Category Archives: Animation

Earth Breathe

I made a little animation. Yesterday morning I posted this on twitter:  “Thought experiment: the earth rotates 365 time per year and has four seasons, imagine that cycle in 4 seconds, the planet breathes”

Triggered off by this thought about how quick the seasons change as you get older, I chopped out a loop from the start of Massive Attack’s ‘Heat Miser’ for the breathing and lashed 4 x 20frm mixes together in Flash and posted up to youtube

I wanted to get this up ASAP so its basic. I’d like to have painted little watercolours for each of the seasons but it is what it is.

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The Simpleweb Challenge April 2015 – Twilio

Simpleweb are holding the third in a series of Hack Nights in April. It will be ace.

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I did some stills and .gifs to help promote the event.

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I’m playing records again on the night. Which will be all the fun.  Love playing records, me. If you’re in Bristol, you’re in the digital world, a developer and want to win prizes – you’ve found your event! Sign up here:

The Simpleweb Challenge: Communicating in the Cloud

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015, 6:30 PM

Simpleweb, Unit G, Albion Dockside Building
Hanover Place Bristol, GB

25 hackers Attending

We’re back and this time we’re teaming up with the amazing Twilio!We’ll be challenging you to build something cool using any of Twilio’s APIs. You’ll be able to build intelligent and complex communications systems, enabling phones, VoIP and SMS to be embedded into apps and websites. Visit Twilio.com for more information and inspiration on what you…

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Join us!

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Make it happen.

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It’ll be awesome :D

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Come!

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Trolling Animated Wedding Invite Illustrations

This was meant to be a Konami code easter egg for Adam and Cerys’s wedding website. We got busted. But I thought I’d finish it off anyway. Adam found the blood splat, so that’s not mine, but no-one is ever going to see this so I edited it slightly and used it anyway. I would probably have gone the whole hog with blood and chunky bits spattering against the camera if it was me, but, y’know.

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For the icing on the cake I added some simple sound FX and an atmos track from Freesound.com

Happy trolling! :D

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Welcome to 2015

Welcome to 2015. Year of… doing stuff.

Last year I did a little animated .gif for Simpleweb. We were giving away free websites to our clients. Yep, websites. For free. To our clients. Because Simpleweb are ace.

All I needed was the seed of an idea to pick up and run with… I got: “something to do with gifts maybe?”

But that was enough to kick off the train of thought: Gifts, presents, opening… whoOOosh – sparkles! This particular little animation was nice. I just shut my eyes in the kitchen (it was important the idea came in the kitchen. They usually happen in the shower or on the loo. Ideas, funny little buggers.) and I could see the animation play through.

So I drew a quick version of what I saw in my head:

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I can’t remember what the numbers were in the top right. Must be important. Really important.

It only took a couple of hours to artwork, build and animate in Flash. Dead quick. Then it took another two hours to work out why the FLA corrupted so badly that it entirely locked me out of my computer. Once I’d gone in through a different user account and somehow re-activated my login, I re-built a new FLA from scratch and rendered the gif through Photoshop. The nerdy animator in me wanted to do a nice ribbon falling down into shot and settling, but I’d spent too much time fighting with Win7 and it was better off keeping it simple anyway. Job done.

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Finally, life drawing starts again next week so its business as usual in blog town. I’m going to approach this year with 97% more experimentation. I want to do some quicker poses again in different media. Maybe some Big Sumi-e ink sketches on A2 paper, perhaps some outline work with ink pens or brush pens (thanks Mike) and colour them in later. Not really sure. Definitely want to try new things though. 2014 was the year of painting. I want more fun in 2015. Yes. Maybe I’ll go back to drawing more “spooky” twisted stuff as Imogen described it as. Yeah. More weird = more better. Push the boundaries of taste and acceptability a bit.

The Simpleweb Challenge

I work for Simpleweb. It is nice.

Simpleweb holds hack days called the Simpleweb Challenge.  Hack days are opportunities for developers to have fun, network and win prizes.

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The theme of this hack night was WebRTC video.

Tokbox – a webRTC streaming and archiving service kindly sponsored the event, which you can read all about here.

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I helped out by putting together a couple of images and animated gifs to help promote the event.

I started out by brainstorming anything I could think of around streaming video with pen and paper. Scanned that in and applied SW brand colours

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I cherry picked the best bits, cut them into a new composition and started rigging it for animation in Flash (*heart* Flash). I kept it as simple and short as possible – a 12 frame loop.

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Its amazing what you can do with not very much… and a pimped version of Flash.

That’s the problem with animation though. No bugger ever sees it.

Adam and Cerys Wedding Invite Illustration

I’ve been doing a couple of little digital things in my spare time recently (spare time – pah!), so I thought I’d post them up here.

A friend at work needed an illustration to finish the invite (and website) he’d designed so I agreed to help.

I don’t do this stuff professionally any more but I dig the process, so this is how it goes:

The Brief

The design so far

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The illustration brief

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Read on to see how the final Illustration was created and delivered…

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