Saturday, 25 February 2012

Breaking news: A blessing from the power that be

Tim Schafer, creator of Grim Fandango, has apparently stumbled upon this blog and blessed this project in a tweet. This is HUGE!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

While waiting

I have finally ordered my replacement mouth set to the 3D printer i.materialise, along with a few props and will post  the pictures as soon as the parcel reaches me.

On the puppet modelling front, I had to face some misfortune... the clay shrunk, and, combined with the rigidity of the armature, some cracks have appeared around the feets and hands. My sister, who is, unlike me, a sculptor artist, warned me about the risk. Well, nothing that some miliput epoxy can't fix, but for those of you who are tempted by the adventure, make sure that you are using a clay that has 0% contraction on drying. So long for departing from the recommendation from so many wiser puppet maker. I will post a picture of the damage before I fix it later on this post.

Now, after the recent post I made on the AdventureGamer Top 100, here is another wonderful post that I stumbled upon, this time from EuroGamer, as a restrospective on Grim Fandango aptly named "Dead can dance". This paper flesh out (no pun intended) some very interesting aspect of the GF story and gameplay which I had almost forgotten about. They are pulling also some of the best lines from the dialog to drill their point. A little gem to read. Kind of make me want to play the game again!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Puppet Making: Modelling Manny's suit in clay

I was a bit apprehensive about this... I am not a sculptor and that was a first (as almost everything since I started this project).
I started from a basic modelling armature sized after the animation armature, then used a british clay called NewClay. It's a nice clay to work with at the beginning... but it seems to be drying pretty fast and there are some parts, which I left without touching for too long, such as the shoes, which have become very uncooperative. Anyway, that will do. I still have the hands to finish, and then I will discover the joys of mold making in gypsum plaster...