At the beginning of last year, I started my Page-A-Day Flip Book, and I’m happy to say it’s finally finished! The aim of the project was to draw one page every day, and see where it led. Although I missed a few weeks here and there, I managed to keep it going all year, and finally finished it up last month.
The project had its challenges. For one thing, if a flip book gets too long, it becomes hard to flip. This animation filled three tablets, so I could never see how the entire thing looked. I also made a rule that I could only draw one page at a time, so I didn’t do any keyframing or storyboarding. And I didn’t allow myself to go back and change drawings, other than minor cleanup. This made it difficult to control timing, but it was a great challenge.
I photographed each page with a digital camera and assembled the images in Flash before exporting as a Quicktime. I worked out music on the ukulele that would fit the piece, and put it all together. It was a fun project, and I hope you enjoy watching it!
As you may know, I started doing a Page-A-Day Flipbook at the beginning of the year. Even though I’ve fallen a little behind, I thought I would show the latest progress.
Since actually flipping through the whole thing is difficult, especially with this thin drawing paper, I decided to photograph each page (scanning would have taken forever) and assemble them on the computer so you can see how the animation really looks. I don’t know where this animation is going, but I’m trying to experiment and try out new things. I hope you like it!
In other news, I will be participating in the Needham Open Studios this weekend, May 7th and 8th in Needham, MA. Check out the website for more information and a map of locations. I’ll be exhibiting my original work, giving away free stuff (see photo), and maybe doing an art demo. Stop by and say hi!
The following weekend, I’ll be attending the New England SCBWI Spring Conference, and helping teach at Sunday’s Illustrator Academy along with illustrator Dani Jones, designer Kerry Martin, and agent Nicole Tugeau. The amazing Casey Girard is pulling it all together. Registration has filled up already, but it should be an exciting conference. If you see me there, say hi!