New stop motion: character Development

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HELLO :) ....This blog is going to explain the first stages to my new stop motion animation. I am going to record the making of it step by step... so that my audience can get a better insight into how it is made....

Unlike my previous animation 'EARTH' this one is going to be more for the 'adult' audience (don't worry its not like a violent 18 rated animation, sorry to disappoint some! ha) .....its going to appeal to the adult humour though :)

Ok so first off I am going to explain how I have made the main character who is nameless at the moment...(I am open to suggestions... :) )

ingredients: modelling clay, bits of wire, solder wire and a screw

 
 
 
 
Next comes the modelling....its probably easy to just show the pictures really because I tend to just go with the flow when I am modelling. I knead the clay until I achieve my desired shape, then add detail last. On this particular model I did have a certain shape in mind.... The character is human, but a different type of human if that makes sense (I don't want to give too much away at this stage ;) 
 
 
Above: Arms, made from solder wire. Three reaaaallly loooong fingers on each....this will make sense later on ;)
 
 
 
Above: legs...pretty simple really, again solder wire but a little more rough on the detail as these are going to be covered with clay. I like solder wire as it keeps a sturdy yet manageable movement on the model.
 
 
 
The main body, with a quick clothing test.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Above: Body, with one leg attached (side view) 
 
 
 
 
 Above: body with two legs....I know, it looks a little like a deformed dinosaur at the mo! ha
 
 
 Body,legs and metal arms. The arms are staying metal, but I may add to them.
 
 
 
 
Next comes the best bit...THE FACE :D...
 
 
I was a little un decided on eye colours......
Below: A strange ear mechanism?..... :)
 
 
 
Below: Full Character....I have added wire to the arms for an even more mechanical effect :)
Also added toes....(I have kept these more human like, similar to the one eye) I haven't given the character a mouth yet, Im not sure if I will or not yet, my character isn't exactly going to say much...but there is again a reason for that :) so you will have to keep posted to find out why :D ....
 
 
 
 
 
 
So there you have it.....MR. Un-named for my new short stop motion, I cant wait to animate him!!! Hope you enjoyed this blog, keep posted for the next stages to follow..... :D 
 


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toni-williams

Toni Sian Williams specialises in promotional visual communications using stop motion animation for businesses and sole traders. She is greatly passionate about her work, and has been creating character sculptures since she was just 5 years old! :) ... Toni is also an illustrator and her work is mainly based…

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