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Construction Paper Animation

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Julian, a stop motion animator from Mainz, Germany has recently released “camPING” – a musical camping number built usin construction paper and tiny, well-placed LED light bulbs (you’ll see). Everything about this work fits: the colours, the textures, the pace and of course the wonderful music.

camPING from julian on Vimeo.

The video quality from Vimeo is superb, I recommend you go full screen for the best viewing experience.

Evolution of Dance with Optimus Prime

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

A shout out to animator Patrick Boivin, my favourite stop-motion-guy-from-Montreal-who-animates-dancing-robots. In addition to the obvious craft he displays (especially his character work) and the fact he’s prolific, I found this quote of his personallly inspiring:

“Since I didn’t go to film school, nobody told me I wasn’t supposed to do everything.”

Man, I’m so glad you did it all!

Scribbles on Your Mac

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


I like drawing (duh) and I like computers (really) and yet mixing the two up has been a slow, evolutionary process. From the Koala Pad of the Commodore 64 days to serial and USB mice and back to a drawing tablet in the form of the Wacom Bamboo, the mechanics of computer drawing has been almost as important as the software end of things. Almost.


A Town Called Panic: Puppetoon Animation

Monday, July 6th, 2009


OK, you’ve heard of stop motion animation before, right (if not, then think ‘claymation’)? You pose a clay character, snap a frame, move the pose a bit, snap another frame and repeat a hundred thousand times.

What you may not have heard is “puppetoon.”


Animating with Sticky Notes

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Ah, sticky notes. I both love and hate the things. I love them for being external reminders and for freeing up precious brain cycles. But it didn’t take long before I developed a particular blindness to bright yellow squares. They became like negative space; I simply no longer saw them.

Then I watched the following animated shorts and learned to see sticky notes anew.


Rex The Runt

Saturday, July 4th, 2009


Here’s my reward for combining a few of my favourite things: British humour, plasticine, stop-motion animation, and more British humour. Rex the Runt!


Badly Drawn Roy

Friday, July 3rd, 2009


Quirky with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheekiness and numerous animation jokes and puns. Great stuff, directed by Alan and Frank Shannon, produced by Dublin’s Jam Media for RTE, Ireland’s public broadcasting channel.


The Accidental Creative Manifesto

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009


If you work in a creative capacity then you know first hand that you must create on demand. While at work you are paid to never be in the ‘off’ position. You also know that ‘always on’ is clearly an artificial state and that, without building intentionality  into your life, you will quickly run aground. The following is precisely for you.


Greetings Fellow Earthicans

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009


It’s time to hang up the tee. Having created a new tee design every Saturday for six months, I have met the best success anyone could ever meet: the fact that I did it.

“Tee of the Week” was fun, it was challenging, it was easy and it was hard. And now it’s time to give myself a break.

The current plan is to take July and August off, get some studio renovations started before winter sets in and enjoy the summer. Perhaps read a book (which I haven’t done yet this year) or cut the grass (which I also haven’t done much of…).

For those who have been enjoying the desktop calendars, I think I could be convinced to continue those for the remainder of 2009. But you gotta let me know – leave a comment below!

Hope you got a few laughs from my work and thank you for visiting every week,


PS – Don’t think for a moment this is the end of The urge to create will keep me busy and new projects are bound to spring up. There are still a bunch of tee designs I need to wrap up (both in preparing print read masters for PrintFection and/or Spreadshirt) as well a few ideas that didn’t really fit with my sci-fi/monster threads.

Free Desktop Calendar for July 2009

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009


In advance of my upcoming, possibly temporary, retirement from publishing weekly tees comes this flashback wallpaper for the month of July. Enjoy the garish delights of former tee characters.

Simply follow the instructions that apply to your computer, and get a little slice of my work to inspire and entertain you for the month of July.

For PC Users:

1. Download the image from below.
2. In the new window that pops up, right-click on the image and select ‘Set as Background’.

For Mac Users:

1. Download the image from below.
2. Drag the image from the new window onto your desktop.
3. Open your System Preferences and choose Desktop & Screensaver
4. Select Desktop and click the Pictures Folder in the left-hand column.
5. Select your Wallpaper image and close System Preferences.

Screen Sizes: