Silver Crow Project

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 464

Hello everyone and welcome to what was my work space last night - my lap. Please excuse the jammies.
Whoopidooings:What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Tracing for Rotascope Animation
I was (and still am) tracing jackdaw images for one of the animations I'm working on for uni. This is for a technique called rotascoping - remember that Aha video - Take On Me - where she disappears into the comic? That's rotascope. I believe that the Aha video was the first time the technique was ever used in a music video too.
For 10 seconds of animation I have over 140 pages (my printer died so I may have to loop somewhere along the way) and each page has two images to trace. So far I'm 50 pages and 100 images down - I swear it looks like I'm tracing the same jackdaw image over and over again - lets hope she moves when I animate her. I'm going to layer her over the top of some Silver Crow images I have done in the past.
And finally - for those of you that asked last week... Thank you for being so supportive of these little animations. This is the boxes that I animated with a fellow mature student. We decided it had a definite Magic Roundabout vibe - betraying our ages. The idea was to give character and personality to inanimate boxes. So my friend moved the front while I did the back and the baby box. I am super proud of the wiggle!

Thank you for stopping by today - I'm popping over to Julia's at Stamping Ground to link up. Follow me over for more creative workspaces to have a rummage through :)


  1. I loved that AHA video, it was so different at the time. How interesting that the technique is still going - I bet it'll really suit the silver crow. I'm so glad that you're enjoying your course!
    Hugs LLJ 2 xxx

  2. That AHA video is still strongly in my memory, because it was so unusual at the time. I love seeing your little animations; can't wait to see how the Jackdaw turns out. Sarah #8

  3. Love the younger son did Animation degree at Wolverhampton Uni...I was always amazed at the patience needed and the great results....very definitely Magic Roundabout vibe to your video! :-D
    Happy WOYWW

  4. Oh, I loved that video and the song. Takes me right back to my sixth form days. I remember getting photos done, for my first passport, in Woolworths and that was playing in the shop!
    My daughter is studying Animation at uni (coming to the end of her first year) so I know just how labour intensive the process is. Good luck.

    Fiona #11

  5. Yep, I get the MR reference. and what a super wiggle!! Happy Wednesday, Cindy #15

  6. Oh I love that animated little box wiggle wiggle indeed :D as for the AHA Video I darn't click that link as the song will scorch my brain and will take me weeks to nurse it.. Great video though and super way to explain what you are up too..
    Hope you find some down time soon to enjoy just being you, it will be worth it all when the first of years is over.
    Creative Hugs & Thank you for sharing WOYWW
    Tracey #10

  7. I love the wiggle too! I look forward to your jackdaw cartoon! thanks for finding time to visit already. Helen #4

  8. Love that, what fun. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x28x

  9. Oh that AHA video takes me back, I can remember the buzz when it was released, nothing like it had been seen before, really cutting edge.
    love seeing your videos, the amount of work that goes into them are staggering-proper patient!

  10. WOW! I definitely is a blast to the past. Love the much work! I am definitely way behind on posting and getting around to other blogs this week! See you again Wednesday! Vickie #30

  11. wow..kind of fabulous! I hopped over here from SVS..I had no idea what dragon frame was so had to google that. I'm kind of enthralled but just learning digital painting right now so have to stay focussed!

  12. Wow, what a lot of hard work goes into it, I love your animation and 'wiggle' - very clever, you must have an abundance of patience. Thank you so much for stopping by my desk, sorry I'm so late replying.
    Hope you have a great week,
    Diana x #17


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