A new audio life form in progress.
Gradually becoming alive, insect like legs to be added. Possibly a sea of blood cell type particles will be floating around. More test animations currently in progress.
A close up now with legs added, front view. Maybe too much Depth of View.
Andy Thomas Animation work will be on display at Best off anima 2014, Le Café des,
The amazing Rhinoceros Beetle, photographed at Cape Tribulation.
As well as their fearsome appearance, Xylotrupes beetles can make loud hissing squeaks when threatened. They are really quite harmless, and can be handled with safety although the claws on the ends of the legs can grip clothing or skin strongly. The hissing squeak is merely bluff and is produced by rubbing the abdomen against the ends of the wing covers; if a squeaking beetle is examined closely, the abdomen can be seen moving in time with the squeaks.
The adult beetle stage of Xylotrupes feeds on the soft bark of young shoots of many trees, a favourite being the Poinciana trees gracing so many of Queensland’s gardens and streets. Sometimes a particular Poinciana tree will become especially attractive to the beetles and large groups of them may be seen festooning its young branches.
Andy Thomas Animation work on display in Paris at Gaite Lyrique from 7th October to 31st December 2014 as part of the Stop Look Listen program:
Yesterday I went on another forest sampling mission, where I take photos and record sounds of nature. I managed to capture the rare and beautiful Lyrebird. It is a bird that mimics other birds. In this recording you can hear about 10 different types of bird calls, all made by the one bird. I watched him clear out his little area and sing this extraordinary song. A magical experience, I was blessed.
I plan on turning this sound into an animation life form, it is going to be a very epic creation and might well take a while to produce.
Here I have created a zbrush sculpted body which is attached to the fluid simulation. It is going to wobble like a jellyfish, I need to try some more animation tests. I have given it some HDRI lighting and a slimy organic skin material in vray.
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A butterfly from the enclosure at Karanda
Such amazing hexagonal texture on their eyes
They are so pleasant when flapping around in the air, but up close they look like fluffy alien monsters.
This one is going to be a jellyfish style creature with tentacles.
Here is a really rough sketch
I have now created a fume fx simulation using some morphing geometry as multiple emitter objects. Smoke temperature is set to -300 so it acts like dry ice, and time scale is set to 0.2 so it flows nice and smoothly. The sim has a frost particle mesher added to it to give it form.