Making a Dragon or Dino Puppet

Making Puppets

My daughter and I decided it might be fun to make puppets. We had ideas of what we’d like them to look like, however we hadn’t made puppets out of these materials before. It was fun. We figured it out as we went and picked up some tips for next time. The following film highlights our experience puppet making.

Randa said she would share the template she made. I sort of winged it with mine but could make one too. I’ll probably add those, and some details on how we made these later. Just wanted to make this quick post before heading out-of-town. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

How we made dino puppets:

YouTube Changes

You Tube has made a few more changes recently, following the major changes they made back in December. As with all platform changes, some YT creators/users are happy about it some are not.  I’m fairly neutral about it, however I did like the personalized backgrounds better.  They say it will be a ‘cleaner, simpler look’ though.

One of the updates to your YouTube channel:

1) Create a channel trailer to get people to subscribe
On your new channel, you can show a trailer that will only appear to viewers who aren’t already subscribed to your channel. This is your chance to let visitors know what your channel is all about and tell them why they should subscribe!  Keep it short and to the point, and include a clear call to action inviting your audience to subscribe.

My YouTube intro video was old, so I made a new one yesterday.

  Do you have a channel?   What do you think about the changes?  

The Uncanny Valley

Have you ever been disturbed by a style of animation?

I remember thinking there was something a bit unsettling about the characters in the Polar Express.  At the time I didn’t know it was such a universal phenomena and even had a name.  Apparently, Tom Hanks was the conductor of the creepy train headed straight into the pit of the Uncanny Valley.  [the place this omen baby lives]  A hellish slope dotted with humanoid robots, all the way down to the creepiest of zombies.

“Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori stated in 1970 that the more human a robot acted or looked, the more endearing it would be to a human being. For example, most lovable Robot Buddies look humanoid, but keep quirky and artistically mechanical affectations. However, at some point, the likeness would seem too strong, and it would just come across as a very strange human being. At this point, the acceptance drops suddenly, changing to a powerful negative reaction.”  Television Tropes and Idioms

What is the uncanny valley?

“The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The “valley” refers to the dip in a graph of the comfort level of humans as a function of a robot’s human likeness.” Wikipedia

Uncanny Valley graph

Film and game makers & the uncanny valley

Digital Artists Rock!

Some people don’t place much value on digital art.

I’ve read articles by art critics who don’t consider digital art legitimate. I’ve met ‘brush & canvas’ purists who felt they were more talented because they used ‘real’ paint. I’ve also met people who had no idea about the process of making digital art. They think all digital art is created equally, and it’s just as simple as clicking the mouse a few times. Appreciating digital art can be understandably confusing since there are so many ways to create digital art.

vector art of wacom tablet by Jayme Art

Any art created using a computer is digital art.

 Digital Art is an umbrella term that covers a range of methods, and techniques used to produce various types of artwork such as: 2-D paintings, vector illustrations, fractal art,  3-D rendered creations, ect.

There are many programs available for creating digital art.

Each may require different skill sets. Some programs used in creating digital art may call for drawing and painting skills, while others need less, and some may require none at all.  There is a variety of ways to use each program.

Digital art techniques vary.

Some digital artists start on a blank ‘page’ and draw or paint very much like you would on paper or canvas. Another technique would be using photo-manipulation with filters, or even using programs that trace images.  I don’t trace, but I do look at reference photos occasionally. Regardless of skills, programs or different styles, methods and techniques used, I believe it all calls for creativity on the part of the artist, and what they produce is art.

Art is subjective.

I have my own personal criteria and taste about what appeals to me. What catches my eye in a piece is not what everyone else will like.  Each person likes what is aesthetically pleasing to them, or what evokes a certain emotion in them, or what they feel requires a great deal of artistic skills or talent, or because of a message it communicates to them….or any number of other reasons.  Despite my personal  taste, I am very inclusive of what I consider art.

For the record,  I like to create both digital and analog art.  I like ART!  ☺