About 20 or so years ago I spent 2 years learning to read the hieroglyphs of the Maya. I had already spent countless years becoming illiterate in Egyptian hieroglyphs so it made since to look into this other great dyslexic friendly writing system. I put in the time and the brain sweat only to find that when I got to the point where I could just start to read the literature that I was totally turned off by all the religious bloodshed, horror and flaying of living humans. I had the key to open the door but did not like what was on the other side. So I quit my studies and almost all of it drained out of my head. One of the few things I got from that time is a lasting love of the Popol Vuh. My next project is the brothers One and Seven Blowgunner and their ball court on the top of death's domain. Outline of Popol Vuh Action
Just about ready for the feathers. The tail feathers will hide the wires for the lights in the eyes.
Started on the armature for One-Legged Owl. I only have the 2 messengers in my script. Shooting Owl and Macaw Owl have been left out because I do not have enough room.
Messengers of the Lords of Death
Military Keeps of the Mat:
Did a quick green screen comp with some CGI tunnel background. Plan on doing a POV camera run through the tunnel of the set once it is completed.
I never really know if anyone reads these pages. They are mostly just to keep me on track. But in case someone does view my Production Blog then be aware that this Saturday the 11th is the the Animation Afternoon of Remembrance. This is a great event. I have been on the committee for years. It is not a sad event. It is more of celebration of the lifes and careers of the animators who have pass away during the year.
The Afternoon of Remembrance is coming up next Saturday Feb. 11th.
1105 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lots of cool stories told by lots of cool people from the industry.
2/5/2017 - 2/6/2017
Did a little flight test on my just finished Skull Owl puppet.
Working on the armature for Skull Owl, one of the Messengers of Xibalba, basically a Skull with wings. Not sure if I am going with feathers or bat wings. Maybe a little of both. Also thinking about a single eye. Not sure yet.
Its groundhog day Mr. Murray. So what is more fitting than a GIF file that endlessly repeats a dissolve of the gates of hell opening. Okay, the realm of 1 and 7 Death.
Been working on the gate of Xibalba. It is getting about time to strike the old set. Started to clean up my work area today.
There is a river of blood in my design of Xibalba (*land of the dead). The Feathered Serpent, Kukalkan, is the source of that river.
Been working on the wall designs for the thrown room of 1 and 7 Death. I am really getting in to the Daiso "Soft Clay" air dry Silicone product. I think I will be using a lot of it in the lower caves of Death. Also been checking out burial practices of the Maya. There is a line is the script where 7 Death complains that the Ball Players are "waking the dead!" I want the dead to then raise and fill the thrown room chamber. I was searching for graves of the Maya. Mayan(sic) is not a correct term. Just like it is Hieroglyphs not Hieroglyphics(sic). So a book titled "Mayan Hieroglyphics" is written by an fool who does not know what he/she is talking about. Anyway, I get a hit on Maya Graves and I am thinking this person knows. Wrong, it was a LinkedIn to Maya Graves Licensed Professional Christian Counselor, Private Practice Houston, Texas Mental Health Care. Nothing to do with what to do with the leftovers formerly know as the Corn Princess. But maybe she would try to cut my heart out or at least declare me unsane. So it goes.
Been in pre-pre-production mode.
Have silicone mold compound on the way. Putting together a sculp that will from the arms of throwns for 1 and 7 Death. Going to use a Daiso air drying compound they call "Soft Clay" to form the pulls. Also back in the books looking for the glyph for Yax Balam (blue/green sky jaguar). I use to know it off cold but can not remember it and having a hard time finding it my reference books. Poor index system in the early works.
Link to Microsonic, source for molding compound:
Just fought through 5 days of Internet intermittent hell. Finally got the repair guy out last night to fix it. Never comes at a good time. Whine, whine.
Been playing with doing a lip-sync animation with the Walt Kelly Christmas Carol " Deck us all with Boston Charlie". Every year my son calls up the answering machine of his old baby sitter/mother of his good friend and sings the whole thing into their machine. This year I joined him for a 2 part disharmony dirge. I have been playing with the sound track and it is sounding weirdly good. Been looking into copyright issues. Since Selby Kelly, who I knew from my Kubert School days, died a few years back I don't know who owns the rights. May also look at fair use angles.
Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Wash., an' Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!
Don't we know archaic barrel
Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou?
Trolley Molly don't love Harold,
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!
Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Polly wolly cracker 'n' too-da-loo!
Donkey Bonny brays a carol,
Antelope Cantaloupe, 'lope with you!
Hunky Dory's pop is lolly,
Gaggin' on the wagon, Willy, folly go through!
Chollie's collie barks at Barrow,
Harum scarum five alarm bung-a-loo!
Dunk us all in bowls of barley,
Hinky dinky dink an' polly voo!
Chilly Filly's name is Chollie,
Chollie Filly's jolly chilly view halloo!
Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, woof, woof!
Tizzy seas on melon collie!
Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, goof, goof!
Finding more old Maya artwork from my school dazes. I had a copy of one of the few codex to escape the Christian Father and their fires. (Never forgive, never forget) I would stare at it for hours and hours. The meaning and feeling came through even before I learned to read the glyphs. This was a psychotropic drug culture like the Manson Cult was in charge of the religion and state. My other great culture love, the Egyptians, were a beer culture and they just liked to build big things on the banks of the river. Maybe Nancy was right, No!?
Post 2 1/9/2017:
At a wedding yesterday. Friends of my kids that I have known for years. Part of my son's gaming group and a writing group of which I was a sometimes member. I painted them a picture because it is something that they would like as gaming fantasy people.
Been pulling out my Maya themed artwork. Somewhere is a comic stripe from my Kubert School Daze called "Tol-Tek, the School of Lesser Gods and Human Sacrifice" which I have not fround yet. But I did run across this painting that does have a little flavor of the Maya.
I love Daiso Japan Stories. Cool pen pals.
Been researching burial practices of the Maya. If you are going to have a graveyard, even in Xibalba, then you need to know what it looks like. I am going with the cave form. Seems to be the one form that lasted throughout the ages. Very few people really know that much about the Maya but that doesn't make a difference. I do not plan to join the ranks of the New Age Harmonic Conversation fools or the 50s academics (sic) lazy crew "the Maya did not have a written language they just liked to draw meaningless pictures". Nor do I plan to just grab images and paste them on the walls as so many do. Research is important. If for no other person then myself and the 2 or 3 people out there who know what they are seeing.