To start with a photo...

Props to the GSG for motivating me with another 5 second project. I've always had this thing about seeing characters and stories peering out at me from textures. Now I've finally had a chance to liberate one.

I sent my friend Jeff Topham (photographer extraordinaire) a brief concept sketch of a post-apocalyptic spider creature coming out of a puddle of water on a concrete floor. In my mind I saw little planes and tanks struggling to repel the invader but, when Jeff sent me his photo in response, all I could see was this face staring out at me from the concrete. So it was only a matter of freeing him and giving him a camera, so he could snap that pesky spider emerging from its murky depths.

Props to DuDuf (vimeo.com/duduf) for his DuIK inverse kinematics script (ik.duduf.com) without which this particular spider would never have breached the surface. I've posted an English language tutorial here: vimeo.com/7872163

Photo: Jeff Topham (jefftopham.com)
Audio: Brayden McCluskey (brayden.mcc@gmail.com)

Created for GreyscaleGorilla's "Start With A Photo" 5 Second Project: greyscalegorilla.com/blog/2009/11/five-second-project-start-with-a-photo/

All textures were sampled from the original image, which I drew over, chopped up, and re-mixed: flickr.com/photos/42153804@N07/4126702061/

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