Tasty

For varying reasons, food seems to have been a topic for me. I like food. I like trying out different combinations of things, like five spice in stir fries (it’s like a spring roll, only not in a roll), grilled grated carrot and cheese toast, avocado and honey on toast… In fact, a fair few of them involve toast. But my favourite has to be apple, cinnamon and peanut butter on toast. Crunchy, gooey and toasty? Yum. So naturally, this being my blog and not a foody one, I made an After Effects animation dedicated to the best fruit-nut-spice-bread combination ever.

I was going for something a bit infographics-y and stylised, and that advertising staple of ukelele, clapping and jingle bells seemed perfect for the soundtrack (Music by Sweet Wave Audio sweetwaveaudio.co.uk). It’s not a recipe (not unless you count those “1: roll out shop bought pastry 2: fill with can of pie filling 3: cook” things that turn up in magazines recipes as well), it’s just for fun. And to spread the word that apple and peanut butter go really well together.

Cumin is the spice of life : escottdesign.wordpress.com

Again with being food-related, cumin is good in/on many things. Soup. Roast potato/sweet potato/parsnip/carrot. Stew. Couscous. I was trying to get the background on this to look a bit tangine-like (the decorated serving dish with a cone-shaped lid). Perhaps a Victorian inspired tangine? Hmm…

Be seeing you.

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End of Line

Did I ever tell you I like Tron? I like Tron. The concept and the aesthetic.
So here’s a bit of fun with Illustrator and AfterEffects, turning some custom type into a 3D composition.

Music x Fashion

Whoever does the colour/styling on the recent big k-pop releases from SM Entertainment is brilliant. Regardless of liking the music, they’ve got a fashion shoot style going on which seems so perfect for pop music. I think there’s something really nice about the bright colours. Really eyecatching. I love it.

 

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The End

It’s quite sad to post this really. Typographica took over so much of my life during those intense 5 months of creating, animating and editing. I still hope to come back to it someday, as there were so many ideas, places and characters that never made it into this first story arc. I also really want to get a Typographica section on my website so that I can have a place to show some of the “behind the scenes” work, as well as any new pieces.
But without further ado, here for your viewing pleasure is the feature length conclusion of Legends of Typographica.

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Turn the page

It’s time for Chapter 2…

It really is common in adventure/rpg games for your character to agree to help another without even swapping names. How rude! It’s still a thing in games as my recent experience with Neverwinter Nights 2 showed (good gameplay and characters, but the most disappointing ending). Perhaps it’s because now you just have to mouse over a character to find out their name. Doesn’t explain how later on they seem to know yours…

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The Unexpected

I’m afraid it turns out that AfterEffects and hot weather do not really mix. Legends of Typographica Chapter 2 will be coming soon to a blog near you, but unfortunately not today.

Last week I had quite a few conversations about video games. I was pointed in the direction of Minecraft, an online 3D yet pixel based game world which involves a lot fo smashing things, building things, crafting items, then using them to smash more things. Repeat. I absolutely 3D pixel graphics, watching the cube clouds float by on top of a mountain (also made of cubes). While it might not have grabbed me as a game, I know it has a big following.
To see some of the game I found this: Epic Minecraft Time. These guys like nothing better than smashing, building and…bacon?