Friday, September 2, 2011

Working with my hands; getting plagiarized by BBC

I decided I wanted to build a model. So much of the work I do is on the computer that sometimes I get the need to work with my hands again. It's important. 

The picture above is a drawing I did of the good ship the Merry Mariner, an adventuring vessel that I invented for a kid's book I'm writing. A windmill-powered boat? Can't buy that model in the store, gotta do it myself! 

So I bought a thousand-pack box of popsicle sticks, a hot glue gun, and set to work.

Beginning stages...shirtless with cardboard

Cutting! Gluing!

Found the material for the windmill's sails in the trash

Painting! Red! White highlights!

So much red!

And she's done!

For scale

There you go, a scale model of the Merry Mariner, done from scratch. I can't tell you how much I'd love to make a stop-motion film with a model like this. But of course, it'd be 100 times bigger, and the sides would come off, and you'd see all the rooms and stuff inside...awesome.

BBC Knowledge

In other news, a friend of mine sent me this link. To the left you'll eventually find a video ... a video which is eerily similar to my spot series for the Albuquerque Film Festival. 

Glowing ball of images unraveled at dusk by a gathering crowd? Seems a little familiar, doesn't it?

Did the BBC rip me off? Who knows?