Friday, 18 December 2009

Just finished a little Christmas animation fun ~ Rain Dear ~

Looks Like Rain Dear...

Sketched in Flash and a lot of homemade soundFX. Hope you all have a great Christmas.

Doing some pop up cards again this year and thought I'd share. All once piece hand cut... AND for sale...

Saturday, 12 December 2009


Been really busy recently, updating clients sites, performing some shows and doing a lot of Flash Animation. I'm working for a great company that animates kids books with read along text, thus helping kids to read while be entertaining. The animation work is really enjoyable, animating other peoples illustrations... its all about rhythm... The company is called Tumblebooks and has already developed an iPhon app for the books and interactive books are in the pipeline for a less passive experience.

Here's a snap shot and click here to view it on line.

Friday, 11 September 2009

3D sketching

I saw this application aired a couple of months ago that allowed for 3 dimensional sketching or drawing. I think the app was developed by some guys in Toronto and it was/is truly amazing. I saw, I wanted it and I thought of what I could do... When they previewed the app it is represented very rationally, meaning the creations they developed were very architectural, very clean, and mostly quite boring... sorry guys, but with a tool like that you got to let rip. At last some one has. I know it should have been me, but I havent got the money or the contacts... YET.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Free lancing...

I read this article... once... and it talked of how the US sees and battles with the notion of freelancers... Are they self employed or business owners or what, WHAT WHAT ARE THEY...

I realise (AGAIN) that us freelancers are on the outskirts of society. Even though we are 25 million strong we are still seen as a 'Condition'.
Fascinating, as for me and all I know it is a choice. A choice taken because we know that society isnt really under control. Society and sanity is the illusion we and every one else creates so we can go on from day to day. Being a freelancer, self employed, someone who goes it a lone, a free thinker, a whatever is a choice taken when one realises that what we are living is LIFE, there is no second chance and time to realise what is important to ones self. We are here now and we dont want someone telling us what is what when we feel and know something else to be true. Someone else telling us what decision to make for someone, or worse some entity else. To give your life, time, energy, commitment ... I watched my father give his entire life to a company that, at the end of his working career gave him... literally, just a watch!!!! How ironic. They didnt care so gave him something to remind him of time.. his time that he gave to them for...?
Am I going to deep... I feel not. This is the root of FREElancing... choices, no constraints. There are so many rules and most unwritten on how to live your life, reinforced by the media and societies pressures, but the Buddhists have known far longer than our so called advanced first world society that when one is in the present and not in ones head (Fantasising about what if and maybe) that the most important things are present. Freelancing allows one to give entirely oneself, creatively and physically precisely because we are not OWNED by a company. Thus creativity, individualism, and leaps in thought and creativity are nurtured and opened to all that is possible.

Ownership is a huge issue on the internet these days, but as we try to hold on tighter to the things that we think we have ownership over the faster they slip away. If you are creative you will always be creative... it is not just one idea you'll have. Give and you will receive... I'm not a Bible lover I have to admit, in fact I dont believe in God (But thats another post) but this really rings true in my experience. I have seen so many people be protective over what they feel is there creation, where it has consumed them and their time... meanwhile the whole world and everyone with it has moved on and lived there lives and forgotten about who came up with it. You will always be rewarded for creativity, you just have to watch your expectations!

I know from experience that EVERYONE is creative. There are so many pressures and judgements that not every one feels that they are and of course the confident creative ones can be become very eloquent at protecting there space, their 'creativity' presenting it as magical, gifted and not possible by mere mortals...

All I'm saying is hold on less, let go more and never stop playing, creating and supporting.

Articles like this are great but also show how freelancers a perceived by the majority. The most important thing is to sit well with yourself and your choices. If you dont, do something about it other wise you might end up at the end of your life with a watch and a lot of bitterness.

I love freelancing and being a freelancer it suits my personality and my view of what life should be.... mine to decide what to do with.


Saturday, 22 August 2009


Just been watching my wife rehearse and perform her German Wheel act and i got to thinking about the movement and animation. The wheel weighs 100lbs so there's a LOT of momentum there, yes she's really strong and technically brilliant.

I loved the movement, the flipping and rolling so slow then quick. So anyway the long and short is I sketched and animated it in Flash. Its just a short piece but has a really nice quality and keeps that feel even though its very un-realistic drawings...

Click here to see it in its rolling glory...

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Graphic design print work...

I created a DVD cover for a superb performer whose web site i also designed a couple of years back... wow that went quick... We kept to the same feel as the site so all sends the same classy, quirky and professional feel.

Here's the original site if you haven't already checked it out. Click here.

Book her, she's fantastic!

Bloggers Block...

Havent blogged for a while... been very busy, travelling and working. But so many things have happened as well.

Been playing with a Flash clock, not very innovative but a lot of fun... here's version 6 - Flash Clock

Also lots of drawing and animation on its way. Check the TwitPics for latest doodles.

I'll be posting more soon as the mad summer is mellowing.

Friday, 1 May 2009

More twits on Twitter

Since signing on to twitter, even I have seen an exponential growth of users... The reason for me is simple.. its simple! Unlike Facebook there are no 3,000 extra apps knocking at our door before you can even get to your account. Its very immediate and the best is you dont actually have go through the web interface.
There are numerous little applications, many of them AIR apps (Flash and Flex based) that sit in the background (More often in the foreground) of your computer loading in the tweets.
I've been trying out a few. I started with Twitterific I'm still using it occasionally, it has a clean simple interface, but some times I find it too simple. When I get into twittering with my Twfreinds I like to organise a little, list them in @replies or list the direct messages I have and for this I do like Twhirl ~ This is an AIR app and I used to find it sluggish, but I think they have streamlined the CP usage so its a lot more responsive. Very customisable. Finally I came across Skimmer ~ This is great it encompasses all your socials... again it can be sluggish as is the nature of AIR apps sometimes but its very clean and groovy. Hasn't got the functionality of the Twhirl but I really like it, its beautiful and like beautiful objects we forgive a lot.

Thats touching on the subject of why beautiful things work better.. they do, but that's for another time.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

New Artist Web Site

I've created a web portfolio for an Artist, Monique Laramee. She has some amazing work the is flamboyant, beautifully coloured, mixed media and visually poetic.

We needed to create a site that would be a platform for her paintings, simple interface with four periods of artistic life represented...

The site has a lot of images so I decided to use XML to load the images into Flash, easily up-datable and changeable.

Visit the site

Flash AS3

Well I'M making the switch in Flash from ActionScript 2 to ActionScript 3. So far its seems to be truly fascinating and I believe a great enhancement. Millions of articles have already been written by far worthier scripters than myself, but I have to say there are some great essential leaps that have been made. User created objects is a great addition and opens up the a whole new arena.

I'm using a great book Learning AS3 by Rich Shupe - - and obviously numerous on line resources...

I'm also upgrading to CS4. I'll let you know how I get on.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

The birds are coming

Life has been busy and full recently. Discovering AS3 lots of new print work.. links to follow and the all NEW YouTheBiscuit web site is under way. I have been exploring bird flight and actionscript and come up with this...

Click here to see the birds n flight. A quick knock up and its incredibly light... 4KB !!

Here's a quick screen shot. Yes these birds will be starring in the new site. Should be up in a couple of weeks.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Print work.

Recently created a poster for stand up comedian, Sharon Mahoney. She wanted something that reflected the personal issues that she uncovers through out the show, her great aunt, her aunts love of the last steel body car, heart disease, crohn's, love and death. Full of talent and very funny her show premieres in Australia this February.