Bedouin Bagpipe Progress - 1

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 25-02-2011

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1898-1946 Young Bedouin man blowing (bagpipe) instrument.

Above is my progress so far on this animation.  I like the colors, but they’re too monotone and the bag is too blue.  I’m working on cleaning up the colors on the second frame, they’re a bit out of line.  Most of the faded areas have been lightened or darkened with level adjustment layers.  I’ll probably clean them up a little more, especially around his belt area where there was a bit of extra scratching.

While cleaning some scratches and spots, I noticed that dot (left) on his hand was on both frames. It’s a fly, I could probably have a little fun with that, there’s not much room for any other sort of environmental movement.

I’ll probably crop it a bit closer, but I like to keep it big until they get closer to complete.  His hands will have some pretty drastic movement, at least compared to what I’ve done so far.  The blowing movement with his cheeks will also be an interesting challenge. Then the movement of the bag, potentially with moving layers of the pipe and hands above… but that might be too much.  Perhaps I can just adjust the shadow around his arm to create the illusion of inflation/deflation.

I’ve shied away from too much movement for a couple of reasons.  Mostly because the way I create the movement.  I’ll be tracing his hands and making a new layer of them two times, one for each side of the stereo - I’ll just call them frames since that’s what they become in the animation.  Then I make a new layer for each frame recreating what would be under his hand if he’s moving - the background.  Otherwise, when I create the movement, you would see his original hands under the moving hands and well… I’m not really into sci-fi animations yet.  I don’t know if that makes much sense, but when I get to that point I’ll use the animation to illustrate.

The other problem is the movement itself.  I’ll have to work his fingers like like cut out dolls, piecing together joints and creating new skin in the bends then softening up the edges.  Sometimes I’ll warp them but for this that will kill the quality because the amount of warp it would take, the definition would be lost, shadows would blur, etc.

That’s getting a little deep into it, but that’s where I’m at so far.  Would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

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1900-20 Baby Samaritan Colorized Wiggle

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 16-01-2011

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1900-1920 - The Samaritans of Nablus (Shechhem). Baby Samaritan.

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1864 - Aiken’s Landing Girl, Colorized Wiggle

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 20-12-2010

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1864 - Aiken's Landing, Virginia (vicinity). Young girl at Aiken house

1864 - Aiken's Landing, Virginia (vicinity). Young girl at Aiken house

I fell in love with this image when I found it about 6 months ago.  Since then, I’ve struggled to imagine what to do with it.  She’s too stern to smile, her hands are fixed and her dress is too complex.  Then I noticed a bit of a wind blur where the ribbon on her dress is, and it occurred to me - the movement can be made primarily in the environment.  I focus too much on the subject when, sometimes, manipulating the environment can give it more of a real feeling.

Some details struck me when working with the full sized image.  She was married, and she was a very hard worker.  She’s young, yet her hands are scarred.  One nail appears to be just growing back in.  Her face shows a hard life, yet her hair and dress are immaculate, despite the windy day.  So I guess because of all these details, it was important to me to get her right.  Seeing things like that make the person more real to me and, hopefully, more real to you as well.

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1864 - Wiggle Optical Illusion

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 12-12-2010

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1864 - Aiken's Landing, Virginia (vicinity). Young girl at Aiken house

This is a bit of a spoiler for my next animation, but I wanted to share an illusion I see often making these.  Notice how her dress looks blue, then orange? And the brick looks orange, then blue?  This animation only has one colored frame, the second frame has no color.   It’s just an illusion, the brain filling in the gaps.  Most are not so pronounced because they have more colors.

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1900-1920 Old Olive Trees

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1900 to 1920 - Trees and shrubs. Old olive trees. (Olea europaea L.).

1900 to 1920 - Trees and shrubs. Old olive trees. (Olea europaea L.).

I was digging around looking for my next project and found this one.  I really love the depth and detail in this picture.  I thought of a few things I could do to animate it, but they would all make him look like he was… frolicking.  And that’s kinda weird.  Plus it would be hard to get it to look right.  But I thought it was worth sharing anyway.

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1900-1920 - Sudanese with Fife, Wiggle

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 21-11-2010

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1900-1920 - Various types, etc. Soudanese (i.e., Sudanese) with his fife.

This image has only a bit of restoration work, it doesn’t need my help.  This is one of those rare images with movement, one photo was taken then another a moment later.

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1900-1920 - Measuring Wheat, Wiggle

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 15-11-2010

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1900-1920 - Costumes, characters, etc. Measuring wheat.  Jerusalem.

1900-1920 - Costumes, characters, etc. Measuring wheat. Jerusalem.

I got lucky on this one, this stereo was in great condition.  You can still see a little fading on  his back, but I got most of it pretty easily.  I’m not totally happy with the grain right under his hand, but I think I’ve stared at this one enough for one night.

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1906 - San Francisco Demolitions, Wiggle Fail

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1906 - Dynamiting dangerous walls on Market St., after the fire, San Francisco Disaster, U.S.A.

1906 - Dynamiting dangerous walls on Market St., after the fire, San Francisco Disaster, U.S.A.

There are so many great images I pass up because of warping and fading.  You hear me complain about that a lot, this one is a good example.   The buildings on the left are warped, and it’s a bit stretched and uneven.  The flashing is from areas that have faded out over time, and would have to be evened out to really make it a good animation - and still, it’s hard to get them all.  To fix this image enough to make it passable, no coloring or extra animation, would take 2-4 hours.  I was layering it up and thought this would be a good picture to explain that.

For those of you that don’t know, this is a photo taken after the great quake in San Francisco in 1906.   It was around 7.9 magnitude, and 3,000 were estimated dead.  There are some great pictures out there, especially panoramas, that detail this disaster.  Check out the wiki page here.

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1904 - Willie “The Terrible”, Wiggle

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 14-11-2010

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1904 - Willie, "the terrible," under grandma's care for a few days in the country.  (Small boy with geese and ducks, with reflection in pond.)

1904 - Willie, "the terrible," under grandma's care for a few days in the country. (Small boy with geese and ducks, with reflection in pond.)

5 sections on the geese were cut out for movement here.  Then they were cut out again in the reflections and lined up to match the animation on the top.  Then my brain exploded.

I would have liked to animate the ducks to the left, but the wiggle is so strong there I don’t think it would have been very realistic.

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1900-1920 Fun at the Dead Sea, Wiggle

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1900-1920 - Around the Dead Sea. Man floating with book and umbrella in hands.

1900-1920 - Around the Dead Sea. Man floating with book and umbrella in hands.

I learned a lot creating this image.  Getting water right has been a challenge.  I used two different techniques on the water.  The bottom area is a repeating pattern, the top is just a bit of semi-transparent movement in 3 areas.  Besides the wiggle and water, there are three animated elements in this image, can you find them?

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