Just a quick post to show off a flyer I’ve designed this afternoon for the musical sensations that are Lester Norton and Antonia “The Bee” Barrett-Norton.
The question above seems a popular one on google so I thought I would share my take since I use a repeating linear gradient over my background image on this very site.
The solution to this problem is a little counter intuitive which is why, I think, some people miss it – it’s all about order!
Last week I was in Norfolk, catching up with my family. While we were down there we visited the Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth. I would thoroughly recommend the place – the kids loved it! Just be wary of over-excited penguins – so have a plan on how to explain their behaviour!
Just a quick update to let you know I have put up a new freebies wallpaper page. Feel free to use and share!
Freebie Wallpapers ->
Hayao Miyazaki has made some of my favourite anime films of all time. He is one of the greatest animators and directors in Japan.
His films are compelling, inspiring entertaining and thrilling. Proof of this is this beautiful piece of work by a fan.
For a while I’ve not been happy with the very basic theme I have on this blog. So last week I started work on a new one, something much more exciting to look at and much more me. I wanted something professional but personal, something slick but not too Web 2.0 and something which would stand out. I don’t think I’m too far off!
It should be finished in the next two weeks but for now here’s a little sneak preview.
Feedback very welcome!
The Javamorph project can be found at Google Code or if you’re lucky enough to use Ubuntu it’s in your repositories so you can just apt-get it. I think it’s in the Debian Squeeze repos too.
The project homepage is worth checking out for a brief overview of how the program works and a link to a very informative pdf that explains all.
My very quick and dirty example shows me turning into my youngest brother and back again. Sorry Sam.
Inspired (if that’s really the right word) by all this new Ubuntu artwork I decided to have a little go at creating a new wallpaper. As I said in my last post I like brown, it’s smooth, sexy and natural. So, after a little tinkering with an old photo of my Bonsai tree – ‘Gemmell’ – I created this.
It’s now the default wallpaper on my desktop: could it be yours?
If anyone does like it I’ll upload the (somewhat mammoth sized) gimp xcf file so anyone can play with the colours or whatever they wish.
Over the last few days I’ve been doing a little tinkering with my blog layout, trying to find something to elevate it a little, make it more eye-catching and just generally more aesthetically pleasing.
I think I’ve succeeded with this background! Once I’ve finished making all the files I will put these up for download in a variety of different resolutions to suit all desktops.
I made them using the GNU Image Manipulation Program, making specific use of the motion blur filter and the erasing colours to transparency with a gradient.
And a purple one for you mesanna â€“ hope itâ€™s the right purple!
Edit: these files can now be found in the artwork section here.
So far it’s really just proof of concept, and its code is a little limited but could very easily and quickly be improved, depending on what information you actually wanted to share. The reason I’ve put the date in for now is because it’s the simplest way to show the principle involved here. The date comes from the php function of the same name in this case I used:
Today I was inspired to draw.
Well, strictly tonight, technically this morning…
Anyway. I quite accidentally found this Twitter style tutorial and decided I wanted a twitter icon of my own, that would go with the colours of my new design. However, I don’t use Adobe Illustrator… or whatever. Just Open Source programs.
So out came Inkscape, off ran an hour or two of my time and I produced this.
After a relatively (for me) short period of time tinkering with it, I decided I didn’t really like the way the eyes and cheeks were done in the original article so went back to my more cartoon-like style (seen in my previous doodles.. keep your eyes peeled for when my portfolio goes online).
Actually, I’m pretty pleased with it. I could’ve spent much longer tidying it up, and I probably will go back to it and do just that, but I’ll write up a tutorial to go with when I do.
For now, it’s just gone half three in the morning… and I should really sleep.
Just thought I’d put the source file up for download as well, I bang on enough to my friends about Open Source, what kind of en example am I setting if I don’t follow my own advice!