I’m planning to record a video to answer the few random questions I’ve gotten about my art/process and myself over the years. I thought it would be fun to answer them in video format. Besides, I need to make a new intro video for my YouTube Channel, and I might use the resulting video. So, if you have a question for me you’d like to see answered, ask away.  I’ll do my best to answer it.


*  I’m going to add links in the video description to the blogs or YT channel of people who post questions for me.  If you don’t want to be linked let me know, and if you do, let me know your blog or TY Channel address.


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

Intous5 Touch

Wacom Graphire4 Graphics tablet

I’ve been using a Graphire4 for a while. It’s been a really great tablet and I haven’t had any problems with it.  Recently my daughter expressed an interest in using a pen and tablet to draw and create with. Since she was happy with the idea of getting the Graphire,  I began looking for a new tablet.

Wacom Graphire4 Graphics tablet photo © Jayme Art
Wacom Graphire4 Graphics tablet

I basically knew I wanted to stay with Wacom since my experience had been positive so far.  I just needed to decide which model to get. I did read about some other brands available first, just to be sure.

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Happiness is a Butterfly

“…which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Unless it’s an angry one who alights upon you with wings of fury.

Warning:  The following photo contains graphic scenes of butterfly violence 

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Abstract Art Video

abstract art

Photo-manipulated, abstract, digital art video

I had planned on posting an Inkscape vector I was almost finished with. It had over a hundred layers and was close to completion.  Sadly for me, I lost it along with other work and photos in an external hard drive accident. I may try to recreate it but I don’t know yet. I know now to avoid accidentally erasing keys for encrypted files. It’s a good reminder to also have proper backups,  possibly at more than one place.

On a happier note, I have a new camcorder and a newer version of Vegas that’s capable of editing AVCHD video.  I would like to post some video of my conventional drawing process eventually.

Here is my first HD video, made from abstract digital art, edited in Sony Vegas.