Well I completed the frog character. I put him in the header with the dog since they are the main characters of the story. The dog talks, however the frog just kind of sits there and looks cute. The story is about a dog who had a friend frog. The dog wants to have another dog like him. So he visits a wizard to have his frog turned into a dog. The story has many turns. Will the dog get his wish? How will it all turn out. Stay tuned for the rest of the story.
Here is a short animation
I am working on the other characters for the story. Generally this kind of thing is already done before the animator begins. However, since this is a one man show, I must get everything together myself. I have several people I run things by and seek their creative input, however when it is all said and done it boils down to what I am able to accomplish. That is a little intimidating. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge, however there is a difference between shying away and just not having what it takes to do something. I am reminded of the time I was going to shear my sheep. Being a farmer, I always look for ways to cut costs as it is so difficult farming these days. I decided that I would shear my sheep. I got all the tools together and then I watched every shearing video I could find on YouTube. They made it look so easy. In less than a minute they would be done. I rehearsed it over and over in my mind thousands of times. I could do it in my sleep. Then the day came. Looking back I feel sorry for the chosen sheep that would be my sacrificial lamb. Well to make a long story short, It took more than 2 hours to shear this one sheep. I was exhausted, the sheep was exhausted and my sheep shearing experiment was forever put to rest. The sheep recovered in a few minutes and was back grazing probably wondering what just happened. I recovered in several days. My pride took a little longer. I now have the greatest respect for sheep shearers. They make it look so easy, but like any skilled trade it takes training to get good at it. My advice to beginning sheep farmers? Either get a hair breed that does not need shearing, or find yourself a good shearer. Once you find your shearer, treat them with the greatest respect. Give them coffee, donuts, breakfast and anything else you can give them to keep them coming back. As they are sure worth it : ) You could not pay me enough to do that again.
So there is a difference in putting your mind to something, and just not having the training to do something no matter how hard you try. As I am making this animation, this is forever in the back of my mind. Will the animation pass muster when I am finished? Will the artwork be good enough? Will the music? I am reminded of a Bible verse in Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily… That has been my motto for most of my life, and I think it applies here. If you do your best, others will appreciate it. So I will do the best I can do. : )