like this:

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Bee dance

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Some improvements on the bee goddess I posted yesterday.

Sweet Melissa

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That is this bee deity’s name.

Horse Quiltimation

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Algorithmic quilt fill patterns by Chris Carlson

Concept, design, reverse-applique snipping by Nina Paley

Stitchcoding & binding by Theodore Gray

Stitched by Behemoth

Based on horse photographs by Eadweard Muybridge, 1878

Same horse at half speed

Same horse at half speed

Livestock Exodus

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32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.  –Exodus 12, KJV

A Bug in My Ass

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So I’m animating an ass for Seder-Masochism, so the Hebrews have something to carry their stuff out of Egypt so their arms are free to let them walk  jauntily and leap around. I export a test and see this weird artifact on the upper foreleg. Flash is rendering the shape as it looks in vector editing mode. If you look carefully you’ll see the point on the upper right has a little bezier handle. Weird, right?

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It’s a bug in Flash (pre-Adobe Macromedia Flash 8, the only Flash I use), the likes of which I’ve never seen before. To make the artifact go away I had to re-draw the foreleg. Below is a render sans bug.

ass3What’s great about this is it solved my problem about how to best use “ass” in a blog post title. I was considering “What an Ass” or “A Fine Ass” or “I Made Myself an Ass,” but this is much better.

 

Locusts “eat every tree which groweth out of the field”

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The Locusts are coming…

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Yes, I know locusts hop. But I also want mine to march.

The Fifth Plague: Murrain (rough)

“3 Behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thy cattle which is in the field….there shall be a very grievous murrain.” –Exodus 9, King James Version

The fabulous music here is “Dead Animals” by Mental Decay.  You should really hear the whole song. I have no idea why this band isn’t more famous.

A Very Grievous Murrain

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The Plague of Murrain comes after the Plague of Flies, which is good because I have animated flies on hand already.
I love making endless loops in Flash, especially when they involve “perspective.”

Fly

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There’s gonna be a whole plague of these.

The Second Plague (Frogs) – rough

Music is from “Frogs” by DJ Zeph featuring Azeem, from the album “Sunset Scavenger.” It’s from 2004, making it the most contemporary song in the film. I almost used Taylor Swift’s 2014 “Bad Blood” for Blood, but I ended up deciding Josh White’s 1933 “Blood Red River Blues” was simply a better song. It wasn’t due to fear of lawsuits; I decided long ago not to allow copyright to determine my artistic choices. If you don’t know my stance on Intellectual Disobedience, you can learn about it here:
youtube.com/watch?v=dfGWQnj6RNA
and here:
blog.ninapaley.com/2013/12/07/make-art-not-law-2/

I’m curious what frogs DJ Zeph and Azeem were originally referring to. Here, of course, the frogs are these:

“3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:

“4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.” -Exodus 8, King James Version

Frogz

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Having found suitable song snippets for all Ten Plagues, I am now animating them. This frog is adapted from one in Sita Sings the Blues, where it appeared in “Am I Blue.” In Seder-Masochism it stars in the Second Plague, “Frogs.” Above, a nice messy mass o’ frogs (on a beat of 13.5 frames – the song itself is 13.3 frames per beat, but close enough). Below: same frogs marching in a 27-frame lock-hop.

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Egyptian Falcon

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Another thing for Seder-Masochism.

Cattle of Egypt

I’m back to working on Seder-Masochism after a very long hiatus. Here are some biblical Egyptian cattle:

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And here they are after I AM THAT I AM gets through with them:

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