Wednesday, May 30, 2018

My cloth (or hair) is ignoring my character's movements

If you've run into an issue where you've created fabric clothing or hair or etc. and it seems to completely ignore the movements of your animated character, take a look at your modifiers:

Modifiers are applied to your animation in order - starting from the top and going downward. If your armature modifier is placed below a hair or cloth modifier, then the movement will have no impact on the hair/cloth.

To reorder your modifiers:

Make sure the modifier is toggled open (instead of closed like the image on the left)

Click on the up or down arrows on the right to change the order (repeat as necessary)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

X-block Pilot: 3D Sculpting

Welcome to X-block in the MacLab! If you are familiar with Blender, Brackets, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, OpenToonz and have something specific you would like to work on, feel free to do so. If you have questions as you are working, please let me know.

Otherwise, join me for an introduction to 3D Sculpting using the program Blender.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mary and the Witch's Flower Trailer

From Studio Ponoc (formed by former members of Studio Ghibli) and animated with OpenToonz!

Thursday, April 6, 2017


This Oscar winning animation is from Disney and director John Kahrs. This animation shows the power of compositing!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg collaborated to make this Oscar nominated animation. It utilizes both traditional and modern animation techniques and technologies. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blender Issues: Moving Your Fluid Cache (so that it actually works)

If you are working on a Blender animation on multiple computers and are working with fluids, you may have tried to move the fluid cache between computers but ran into an issue where the cache just wouldn't work at the new location. Fortunately there is an easy fix!