Friday, June 22, 2007

Super Sculpey

I've been abusing a substance called Super Sculpey recently, with promising results.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Call me Miranda

Just got a full-time perm job drawing those grey bears with the blue noses that you see on greetings cards everywhere. The designs are signed 'Miranda' but they're drawn by several people in a very traditional studio in Chichester, UK.
Wish me luck, them bears can get hungry.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Finding My Voice

After almost 4 days of losing my voice I have now recovered. So what am I up to now?
Well after the long gap between posts I can reveal that I have finished painting the pub sign for the Cob & Pen, the pub next door, so now I'm just left with the arduous task of framing it. I'll post a photo when it's ready.

I'm starting to work on some greetings card designs to land me a PAYE job at a local card firm.

I'm learning to drive (at last!)- thanks to generous contributions from family for my recent birthday.

I've finished a Flash web-game for an Australian client, you can play it here.
They've already got more than they paid for but I plan to improve the game still further as it might end up in my Flash folio.

I shall be producing a 3D model of Sudeley castle next week for the big publicity push they're having after Liz Hurley's wedding.

Finally, I'm taking steps to learn PHP, MySQL and Flash Actionscripting 2.0, as and when I get time.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Apple Mac Automator Robot!

If, like me, you've been using Macs since back when they were beige you'll be familiar with the way they keep on surprising you with buried treasures.
I'm only now learning the value of a handy robot that can take loads of boring chores off your hands. It's even more powerful than Photoshop's Actions- it's Apple's own Automator application.
If you're shy of learning new tech stuff, here's a handy workflow to get you started.You download and unzip it, open Automator and go File > Import Workflows, import it then Save As Plugin... (for the Finder application). Once you've done that you can select any two folders and right click on them to compare the contents. Great for those who have millions of image files and no time to carefully read through long lists of file names searching for which files are different. Enjoy.

This wonderous gizmo is all thanks to a guy called Ben Long over at where there are hundreds more fab Mac robots waiting to lend a hand. Thanks also to Emilie over at the Mac discussions forums for help, advice and a great bit of AppleScripting!

This particular Workflow can compare the contents of two folders in a number of ways- it's customizable! (if you're prepared to learn a little about how Automator works).

The best thing about getting to know Automator though is the way it allows you to use almost any function of any application on your computer without even opening the applications!

With a single click you could take dozens of files from any folder, in to Illustrator, through Photoshop (and it's many Actions), in to Word, save them all in to a new folder as PDFs, Zip the folder and have it upolad or email it'self to any address!

Mind bloggling!