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Kubo and the Two Strings

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Krysa Dec 13, 2015. 3 Replies

The teaser trailer was released today for Laika's upcoming stop-motion/CG hybrid film 'Kubo and the Two Strings'.I always look forward to their stop-motion feature films, but this has me quite…Continue

The BoxTrolls

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe (Dinoman217) Mar 6, 2015. 35 Replies

Today, Laika have released the first trailer for their next stop-motion film The BoxTrolls. Continue

Travis Knight article.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Feb 8, 2013. 3 Replies

Here's a nice long article on Laika CEO and lead animator Travis Knight.Fixed Link :)Continue

Merry Christmas!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roger Beck Dec 25, 2012. 5 Replies

I hope you all have a creative and happy holiday Continue

Beyond Craft

First Ever Digital Art.

So I joined the digital age and bought myself a Wacom Bamboo tablet. I mainly wanted it for post-production - stuff like deleting rigs, etc. Of course, I wanted to try out drawing on it too. I found it quite tricky, with things not doing what I wanted them to do. I definitely prefer the traditional method of creating art. It's much easier! Maybe I just need some practice. I used the bundled software - Art Rage 2.6.

So here's my first attempt! I quite like it, though there's not a lot going on. It's meant to be a dark, war-tortured landscape. Concept art for the monkey film.


Also, managed to get some pretty nice short fur. This taupe colour (pictured below) is for the General (he's old). I need to order some brown for the younger soldier. I wrapped some around the plasticine face just to see what it would look like. Finished heads will be latex.

Looks like an 'Eskimonkey' ;D


The Monkeys Learned To Build Machines

This is my current project. If I get finished in time, it'll be entered into the animateclay monthly challenge for May (which ends June 6th) - the theme being 'Broken'.

I put the witches on hold for now because it was merely puppet-building practice.

Below, you can see early sketches, ideas and development, and a couple of face sculpts of the 2 main characters. Repeating the 'mask technique' I have used previously, they will be slush-cast in liquid latex. Bodies will be covered in short fur fabric (possibly held firm with a matt glue to avoid 'boiling'), and fitted out with some kind of military uniform. Cool or what?! :D










 Oh, and while I'm here. CHEESECAKE! Of the lemon and lime variety. Baking is art, right.... :)


Gelatin-free. Suitable for animal-lovers.

Which Witch??

I was planning on doing another time-lapse drawing, but when I sat down with the paper deciding who to insult attempt, I went into day-dream mode and commenced doodling (like most of us do). Turns out, my inner-self wanted to sketch some witches. Well, that just put me in the mood to get a couple of witch puppets made. Sisters, probably. Cliché, of course.

Here are the roughs:
"Hello boyssss!"



Found some kiddies pencil crayons...

Gollum-esque.
I think I know this person...



The original doodles.

Gonna finalise designs today, so (hopefully) should get the puppets made this week. Progress updates to come...

 

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