Studying animation

Twenty years ago, 1994, I was at the Queensland College of Art in my first weeks of studying animation. Well, that was aborted when I got distracted by computers and switched to Multimedia—it’s all my art theory lecturer’s fault. He didn’t like my handwritten essay, I bought a PC, …

Today I’m studying animation again! Woot! Really looking forward to this :)

Animation School

Baby don’t herd me

I had fun designing this t-shirt last year for a pub crawl known as “the herd”. Fun folks from what I can gather. A mate of mind had seen my drawing challenge sketches and asked if I’d mind designing the shirt. Had a lot of fun working on my rusty graphic design skills :)

hey big fella. I need a weird drawing done for free that will go on a pub crawl t-shirt and you are the only dude i know that knows how to draw. It’s an interesting concept that you may be interested in as I’m sure you won’t have drawn this before. Let me know if you’re keen to assist!

The brief

I’m after a sheep with both hands in the air with a beer glass or jug or whatever in each hand, pouring beer into it’s own mouth and the whole thing has to be in the shape of a love heart
and the flavour text will be “What is love?” up the top, with “Baby don’t herd me” next to the picture

Here’s the finished image and a t-shirt:

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Sketching concepts

Herd t-shirt design 2013

First comment would be I think the idea is that the body and arms of the sheep and the beer falling out of the mugs would form the border of the heart shape as opposed to actually having a drawn heart, although im not sure how realistic that is to achieve

That actually was rather tricky! :)

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Yeah I think you are right, the head needs to be tipped back and the beer coming from bottles, that should create more of an uninterrupted “heart shape”. Also, I am really liking the two sheep back to back each having a beer… I am thinking maybe they could have the farmer tied up to the side, fridge open, bottles scattered… thoughts?

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Herd t-shirt design 2013

I think the main focus is making sure the final markup makes a very noticeable heart shape, whether that be with the one sheep both arms or two sheep back to back, the heart shape is core to the message “baby don’t herd me” so everything should point to that

Digital design work

All in inkscape. It’s my favourite :)

I think the main focus is making sure the final markup makes a very noticeable heart shape, whether that be with the one sheep both arms or two sheep back to back,

Initial tracing

Herd t-shirt design 2013

I call this one Got Milk?
Getting close at this point. The core silhouette is good, but the bottles, arms and liquid details don’t feel right.

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Ta-da! Thin arms really worked, hearts instead of splashes matches the “love” theme and that’s a nicer bottle shape. In fact, it’s a 340mL buderim ginger beer bottle shape ;) My favourite!

h3. Adding the text

I had an idea with working a bit more of a heart theme in there – as you guys are aware, the tag line is “What is love? Baby don’t HERD me..”
I’m thinking we can use the words to form the outline of the heart around the two sheep? Does that make sense?
With emphasis on the HERD as its the name of the group etc etc.

Another concept sketch

Herd t-shirt design 2013

To go with the love and herd themes I searched for love romance, fluffy, cloudy, etc and you can see the results.
I tried out a few and worked on the weighting so the words would be easy to read and match the theme.
Best font name award goes to ‘Times New Romance’—but that required a licence.

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Herd t-shirt design 2013

The final fonts are ‘Fool for love‘ and ‘AlphaSmoke‘. Both are free for non-commercial use.

Here’s the finished image and a t-shirt again:

Herd t-shirt design 2013

Herd t-shirt design 2013

You can tell from the quotes above the clients were lovely to work for—nice clear feedback. I think everyone is happy with the result :)

Cheers for the chance to make something fun! As my mate said—I’d never drawn anything like it before ;)

javascript jam

Javascript jam is a fun project tacking along nicely at work. Twice a week, giving folks a chance to try their chops in javascript and learn how it works. Feels a bit bizarre but we’ve tackled turning random website backgrounds pink, implementing a word count validation plugin, and live updates of page text from textarea input events. Is it all leading somewhere? You bet!

I wanted to keep a little piece here for posterity.

For those that are missing an invite… it’s jam every other day! :)

You wanted a chance to jam twice a week on javascript projects? You got it.

1–2 pm, Tuesday and Friday, at the StarBoard.
(Is it lunch? Is it professional development? Ask your team lead!)

Twice a week not enough for you?

Try one of these courses. Bring your questions to a jam.

Or play with some live code:

What’s in it for me?

