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Posted by Sandra, on 2004-08-27 07:41:11

water... how to do it ina reallistic /childish way

Working on a set with water (a lake), can't use plastic over paint because it must all be in pastel smooth surfaces. I don't have much time, so experiments will be difficult to make. Does anyone have an idea? Thought of parafine- candle- in a thin layer over a painted surface... has anyone tried something like that? HELP!

Posted by Jim Aupperle, on 2004-08-27 14:58:41

You might try an animated morie pattern if a 2D effect will give you what you want. You should be able to get something that looks like the light reflected off a swimming pool's surface but if you want to see the waves rise and fall then you'll need a 3D approach. It was a long time ago but I seem to recall using a morie pattern for water's surface back in one of the stop motion short films about Frog and Toad and I know we used it for several of the shots for moving fog in NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Let me know if you want a further explanation of how it works. Jim Aupperle

Posted by Antony, on 2004-08-27 19:50:04

If it is a 3-d surface you could try a clear resin called Envirotex or another called liquid glass. You would paint your surface first then apply the coating. It's like paint but thicker and gives a real depth to any surface. The surface dosen't have to be 3-d either you can pour it onto a flat surface or let it pool. It can also be tinted with transparent dyes and nice layering effects can be achieved with different concentrations of dyes. Antony