Right?! Check out Gris:
Sure, why not? Seems nice enough.
I remain kinda sad, though:
But, anyway, rock on with this.
Aww—check out today’s doodle:
The team writes,
Today’s stop-motion, animated video Doodle celebrating Mister Rogers was created in collaboration with Fred Rogers Productions, The Fred Rogers Center, and BixPix Entertainment. Set to the iconic opening song of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor”), the Doodle aims to be a reminder of the nurturing, caring, and whimsy that made the show feel like a “television visit” between Mister Rogers and his young viewers. Everyone was welcome in this Neighborhood
Mrs. Rogers approves:
“I’m so thrilled that Google is celebrating Fred and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with this charming tribute.This stroll through the Neighborhood is delightful, and Fred’s gentle kindness is beautifully captured in the Doodle.”
Here’s a peek behind the scenes:
Google has launched “Mini” stickers for iOS and Android, which use machine learning to craft personalized emoji from your photo. More precisely, the feature uses a combination of machine learning, neural networks and artist illustrations to conjure up the best representation of you, taking into account various characteristics like your skin tone, hair color and style, eye color, face shape and facial hair. Just access Mini from within Gboard and start the creation process by taking a selfie. It will then automatically create your avatar and generate packs of stickers you can use.
John Oliver tries speaking truth to power in perhaps the only language—overwrought animation—our Dear Leader understands. The animation begins around 19:40, in case the embed below doesn’t start you at the right spot:
The whole segment (overview) is chillarious (chillingly hilarious). As they say, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
Gonna be a hot time in the (deeply poorly conceived) virtual town tonight:
Some cool making-of details:
The results look so realistic that they could almost be stop-motion. “I built a big virtual set, I guess, is how you could describe it,” he said. “The characters are like stop-motion marionettes in a way; they have joints to the arms and the knees and all of that, and controllers.” He then used a low-budget motion-capture process — a D.I.Y. version of Hollywood’s green screens and Ping-Pong-ball suits — using the XBox Kinect and special software. “It sees you doing the motions you want the character to do, and then you can transfer that to the animation so you can transfer that onto your characters,” he said. He considered having a giant robot attack Cardboard City, and then settled on fire: that looked kind of cool, too.
#BobRossIsABoss—weirdly brilliant! Kottke writes,
As a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Micah Sherman and Mark Stetson produced a web series called The Bob Ross Challenge in which 13 comedians attempt to paint along with Bob Ross as he does his thing with the trees and little fluffy clouds. Here’s the first episode, featuring Aparna Nancherla:
My crazy-talented buddy Dave (whose hiring at Adobe is one of the best things for which I can take fragmentary credit) has created an interactive mystery using—and showing off—Adobe Character Animator:
As a special bonus, you can download the rigged puppets from Dave’s site. (Hat tip to AE superfans who grok some of the character names. 😌)
Wanna feel old? Illustrator’s gradient meshes debuted 20 f’ing years ago, and the challenge of using them effectively is attested to by the age of images made with them. Now, though, it seems Adobe’s putting a more accessible interface atop similar-looking tech:
Traditional linear or radial gradients can limit your flexibility, while gradient meshes can have a steep learning curve. The new gradient feature lets you create rich blends of colors that seemingly diffuse naturally into each other.
Check it out (as I hope we’ll all be able to do hands-on this fall):