Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Maple Pancakes Blog!

I started this blog in January 2005 and it is still here! So Happy Birthday Maple Pancakes.
I think I'll keep on going.

Today I'm posting two drawings I made on my iPad using the APP Autodesk Sketchbook Pro  for Ipad. 

If you happen to have an iPad and if you love to sketch and doodle, I recommend this delightful APP. It takes a while to get used to it but once you discover a favorite brush you gain control and then it is fun.

On another software testing subject, I discovered an animation program for beginners and a Valentine Animation contest with Flip Boom Doodle, a program from Toon Boom. It is a basic but fun animation program and it is free until the end of February 2012. If you miss the free download it is around thirty dollars to buy or less and this is a great price for a lovely little software package for kids and teachers wanting to make animated films fast and easy.

Further blogging about what happened to me as I entered the Flip Boom Valentine Contest is in the next two posts.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Boxer Named Maximillan

This is a vector drawing taken into Painter for details. The reference photo was posted on Wet Canvas this weekend on the All media Events. Thanks to  For the DEWI who is moderator this weekend and who provided the photos and for hosting.

I find that WC keeps me experimenting and there's a bit of sharing among the artists which makes for a little social contact and when I am working it is good for me to step away to play every once in a while.

And I never know if something is going to turn out. But this fellow looks pretty neat I think. He was someone's beloved Boxer named Maximillan.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Turning Pages with Book Creator

Here we are almost at the middle of January. This month marks the anniversary of this blog which I started in 2005 on January 23. When I began I had no idea where it was going and I am still wondering. What I do know is that blogging has helped me. I can't explain it exactly. But I know it's been a good use of my time to post all kinds of things that I find interesting and although I am certain a lot of it is not of interest to others, I think blogging helps me to stay grounded and learning. Maybe that's not a bad thing. And I would love it if anyone out there finds inspiration here.

Last month I bought a little program just because it allows one to create a personal project in an e-book format with turning pages. Here are some photos of me and my first test run.
I brought in a few of my Christmas characters in jpeg format saved in my pictures file on the iPad, added some text on the fly and voila, a little book project. This is a neat app for kids of all ages for school projects, for poems, for photo journals etc.
I think it looks rather cool.
One adds text to each page using the iPad keyboard that pops up on screen.
I don't think one can import text though I may be wrong.
Once you have created a little book you can place it on your bookshelf on your iPad. i believe you can also post your book to iTunes.
The APP is called Book Creator by Red Jumper Studio.
If you go to their website you can see more information and a demo video. It is as easy as it looks. So if you have an iPad and if you have some jpeg files there is nothing to stop you from making a very professional looking virtual book with turning pages.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Stinky Dog Video on New Year's Day

Starting off a brand new year I thought I'd post some old stuff with added music sound tracks.
This art was created with my Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet and using Corel's Painter Elements.
Every once in a while I saved a frame as I drew it.
I used Roxio's online Photo Show, a favourite website, to put it together with  dissolve between each frame.
Ask me any questions.