The Circus Comes to Town. Today, rp and I went to see Sharmanka Travelling Circus – a performing mechanical theatre by artist and inventor Eduard Bersudsky.
It was the last day of the exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath and I’m so glad I caught this fantastical delight. The body of work are kinetic sculptures, set to music and lighting.
Theatre and animation mixed with humour and strangeness in equal measure to create a magical performance. Titles of the individual pieces, such as Swinging Big Ben, The Bird’s Tower and Eternal Triangle of Love gave a feel of what to expect.
I’m currently working on a porthole illustration for murpworks Afloat
My inspiration is taken from one of the portholes on the narrowboat we’re going to be living aboard, with a little bit of artistic licence thown in. I want to use the porthole as a window on the world we’ll be living in, looking out into imagination.
murpworks Afloat Animations
My aim is to have a series of animations play in the window. I’m currently throwing ideas around and trying to come up with a list. It’s exciting to be at the start of a new project. I’m going to continue using Smith Micro‘s Anime Studio 11 for the animating bit.
I’m also updating the murpworks logo and it will also incorporate the porthole.
I’ve gone through the tutorial and everything was running sweetly when suddenly, my onion skins weren’t behaving as they should!
No, this wasn’t some culinary disaster, leaving my Mushroom Stroganoff bereft of a key ingredient, the onion skin function in Anime Studio Pro wasn’t doing what I thought it should. So, I’m currently searching through the videos and forums to find out what went wrong. Ooh, it turns out I was using them differently to the way I should – I’m hoping a walk cycle video I found is going to fix it.
I’ve been animating using Anime Studio Pro* and working through the Smith MicroTutorial.Initially, I just watched the video through and tried to apply it to my work. It helped me to do things; specific tasks but I found that sometimes, I couldn’t repeat them. I re-visited several times but odd intricacies eluded me.
Now, I’m working through the tutorial following exactly and drawing what the tutor is drawing. This is getting me to a point where I can conquer animating with the specifics of this animation package.
The initial dipping in and out was useful because it allowed my initial enthusiasm not to be stifled (it could sooo easily have been). I could see my own work developing, even though I couldn’t understand why some things worked but when I came to repeat the steps, they didn’t. Now, working through the tutorial in detail, I can say the combination of approaches will hopefully see me mastering this software :-).