Goodbye… Hello!

This is it. I’ve done my time trying wordpress and have found it rather lacking for my personal preferences. Despite the money, it’s felt quite limiting compared to my previous host on Adobe Portfolio.

That is until I discovered Format thanks to one of my current favourite creative inspirations. I loved his website layout and the UI navigation seemed so simple, so I had to give it a shot and it’s safe to say that I’m quite smitten by the fluidity and ease of use I find here.

So I’m packing my website bags and moving, hoping the transition will go smoothly. Times like this it might be more fortunate to still be moving in the shadows rather than the high demand of the limelight. I even like the blogging layout!

Sorry Wordpress, it just wasn’t working out between us.

Week in Review

I thought about starting to write some weekly catch up blogs to encourage myself to be consistent with posting here. After numerous attempts with daily anything, I conclude that “daily” is not sustainable for me, so a weekly goal might be more achievable.

Fairly productive this week with my studies and some personal art. I’ve got my hands on a copy of Procreate5 Beta and have been trying it out. Not too much difference so far, except the additional animation tool. It’s not bad, but having had access to more powerful animation tools, I do find it somewhat unintuitive and jarring to any workflow I might have.

It’s awesome for straight-ahead animation work though! I’ve only done one piece with it and that was very short and sweet, so it’s not a lot to go by. I think I am just overcomplicating the process as per usual.

This one was probably my favourite as it was fun to do and emerged from a somewhat discouraging source. I just think it’s really cute, it makes me smile to look at it. That’s an odd feeling, since I was the one who created it.

In other news, I’ve cottoned on to Asana. Yes, slow on the uptake, I actually thought it was a paid app which is the entire reason I avoided trying it, but a client of mine has been using it in our workflow and I decided to take the plunge to see how I could use it. I’ve set up projects for freelance work as well as studies and a passion project. Amazing how organising yourself feels so invigorating to the enthusiasm.

Well that’s it from me for now, if you happen to be reading this, please comment and let me know your thoughts on the weekly updates idea. I’m curious as to whether others think it’s a useful or effective way to stay consistent.

Until next time, have a great week!

Disjointed Comix

Disjointed Comix are an evolving collection of single-framed comics, anecdotal incidents that have occurred in my daily life. I’ve been turning these moments into a visual narrative of sorts for a few years. They’re normally used as a means of expression and creativity, especially when I feel a case of Artblock coming on. A fun and cathartic way to share those moments and those feels that we all experience through our own lense of life.

More and more I am finding the comic format a hobby that I enjoy (as if I need anymore time-consuming hobbies) and I wanted to create a place for these as well as any other comic projects that come to fruition in the future. 

And believe me, there is actually a backlog of ideas. Would you have guessed?

While working on a project for my current degree, I had an idea to start a Tapas page. It has yet to be updated, but you will find my little comics at home there as well as appearing on social media from time to time. It is my hope that folks who see them get a bit of a giggle out of it, maybe they even relate to the misfortunes, antics and emotions that are consistently present in our daily lives.

Please feel free to follow me on Tapas or my Facebook or Instagram for updates and shenanigans.


Disjointed Comix on Tapas

Tito and the Birds

I went to see Tito and the Birds recently. What a great little film! Engaging and visually well-crafted animation with brilliant use of colour and texture - two of my favourite things lately!

It’s a social commentary on anxiety, fear and the state of society these days, with people being driven by or living in fear of the world outside. I loved that pigeons were used as the anchor back to rational thought.

The egg/rock people were an excellent comment on how we do nothing when we are afraid. They even mentioned the two states of reaction to fear (fight or flight) but how we have managed to blow the third state (freeze) out of all proportion. Shutting ourselves down to life’s issues and problems. Or being shut down due to our own inability to deal with them.

I did a little research into how it was done on a technical level and was fascinated to read they used oil paints mixed with animation in an 80 minute film. Utterly delightful and no doubt painstakingly slow!

Such a stunning colour palette and the textures were dreamy. It left me feeling inspired and uplifted after watching.

While some of the story felt like it could have used a little work, I could feel the struggle to suspend my disbelief, but wanted to at the same time. There were just some questionable choices, said ‘adult me’, but child me reminded her that animation and story doesn’t always have to be complex. Enjoy it!

And I did. Definitely recommend a watch for the family. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it too.


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