What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 463

Good Morning from Sunny Kent. (Hopefully sunny, I'm pre-writing this post on Tuesday. Think Positive. Spring is here. Spring is here.)

This is a little cheat as this is actually my work space from Monday but it's where I will also be today. Not at home - no, I have brought you along to my university in Canterbury. This is the animation room. I had just been given a quick demo on how to use Dragon Frame - an animation software. I had missed the proper workshops as I work odd hours due to having to leave early sometimes to pick my kiddos up from school. Flaming nuisance, but hey - the school seems to take a dim view of my just leaving them there. (Jokes, jokes... Kind of.)

So at this point I'd been left to my own devices to just play and get a feel for it. The images are just cut from an art magazine and it's stop motion fun.
Whoopidooings Blog: Learning stop motion animation with Dragon Frame
Whoopidooings Blog: Learning stop motion animation with Dragon Frame

A couple of the animations are below, hopefully they will play. They're very basic but as a complete technophobe when it comes to all the arty digital programs, I'm chuffed to bits and...  *whisper* may actually like Dragon Frame and stop motion. Ssshhh. I have whinged my socks off about Animation taking me away from Illustration. So it's a bit annoying that I like this bit - maybe because it's so hands on and not all done on a computer... even though I'm using a computer... does that make sense?

So today, Tuesday, I am working on a concept for a longer 10 second animation and tomorrow, (today now) back in the animation room to hopefully put it together.

We have six 10 second animations to do using various techniques... Which has been freaking me out a bit but I am marginally less freaked out now that I have done this. I also did a 3D workshop on Monday afternoon where we animated cardboard boxes moving around, the idea being to give inanimate objects a personality and character. It was such a good workshop, really helpful. My workshop buddy and I went all Magic Roundabout. Showing both our ages.

I hope you all have a good week ahead. Pop over to Julia at Stamping Ground to see more more creative work spaces taking part in WOYWW. 

Thanks for stopping by :)

16 comments:

  1. they do play, well done you! glad the Uni are helping you catch up on bits you miss. Did smile at your joke (grin) about the school and your kids! Have a great week. Helen #2

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  2. Your little stop animation films are great I'm glad that you included them bird is to watch hugs Nikki 4

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  3. WOW tech stuff is awesome, but back in the day I "did" forget one of my sons at Pre-School his brother reminded me when we parked the car in the garage. Get kidded about it every now and then !! You mentioned ATC cut outs in Julia's comment section. I have a Sizzix 656332 die but I think they have discontinued it. maybe on ebay. Some cover old playing cards, pretty close to the size. Have a fun day #11

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  4. Happy WOYWW. That looks like a lot of fun. Exactly the sort of course that I would enjoy - but I would have to travel a long way from Pembrokeshire to the nearest university, so it just stays in my head in this life. I haven't got my own kids, but I did forget to go and pick up my stepkids from the school bus once (my excuse was that it wasn't part of my usual routine - in fact I was busy crafting!). Ali x #12

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  5. Wow Carmen, they were fun animations. I dread to think how long it takes to put together even these short pieces. Glad you're feeling less freaked out by the process now. Happy WOYWW Sarah #17

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  6. Morning Carmen. Great fun! Well done you. Would love to see the magic roundabout cardboard boxes!!! Enjoy today's work. Nearly 50 years ago, when at college, we were given the opportunity to have a bit of fun with TV cameras... loved it! Makes me wonder why I ever therefore became a teacher instead...
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #7

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  7. Hi Carmen, fab project and videos. So good the uni helps you with looking after your kids too. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #8 XxX

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  8. How unusual! I bet you feel pleased with yourself. Remind me of the monty python animation (yep I'm old). I too may be being a bit presumptious - starting shifting winter/summer clothes around this morning. Too soon? Have a great Wednesday, Cindy #20

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  9. Brilliant! How fab that you had time to just get on with it - maybe you like it because it's quite an old fashioned technique just using modern tech. Love it :-D
    Hugs LLJ 16 xxxx

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  10. Saw your comment on Julia's blog re something to cut the perfect ATC size with - I remember Spellbinder's did a die that cut the perfect size once, not sure they will still have them now as it was a long time ago - but try Googling an ATC die and see if you get something - maybe ebay?
    Great animation - another string to your bow - lucky you doing such a course - sounds hard work but also there is a fun element!
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

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  11. I’m still working out that tomorrow is today. I love the idea of you having to resent animation because you like it and shouldn’t - it’s a creative dilemma!! ANd it doesnt matter, ATCs dont have to be straight or exactly alike do they...keep em to a basic frame of 3.5 x 2.5 and it will all be good!

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  12. Hi Carmen, that sounds so fun :) and I did giggle over having to pick your kids up from school lol. ~Stacy #33

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  13. What great animations Carmen, i'm a technophobe too and enjoy doing what I find easy but it's good that you have chance to play around and get the feel for it.
    I did laugh when you mentioned being late to pick up the children, it brought back the memory of me being late to pick up mine because I was left holding the baby literally waiting for a Parent to come and collect hers..!! Not an ideal situation.
    There are ATC dies around but it's so much easier to cut them with a paper trimmer, it will save you a fortune.
    Thank you for sharing your marvellous WOYWW what ever the day maybe :)
    Creative wishes Tracey #13

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  14. Animation, now this sounds interesting! Magic Roundabout! so miss it. Have a great woyww and happy crafty week, Angela x18x

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  15. That looks super fun!! And great to see your little stop motion films in action :) Hope you're having a fantastic day! xo Cheetarah #24

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  16. ooh those video's work brilliantly, great to see some of the work you are doing, such a brave decision to do uni and SO the right thing as your paintings etc are fabulous.
    kyla
    ps-hope end of year is going ok and your 100 days project.

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