Friday, 31 October 2014

31/10, Hungry Whispers Promo 1

Oh, I've been naughty. This is supposed to be a daily blog! I've not posted anything in a week. Truly, last week I've been super burnt out, plus After Effects is agitating me. On the plus side, I've become brilliant at Pyramid Solitaire to calm me down.

I've been working on a promo piece for my good friend Jade and her game, Hungry Whispers. You can find out more here, as the playable demo, here, the deviantart group full of concepts, here, on the Tumblr tag HungryWhispers, and here, the original blog from 2011. This has been in the works since Jade was in uni, and I've been backing it ever since I found out about it!

So here's a promo piece, go check them out!

Friday, 24 October 2014

24/10, Illustrator and Apples

I've been absolutely knackered. My first mistake this week was thinking After Effects would behave like Premier.

 Hint: It doesn't. Hmph.

 I've been at work all week and I'm behind on Uni work. Not to mention, I suck at After Effects at the moment. I'm not sure whether that's because I was on a Mac, or because I was just tragic at the new software.

Today's post is a trial on Illustrator. Usually I go with big blocky colours, but today I thought I'd try some shading with only a bunch of colours and opacity. Here's how it looks so far, I got lazy because it's 11pm and, surprise! I'm in work tomorrow as well.

It's nowhere near done, but the original picture is sitting next to it. I think I should have chosen a picture that has a bigger colour difference in the reds.

Now I look at it, I can see clearly I really messed up some of the colours. Oops. That's for tomorrow.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

22/10, Nothing to see here. :c

I was halfway through doing something lovely on illustrator when I BSOD'd. My computer shut down before I saved this, and a something I was working on earlier.
A word to the wise, SAVE YOUR WORK BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING. on the plus side, if I made it look nice before, I can do it again, and now I've had practice.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

21/10, Unfinished Sketch

I've not been too productive today, but I did a quick character drawing earlier. More updates to come on this, I cut the project short as I had to go to work.
Tomorrow: a test in Adobe After Effects, and a continuation of today's drawing

Monday, 20 October 2014

20/10, Final Google Doodle

I actually had made the mouse quite a while ago and had a hell of a time trying to make the code work. Now I've finally got the code working, this should be a piece of cake. The brief for this assignment was to make a 'google doodle' and make tests to see what we can do, which is where I made the mouse from the post before. My final google doodle is themed on Bonfire Night, a day I look forward to. I can't get enough of that smell. Mmmm.

There's also some sound on this one. For anyone who thinks it's a popup they can't get rid of, I'm so sorry. It's just my blog.

There's a mouse over thing here. The invisible button isn't terrific, but it does what it's supposed to do. I initially attempted to code it, what was supposed to happen was that on mouse over of the Houses of Parliament, there would be some text. However, I managed to code it so it appeared on click, but then didn't disappear. After trawling the internet, I found nothing and decided it might be less hassle to make an invisible button, but that's not going quite according to plan either. Hmph.

15/10, Coding Test

Today I've been practicing coding in Flash to make a character follow my mouse. I'll admit, I wasn't particularly original and totally ripped the idea off this fun whale that follows the cursor.

Mine happens to be a mouse. It's nowhere near as flashy, but it was a start to work out how this whole thing works. I had a bit of trouble with the animal not sticking together in the right places. It turns out it was an anchor point problem. It's all alright, now! Admittedly, it does glitch occasionally, but for a first try of putting something together, it's not half bad.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


It appears you've stumbled onto my blog. I'm awful at diaries, but I'm aiming to make this a blog a day to keep me focused and on track of my work.

I'm a third year student at the University of South Wales, formerly University of Glamorgan. I study animation, specifically 2D, and I enjoy using Flash and Illustrator. I am also working on my dissertation about animation for deaf people. If you have anything to add, please let me know!

This is my first upload. I'm cheating, because I did this sometime in the second year, around this time last year. Tomorrow is for new things!

This was created by using Adobe Illustrator. If you zoom in, you can even see the sugar on the gingerbread house's gumdrops.