Dum-de-dum

Another walk cycle. Well, I just paid for another month of Adobe Flash subscription so let’s make the most of it…

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Jigsaw Sasquatch

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This character reminds me a bit of Mr Noseybonk, the terrifying character on Jigsaw, the theme tune to which still sometimes pops into my head from time to time. (I’m talking about the show’s theme tune, not the Mr Noseybonk segment tune, which was a piece titled “A Hippo Named Hubert” written by Joe Griffiths, who also wrote music for Chorlton and the Wheelies and Jamie and the Magic Torch and hence will live on forever in the minds of 40-somethings). Incidentally, is there some mileage in a parallel between Chorlton the Dragon and Aslan the Lion being Christ-like figures in their respective narratives? No. Thought not.

Jigsaw was a children’s show based on puzzles, as far as I remember Janet Ellis and Adrian Hedley teamed up with a puppet (later animated) jigsaw piece called Jig who was a victim of ethnic cleansing in his homeland. I think they had to solve puzzles to reveal letters in a word, or maybe collect pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. If the latter, it predates Banjo-Kazooie by at least fifteen years.

The walking character’s arms are a direct reference to the famous Patterson “Bigfoot” footage

Apples and Pears

My girlfriend runs an organic veg box scheme in Hackney Wick. This gif isn’t meant to suggest that all the fruit is dropped and bruised. Just seemed witty at the time. Apples and Pears being Cockney rhyming slang for… well, you either get it or you don’t.

I really can’t decide if there’s a glitch in the loop, just after the pear hits his head…

Also, why does Photoshop’s gif publishing dialog box assumes by default that people will want to play the gif “Once”. When in the last fifteen years has any gif been suitable for only playing once?

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Walking the Dog

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Here’s a little guy in a hurry. Walking on 8s, (ie the loop is 16 frames long) which is about 50% faster than a normal human walk. Plenty of glitches to iron out here, just wanted to bash out a walk for old time’s sake.

Morphin Dawgs

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At least, I think they’re dogs. Some of them could be rabbits, mice or bears. Lots of fun to design and animate characters, especially using Photoshop with its lovely drawing tools. Couldn’t get the gif down much below 800K so it may be a little hefty. If I were animating a longer project or for broadcast I’d output a sequence of PNGs and take it into AFX, but for these purposes it’s just fine as is.

Click on the image for a larger version. Animated in Photoshop CC with Stéphane Baril’s excellent AnimDessin2 tool.