Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Few Things About Animatronics!

Alright, Grunt is finally done! I'm posting pics of his finished face here, but first a FEW THINGS ABOUT ANIMATRONICS!

Grunt's face is going to be animated with a mechanism underneath the foam latex skin to create life-like movement! He's going to have an eye blink, a lip movement, a pupeteered mouth, and an eyebrow movement. All of these use little motor things called servos, that are programmed and hooked up to a battery.

THIS is why Grunt looks SLEEPY! No, I'm not making cute!grunt with squishy eyes, even though that would be awesome. When you sculpt an animatronic head, it needs to be in the neutral position. This means everything has to be as if you've decided to be super lazy and let your mouth sort of slack and your eyes droop. When he's cast up in foam latex, it'll be really easy to just lift his skin eyelid up and make him look awake again and not drunk. Also, those pink pieces are sculpy plates that I made. Those center plates will be made out of plastic so that Tank can see out of the mask. Hooray!

Alrighty, here are the pics...

1 comment:

Eleni said...

Wow, I didn't realize he'd be animatronic. That is so cool!

I trust you'll have some videos once it gets to that stage?

Yay for Grunt.