little by little they will stop being little

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Aftermath of 2-weeks going here and tHERe...

Hi. It´s me again.

Well, as far as animating goes, I couldn´t do much the past weekend. And as I described in a previous post I was quite excited re-exploring the journey it takes building up a ball and socket structure. It did however came to an end and will remain ´stand-by´for some time. I do want to continue on making animation and I am glad for my return, and will possibly continue with clay and wire armatures.

September is almost over, thankfully. Crazy month. Crazy transitions. Crazy changes. Weather, people coming and going. ..and I went sick for the most part.  I am ok now. Oh and by the way, if you happen to be among my contacts from my FB account, and suddenly you don´t ¨see¨me there. Nothing personal. I simply decided focusing my online-appearance here rather than anywhere else. So far no regrets. Which means, I will continue ongoing writings of my animation learning curve from here. Just so you all know. For the records.

Thanks for reading.

_) MMC

Monday, September 19, 2016

Meanwhile.... (Ball and Socket Journey Begun!)


Among things happening these days, not only John Hankins was a big and awesome surprise, but also I was invited to attend at a local stop motion studio called ¨Tamandua¨ which is about two hours from where I live. For those interested, more about them can be seen at;  they´ve done some impressive works in the past years. At the moment they are focusing on a short film that includes lots of puppets, and I offered myself to be part on the puppet department. There I met a very brilliant guy from whom now I became his apprentice and gave me access to some tools to work and design ball and socket armatures. So yes, that means I am once again eploring this journey long forgotten and left in the past by lack of material, lack of motivation after several frustrations (too many to mention), lack of proper place to use equipment and all. This time will be different though, and I am super excited to come up with some serious results. I did my very first attempts last week. And the picture shows my first well-soldering process with a rod attached to a bronze ball. That means twice a week I have free access to learn all about metals and joints. Will be posting about my journey as much as my clay exercises.

Thanks for reading and see you around.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

¨Getting myself rolling¨

¨Artist Create some crap, then they create something else¨

It is not an easy task for me to understand this line. sometimes. Right some times. Alright almost at all times.

Anywho, I could only come up with this animation. It is a ¨3000¨ made out of clay as intended to thank my 3thousand members at SMIC Facebook Group.

Of course it sucks, but nothing can be worse than never doing anything at all, so let´s say hi to my re-appearing animating age and keep moving on.
And that is all I have to share so far this week. Busy weekend indeed...

The experiment as of this week:

Sunday, September 11, 2016



Just as the title says. I been already playing with clay. It was fun! -and still performing what kind of animation will be displayed on my youtube channel as its ¨premiere¨ this year. Basically not really a premiere but just a return into animation after all the hiatus. 
I am currently equiped with a Logitech camera in 720p, lamps on left and right angles with white light, plus that carton board to create some clean background. I will be using sculpey III and I have nothing in mind yet. So far only experimenting movement itself and practicing to come back with the skill and the medium. 

 Probably best thing to do is practicing the 12 principles, although I can´t avoid being so anxious and mess around thinking big on what would be NEXT on my new chapter with animation. 
Will be posting muse keeps developing and evolving. Am also excited about returning to my dear blog. It feels good to be back on here. 

Hope everyone is doing alright.

m_) Metalmadcat

Hankins Package Afterwards


Past Friday returning from work, after a long afternoon in a waiting line, standing impatient, somebody called my name and I could finally pick up my package from dear Friend John Hankins (Castlegardener) who delivered it about 5 months ago from today. I never imagined it would take this long, and I had already gave up any hope they would give it to me. 


30 Ft. of Alumminum Wire
1 Plier
14 Pieces of Clay
2 Undrewrap Rolls
3 Pairs of Puppet Feet (Already built-in with tie-downs and all)
1 Puppet Monster Creature made by John Hankins Himself.
1 Sketchbook 4x6 Inches
1 Pencil
Some Sheets

 John had warned me about times with shipping. But time kept passing by and I had not even news nor any notification from post office department regarding a package for me. I did try remaining as patient as possible but then a second month went on and I was already upset and frustrated. 

But it took that long and that was just the beginning..of a rather longer journey.

Just by the time I was no longer waiting for anything, Central Post Office notified me that I had to pick up a ¨Telegram¨. Just to get that damn paper was an issue, given that during the hours the post office is open I am working, and I am even far from it. Did logically skip work but then something more annoying had happened. To my surprise, as if things couldn´t get any more complicated, I found out the name on the shipping did not have my name on it. Some idiot put the intersection street name as ¨ my name¨ and for such inconvenient I had to certified my signature some other place away from work and from home (which was definitely thinking again another time to skip work or do something about some time soon) - What annoyed me the most was the fact that it was their mistake and I had to go on crazy arrangements to sort things out because of their fault. They would not be authorized to give me the telegram, lesser anything that telegram says about giving me a package. Crazy enough I had to find the ways to go to Custom Department office, declared myself and certified my signature. And that translated means stayed about two hours standing to get whole thing done. Needles to say, being among the very last people is more likely to be ignored and or been told ¨come back tomorrow¨ as if that could be so simple for me to understand. Indeed I went several times, and weeks 
went by and as more time would go, the more I had to pay to receive it. In the end they understood I was nobody´s intersection name, but an actual human being waiting eagerly to receive a package,
paid what I had to paid, and there I was in front of the package, shocked and glad I made it.

As for the weekend: Unpackaged everything and thought about different things that could animate. First I went basic with clay and tested on dragonframe. It works great. But I am curious also about the puppet monster creature, and Halloween is coming. He definitely needs to go on a halloween film, and I have some time to come up with something before that date! 


_) Metalmadcat