Even Giant Space Dogs Need Toys

Or: Creating a grainy shadow in Adobe Illustrator. I’ve been playing around with a new (to me) shading technique in Illustrator, using a transparent bitmap of contrasting colour to add depth. It’s explained pretty well by Don Clarke of Invisible Creature here. Took me a few goes to get exactly right, as I’m less familiar with Photoshop, and he doesn’t…

Get a website, quick!

First things first, you need a domain name. That is, you want to find a website address that is available, and meaningful to you and your audience. Generally shorter is better, and if you’re an author or artist, grabbing your name is the best. Registering and paying for this is totally separate to whatever you put on the website itself.…

Imaginary Animals

A collection of animal sketches made from found shapes. Naming help from my lovely nieces. I got Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Imaginary Animals for Christmas from the wonderful CK. This was the first exercise. A beautiful, unlocking, mind opening book. Heartily recommended.

Sketch book moments

Some fun character studies I’ve been working on recently for a new animation project I have in mind. I love how stretching different parts of the face gives characters such distinctive looks.

Speaking at 300 Seconds

I decided a couple of weeks ago, that I would start talking publicly about the work I do in data visualisation. It’s cool right now, it’s fun and engaging. It’s also a chance to give back to a community that is very open and supportive of those coming up and developing new skills such as D3. The very next day,…

Learning New Tricks

The last couple weeks I’ve been playing around with some new software, Adobe After Effects. Generally used for post production special effects and motion graphics, I used it to make a trailer for our SF Anthology, the red volume. If you want to learn After Effects, I went from no experience, to making this trailer using the tutorials at edfilms. Great…

A Month of London Stories

We moved to London last month. It’s beautiful, and full of stories, and people, and amazing food, and great coffee, and joy, and the weather is so much cooler than Saigon, I can really feel my brain flowing faster than before. So we are diving into as many stories as we can. These are some of the ones I’ve loved this…


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