Thursday, April 7, 2011

BACK IN HISTORY : A thaumatrope

The 1st animation with Motion !..this is how Persistence of Vision  works !

John Ayrton Paris, 1825

History:The invention of the thaumatrope, whose name means "turning marvel" or "wonder turner," has often been credited to the astronomer Sir John Herschel.  However, it was a well-known London physicist, Dr. John A. Paris, who made this toy popular.  Thaumatropes were the first of many optical toys, simple devices that continued to provide animated entertainment until the development of modern cinema.

How it works:
A thaumatrope is a small disc, held on opposite sides of its circumference by pieces of string.  An image is drawn on each side of the disc, and is selected in such a way that when the disc is spun, the two images appear to become superimposed.  To spin the disc, one string is held in a hand, and the disc is rotated to wind the string.  Then, both strings are held, and the disc is allowed to rotate. Gently stretching the strings will ensure that they continue to unwind and rewind.  This motion causes the disc to rotate, first in one direction and then in the opposite.  The faster the disc rotates, the greater the clarity of the illusion.
Although the thaumatrope does not produce animated scenes, it relies on the same persistence of vision principle that other optical toys use to create illusions of motion.  Persistence of vision is the eye's ability to retain an image for roughly 1/20 of a second after the object is gone. In this case, the eye continues to see the two images on either side of the thaumatrope shortly after each has disappeared.  As the thaumatrope spins, the series of quick flashes is interpreted as one continuous image.
One example of a thaumatrope has a tree with bare branches on one side, and on the other, its leaves.  When spun, the tree appears to be full of leaves.  Another example has a bird on one side, and a cage on the other.  When spun, the bird appears to be in its cage.  The bird-cage pair of images were used on the first thaumatrope, and is the most common one seen on thaumatropes today.

What became of it:
Most pairs of thaumatrope images were pictures that did not imply motion, such as running animals or dancing people.  A thaumatrope could only take two images and merge them, essentially creating one still image from two.  The phenakistoscope was a great improvement on the thaumatrope, creating one moving image from several stills, and became the first optical toy to create a true illusion of motion.

Here are some examples :

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ianimate -Jayson Ryan

Check out their students work ..its awesome !!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

SUNDAY : Morning Break fast Improvised

looks like its going to be a beef  day !!

Morning Paper _ INDIA GO !!

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Live Commentary...
Over 49: Single. One hit away Indian fans... ONE HIT AWAY! SIX!!!!!!! INDIA WIN, INDIA WIN, INDIA WIN! 
Over 48: Dhoni cracks another four. For more! Malinga getting carted about. Seven runs needed for 14 balls. Single. Another single and that's 11 off the over. Five to win off 12.THERE WILL BE DANCING IN THE STREETS ALL OVER INDIA!!!!!

Extracted from the web 

Improvising Lunch !

My wife and kid  are  away on their  holiday.....she made sure she stocked the  refrigerator with enough semi - precooked food :-) ...My preparation for lunch today  !

Thanks to my wife she did half the cooking !! especially the  Roast Beef  Part !

Go India GO

Morning paper ..INDIA vs SRILANKA

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1st

My friend celebrates his B day !!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today's Morning Paper the HINDU BLUE

I  looked at the paper today  morning .. and .. the front page !! .. THINK BLUE ???... the whole front cover !.

As I turned inside the pages .. bottom was this  Ad ..on .  Wolkswagon   

and the last page !..
At least they didn't raid the whole  paper like Mahindra did a few days back!!! 

Match Results !

Today morning in the papers !! 


World Cup Cricket at the Studio

Cricket fans crowded  in front of a small screen to watch  India - Pakistan  battle it out at Mohali  .....mobile uploads ..from the  studio ... 

World cup at the  studio !!

We shifted  to a bigger 'gallery' 

Lining up 


Its a rare moment !!

Mobile shots!!

In true Cricket Spirits

go India go !!

Small Tv ...size does not matter .... the Game Does !!!

Media Coverage !

