playin with n_hair

I have been fascinated with the n-hair tool in Maya. The tool creates and array of “follicles”. These are placed on according to the UV layout of the surface. Each node creates a curve and surrounds the curve with paint effect stokes. These strokes can be clumped or multiplied. I am less interested in the hair strokes than generating curves.

My experimental background has led me to using the curves minus the hair. Then stroking the curve with a simple paint effect. My “go to” effect is “simple pen” It draws a clean line.

Here just four curves are used. They are fairly long at 24 units with 24 CVs. Animation keys are isolated to mass, flexibility and attraction to original curve.

After render the frames are brought into After Effects and TimeBlenFX is applied twice with vector blur set to -6 between the TimeBlendFX nodes.

out there

I have been working with my son Andrew (nanocannon) Hlynsky toward the goal of using sound to automate attributes in Maya. Here is an initial result. The loop is repeated 12 times.

1. sound loops (tracks) are brought into after effects
2. Audio Keyframes are generated and adjusted to the proper range.
3. Copy
4. Paste into Excel
5. Add the rest of the script for each frame (fill down)
6. Select and Copy
7. make certain Properties are set to the correct frame rate – After Effect and Maya should be the same. Then turn on auto keyframe and set a key for the target attribute
8. open script editor and paste
9. run the script

Code Book

Found this little book at the gathering of people who love things too much. Type on the cover said CODE BOOK. Inside there were all these little drawings and descriptions of movements for a gymnast. The boy was dressed smartly with curly hair. Sometimes he wore a suit jacket. The pages had yellowed. Not certain what to do with the drawings I thought of them as a source for VJ images. Lots of VJ Thus this little film made because I woke up too early on Veterans Day and spent about five hours ridding the drawings of surrounding type and the color of the paper.

The Swan Family


playing with area of the image that have different temporal attributes. I am fascinated at the strength and flexibility of the swan neck. In my imagining these birds are graceful swimmers representing the young couple in the spring floating in the private space of a small boat and in full public view.



The swans came for a while across the bay from my house. One day I videotaped them and now I am trying to figure out how to integrate them in the small minds series. Kind of happy with this