Michael Sun Jan 21 20:57:04 2001|
Re: Jan. 21 (Singin' in the Rain)
> I was very impressed by today's Toonbot. Nice to see the range of
> positions available for Hick, but the gradient made it particularly
> aesthetically appealing, as well as adding to the nostalgia factor. I'll
> probably be humming that for awhile now.
Yeah, I was pleased. The gradient makes it look really nice, and the grey background seems to make it easier for ImageMagick to dither the lines, so they end up looking a lot smoother than they can when it's black on white. Or at least I thought so.
That's not the range of positions available to Hick, actually. If you look at the source, I could have moved him any way I like -- which isn't very elegant, because it's all a matter of giving alternate coordinates for the ends of his arms and legs. What I want to end up with is some means by which I can describe a cartoon at a very *high* level of abstraction, and I don't have that yet. In other words, I'd really like to be able to say "move his head over and down a little" or "he throws his arms in the air" or something.
But I'm at least starting to see how I might do that eventually. That's what's making this fun. It's completely open-ended. Accretionary style.
Thanks for sticking around. Hee, hee.