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Body Mechanics

Yesterday  at the 2d to 3d  training ...I did a very short session on body mechanics... although the session was termed as body mechanics...the really subject about the  energy of a character and how to identify the energy , how energy is  built up and released ..so  wanting to stay  true to the subject title , I found this at Animation Mentors  new letter which I thought was worth mentioning ..so  please see BODY MECHANICS(click here)   under TIP on the menu bar .Enjoy!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Progressive Walk with out Slide

I had posted a few days back of  trying to  put out a video tutorial on  Constraints..but still  been  running into  some technical stuff on posting a clear vid over here .. so  as a test and also  sharing knowledge ..I have put out a 4 part Video  Tutorial on " Converting a walk cycle into a progressive walk with out the foot sliding " ..on the  Tips  page , Many of you might know this or there might be other methods used ,  if so please let me know for those who dont't hey  here it is !!! ..so Enjoy and hope it helps , please give some feed back on it . Thanks
"  Click here to go there !"..

Friday, March 25, 2011



Just testing the follow by  email option I  recently added... to my blog .. this post will be deleted  later ..

Thursday, March 24, 2011

While I was kinda browsing around I chanced to hit up a article , I thought it might be interesting to read ,   It gives us a bit of info sometimes we all  forget .. and you or  I am no exception to it also and we come across this at least once if not many  in our life time at the studio ... At times its not just the animation poses that you set so well and have the timing of the action thats spot on  or even  if your acting is the  finest ... at times its something more than all this ..its something that will clear your mind to get all the  above mentioned done ... I have extracted this from animation mentor and posted this  on the snippets page CLICK HERE  to  read the full article from there ...or just choose from the menu bar  by clicking SNIPPETS 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Today's Morning Paper the HINDU

Wow .. Mahindra  will definitely be in  peoples minds  today morning, they made sure of that  in the morning HINDU  daily !!

They got a full cover on  almost every page!!!!...they really  must have  pumped in  some heavy cash  for this !

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Good morning !

My Green tea at 3 am : left pic :-)
Good morning !!!!....Hmm that wud be a very early good morning ..its 3 in the  morning!!,..sitting at my desk  at home thinking about the  2d to 3d trainees back at the studio ..and their   topic  CONSTRAINS ( Maya 3d software) ...many of us coming from a 3d background might me able to get a hand on it but there are many who can't , asking them the go through the  Maya help files .. well thats even worse ...yeah I agree there are some who can grasp  but on  asking many artist , the feed back I got was .. May docs dont too well in  giving explanations ( well to an extent yes ! ).. I guess the reason being as one Animator put it ...Cherry said " its written by the developer and not probably an artist "  Like our Rigger Stani said " the amount of effort and time they spend in making the  software user friendly ..they have not  done so with the help files "...keeping all  this in mind I thought might be helpful  if we kinda broke things down a bit  to more simpler terms and very simple explanation ..well at least  try  to ..so I thought  at the TIPS page start with  constrains as that seem to the  need at the hour for em 2d "convertees"....( yeah I know thats not even a word !!!) ..I  need a few days to  break down  stuff ..this  is not a crash course but a very slow  and exploring kinda ..well  explanation ..or lets just call it  discussion ...ok  so  what do I  need ,...Hmmm  lets see ..I  need a capture software and a head set with a mic .. which I  dont have...so  planning to get one and after the we will  start on  this CONSTRAINING TOPIC  CONSTRAINTS !!!! :-)  see ya  then  :-)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Weekend : was Good

Man that weekend went fast .. it was a so long waited for weekend .. and now its over ! SUNDAY : Recently the city has re introduced the Double decker bus so we took a very inexpensive ( now a days ) trip to the beach .. and had high angle view of the city from the the East fort to Shangamugam beach and back .. I have posted the pictures in PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK HERE)! ..enjoy !

Friday, March 18, 2011

OPERATION: PANTS STITCH | patchstravelog

super pic

Cool painting .. right?....see how its done

Super Artist !!..click here to see how its done

Girl play piano with no finger on one hand

Got this  from Digg .. and saw it on you tube ..thought I might share this over here .. its amazing !

Cemented Scooter !

My friend Vasanth has a concrete scooter ... all the front panels are plastered with cement !!..ok just joking ..We are of f to " Man-nan's " for lunch !!.Once the fish fry started coming in .. I forgot to take pictures of lunch !

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Art at a Animator's desk !

Just was interesting .. 

Ice Cream !

Interestingly delightful,.... treat ! ..Why coz this is the 1st time I  have seen  ice creams given out as treats for one of the artists becoming a parent !..well sweets are sweets ....jellabbies or ladoos .. or even  ice creams !! :-)...I think Ian was more surprised at the ice cream in a plastic  ball !!!


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