Category Archives: Illustration Friday

My Spin On The Subject

Photographically pondering the subject Spin, Turn, Rotate….. Illustration Friday’s topic of the week.Wind-Turbines-Raglan-SusanCharlotteGraphics


This topic brought to mind a previous IF subject where I set the colour wheel spinning


Playing With The Colour Wheel

Illustration Friday topic: Wheel

The image is an animated GIF file. If the colour wheels aren’t spinning for you already, give the image a double click. The wheels may spin slowly until fully loaded.

Many subjects came to mind when I saw Illustration Friday’s topic “Wheel”, suggested by Susan Sorrell Hill. A bit of colour is always good. So, I’ve set the colour wheel spinning.


One And The Same

Shadow play inspired by Illustration Friday’s topic of the week: ‘Identical’

Medium: Paint, Adobe Photoshop

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Illustration Friday topic: Mesmerizing

To animate  the tennis game double click on the image, an animated .gif file. It will play slowly as it loads for the first loop, then at normal speed for the following 2 loops.



Samantha Stosur’s great win at the US Tennis Open prompted my animation of Illustration Friday’s topic of the week “mesmerizing”.

Perennial Summer – Bottled

Illustration Friday topic: Perennial

If the endless summer’s day isn’t already animated for you, double click on the image, an animated .gif file.  


In the middle of a colder than usual winter, the first idea which came to mind when I saw Illustration Friday’s topic suggestion “perennial”, was the vision of an endless summer. So, I’ve bottle summer.

Medium: Adobe Photoshop, & Flash Ink & Paint

Don’t Eat all the apples first!

Illustration Friday topic: Gesture

“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence” – Henri Matisse

The animated .gif expresses the future of our new drawing tool. Double click, on the smaller image to the right.  
(It’s a 3.63 MB .gif, with 5 loops. The first run through may appear slow until it is fully downloaded)


I’m not sure how Matisse came up with his thinking about the permanence of drawing, as a drawing could always be erased, torn, crumpled up and tossed away….and that was before the delete button of the digital age . With that in mind my “expressive gesture” in response to this week’s Illustration Friday topic takes on the modern drawing tool, the computer. Plus, I’ve been wanting to learn the animated ghost typing technique. So, this post is my homage to the digital era.

Animation enthusiasts: If you haven’t yet come across Adam Bowman’s animations, here’s a link He is a web developer from Maine who has created a collection of great gadgets/widgets, etc, which are small applications that can be added to web-pages or your desktop. Take a look.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Illustration Friday topic: Stay

“Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.” ~ Jim Carrey

To view the animated dilemma double click on the smaller image to the right. 

This week’s creativity was inspired by a bunch of friendly colourful chooks I came across, running wild in the North Coast great outdoors.    

Medium: Ink, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & Flash