The post in which I creep myself out.
This isn’t really Garbage Gods 2013 (though the above image is part of it.) I’ve half wanted to do a silly character evolution post for a while but keep chickening out. Feels weird now I somewhat better understand the problem with muses or sets of designs you think about over the years.
A number of mostly generic knight designs began forming around 1997-2000. The one this post is
about was from ‘98 and a difference from others was that I apparently like the design so much that I would make a retuning more or less every three years.
So this was done part way into highschool and stayed with me until trade school was finished. I gave away some figurines I had with me, including this one to close friends; this being the first version of the knight. I asked them to take photos. Wish I thought to do photography back then just so I’d have more memories.
(Remember what I was cautioning about pipecleaner? I can’t fault this because the figure is a decade and a half old.)
((This reminds me, one of the reasons why I stopped the etsy thing was that I couldn’t reasonably come up with a price for the time spent vs. the fragility. I mean, it’s simple for me to fix inevitable wear but it’s not quite the same set of thinking that glue or paint could easily repair. When a piece folds, unravels, or peels, that’s part of the composition now.))
Sometime into my senior year highschool, something spurred a design change. I unfortunately lost the figure during trade school but since remembered the general design
I did this strange exorcise earlier this week when looking through some old videos as I started to remember this design and attempted to remake it as close to how I would have made it at the time. Small bread and garbage gang ties only, somewhat simpler winding (admittedly I can never remember exactly how I wove a figurine,) same scale and more twiggy proportions, less trunk. It was weird how much I remembered and how quickly it went.
Putting the giant blue wedge things on, I had this heavy feeling set in. I know what I was ripping off
in the year 2000 but what on earth was I thinking?
The next iteration would be during trade school. I have a particular memory of weaving the ties while hanging with friends at the dorms on the evening of the opining ceremonies of the Athens games. It was a warm evening and we were celebrating a couple close birthdays together. I used this one with others in some embarrassing video production projects a year later. Wouldn’t say that I know tons
about film today but I knew much less at the time. It was fun. Here’re some embarrassingly poorly keyed, interlaced, and staged stills that were some of the better ones.
I’m not sharing the videos out of respect for friends voices. Also, it wasn’t very good! This was essentially the reason why I was discouraged until the past year: I’d felt that puppeteering, let alone animating with these would be impossible.
I lost this one with others in the big move upon finishing school. Like I said a couple years ago, it’s still a massive regret. Probably always. But I’d forgotten until recently about the silly video and spent a day hunting it out of my archives, so at least there’s something left.
Then there’s the past couple I already shared in previous years. The first was in 2008, some time after I had finished school. The latter was back around the first Garbage Gods I think? Perhaps a little after. Not sure what happened other than an armor conflict. This motif appeared when I drew some formless cloth bit pulled over the ribs and it turned into some sleeve extension things that sort of filled in the area that used to be more plating.
Then there was this past July where I guess I tried to compromise the armor ideas.
The image dump post will be in a few weeks but don’t expect a massive essay. I wrote most of what I wanted to express last year.