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December 8, 2011 5:21 AM   Subscribe

Wouldn't using a (homemade) light table be a lot easier than hunching over a laptop screen under a blanket?
posted by DU at 5:25 AM on December 8, 2011

Ah, DU, good morning! It's great to see your first dismissive comment of the day! I trust you'll pace yourself so they can keep coming.

(Yeah, I have no idea of the technicalities involved. But I thought the video was pretty funny.)
posted by OmieWise at 5:42 AM on December 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


I watched most of the video, then wanted to know how they'd figured out the total internal reflection stuff (like, which side of each wave is the bottom, etc) and hand animate it. So it was already pretty disappointing to see the making of video was not only content-free but then also showed them doing it the dumbest way possible. At the very least, maybe my comment will steer someone in a somewhat smarter direction.
posted by DU at 6:15 AM on December 8, 2011

Maybe they don't have a light table and just wanted to start making it?

Sure, a light table is a wonderful thing to have, and they would get much use and enjoyment from it.

But they might have been in The Zone already, and the Animation Zone is pretty far away from the Building a Light Table Zone.
posted by louche mustachio at 6:41 AM on December 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

I like this, however it was made.
posted by stbalbach at 7:13 AM on December 8, 2011

Hand-drawing an icosahedron that looks even half-plausible is no mean feat.
posted by Wolfdog at 7:36 AM on December 8, 2011

It's ironic that DU links to Instructables.com. If the goal is to avoid doing things in "the dumbest way possible", steer them towards a catalog. Buying a product is invariably easier, and almost always faster, than building it from scratch - but Instructables isn't about that. It's about DIY. Because. If "because" isn't enough of a reason, don't DIY; go buy it from a store.

And if the technique the artist used wasn't "a somewhat smarter direction" than method X, who cares? Does it matter if an artist chooses to hand-illustrate, use flash, draw on a chalkboard, claymation, etc.? Of course it does, but no one outside of the artist has the privilege of saying this is the right way for you to do your work.

In a broader sense (because I am not an artist, but I am a tool-user), there are good tools and bad tools, but no matter how much you love your hammer, my hammer (chipped and paint-splattered) is my favorite hammer. Right now.
posted by IAmBroom at 10:54 AM on December 8, 2011

Does it matter if an artist chooses to hand-illustrate, use flash, draw on a chalkboard, claymation, etc.?


Animation is really not the easiest way to do anything. I was just watching a piece of elaborate hand drawn animation the other day; one of the most frequent comments the guy got was "wouldn't it be easier to just do this with your computer?

And the answer would be, no, because then he would have been making an entirely different thing. It would have looked different, it would have felt different, and that wasn't what he wanted to do. It's not about doing it the "easy" way, it's about creating the work in a way that fits your vision. Sometimes that is about working with whatever you have in the house.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:30 AM on December 8, 2011

(after watching on a larger screen than my phone)

In this case, they were using it to rotoscope - tracing video frames from a screen. Which is kind of ingenious.

Can't really do that with a light table. Not to disparage light tables. They are super.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:46 AM on December 8, 2011

Adamski as in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIcPawP_0KM (Adamski - Killer) ?
If so, the sound track to the video was a big disappointment to me.

Nice animation though.
posted by 13twelve at 12:11 PM on December 8, 2011

In post-communist Poland, tables light you.

Other gems from Kijek/Adamski:
Tomasz Stańko Quintet - Grand Central
Oi Va Voi - Everytime
Brodka - W pięciu smakach
Röyksopp - Coming Home
posted by progosk at 12:46 AM on December 9, 2011

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