Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Mood monster


Feeling a tad discouraged lately, so I chose to draw out the feels instead of letting them get the better of me. In conjunction with learning more about After Effects, I had a lot of fun making this guy... except when it came to looping the animation where everything kept going wrong.

It's a different style for me, I got the idea after toying around with the "scribble" effect in After Effects, then recreated everything else in Illustrator.

He's all stampy and sleepy and his mind is a mess. It me.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Be my Valentine


Been quite busy with uni this week so there's not a whole lot going on, but here's a little Valentine's piece. Show yourself some love today and every day.

Monday, February 10, 2020

SCBWI QLD Meetup


As part of my "be a proactive creative" goals this year, I had the opportunity to attend the first 2020 SCBWI QLD meetup on Sunday. My motivations were mostly to observe but ever the helpful type, I offered my technological assistance after a callout was made for it in the newsletter.

It's amazing what you can do with an iPad these days, they've come a long way since my first iPad 2 all those years ago. We recorded the entire thirty minute interview between ARA and Sunshine Coast Coordinator, Ali Stegert, and the University of Queensland Press children's editor, Clair Hume, with a very humble setup.

I think it's a great idea to take advantage of the accessibility of the internet in these situations, as it helps get the content out to regional members across the state who cannot be there in person. It is my hope that someone, or several someones, find it useful.

Tech aside, as an illustrator in attendance, events like these can be extremely interesting and useful in getting to know faces and processes from a singular perspective. This understanding goes a long way in collaborative work.

I am a tactile learner and I benefit from both experience as well as empathy when collaborating with others. Therefore it makes sense for me to push social insecurity aside for a while, and just get as much hands on experience and exposure as possible. Meet people, do things, go to events and learn. It enhances awareness and can make the process a lot less frustrating, especially when it's a drawn out process such as working on a film or a book.

Ali did a great job as interviewer, asking questions that pertained to authorship, illustration and publication, and Clair shared her experience and knowledge with confidence and warmth to the crowded little meeting room. A video of the interview will be available to members through SCBWI QLD and details of its location will be shared when available.

As the technological side of things is a new adventure for most of those involved, we didn't record the panel this time (baby steps please). It was an enjoyable and informative talk, however, led by our Brisbane Coordinator, Jacqui Haplin, with the topic for discussion being book launch experience and how-tos from local authors Angela Sunde, Karen Tyrrell, Taryn Bashford and Dave Lowe.

And for myself, it came hot on the heels of a podcast I recently listened to at Three Point Perspective (see link below), so I found it quite fascinating to listen to the different views on planning and timelines. I highly recommend this podcast as, while being American-based, the people who create it are some extremely talented author/illustrator people in their own right.

Side note: they also have an online learning resource called SVS Learn which is fantastic for both the amateur as well as experienced illustrator to draw knowledge from and is quite reasonably priced.

During the panel discussion and mini-workshop I even got time to do some sketching, because when among like minds that tends to happen. A work in progress, of course, I had been inspired from the interview in regards to a question around subject matter that Ms. Hume might be interested in looking at.

She expressed interest in stories about rural and indigenous children and it reminded me of my late father who grew up an only child and was moved about various regional and rural towns for most of his youth.


Speaking of my own art, at the next Brisbane meetup (May 24, same time, same place), I will be sharing some work in the new Illustrator Spotlight. This feels a tad awkward given that I am not actually published, but I am more than happy to shed light on my own experiences which have helped me grow as an artist in general.

There's nothing I like more these days than being involved and collaborating with others to create entertaining, inspiring, fun and creative projects and events for others to enjoy as well. Big thanks to Ali and Jacqui for organising, as well as the guests and members who attended.

If you are a local children's or young adult author/illustrator, aspiring or experienced, and you haven't joined SCBWI yet, I encourage you to look into it, as it may just offer up opportunities for your future. Be brave and come along to a meetup some time!

