This is the piece I worked on for almost 2 months! It was a very brief dream in which I was on a train passing this beautiful pasture full of giant cream-colored puppies wagging their tails.
I thought for the tail wagging action it’d be really cool to make it an animation. This is also the first time that I’m trying putting the art work, music and download links on its own webpage and creating a full page experience for the audience with sharing capability. I think it worked well and really did the art work justice rather than stuffing it in a narrow column blog. This I will continue to do.
The tail-wagging of the puppies was a very simple animation, but I think I chose the wrong approach and it took many weeks of my free time to complete. First I built out the graphic assets in Adobe Illustrator, which was good. Then I tried to animate it in Flash, thinking that I would be able to export it as an animated .gif. That was a wrong decision. Although it was easy to build scene and animate in Flash GUI, the exported .gif was of extreme low quality there was no way I could have used the result. I then had to export it as a .mov and then, using Photoshop to turn it into a .gif. Once everything was in Photoshop it got better because I’m very familiar with the Photoshop environment and could create effects and backgrounds easily. The trouble, still, lied in compressing the resulting image so it would animate gracefully while looking sharp. After some tries of different compressing options I arrived at the result that you’re seeing.
The one page site was built in HTML5 and I was happy to experiment with new tags such as <article>, <aside> and most importantly the <audio> tag. It is really cool to be able to pop an <audio> or <video> tag and stream content through all major modern browsers. Still a lot to learn here.
The intended virality of the content did not catch on at all. I simply don’t know how or what to do in this area. Need to read some more blogs/books about this.
So a month has past. A month of confusion and tears, mixed with occasional light-heartedness. You ask, what, was it really that hard? Well, I experienced some pretty serious relationship issues and I’m still recovering from it. You know, sometimes I just wish somebody can turn me into an androgynous ET and I’ll never have to deal with relationship, love, heart break, freedom, growth, intimacy, what-have-you. I can then say, “I’m an ET. I love you in an extra-terrestrial sense. I’m not afraid to show you all my ET parts and my ET heart will never break if you leave.”
That said, the whole drawing-a-day project was fun and really mother-fracking made every day more memorable, good and bad days alike. There were some days that I skipped either because I was too tired orÂ simply forgot. I usually quickly do it the day after or so.
Another cool thing about doing this project is that it forces me to face the fear of creativity everyday, even for a mere 10 minutes. “I’m too tired.” “I don’t know what to make.” “I suck.” “I’m hungry.” “I’m doing Facebook/Google+.” “How about that novel?” No excuse! I gotta sit my ass down and mother-fracking draw something NOW! Anything! So “anything” came out and that was the fun part.
I received this shirt a hell of a long time ago and just having a hard time photographing it. I could NOT find a suitable bottom to go with it. All my shorts and skirts failed, so I went with this pair ofÂ checkered pants from Felix the Cat which my mom got me when I was in junior high. Don’t be jealous, I’m still wearing stuff from junior high and they fit great. Is it a good thing? I don’t know.
The T-shirt is $24 printed by Spreadshirt on American Apparel shirts. Women and men. Get it here.