The Story Continues: New Life and Impending Starvation

Now that summer is here again I’ve got a nice, long break from my faculty position at Kansas City Art Institute to make as much progress on Seed and the Sand’s meadow scene as I can manage. This set is still in Oregon at the family farm due to its enormousness and fragility! A few weeks ago I set off for the west coast with dog and child. Our first stop was Los Angeles for a little fun with friends and then up to Oregon to deliver my daughter to summer camp and get to work animating!

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The first job when we arrived was to reclaim my meadow set from the mice and spiders! The spiders still remain in the margins watching from above, beside and behind. The mice keep out of sight.

My puppets needed some maintenance too. I washed their little hands and brushed their messy fur.

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Gently cleaning with a paste of baking soda and a soft brush.

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Rinsing in cold water.

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Grooming and primping.

The storyboard cards are pinned up. I don’t always follow the cards precisely, but they help to guide my animation. I get a lot of inspiration as I work. New shots get added, and some get cut or changed.

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This set of cards tells a story of new life and impending starvation.

The first day animating, I managed seven seconds in 6 and a half hours. I hope I can keep up that pace. I’ve got a month here to get as much done as possible. I plan to be finished with this set by the end of next summer. When I get back to Kansas City in the fall I’ll be building a new set and bringing on a couple of interns to help with background animation!

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2 thoughts on “The Story Continues: New Life and Impending Starvation

  1. Kim Jordan June 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm Reply

    I love this little creature!

  2. Nancy G. Shuert June 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm Reply

    Wow great detailing by the way.. And Wait I didn’t realize you were here in KC I alumned at KCAI.. Wow.. I was going to say I wished I’d had you when I was there. but You’d be a lot older.. And don’t wish that on anyone.. Great work.

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