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Pinky Frink is Now 3 Dimensional!

16 May

Although you can easily create animated cartoons with 2-dimensional characters, it is not quite the same as having them in 3D. Three dimensional animation opens up so many possibilities for character movement that are just not possible in a two dimensional state. With the amazing software packages available in today’s market to help create 3D animation, it was a no-brainer that the next major undertaking was to bring Pinky Frink to life in the three dimensional world (see inset video for a very short example of one of the first animations I did of Pinky Frink in a 3D animated cartoon).

Notice in the video that in addition to the character movement and speech, that the water moves, plants bend and move in the breeze and Granny J is rocking in her rocking chair. Compare the 3D video above with previous two dimensional videos (view a two dimensional Pinky Frink video here) and you will easily see the major differences. Notice in the two dimensional video how the background and characters are “flat”.

Even with all the creative software available, this was no light undertaking. In a three dimensional world, not only must every character from all the Pinky Frink books be modeled, you must also do the same for every prop you will use (furniture, toys, plants, etc.). Then you will also need the terrain (land, water, sky, roads, walkways, parks, etc.). Plus if you want “working” buildings (where your characters can walk through doors, open windows, enter rooms, sit on furniture, use appliances, etc.), you must build them in the 3D world, just like you would have to build them in real life. This means creating the flooring/base, adding walls and ceilings, adding doors and windows, and don’t forget things like window treatments (curtains/blinds), area rugs/carpets, perhaps a fireplace – with a realistic burning fire!

Once you have all of your 3D modeling done, then comes the task of adding animation. Not only do your modeled characters have to move naturally, including their facial movement when posing, or when they are idle, walking or speaking, but many of your props must be animated as well. Trees, plants and bushes must move when a breeze blows. Doors, windows and drawers must open. Appliances must operate with motion similar to real life. Vehicles must be able to “drive” through your terrain. Animals (pets and/or wildlife) must have animations sets that mimic real-life motion and behavior. Even items in your terrain, like water, will contain animated components. Is it a gentle stream, a rolling river, a quiet pond or crashing waves at a beach that will make your project complete?

And let’s not forget the audio! This is not only a simple single voice – you will need audio files for each voice, animal sound, water sounds and any background music/sounds you need to make your project complete.

I utilized a number of different software programs to create the inserted video.

  • For audio editing: AVS Audio Editor
  • For 3D props: SketchUp, Archipelis
  • For terrain creation: Earth Sculptor
  • For animation: Reallusion’s iClone 5, Adobe Animate & 3DS MAX
  • For character modeling: DAZ Studio & 3DXchange & Autodesk’s 3DS MAX
  • For image editing: GIMP, Adobe Photoshop
  • For final video rendering: Adobe After Effects

These are just my preferences, but after investigation, you will easily be able to decide on what products work best for you. Some are relatively inexpensive, but others come with a hefty price tag.


New Book – Pinky Visits the Circus

12 Apr
Book Cover

Book Cover

As a youngster, one of my fondest memories was a family outing to see the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus at Boston Garden. My brothers and I were mesmerized by all of the exotic animals, the daredevils and the skilled performers of the flying trapeze and high-wire. It was my first introduction to the art of Aerial Silk, and to this day many years later, I am still enthralled with the men and women who gracefully entwine themselves in fabric while doing acrobatic feats high in the air.

In my latest book, Pinky Visits the Circus, those same circus acts that wowed me as a child also leave Pinky, her brother Peter and her friend Mary in awe. Just like every other Pinky Frink book, an adorable story with brightly colored illustrations are enhanced by the rhyming verbiage. Along with the big cats, elephants, horses and circus clowns, their are appearances in the book by jugglers, unicyclists, acrobats plus all of the traditional circus aerial acts. Young readers can share the joy and awe experienced by Pinky, her family and her friend as they watch the performance under the big top!

Pinky and I share similar levels of excitement about the circus, so we made a video together to announce the release of Pinky Visits the Circus. We certainly hope you enjoy our short video and invite fans to contact Pinky via email to PinkyFrink@grannyjsplace.com – Pinky will try to respond to each email with 48 hours!

Pinky Frink Stars in Her First Video!

8 Mar

How exciting is it to have your creation, the character you’ve written countless stories about, star in her first video? I can honestly say it just tickles me PINK! I am just so thrilled with how the video clip turned out and as a person who has always promoting literacy and reading to kids at a very early age, I am ecstatic that I have a new tool to introduce Pinky to wee ones and parents alike.

