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This week's giftage is for Rgyoung777 . You might recognize this guy from [link] Rgyoung is freaking amazing with clay, so I tried my hand at a claymation. Obviously I have a lot to learn, but it was fun. Rgyoung is also freaking amazing at clay pitbulls, so I made a cartoony pit-bullish mutt for her. She can name him as she sees fit. Ah, let me say right now that I am well aware that there are two or three green and white pitbulls out there. This guy is not at all related, and wasn't supposed to be green. I only had so many colors to work with, and my originally intended redish-brown was not one of them. So green he is. :P His collar is made from a velcro strip with acrylic paint dots, and a scrapbook charm "woof" tag. He was rather demolished during the filming process, but I re-attached his limbs as best I could when I was done. XD

I'm not sure how this program will handle frame rate, so if it is too fast or too slow, let me know. He is supposed to be sniffing back and forth in that vacuum-like manner dogs have. He spots a gumball, barks at it, chews it, and blows a bubble with Rg's name on it. Hope you like it Rg!
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NinjaKittyxo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I could never do that! Great job on the teeth! C:
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
You definitely can should you ever wish to. :D And thanks!
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KitsuneWolf2B Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
Hehe sorry i missed this one! I love it. I love his little teeth and the blinking. :D
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PicaDelphon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006
NICE..!! keep up the work...
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monkiesincups Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Looks interesting, and frustrating! How long did the whole process take you?
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Let's see, the modeling and design work took a good number of hours, and then it only took a matter of minutes to shoot I think. It was frustrating though as his head and limbs kept popping off, and he mashed together. He'll never look the same. That's why you should never do your own stunt work.

Compiling the frames took me the longest (a couple of hours) as I wasn't at all familiar with the program. The logo took just a few minutes. ;)
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monkiesincups Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Wow, I thought it would've taken much longer to shoot (reposition, re-attach limbs, move stuff, etc), but I'd assume your camera stayed in the same place while the rest of the things moved around? I'm not very familiar with claymation.

*grins* But doing your own stunts is so much fun, even if you lose a few chunks of.. whatever.. in the process XP

What program did you use to compile the frames? And, what type of clay did you use?

Thanks for answering my questions so far ^_^ I think I've ended up being more curious than I originally was at first :)
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006
Yeah, I thought the filming would take me ages (and god, the limbs falling off drove me nuts), but I also suck at judging time, so it could have taken me alot longer than I am thinking. Maybe even hours! XD The camera mainly stayed in one place (and should have the whole time), but I had to move it now and then because the batteries were mysteriouslly draining in a matter of minutes. :/ Something about this camera isn't right, and it keeps doing it. I used a trial version of Toon Boom for this (30 days I think), and I probably tripled my workload because I didn't know anything about it. XD Ah, I used Claytoon clay (I think I found it at a random craft store at least 3 years ago...it was still soft!), though I wasn't impressed with how it handled during the shoot. That may have just been due to my inexperience though, and it was relatively easy to mold. :D
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monkiesincups Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006
The limbs falling off would drive me nutty too, prolly part of the reason I haven't tried my hand at claymation yet (and I'm lazy) :P Sucks about the batteries, what kind of camera d'you have? Toon Boom sounds interesting, I'll prolly look it up in the near future (and I've doubled my workload plenty a time using new progs that I knew nothing about.. it was worth it though).

Maybe part of the reason the clay was funky while in movement was because of the age? Then again, maybe clay's just not used to being moved, but I'm going to take a guess that someone's hopefully created clay that withstands some movement.. somewhere? Though I know nothing about clay, absolutely nothing haha. ^^
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iDoodles Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
lol awesome !!1
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Glad you liked it!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
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That is SO cool! I love it, and I don't know what to say except THANK YOU!

I adore claymation, and this is soooo dang cute!

The model you made has so much character. I hope you do more of these!

I really like the logo you did too!

:hug:
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Whew, I'm so very glad that you liked it!!
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WhinnieMe Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
-sigh- I cant see it
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Hmm, did you hit the download icon at the side? I'm afraid I'm not very good with computers, so I don't know why it is a no show for you.
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1984MLR Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
That was GREAT! I loved the doggy walking by the camera, it was cute when he grabed the pink ball. It reminded me of Wallace & Gromit, awesome work you did, I want to see more movies!
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Thanks for the encouragement!
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1984MLR Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Your welcome! Keep it up girl friend LOL!
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poothos Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the frame where it shows the drawing of the greenpitbull could be longer, but otherwise is great :D I must say, I'm not the biggest fan of claymations but this isawesome. I've never seen one with a dog. ^_^; +fav!
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Thanks for the suggestion Whivit...should be longer now. ^^
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poothos Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D yay! you'rewelcome :D
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oscen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Awesome :3 Fun to see claymations around here, they are not very common.
Considering this was your first take on claymation I thought it was really good. Keep at it please ^^
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Hee hee, it was frustrating. I had to re-attach his head (and legs and tail and jaw) at least 15 times during the shoot alone. XD
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appleshampooch Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Hobbyist
the animation is good, but the camera moving around is distracting
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
I agree! I have yet to find way to brace the camera that works. :)
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appleshampooch Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006  Hobbyist
maybe you could try taping it to the floor?...or using a remotecontrol to record, so you wont have to touch the camera and risk moving it when you're recording the next frame
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006
An excellent idea! Though it doesn't work on carpet because the camera presses into it (evil camera).
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