I have realized that traditional animation is kicking my butt so I am changing directions just a bit and will attempt stop motion animation. I have always loved stop motion animation but honestly didn't know much about the process and didn't think it was an option. I have done some research and I'm thinking this is the route for me to go with my series. My other love is ceramics and clay building which will combine well with stop motion character and set building. Win-win!
In the meantime, I have borrowed an older Canon EOS Rebel SL1 camera and have downloaded a free trial of Stop Motion Pro to practice with and if I'm in love with the new idea, I'll build molds of Rocket Roy, Burt the Bunny, and Boris and begin the series!
Thank you everyone for being so patient. I never realized how complicated and time consuming animation is and I have a new found respect for animators everywhere!
My goal is to have an animated short out within a month! Instead of trying to create the whole series all at once, I am going to animate an existing story I have already published -Burt the Bunny and his adventure with his bunny friends who cause havoc in their city. It will give me a chance to practice what I have learned in animation while bringing a Burt adventure to life for your little ones.
Fingers crossed that I can actually pull this off. 😃
As you may have already read, I decided that Rocket Baby really isn't a baby and should have a real name. I mulled it around for a couple of weeks and ran some ideas past a couple of my bff's and I am now ready to announce his name. I hope you like it and more importantly, your little ones will love the character and his adventures.
His name is....Roy Tracy and to his friends he is known as Rocket Roy.
I don't know about you but my family was hit hard with a nasty cold virus which ended up being pneumonia for me! Needless to say, I'm a little behind but I'm finally feeling better after almost four weeks! Crazy!
I really like odd numbered years the best so I am ready for a new year of fun and success with my animation series! :-)
I've realized that Rocket Baby really isn't a baby and that he is a young boy who loves rockets and exploration and should have a real name! I think I have one but I need to mull it around a bit and see how it fits as I work on his adventures.
Stay tuned for the announcement!
In the meantime, here is a draft of the new logo. I think his name will go on the logo....but I just haven't decided yet. Naming your character is really hard!!
I'm still working away on my animated short. I ended up changing the look of the rocket. I wanted to update it but still keep it "retro" and something Rocket Baby would have made in his basement. Okay, so he didn't actually build it in a basement, I mean that would be silly. How would he launch it from there? Soooo.....now I can't wait for you to see where he launches it from!
I have found that animation really opens up more storytelling and I'm excited to show more about Rocket Baby and his friends. Where they live, other friends to introduce, and of course, more adventures!
I haven't forgotten you! Still working on bringing Burt the Bunny and his friends to life. I didn't realize how time consuming animation is but progress is being made and I do hope to have a short ready soon.
To thank you for all your patience, please take advantage of the FREE download this weekend (October 21-23) of Rocket Baby & Burt the Bunny. This was their first adventure together!