The video launched just in time for Pinky’s next adventure book, Pinky’s Special Present, which is scheduled for release by the end of this month. I want to thank all of the Pinky Frink fans out there – you make my world and Pinky’s a wonderful place to be!

Pinky Outlines Healthy Habits for Kids

4 Sep

How do you respond to a child when they question why they should have water in lieu of a sugary beverage? What do you say when your youngster wants to surf the net without supervision? How do you relay to kids the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, following safety rules and proper hygiene?

In her latest book, “Pinky’s Healthy Habits“, the author provides young audiences with healthy practices and approaches for living a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the cute rhyming verses, main character Pinky Frink details why she follows the guidelines laid down by her parents. From the snacks she chooses, to the safety measures she follows and in all her daily practices, Pinky outlines the importance of eating healthy foods, maintaining proper hygiene, getting plenty of exercise and taking steps to insure her safety.

We all know that the healthy habits children learn in their early years stay with them for a lifetime. “Pinky’s Healthy Habits” promotes proper hygiene, a healthy diet, the benefits of exercise and children’s safety, all in a fun rhyming story that will engage juvenile readers. In addition to general healthful habits, the storyline also depicts regular activities that help Pinky to become a well-rounded individual.

The book is available both in print and digital formats from the following booksellers:

ABC Fun with Pinky Frink!

28 Aug

Learning games make gaining knowledge fun, and that’s just the case in the new book, “Pinky’s Alphabet Fun”, one of the Pinky Frink’s Learning Books just released. Pinky, along with her faithful friend Mary, embarks to find items throughout her home for each letter of the alphabet. Although they can come up with many words that begin with each letter, the game’s rules restrict them to only those things in her house or out in her yard.

The greatest aspect of this darling story in rhyme is that after reading how Mary and Pinky play their alphabet game, you can engage your child in a similar activity to bolster learning their ABC’s. It is commonly accepted that both subject retention and comprehension significantly increase when the learning task is supplemented with an activity. What better way to learn the alphabet than to associate the letters with the names of items around your own home that your child sees regularly?

Each page in the book contains and alphabet block containing the letter the pals are working with, plus the words for each item are highlighted within the story text. The colorful illustrations emphasize the highlighted words.  This book is highly recommended for young juvenile audiences and will provide countless hours of learning fun.

The book is available in both print and digital formats from the following booksellers:

Pinky Frink Helps a Dyslexic Friend

20 Aug

The word dyslexia comes from the the Greek words “dys” (bad, abnormal, difficult) and “lexis or legein” (word and speak) with the following definition:

“a developmental disorder which can cause learning difficulty in one or more of the areas of reading, writing, and numeracy”

In the latest Pinky Frink Adventure, “Pinky Helps a Friend“, Pinky assists her friend Mary in overcoming some of the obstacles her dyslexia spawns. When poor Mary becomes disheartened and feels ostracized, Pinky helps her practice her writing and keep her stress levels down.  The two girls lay out a plan to help Mary achieve her goal of obtaining a passing grade on her next spelling quiz. With some guidance from her mother, Pinky  engages Mary in activities to assist her in overcoming her learning challenges.

Throughout the adorable, rhyming story, the author weaves subtle hints about friendship, kindness and family values. The brightly colorful, cute illustrations enhance the tale and will capture any young reader’s eye.

Does Mary pass her spelling quiz? You’ll just have to read this charming children’s book to find out!

You can meet the author by visiting her biographical page on Lulu.com or at Amazon™.

Aliens? Of Course! – Pinky Visits Outer Space

10 Aug

A rocket ship zooming through the galaxy; cute, tiny extraterrestrials with fairy-like wings, webbed feet and clownish hair; and main character, Pinky Frink acting very diplomatic is what you’ll find  in the latest Pinky Frink’s Adventure, “Pinky Visits Outer Space“.

Cover Art

In this wonderful fantasy for early juvenile audiences, Pinky has a tremendous space adventure where she encounters strange beings but remembers to always remain polite and heed warnings about interaction with strangers previously provided by her parents. Pinky shows she remembers her parent’s safety guidlines when she doesn’t enter into the strange alien’s home and politely declines offers of beverages for the same reason.

Pinky shares details about her life on earth with the inhabitants of the planet she’s exploring, plus learns some things about their way of life too. The ending has a delightful twist (I won’t give it away here!), and a discerning eye viewing the final page may notice something in the background that may keep the reader guessing!

The wonderful rhyming storyline is enhanced by the colorful, cute illustrations. This book will be a definite plus to any early juvenile library (toddlers to early elementary). It is available through the following booksellers in a variety of formats – but for traditionalists, I always recommend a printed copy, with a digital copy as a “travel companion”!

