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.

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Astarte

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

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Canaanite Goddess

 

Canaan Goddess riding

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

Coll IAA, Photo (c) IMJ, By Yoram Lehmann

Coll IAA,
Photo (c) IMJ, By Yoram Lehmann

Exodus 16-19: A Stiff-Necked People

Music: “Reach Out I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops
Animation, design, direction, everything else: Nina Paley

Exodus 16: 1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

Exhausted Hebrews wander the desert, led by MOses, Aharon, and a Pillar of Fire

Exhausted Hebrews wander the desert, led by MOses, Aharon, and a Pillar of Fire

2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:

Hebrews murmur against Moses

Hebrews murmur against Moses

3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

Ungrateful Hebrews miss "food"

Ungrateful Hebrews miss “food”

4 Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

Manna from Heaven

Manna from Heaven

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Exodus 17: And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.

Thirsty Hebrews charged on by increasingly frustrated Moses

Thirsty Hebrews charged on by increasingly frustrated Moses

2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord?

3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?

Ungrateful Hebrews miss "water" and goddesses.

Ungrateful Hebrews miss “water” (and goddesses).

4 And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

5 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.

6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

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Water from a rock

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Moses smashes idols (in this case Canaanite Asherah figures)

Moses smashes idols (in this case Canaanite Asherah figures)

Exodus 19:20 And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.:

Moses prepares to ascend Mt. Sinai, setting the stage for the "Golden Calf" episode to follow.

Moses prepares to ascend Mt. Sinai, setting the stage for the “Golden Calf” episode to follow.

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

Venus of Willendorf

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.

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

The Exodus

Following the Ten Plagues – particularly the Death of the Firstborn Egyptians – the Hebrews finally leave Egypt.

Music: Free To Be You And Me by the New Seekers. More about that song and my use thereof in another post.

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Exodus 12:28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

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Exodus 12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:

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Exodus 12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.
:38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

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Exodus 13:21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

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Exodus 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

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Exodus 14:22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

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Exodus 14:23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

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Exodus 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

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Exodus 14:30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.

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The last beat is the desert, where the Hebrews will spend the next 40 years:

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Exodus 16:3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of theLord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

GNU & Improved GIFs

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Big ups to my friend Barry Israelewitz, who wrote a shell script for ffmpeg (based on this article shared in this comment by Paul Wise) and taught me how to use Terminal on my mac to make much better animated gifs than Flash exports directly. Currently it’s significantly more work than just exporting .gif from Flash, because I have to instead export a PNG sequence, import the frames to Quicktime 7, and export as a new .mov to use as an input file for making the gif. This may be streamlined a little bit in the future, but for now at least I can make higher quality gifs if I need to.

Below are close-up details of single frames. “Before” is here, “after” is above.

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Here’s a smaller-sized (because fewer frames) animated gif for side-by-side before-and-after comparison:

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Much better, no? Plus using Terminal is METAL.