Wednesday, December 24, 2008

IF :: you hear voices

For illustration Friday's topic voices

Lila and Alvin have decided to be responsible, in the light of the world finacial crisis and global warming and stay home, not holiday in Europe, (ok that's how Alvin described it to Lila), so they are getting a lesson in the little known stress of babysitting other people's pets.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The making of packed properly

My technique to make these cartoon has changed enough, since I last let you into my secrets, that I should just review the changes. First and most importantly I tend to created the specific figures, and other objects, as hand drawn sketches to suit each cartoon. (Rather than trying to use a library of shapes). I still might drawn different figures and things seperately. I then "ink in" with any felt pen I can find, colour doesn't really matter as i just digitise this in black and white. Next I use Corel Trace to convert the shapes into vector drawn shapes and then corel draw to manipulate those shapes... for example, colouring rescalling rotationg and adding the "standard layout". Generally I can get from pencil concept to final drawing on the blog in half an hour or less. Just a longish coffee break!

If you haven't noticed I am also doing some "quickie" cartoons in a simple layout for twitter pics (look down on the left hand column). These cartoons are meant to be mostly for my twitter friends, supposed to be highly relevant and I keep them very simple so the time from concept to upload is 15 minutes or less (ie a true coffee break creation) and explainable in 140 charcaters of text (or less)
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IF :: packed properly

For Illustration Friday 's topic packed

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

On looking deeper at TiVO

Alvin decides to look at the features and fine print before he orders his next tech toy, this time.

No ripped music library, no picture library, no ability to swap content with your PC or iPod etc. only 160Gb of HDD space which will allow you only 20-30 hours of HD content and apparently they will be releasing it without any capability to transfer to external hard drive short of a PAID firmware update. To add insult to injury, can you believe they will actually display advertisements while you fast forward? ...see MyEPG for more details
But the real bitter pill to swallow is the Channel Seven TiVO cartel's attempt to make it illegal to use a published TV guide to information to record Free to Air television shows (other than using their device); and yes, the current copyright conditions are easily interpreted to include using the newspaper for the purpose of programming your VCR! Hang on aren't the rights to broadcasts licensed from us, the public (ok its through government licences, no TV stations or hardware manufacturers owns the broadcast space, it is not their property, and stange how there is no mention of legality of recording free to air broadcast, just that you are infrigining copyright if use a guide to know when to do the recording)

So if you want to do something about it now before it too late write to your local politician, write to the newspapers, discuss it with your friends, or get involved

Friday, July 11, 2008

Alvin gets his IPhone

Alvin contemplates his new 3G toy ... and joins all the hype.

But the cost of actually using it as a web phone hasn't dawned on him yet.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

going mobile

Since Alvin loves technology, why shouldn't this blog/cartoon go mobile friendly, staring with a QR code to say hello and get you directly here with only a click or two.

If you have a mobile phone with a camera and web access you can find out how to scan the code with your mobile here.

Thanks to MOJI-Q for the nice QR code

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

as IF ...

The Victorian government is playing hardball threatening to make protestor group "your water your say" pay court costs, but what about the current residents?

For illustration friday's topic fierce