In the movie Bambi there was a lovable little bunny named Thumper.
He used to bang his hind leg rapidly on the ground to make a sound.
This is what real bunnies do to alert others in the area.
It is a little known fact that in WWII the british army had regiments of bunnies trained to use their thumping skills to clear mine-fields. There is still controversy surrounding exactly how they did this. The British army claims they could detonate a mine with their thumps from a safe distance. While others have claimed that they just turned an ass-load of bunnies loose in the fields and collected the survivors on the other side. Either way, I'm sure they where quite lucky to have them.
Last night, I had a vision. It may have been a dream. In either case, an angel appeared above my bed, and spake unto me thus: "Dick. The bunny is angry" said the angel. "
"Why?",I responded. It was a reasonable question. I had after all given the bunny a lovely web page pretty much to himself. In fact if you want to nit-pick one could say I actually created the bunny from the nothingness of cyberspace. I gave it form, and color (a lovely light magenta) and eyes with which to blink. And the cuteness....
...all me... why should the bunny feel angr... The angel cut me off saying "Are you finished?"
"Was I talking out loud?"
"No. But ah...HELLO, ANGEL!?" "I can see the hearts of men and know their darkest and deepest dirtiest and disgusting...est little horrible secrets"
" I don't think that's a word."
"Hush", said the angel softly. He/she then continued, "basically the bunny is angry becau..."
"Are you the shadow?"
"You know the SHADOW. Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of blah blah blah." The angel stared blankly. "The freakin' SHADOW!?!, Lamont Cranston, he was played on radio by Orson Wells-- and then in a crappy movie by Alec Baldwin...? He could cloud men's minds and therefore seem INVISIBLE. Are you getting any of this?"
"No!" The angel scream-chanted in one of his more awe-inspiring voices. " I am a messenger from the bunny, and I have come to inform you that the bunny is ..."
"ANGRY!!! very very angry. And I have been sent to warn you and guide you to fulfilling the bunny intentions, lest you be consumed by..."
"No, not the bunny. Don't you know only one breed of bunny eats meat?"
"Well I think I heard that somewhere..."
"If the bunnies wishes are not fulfilled you shall be consumed by fu..."
"FUR!?! What's he going to do rub on me and make me have to clean my pants with sticky tape?"
And now the angel was angry and he spake unto me thus more. "Look smart-guy, first it's fury, okay. You'll be overcome by the wrath of the bunny." I began to speak but he went on, waving his hands in the air. "It doesn't matter exactly what it entails. Just know that you WILL be hip deep in it.
I'm an ANGEL and the thought of being hip-deep in bunny-fury scares the crap out of ME."
...to be continued
Once upon a time,
There was a dog the size of an oven mitt. He was a small gray dog with brown spots named Arthur.
His master had named him Eddie. I don't know who named the spots.
One fine spring day, while searching for another place to pee, Eddie discovered some loose bricks in a retaining wall which he had never seen before. Being a curious and energetic doggie, he proceeded to rip the bricks from the wall with his teeth.
Once the last brick was out and the dust had settled, he saw a deep black cavern boring back into the side of the hill farther than his little monochromatic doggie-eyes could see. He sniffed the air instinctively, but only detected a faint odor of squirrel, and something... unfamiliar.
He inched his way into the cavern. After only a few feet he trotted back to the grassy area outside the wall and sat for a moment collecting his thought.
He was concerned about the sun going down. The sky was reddening and he feared complete blackness might come while he was down this unknown and already dark hole.
But steeling his canine courage, and taking a good whiff of his own asshole, he forced himself to move onward.
After about 700 feet in complete darkness, his right forepaw dropped out from under him. He felt a sharp pain in his snout as his pooch-face hit what felt like concrete. He feared, for a moment, he was falling off the edge of a precipice. He skittered with all of his other legs to to keep from falling over the edge. But he soon realized his leg was merely down a hole.
He yanked his way up. And felt around for a solid piece of ground on which to place his formerly dangling leg. He laid down for a few moments and waited for the soreness in his neck and jaw to subside.
Just then he felt a breeze blowing from above him. He wished for a moment that he could be like a lightning bug and light his ass up. He wondered what could be above him. Was it a hole, another passageway? Was there some creature above him breathing on him?
As a puppy, he heard many tales of dog-eating creatures that lurked in hidden caverns, behind shoddily built brick walls, just waiting for foolish dogs to open up the passageway and walk in. No wait, he never heard that. He just thought of that right now. Perhaps he should just leave.
Getting up to leave, he bashed his head on the wall, he didn't think was there. The truth descended upon him like molten plastic rain. As he skittered with his leg in the whole he must've turned. He didn't know how much he turned. in this darkness, though he could tell where the two walls were, he had no way to know which direction was back where he came, and which was going to lead him deeper into the scary hole.
...to be continued
I only needed one character, but I always make a lot of them so I can pick and choose and recombine and so on. It's pretty standard way of working for art design.
In any case the bottom left was the one that I decided to go with. But the bottom right was so interesting to me, and suggested many interesting behaviors, that I will use two characters.
Needless to say the last one will likely be either serious or annoyed all the time. He's going to be very funny.
I will drop updates here as the design progresses. As the 3D models are made and tests are rendered they will be here too.
You can click on the image to see it larger.
This is my second render test with cycles and blender on my new machine.
In this one I was also learning how to make and animate fur.
This is important because my upcoming short will have a furry character in it.
Let me know what, if anything, you think of it.
I recently custom built a linux based machine specifically made to run blender.
It has a 3.3 GHZ quad core processor and a Nvidia GeForce 750 ti graphics card.
This is the first video I made with it.
Let me know what you think.
Future posts will be more advanced animations and tests for my up coming short film "Public Service Announcement"
I put this here so I can find it. I hope you like it. This reminds me that I haven't done any animation for a while.
I need to get back to it. I have about ten unfinished projects right now.
The first one I do will very likely be "Public Service Announcement". I already posted some of the pre-production art from that on this blog.
Somewhere in the move from my old host the image got lost. But I recently found the original drawing. (on apaer!)
I will rescan it and put it back up here soon.
I often doodle by looking at other people's artwork and half-assedly try to copy it. In this case I was looking at Bernie Wrightson's stuff and I think this panel was in a "Creepy" issue. The title of the story is "Jenifer". Yes, I spelled that correctly. Go look it up.
It's a cool story. I have the original "Creepy" in which it appeared. It has been made into a live action story on the horror series "Masters Of Horror". It has also been reprinted in Dark Horse's hardcover book "Creepy Presents: The Best Of Bernie Wrightson". (Which I also have)
After drawing this in pencil, I scanned it. Then I turned the pencil lines into "ink" by fiddling with the contrast. I cleaned it up a bit, then painted it, all done in Photoshop.
I am not putting it here because I think it's great. I am putting it here because I could.
This is just a thumbnail. If you click on it it will open up the full size image. This image is much larger than the original drawing actually was.