Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of ways to express ourselves. From music, to blogging, vlogging, making memes and beyond, the list seems endless. So why is it that animation doesn’t come to mind? Maybe because it seems too hard, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Animation and graphics are one of the best ways to connect a message with an audience, whether it’s an explainer, a commercial, or just a skit. Technology has made it so that you don’t need a render farm to make animated content. You just need the right app.
If you want to skip out on posing for photos during the next family vacation, do what Hauke Scheer plans to do — use a 3-D-printed version of yourself as a stand-in.
The Scheer family might let him get away with it, since the fully articulated action figure of himself that he created is a pretty good likeness. The quality of his miniature plastic doppelganger — and the geeky scheme to get out of family portraits — tell you something about Scheer, 39, who earns a living making 3-D-printed figures of mechanized whales and other crazy characters from his home in Frankfurt, Germany.
“I am a total geek with a huge collection of comics, science fiction and fantasy movies and, of course, action figures,” Scheer, who runs Deep Fried Figures, told Cult of Mac. “I started sculpting my own figures during my early teenage years at a time when lots of characters I loved were not available in figure form. After a while, I realized it was even more fun to make characters of my own.”