Hathor as woman with cow head

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Timed for the Golden Calf scene. The song I’m using has beats approximately every 18 frames (at 24 frames per second).

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Faster Wadjet

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I had to re-time my Wadjet – she used to be 48 frames long, now she’s a svelte 36. Here’s an earlier version. She will appear in Exodus 32 along with all the other goddesses, accompanying the Golden Calf, who is Hathor.

Astarte

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

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Canaanite Goddess

 

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Based on this famous 13th Century BCE plaque found in Israel:

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Photo (c) IMJ, By Yoram Lehmann

The Golden Calf: Melting

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Hebrews tossing ass-loads (literally carried out of Egypt on the backs of asses) of treasure into a crucible, to cast into the Golden Calf.

Asherah-rah-rah

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My Asherah is loosely based on these:

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Because mine rotates, the design is super simple with hardly any detail. Here’s another version that looks slightly less like the real Ashera figures, but is a cleaner design (due to longer hair):

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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.

Venus of Willendance

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Venus

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How many frames of animation do you need to make something look like it’s moving? Two.

Lionized

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All these years and I’ve never designed/animated a lion? Here’s my first. Because goddesses need something to stand on.

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I’m gearing up to do the most interesting Seder-Masochism episode: the Golden Calf, wherein the stiff-necked people disobey Moses and revert to their pagan, goddess-worshipping ways. Lotta design work this month, because goddesses.

Chad Gadya embroidermation finished at last!

After a little over a year and a half, and many interruptions, we finally finished our embroidermated short, Chad Gadya. While we were working on it (actually I was working, Theo was procrastinating) this other embroidered short came out, but there are differences. Thanks to Theodore Gray’s stitchcoding in Mathematica, we weren’t restricted by (invariably crappy) off-the-shelf software. This allowed us to automate beautiful iridescent stitches and preserve them from frame to frame, so the resulting animation really looks like moving embroidery.

Every single embroidered frame you see here is available for sale, signed and numbered and one-of-a-kind. Only 9 months ’til Passover!

Chad Gadya will function as a sort of “intermission” in my feature film Seder-Masochism, marking the end of the Passover meal but just the beginning of the Israelites’ trials in the desert.

Update: Theo’s post on the technical side of stitchcoding embroidermation.

“It took a while to get all this code right, but of course it’s crucial that it cover every possible case, because when you’re doing animation, it’s not about getting one frame right, it’s about having an automated process that always gets every frame right, not just once, but every time there is an iteration of the animation requiring a re-render of the frames. We must have generated tens of thousands of frames (just generated the files, not actually stitched them!) before it was all looking good.” Theodore Gray

Update 2: All the stitching files we made for this are Free (CC-BY-SA) at archive.org! Download ’em and stitch ’em out as you please. They’re PES format; wish we had something better, but all embroidery formats suck.

Happy Summer Solstice!

SunEdit: Happy Summer Solstice to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere! And Happy Winter Solstice to everyone in the Southern Hemishpere. And to those in the tropics, Happy Just Another Day Pretty Much Like All The Rest.

 

Linoleum cut printimation

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These are some lousy test prints (I have no skill as a printer plus I used cheap water-based ink and cheap thin waste paper) I made of some linoleum print plates I designed and “cut” with the laser engraver at the local Fab Lab. The plates are to be part of a larger project with many artist participants, organized in Germany; I’ll write about it when it’s properly printed and officially released. My understanding is it’s about how the advent of the printing press led to the explosion of  a unique kind of illustration: the wood-cut. Since I think the internet is in many ways analogous to the printing press, I saw a parallel in its own new kind of illustration: the animated gif. So my (linoleum) “wood-cuts” were designed to end up as animated gifs.  When the project is done I will use the final, better prints to make better versions of these loops. But patience is not one of my virtues and I am excited about the test animated gifs I made from my lousy test prints, and when I make an animated gif I can’t wait to post it, so I didn’t wait, so here:

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Here’s a phenakistoscope from another print, using the same all-purpose goat in our Chad Gadya embroidermation:

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Some photos of the linoleum plates themselves:

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The plate on the right is of the “Death” animation; on the left is my test plate, which I used to gauge the laser engraver. I also did some hand-gouging on it, confirming I’d rather use a machine.DeathLinoleum