One Track Mind

I will be walking dogs for extra money for the next three weeks and it started today, so between this and my Artforce project, I got doggos on my mind. I also want to start painting traditionally again.

I have a mind to try and recreate this with traditional painting methods, I was trying to figure out how I would approach it. I’m thinking sponges, gel medium and Prismacolor pencils. Not sure how it will turn out, we will have to wait and see.

Also, I’m feeling inclined to change my proposal for that aforementioned Artforce project to suit this new style. I have a few more days to resubmit.

Cut-out Frankie

Worked on this today in Illustrator. It was supposed to look like a cut-out, but I think the shadows are too confusing and the texture is too weak or the wrong choice. The plain background was also bugging the hell out of me, so I threw in a cheesy starburst to break it up a bit. Layered him to animate at some point, if I can get past the feeling of intimidation.

A walk in the black forest

This started out as something completely different and eventually transformed into an illustration. Maybe I’m picking up on the beginnings of Halloween vibes. In any case, I like it and will add it to the growing pile of “storybook style” pieces that I’m accumulating.

Dailies: photoshop animation

I animated this in Photoshop today just for fun, but also to try out the Animator’s Toolbar plugin I recently heard about. The previous one I was using, AnimDessin, had not been updated to fit with Adobe’s upgrades to CC2019, or for years for that matter. I kind of gave up on it.

For the most part I tend to avoid PS when it comes to animation and use TVPaint instead, only for one reason… it’s so bloody unintuitive in it’s workflow! Patrick Deen’s plugin helps ease my frustrations and it’s a super helpful tool to have in my ever-changing box of things I use to make stuff. I’d recommend it to anyone and suggest they don’t bat an eyelid about the cost, because it’s well worth it!

Combining this with my favourite brushes (sorry TVPaint, you’re awesome but your brushes just don’t cut it for me), I’m really excited to see what I can make with this in future.

A Venn Diagram of Passions

I am endlessly fascinated with the flexibility of Adobe Illustrator. For many years I saw it as something I could not and would never understand how to use, let alone use it well. I’m surprising myself almost every day with the things I come up with, just from following along with a tutorial or looking at and deconstructing another person’s work.

This diagram was inspired by Jennet Liaw on Dribbble. I wanted to visually interpret the things I find myself most invested in, but simple shapes and colours just didn’t cut it. So I started to play around with textured brushes and blends, as well as blending modes. I really loved the use of repeated patterns and overlays and wanted to keep that as well as the gritty look.

That heart shape is almost out of place in it’s rigidity.


“ Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Marilyn Monroe .

This is the first post on my new blog, so stay tuned for more. It will not be specifically curated but instead an ongoing dialogue. The intention is to document my growth, experiments and thoughts as I navigate a Bachelor of Graphic Design over the next two years.

Some background…

I have a Bachelor of Animation and a Diploma of Multimedia, as well as years of experimenting, discovering who I am and what I enjoy through an extensive variety of creative mediums. Animation and character illustration is my base, I also enjoy children’s book illustration, acrylic and watercolour painting, 3D modelling, motion graphics and printmaking.

Self reflection and personal growth are important to me, as I believe understanding ourselves helps to understand the world and people around us. We can address issues, explore curiosities and impulses, and find some reassurance as we wander the twists and turns of our lives. Making mistakes, dealing with mental health, and learning to understand my value has been critical to becoming the person I am today.

Creative scientist?

I am embarking on a new journey in my tangled creative career and I am now in a place of accepting that part of my nature that is curious, adventurous and highly creative. A scientist attempts to understand and explain things according to their discipline. I attribute the term “creative scientist” to myself, purely to define the visual aspect of my discipline. Rather than dealing with chemical formulas, numbers, theories, etc; I am exploring my varied creative interests. The scientific aspect is that I am trying to understand why I like what I like, and explain so that I can replicate the process if necessary.

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