Thursday, November 15, 2007

Computer Art and Animation: Flash

Here is a list of Flash projects my Computer Art and Animation class has been working on. Each link opens a new window.

The assignment was to incorporate sound with buttons. Pop away!

Musical Desk
Another assignment incorporating sound with buttons. Make sure you hold down the mouse to see the full animation.

Put the Cat Outside
Again, incorporating sound with buttons. This project also uses drag and drop as well as different scenes. Drag the cat out the window.

This student uses stop frame animation as well buttons to design a simple yet effective game concept. Click on the good guy to take out the aliens.

The assignment was to create a frame-by-frame hand drawn animation (no tweens). The project had to include at least 100 frames and incorporate music.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Computer Art and Animation

I've just posted some of the recent projects my Computer Art and Animation class has been working on. Check it out when you get a chance here.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Post Modern Impressionsim

I was asked a question about my paintings. How very exciting! Here it is in Q & A format.

Q: I've noticed that most of your paintings have a strong energy about them, like you can't sit still. And then, there are some paintings that you've done with the trains and the water tower that are so calm and peaceful and dreamy.

What I've wondered is how much of your mood reflects the way the painting turns out? How much of the painting is influenced by the actual surroundings vs. what makes up the thoughts and feelings of the creator of the painting?

click to see the whole thing

A: When I drew the trains and the water tower, I went out, looked carefully at the subject, drew sketches from life and took photos. Then I went back and painted them. So I think I was more careful about capturing the subject. I looked over my sketches as I painted and paid some attention to the photos.

With the tree paintings, I basically sat in my yard and stared at them for a long time. I watched how the sun changed the colors of the trees. I really looked at them and tried to see what color they were. I took a photo or two for quick reference but when I started painting, I didn't much look at it anymore.

Putting this into the context of art history, the trains and the water towers lean towards impressionism, stealing from Monet :) The trees lean towards abstract expressionism, stealing from De Kooning and Pollock.

More post modern impressionsim

Friday, November 09, 2007

Large Scale Painting

click to see it larger

It’s been a summer since I’ve tackled a new postmodern impressionism project. But something about late fall/ early winter makes me reach for a large-scale stage.

Wish I had a ginormous canvas to paint on. Something not measured in inches. Feet instead.

About half the painting visable to show scale with stuff

Still it was nice to get my hands dirty again. This isn’t finished but I figured I’d blog it up while I wait for this layer of stuff to dry.

You can check out previous ian postmodern impressionist paintings here:
(The new paintings will be added below)

Pine trees
Water towers

OK, here is a cropped version of the finished painting:

click to see the whole thing

Sunday, November 04, 2007


OK, this is just a crazy thought but…

My crit group, we call ourselves the ‘goalies’ cause we set goals. Of course, Stephanie Greene, the SCBWI-NC RA calls us, that roughty Raleigh group.

Still, wouldn’t it be cool if all the ‘goalies’ had hats and shirts to wear? And what better hat than a goalie mask?!

So I took the liberty of using my award winning illustration (could I be any more full of myself?) to design our new hats. But hey, it's my blog. :)