Moon and Ouroboros

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Snake Goddess

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Animated sketch for a work in progress.

Snakes

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snake16_7Some snake experiments in Moho Pro 12.

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Cucuteni

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Susan’s “Entlebucher Bounding”

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A Hundred Dollar Flipbook for Susan, except I didn’t do it as a flipbook, I did it all on one sheet:

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And then I took out frame #6 because it didn’t look right. Here’s the same cycle larger:

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Tiny Cat Run

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This is mostly copied from the sample running cat in Richard William’s Animator’s Survival Kit book, minus frame 6 (below), which looked weird in the cycle.

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More Tinymation: Stomping Grapes

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I said I was gonna draw tinier, and I did:

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Yeah these are tiny little guys all right. Or gals, who can tell at that size?

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I really like the spontaneity, freshness, and non-computery-ness of drawing tiny on paper. Lately I’ve been drawing little flipbooks, but even this “Ganesha Marimba” looks suspiciously like a conventional pencil test, in spite of being only a couple inches wide and drawn in ballpoint pen. So I upped my game and drew even smaller:

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This is easier than drawing flipbooks because I can see everything at the same time, rather than only the one drawing previous. And it’s tiny! So full of lovely mistakes and life.

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Next I plan to draw even tinier!

Hundred Dollar Flipbooks?!

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New experiment!

For $100 I will make a little flipbook animation inspired by your request. For another $100 I will mail you the original* flipbook.

*It’s $100 because if I let go of the originals I’ll have to scan every page at high resolution for posterity, which takes some time. Whereas it’s much faster to just shoot a little “pencil test” with my phone camera. Rules are the same as Hundred Dollar Drawings:

  1. No caricatures

  2. Requests must be 2 words (or fewer)

These suckers will be maybe 20 frames or so, shot drawn with quality ballpoint pen on thin, flimsy 6″x4″ or 5″x3″ notepads. Examples:

Ready? Use the Paypal button linky things below:

$100: Nina draws your flipbook:


+$100: Said flipbook mailed to you:

Please put your two-words-or-fewer request in Paypal’s “message to seller” box on checkout. If that doesn’t work, email me. If that doesn’t work, I will email you.

Horse on a Recumbent

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More Moho 12.

Mesh warped Jesus

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Bike and Car

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Messing around in Moho 12

Some little tests and experiments using the new animation software I’m studying (formerly Anime Studio Pro; actually was called Moho before that.)

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Hor to Draw a Bicycle

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How to Draw a Minotaur

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Quick sketch with bone rig and “action” I exported and imported into the Minotaur file above

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Mesh Warping (selfie from the last time I was in a doctor’s office)

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Pin Bones and background masking

A Pony for Vermin Supreme

A Pony for Vermin Supreme

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I am blessed with a terrible memory, which allows me to get fresh enjoyment from my own work after enough time passes. So it was especially fun to come across a Facebook post in an unfamiliar language with a gif of my animation from 2004:

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By some miracle, the original .fla files were on one of my main disk drives, so I reformatted one for today’s preferred 16:9 aspect ratio, and voila:

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Maybe I’ll find some way to use it in a new project, and render it as 4K video. It was originally part of a short I was going to do about depression, because in 2004 I was very depressed. Instead I made Sita Sings the Blues, which was probably  more therapeutic. But I sure like this walk cycle.

The original 640 x 480 gif is here, uploaded by some anonymous archivist.

New York City! Seder-Masochism Work-In-Progress Benefit April 21 at IFC

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Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 7:30 PM EDT
IFC Center, New York, NY

You must purchase advance tickets for this event.

All singing! All dancing! All 40+ minutes of my feature-film-in-progress, Seder-Masochism! This is not the finished movie, but the core musical scenes animated in Flash. While I take a production break to learn new software to make the rest of the film, let’s watch all these crazy scenes together in a theater. Featuring:
Goats!
Egypt!
Plagues!
Death!
Idols!
Commandments!
Unsubtle phallic imagery!
…and MORE!

FREE MATZOH!

Big thanks to my friends at GKIDS for making this happen.

Seder-Masochism is Nina Paley’s second feature film, currently in production. Like its predecessor  Sita Sings the Blues, it’s an animated musical – but this time it’s based on the Passover story, the Book of Exodus. In spite of being an irreverent atheist, Nina is also a card-carrying Jew, entitling her to make scenes such as the now-famous This Land Is Mine:

Here are a few stills and animated gifs from the project:

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Thirsty Hebrews charged on by increasingly frustrated Moses

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