I’ve lately been focused on invention. The process itself. I’ve had some design inspiration — some artistic ideas, that I can’t achieve. I’m a sucky artist. But, I’m good at other things. I can write, I can think, and I can achieve.
So, In order to make the artistic things I want to make ( sometimes for my own sake, and sometimes for commercial sake) I have to invent.
It’s more like something else. I’ve always wanted to be a cartoonist. I can’t draw. At all. Not even circles. Not for lack of practice or trying. But you know what? With a protractor, I can draw a circle. I can learn to use tools.
And invention to me, is a tool. Right now, the phase of my love is invention. I have ideas. Lots of them. Pages and notes and research papers. Tons. But, I can actualize a small percent of them. Turn them real.
What’s my favorite idea? A cartoon series I call, “Drifting Grandma” about a grand-mother who drift races, entirely on accident. Think “Dukes of Hazard” meets “Pink Panther” with an Anime-styled Grandmother in a station wagon as the “dukes” car. Each episode has her drift racing some assassin, sent by the town’s corrupt sheriff, to stal her land. I don’t know why I like it. I just do. So, let’s go further than this. I have another idea about this — how to fund “drifting grandma” organically. Yes, there’s kickstarter — but Drifting Grandma is a bit over the top and odd — I don’t know if KS would like it. The other idea is that a series like Drifting Grandma will generate assets. 3d models of characters, in poses. Scenes. A wise-looking, bald, sunflower owned by a witch.
So, how does this get to the inventor’s toolkit? I dream of artistis being able to draw their art as 3d models, show it off in 2d( cell-shaded ), while supporting themselves with 3d objects that they sell. I’d love to make the entire toolkit that enables this — from the 3d drawing stage, through the production techniques to make the models — in full color, and “injection molded” quality. A store system where they can sell those models, directly. A video distribution system where people can watch them.
Vertical integration of Anime. ( The style is less relevant than the technology. ) All so I can produce, “Drifting Grandma”. All so anyone can produce their itch, and have it turn into a viable medium.
But how to get there is the huge problem. So, I approach from the other side. How can I make a machine that can make, in large enough quantities, a viable artistic model for sale?
So, in my mind, the inventor’s toolkit is a series of cool things put together:
1. An output device that can make high-quality molds and a service that takes those molds and produces parts from them.
2. A drawing program that can make 3d models from code for animation. ( Because I can’t draw )
3. An animation program that can make 2d cells from 3d models.
4. a video delivery service.
The underlying business is “TokyoPop meets Netflix meets Shapeways.” All my robotics work, all my invention, is really heading in this direction. If I succeed, drifting grandma will become real…