Useful links:

SCBWI QLD
SCBWI QLD Facebook
SCBWI membership
University of Queensland Press
How to Launch a Book - Three Point Perspective podcast
SVS Learn

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Week in review

I finished my third Blender52 entry, my second ever attempt at modeling a character and I'm pretty happy with how he turned out. Basic shapes and keeping it simple helps. The model is based on my bird which is featured here on my blog and also some business cards. I tried sculpting his beak a bit but it wasn't working out to my liking. The legs also challenged me in the sense that I modeled them too thin but found a way to add some more volume thanks to some handy modifiers.



I'm looking forward to making more like this, the style appeals to me.

It's back to uni for Trimester 2 of my Bachelor of Design, so I was fairly preoccupied with that for the week. We are about to have projects out the wazoo as usual and I'm feeling pretty optimistic about what we have so far. Updates to come.

Here's a few tidbits I created in my free time...

Li'l marshmallow of joy (Procreate)


A new header for some of my social spaces because I'm getting a bit bored of the old ones. This was fun and bright and colourful. The one below is the original "sketch", but I decided I didn't like the patterns or colours.


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Hourly Comic Day 2020


Hourly comic day is February 1st, it's a fun way to record your day..... but I think it's probably much more interesting when you actually do things unlike myself who has been unwell for most of it. One frame took me hours to get through. Still, I gave it a bash and hope to do a better one next time.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Week in Review: creating accountability


I thought about starting to write some weekly catch up blogs to encourage myself to be consistent with posting here. After numerous attempts with daily anything, I conclude that "daily" is not sustainable for me, so a weekly goal might be more achievable.


Fairly productive this week with my studies and some personal art. I've got my hands on a copy of Procreate5 Beta and have been trying it out. Not too much difference so far, except the additional animation tool. It's not bad, but having had access to more powerful animation tools, I do find it somewhat unintuitive and jarring to any workflow I might have.

It's awesome for straight-ahead animation work though! I've only done one piece with it and that was very short and sweet, so it's not a lot to go by. I think I am just overcomplicating the process as per usual.



This one was probably my favourite as it was fun to do and emerged from a somewhat discouraging source. I just think it's really cute, it makes me smile to look at it. That's an odd feeling, since I was the one who created it.

In other news, I've cottoned on to Asana. Yes, slow on the uptake, I actually thought it was a paid app which is the entire reason I avoided trying it, but a client of mine has been using it in our workflow and I decided to take the plunge to see how I could use it. I've set up projects for freelance work as well as studies and a passion project. Amazing how organising yourself feels so invigorating to the enthusiasm.

Well that's it from me for now, if you happen to be reading this, please comment and let me know your thoughts on the weekly updates idea. I'm curious as to whether others think it's a useful or effective way to stay consistent.

Until next time, have a great week!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Review: Tito and the Birds

I went to see Tito and the Birds recently. What a great little film! Engaging and visually well-crafted animation with brilliant use of colour and texture - two of my favourite things lately!

It's a social commentary on anxiety, fear and the state of society these days, with people being driven by or living in fear of the world outside. I loved that pigeons were used as the anchor back to rational thought.


The egg/rock people was an excellent comment on how we do nothing when we are afraid. They even mentioned the two states of reaction to fear (fight or flight) but how we have managed to blow the third state (freeze) out of all proportion. Shutting ourselves down to life's issues and problems. Or being shut down due to our own inability to deal with them.


I did a little research into how it was done on a technical level and was fascinated to read they used oil paints mixed with animation in an 80 minute film. Utterly delightful and no doubt painstakingly slow!

Such a stunning colour palette and the textures were dreamy. It left me feeling inspired and uplifted after watching.

While some of the story felt like it could have used a little work, I could feel the struggle to suspend my disbelief, but wanted to at the same time. There were just some questionable choices, said 'adult me', but child me reminded her that animation and story doesn't always have to be complex. Enjoy it!


And I did. Definitely recommend a watch for the family. Hopefully you'll enjoy it too.