The Chase – Animation Experiment

It’s time for more practice in Adobe Flash. This post is a quick experiment to see if an animated .GIF will animate in WordPress. Double click on the image. Does it animate for you?

Medium: Adobe Flash


Soaked – the animation

This ‘Illustration Friday’ topic seemed the perfect subject to take into Flash for a simple 5 second animation. From a 3 thumb storyboard, I set up a 60 frame file at 12 fps, created the elements with the pen and pencil on the Flash stage, and published the file as a .swf & HTML. I’m thinking the individual frames printed out and stitched together will also work well for a tiny flip book.

Medium: Adobe Flash

Safari – Surf Safari

The Woody is the ultimate surf safari vehicle. An icon of style. Adopted by California surfers in the 1950s this classic wagon, displaying wooden panels in the framework, had plenty of room for mates, and boards.
Medium: Pencil, Ink, Watercolour


You can’t even begin to begin if you can’t paddle.

“A man ceases to be a beginner…. and becomes a master….when he has learned that he is going to be a beginner all his life.”  Robin G. Collingwood

These surf studies were also my beginning thumbnail sketches for a study brief: ‘CD Graphics – Contemporary surf culture’. For the final prototype (‘In The Curl’ Design Page) I used some of the many photographs I’d taken at Dreamtime Beach, Sharpes and Lennox Head. The paddling figure became ‘Paddlin’ Out Productions’ logo.

The Sketchbook – sketching the everyday stuff

Beach Bag Study
Watercolour pencils often come in handy for some quick rough sketching.

I came home from the library yesterday, stoked. On their new books shelf I found Graphic, Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers, by Steven Heller & Lita Talarico. The cover design attracted me. This 4cm thick book gives us insight into the ideas, exploration and experiments of designers. We get to see the sketchbooks and creative process of one hundred leading graphic designers and illustrators.

With nearly 1000 illustrations and a text providing commentary on individual artist’s creative development, philosophies, techniques and visual influences, it is a “treasure trove of design inspiration”. The book also urges us to explore further, listing websites and other titles of interest.

I was contacted recently by an ‘Illustration Friday’ artist who thought I’d enjoy the works of Danny Gregory. He is a valuable addition to my Blogroll. (Thanks Lisa). Take a look at Danny’s books, his loose, and colourful approach to illustration, and his journal page.  Be informed by his blog. We’re lucky to have people like Danny Gregory who are willing to share their tragedies, struggles and joys in image and words.


The journey that starts with a blank piece of paper.

(Medium: Ink & watercolour, Adobe Illustrator &Photoshop.)