A work in progress; to be twice this length and eventually part of a four part animation of "4 Short Pieces for Classical Guitar " by David Hahn.

• Animation by Victor Ingrassia
• Music excerpt from "Shore Morning" composed by David Hahn
• Performed by Cem Duruöz, ©2005 Centaur Records

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Comment by Synthetik Software on May 3, 2007 at 4:27pm
Pretty Cool! I'm assuming you keyframed a region draw paint preset about halfway through, or am i mis-interpresting that particular effect?

Watching this makes me think i should add some new features to make this kind of thing easier or to add more flow types? Any suggestions?
Comment by Thorrific on May 3, 2007 at 5:22pm
so beautiful
could you please give some insight about what you did with your brushes & PASeq ?
Comment by Charles Floading on May 3, 2007 at 6:22pm
Bravo, Victor! This is some of your best work so far!

The effect at around the 45 second mark is very well done. The transition of the swirling from concentric circles to star to square... works very well. I would have guess Region Draw, too, but the trasitions between the various shapes are so well done. Did you keyframe changes to Path Angle and/or Path Displace?
Comment by Victor Ingrassia on May 4, 2007 at 6:05am
This is one of those animations that is simple in principle, but takes a lot of testing & tweaking to get the look and synchronization with the music. It was done entirely using key-framing of Region Draw presets. I simply varied settings like:

• Region Draw: Fill Type and Spacing
• Brush Size
• Path Application: Spacing %
• Paint Fill Apply: Fill Algorithm settings
• etc.

The interesting transitions (like what Chuck mentioned @ 45 seconds) occur when one Region Draw Fill Type changes to another. I would keyframe different fill types along the timeline and run tests to see how the paint would apply and stack up on the canvas. I spent many enjoyable hours designing this way.

Try a simple test:

• Opening a paint preset in Region Draw mode
• Open the paseq window
• Erase the paseq
• Click "record" in the paseq window
• Drag 'n' draw a region draw "stroke" on the canvas
• Turn off record
• Change your Region Draw fill type
• Draw another "stroke" using this new fill type
• And then option+click that new keyframe "x" number of frames down the timeline
• Click "Animate"
• Watch as, frame by frame, SA animates the gradual transition or morphing of one fill type to another. The way the paint builds up can be quite surprising... even using the simplest of fill types.

BTW, even though this is a completely abstract animation, with little reference to a source movie, the shifting color palette comes from the source movie I used.

Lately I've been really enjoying using Studio Artist in this sort of hybrid manner... working in a more traditional hand drawn manner yet still exploring its digital magic. "Shore Morning" is influenced by early animation by Oskar Fischinger, Hans Richter and even Jordan Belson. I tried to make the paint feel alive and driven by the human hand... yet there is this cool tension with the obvious computer-driven math behind it all. What I also love about using Studio Artist in this way is that I get to work sloppily and almost randomly to see what emerges from SA's attempt to make math sense of my human recklessness!
Comment by Paul Perlow on May 4, 2007 at 7:26pm
Victor,

Absolutely beautiful! Who said art was dead? (Probably me.) Thanks for such a great gift.
Comment by Mikael on February 6, 2008 at 7:15pm
I'll second that!
Voluminous inspiration, emotion.
Comment by M A X on February 16, 2008 at 2:09am
sehr, sehr schön, wie alle deine videos
"Der Kopf ist rund, damit das Denken die Richtung ändert!"
(Francis Picabia)
also: thank you so much for your helpfulness postings
Comment by Victor Ingrassia on February 17, 2008 at 8:54am
danke. i appreciate you kind words... as well as your artwork!

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