November 10, 2005
The PDF magazine Brickjournal is a must-read for Lego freaks (like, er, me) but the recently released second issue has got a special treat for animation fans. Nearly a quarter of the magazine is devoted to building mecha out of our favourite plastic bricks. I was particularly interested in Adam Silcott's article explaining the importance of proper joint construction, especially as it appears to be the first in the series.

Budding stop-motion animators can use these articles as a great starting point in building their own armatures using relatively inexpensive materials. Beginning CG animators can also learn some lessons on realistic skeleton construction. And everyone can see the benefits of strong poses and silhouettes.

Time for me to get the bricks out.

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