My account of the Total Eclipse of August 21, 2017

It was very hot. We found a country cemetery (Ingram Hill Cemetery, outside Harrisburg IL) on a hill at the last minute. It had shade trees as well as open spaces, and a beautiful view. The great hills of Shawnee National Forest rose in the distance. A huge storm cloud hovered in the east. We’d been anxious that morning about clouds; the radar showed scattered rainstorms. There were other clouds around the horizon, but over our cemetery was all clear.

The eclipse was in progress by the time we got there. We wouldn’t have guessed; it was bright and hot. My weather app said “feels like 104F.” Just sitting in ____’s non-air-conditioned

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Total Eclipse

It looked kinda like this.

It looked kinda like

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God-Mother

God-Mother from Nina Paley on Vimeo.

Here it is, the intro/prologue to Seder-Masochism. Uploaded at 1080p instead of 4K because I’m sure I’ll fuss with it still.

It is by far the slowest-paced thing I’ve ever animated. Be patient. Best at full screen.

Animated in Moho Pro.

Stills:

 

God-Mother from Nina Paley on Vimeo. Here it is, the intro/prologue to Seder-Masochism. Uploaded at 1080p instead of 4K because I’m sure I’ll fuss with it still. It

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More horse gifs

I spent all day grappling with a bug in Moho. It was distorting shapes on duplicate layers, making it impossible for me to do my work. Hours and hours spent banging my head into a wall. I submitted a bug report and the corrupted files and…the techs could’t see the distortions. And in fact, when I re-opened my files, the distortions were gone, even though they were absolutely there before. I made new files and the same distortions occurred. But when I quit Moho and reopened the very same files – that were absolutely distorted and not just in the work area, but on renders too – the distortions were gone.

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Men

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Goddess Tree

 

Stouter, better:

  Stouter,

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Snake Seed Sprout

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Snake Plants

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Splash

Stylized splash made in Moho.

Variation:

 

Stylized splash made in Moho. Variation:

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Goddess of the Fishes

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School O’ Fish

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Swimming Goddess

Moho Pro drives me crazy sometimes, but things like the above are easy as pie. Easier than pie, even.

Moho Pro drives me crazy sometimes, but things like the above are easy as pie. Easier than pie,

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Herds

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Floaty Dreamy Prehistoric Horse

More Moho, which I like a lot more since abandoning “target bones”. I realize floaty dreamy movement is usually a rookie mistake, but in this case I’m trying to make the animals look floaty and dreamy. I actually need to make the deer and rhino more floaty and dreamy. The bear I have to make over from scratch.

More Moho, which I like a lot more since abandoning “target bones”. I realize floaty dreamy movement is usually a rookie mistake, but in this case I’m trying to make

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Deer

What I’m learning in Moho Pro: Target Bones are more trouble than they’re worth. No target bones on this deer, less automation and more control.

What I’m learning in Moho Pro: Target Bones are more trouble than they’re worth. No target bones on this deer, less automation and more

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