Pinky Visits the Zoo – Animals, Facts and Fun!

5 Aug

In her latest adventure, Pinky Visits the Zoo, Pinky Frink makes a visit to the local zoo with friends and family for a fun-filled day of learning about animals. In this adorable, rhyming story, Pinky and her friend Mary gain knowledge about many different wild animals touring the exhibits while accompanied by their mothers. The girls have great fun when the zookeepers provide them with tidbits to feed some of the wildlife, and Pinky gets surprised when a lorikeet lands on her shoulder in the bird sanctuary.

Elephants at the zoo

As with all of Pinky Frink’s Adventures, this one finds a well-mannered main character heeding her mother’s requests and behaving appropriately. Pinky helps her mother load up the car, spread out their picnic blanket and even assists her baby brother Peter. With her best friend, Mary Frack, they go from exhibit to exhibit, picking up interesting animal facts along the way.

The illustrations in this book are quite colorful; the animal facts are interesting and fun while the rhyming storyline includes subtle hints regarding parental authority, family values and responsibility. Early juvenile audiences, from young toddlers to early elementary, will enjoy Pinky’s latest adventure spending a day at the zoo. Parents will appreciate how the bright graphics grab their young one’s attention while the storyline depicts well-behaved children gaining knowledge about wildlife, all while having a fun-filled day.

The book is available in perfect-bound paperback, as well as in digital format for PC, Nook®, Kindle® and at the iBookstore®.

Pinky Frink’s Adventures – What’s New and Coming Soon

27 Jul

Children’s favorite character, Pinky Frink, is a busy gal! Or perhaps it should be stated that Pinky’s kept busy due to the tireless efforts of her creator and author, Granny J, with new releases in both print and digital format almost every month. The latest adventure, “A Surprise for Pinky” just hit the market this past week, with the adoption of a new baby boy, Peter expanding the Frink family. Along with highlighting the changes the new edition causes in the household, the charming rhyming story also depicts the feelings a child may experience once the baby arrives.


 As with every book in the Pinky Frink series, we find a well-mannered, respectful young lady, who respects parental authority.  Though not perfect by any means, Pinky always takes responsibility for her actions and learns lessons along the way. Her family and friends are appreciated and cherished.

Two new Pinky Frink books are due out in August 2012. “Pinky Visits the Zoo” will be the next title in the Pinky Frink Adventure series, and “Learning Shapes with Pinky” will join the Pinky Frink Learning series. It is expected that both of these new books will be as warmly accepted by juvenile audiences as with all of Granny J’s prior publications. The following titles are available from Lulu.com, from Barnes & Noble for Nook, on Amazon (print and Kindle editions) and Apple’s iBookstore:

Pinky's Backyard Safari
Pinky Plants a Garden
Pinky Visits the Seashore
Pinky Bakes a Cake
Pinky Gets a New Bike
Pinky Gets a New Puppy
Pinky Makes a New Friend
Pinky's Happy Holiday
A Surprise for Pinky 
Count to Ten with Pinky and Friends

Granny J has several book signings and speaking engagements this fall. Even with her busy schedule, she still personally responds to email from her fans, both parents and children.  

Pinky’s Happy Holiday – Kids on a Cruise!

26 Jul

How does one enjoy a vacation full of historical sites, water sports, shopping and high sea fun? Why, you go on a cruise – and that’s just what the Frink family does in Pinky Frink’s latest adventure, “Pinky’s Happy Holiday“. In this fun, rhyming tale Pinky has her first experience afloat on the sea. Accompanied by both her parents,  Pinky is kept very busy with lots of fun activities.

A day at the ship’s kids camp results in making a new friend. The family also enjoys many different excursions, including climbing to the top of an Aztec temple, water tubing, kayaking and a swim with the dolphins. On a trip to the waterfall, when Pinky is afraid of the rushing water, she knows she only has to hold on tight to her mother. Of course no vacation would be complete without some shopping time, so Cozumel sees the Frink family go on a shopping trip. Pinky really enjoys getting all decked out for the captain’s dinner on formal night, wearing her pink evening dress with a pink rose in her hair.

When the excitement of the day overtakes poor Pinky, her mother must remind her to settle down, but all in all, she is a mannered, well behaved child. As with all of Pinky’s adventures, this one contains gentle hints about respecting your parent’s authority and acting responsibly.

Every young child will thoroughly enjoy the storyline and the adorable illustrations in “Pinky’s Happy Holiday“! The book is available digitally or in a wonderful, perfect-bound paperback edition.