Ten reasons your friends recommend javascript jams!

  1. hands on experience writing javascript
  2. your questions answered (html, css and UI design too)
  3. contribute to the form builder, QA tool and single website experience
  4. invent your own innovative product
  5. practice MVP (there’s only so much we can do in an hour)
  6. aha moments! So that’s how they did that! (bring questions)
  7. increase your geek speak vocabulary with fun terms like closure, foo and immediately invoked function expression
  8. real world practice spelling color the American way
  9. combine your interests: ukulele + javascript =
  10. everything tastes better with javascript?

Where’s our code?

Keeping it here for now:

“I’m sure I’ll take you with pleasure!” the Queen said. “Two pence a week, and jam every other day.”
Alice couldn’t help laughing, as she said, “I don’t want you to hire me – and I don’t care for jam.”
“It’s very good jam,” said the Queen.
“Well, I don’t want any to-day, at any rate.”
“You couldn’t have it if you did want it,” the Queen said. “The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.”
“It must come sometimes to ‘jam to-day’,” Alice objected.
“No, it can’t,” said the Queen. “It’s jam every other day: to-day isn’t any other day, you know.”
“I don’t understand you,” said Alice. “It’s dreadfully confusing!”

—Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

Android update 2013

In 2012 I made the switch from iPhone to the Galaxy S3, and from iOS to Android. I posted my impressions at 1 day, 5 days and a couple of months later with a custom rom.

I am still using android—Kit Kat on the LG/google Nexus 5. This is the phone I wanted! It looks good, feels good and runs fast. The battery can run down quick though so that needs watching. Android continues to impress: Kit Kat is fantastic (I’m not a fan of iOS 7, but it does the job). I still use my iPad and haven’t entirely left the apple ecosystem behind. It’s interesting using both.

So how have my initial gripes changed?

  • I still love the larger screen. The screen on the nexus is fantastic, and better in more lighting conditions than the S3
  • Widgets—I don’t use these as often as I did at first, but they are still a nice option to have
  • App ecosystems are highly competitive and apps that are cross platform are excellent (Windows needs to catch up)
  • Integrated stores are still better on android: iOS still forces purchases through iTunes and some apps don’t support that
  • Account integration is pretty good on both
  • Keyboards have improved: I’m using the google keyboard with swiping now (although I think swype may be a bit better). I find it a little more hit and miss than iPhone, but it might be swiping vs tapping. I like that on android the keys switch when you press shift. I thought iOS7 had regressed on that, but it turns out the letters are always uppercase—a hangover from Apple’s skeuomorphic approach?
  • google play gift cards have appeared in Australia. iTunes gift cards still have better deals, but I think that will change. It’s good to have both platforms and buy where cheapest
  • headphones: I am happy with my M80s, though I do miss volume control on the cable
  • syncing music is still painful but doubletwist airsync is doing a good job (finally, it was updated a couple of months ago)
  • google music has been released in Australia and is excellent (and sometimes cheaper than iTunes)… keeping both in sync is a little tricky but it’s mostly good. I love the online backup and would love the cloud play feature if it respected the volume adjustments I’ve made with MP3 gain—I don’t like having to adjust the volume for every song while listening!
  • iBooks is still not available outside apple but did make it onto the Mac at least. I haven’t missed it at all: kindle, kobo, google play books and aldiko are all great (and comixology for comics!)

All good. Some recent surprises:

Kit Kat lock screen widget for music playback

There’s no reason not to be happy if you prefer iPhones (or plain ol’ non-smart phones), but if you’re into android it’s going great. My one piece of advice is to check carefully before buying a non-google device. It really bugged me that Samsung loaded extra UI gimmicks and delayed android updates, and the custom roms were brilliant but had some niggling bugs (hats off to the devs for making them available though, some impressive work!) So if you’re buying a branded device from Samsung, HTC, Sony, etc. check that you like what they offer first. Otherwise, I highly recommend the nexus 5. Awesome bit of kit (kat)!

INXS – Kick bass tab

Groovy bassline, no tabs but there is this helpful video: INXS – Kick ((BASS COVER))

Let the reverse engineering commence!

The main riff isn’t right yet, but it’s a place to start.

   Gb                A                 E                 B
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

Main riff
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

   Gb                A                 E                 B
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

Saxophone solo
   Db  A
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

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