Posts from the ‘Photo Manipulation’ category

Making Of: Photoshop Collage

So in between the animating, cartoons and meetings I make Photoshop Collages for educational publishers!

It’s a bit of fun and a way for me to create new worlds that Look photographically realistic… most of the time 😉

Here below is one I’ve just finished. And, if you are at all interested I filmed myself while making it, so you can get a sneaky peak at how do it. Sadly I don’t work quite as fast as I seem to in this film 😉

s-BinnensteBuiten 3


Busy, Busy, Busy!

I’m still here,I haven’t deserted my bolg! But man it’s been a crazy couple of weeks.

Not only is my assessment creeping up but school has added extra workshops to follow (brilliant but makes life very busy) And work goes on as usual.

Check out what I’ve been up to for my clients:

These images were made for a educational publisher and will be see in class rooms across the Netherlands:


2HV, figuur 04-01-01

eigentijds 6.4 BB


I also got my first Whiteboard animation project! Yippeeee!

Working with Professor Loep again I will be making an intro animation to the website. Below is part of the storyboard I made for her:

02-WBA_storyboard-Professor Loep 01-WBA_storyboard-Professor Loep


Keep watching though because I have the latest on my ‘making of’ project coming up.

Till then!



It’s Finished!

It’s FiNishEd!!!! Wooo hoooooo!

My animation for the House of visual culture is finished! After approximately 151 hours of actually sketching, drawing and making and many, many more hours of experimenting, thinking and designing; the damn thing is finished! Happy, happy Joy!

And, you can’t see it!

Nope, I’m afraid you will have to wait until I have shown my client this coming Thursday. It’s only polite that they see it before you.

But I can show you some screen shots.

Screen shots - Visual Culture Animation

Screen shots – Visual Culture Animation

So did this project go according to plan?

Yes! But with a few tweaks hear and there which were due to limited time. Because of this I was unable to animate more of the objects in the landscape. I wanted to use different techniques and softwares such as, stop motion and Anime pro to make objects move and have Pac Man scoot across the screen. But when watching the film back I think that it would of only distracted away from the story being told. Everything happens for a reason, so i’m not upset.

It looks pretty much exactly as I imagined it and how the storyboard said it should become, so there were no unexpected changes.

I was able to get my hands dirty again by making my own props. The artist in me was allowed to play again and while making such a computer time intensive product, this was a gift I gave to myself. Something I will also take with me on to my next projects. If you have to work you may as well enjoy it.

I was particularly pleased with being able to work in the green screen studio and get some real time footage into the animation. Plus I learnt a ton of stuff in doing so. A BIG thank you to Fabian de Boer for helping me both in the studio and figuring out how to key out the background.

Although I wanted to work with a sound designer I couldn’t find one who was willing to work over the Christmas period, in a short space of time for a limited budget. But I think I solved that problem with the help of… and Micky mouse. Lets hope I don’t upset Mr Disney. (When you see the film you’ll know what I mean).

I did have a moment where I realised that some things just aren’t as easy as you think. My plan was to make an English as well as a Dutch version of the animation. I found three beautiful voices one English, belonging to Mike Shelton, which you will hear in the film and two Dutch belonging to Peter de Vries and Rogier Roeters, which you will never hear. And the reason you will never hear them is because, to edit the text in to the film would mean me having to re-edit a huge amount of the animation and it’s timing. This is why:

English text:

Excuse me! Excuse me! Yes you. Have you ever considered a world without visual culture?

Dutch text:

Pardon! Pardon! Ja, jij daar! Heb je er ooit over nagedacht hoe het zou zijn, om te leven in een wereld zonder beeldende cultuur?

The Dutch text is quite a bit longer.

Being British I started with the English version and animated Dave to react to it and in turn the background. I recorded the voices all Before Christmas and when it came to making the Dutch version I realised it wasn’t just a question of replacing the English voice with the Dutch one. Oops!

So my solution is Subtitles. Next time I will have to think just a little bit further about the editing process.

I enjoyed this project immensely. I was able to learn how to make a mixed media animation, how to use Adobe After Effects, TV Paint and green screen footage, plus combine them with making props, story telling and characters. Not bad for eight weeks.

The only thing I don’t think I can get used to is the square eyes. Eye drops have become my new friend.

As soon as I get the go ahead I will post the film for you.

Dave’s alive!

Dave’s alive!

I have some serious computer head and my square eyes have handed in their resignation! But the show must go on and I can happily announce that it’s coming along nicely… as long as I don’t think about the looming dead line next Thursday (16th January), I should be fine.

So what do I have for you today?

Well, if you check the film below you will find that Dave in his full coloured glory has come to life! In this clip you will find him reacting to a voice which asks his the question to consider a life without visual culture.  At the moment he is not in an environment, so I’m guessing that it wont make much sense. But for that, you will have to be patient and wait.

The voice which you are listening to is that of Mike Shelton. A good friend of mine who quite happily offed to share his beautiful voice with you. We recorded on Christmas day of all days but had a giggle in the process, in which we did no less than 30 takes!

I then edited the voice in a sound editing software called Garage band. Not the most advanced but good enough for this simple task. I then re-edited it in Adobe Premier with Dave acting along to it, tweaking Dave and the voice as I went.

I am planning on making a Dutch version and have recorded two more beautiful voices. But time is of the essence and I may have to put the Dutch version on hold until the rest of the film is finished. Fingers crossed that I will have enough time to make both versions before the deadline.

For those of you who are curious about what the finished film will look like I have made you a screen shot. Here you will see Dave at home in his new environment.

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 09.30.37

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 09.30.28

Networking tips!


Notes taken from a lecture by Leon van Rooi

While making a change in my career it has to be said that I started to ponder over the reasons of why success has been so elusive.  I wouldn’t say it has eluded me but it is a fact that the illustration industry is straining under the pressures of recession and technological changes. Hence the reason I have chosen to update my knowledge and get these pictures of mine moving.

But how can I get more work, find work, keep clients and keep the ball rolling? And especially in my newly chosen career.

I’m not oblivious to the word networking, I phone potential clients and email them, plus keep a news letter, dabble with social media and my website is up to date. But there must be something more I can do because, till now it hasn’t gotten me where I want to be.

One thing that I do know is that your network is vital, it is the life line to your success. The majority of work comes via via and not just out of the blue, (unless you are well known and have an established reputation within the industry; although this comes from hard work and a good network).

Networking: a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.

Networking is an active word. It is something you have to work hard at.  All the time. A bit like eating healthily. To some it comes naturally, to others, not quite. For those of us for whom it is a little more difficult, there are some guide lines that we can follow.

Bellow are some points I took from a lecture given by Leon van Rooi (Networking guru) which if we try and follow should keep our creative heads above water.

Social media

It’s all very well having a Facebook page and telling the world what you ate for lunch, but you can do a lot better.

  • Keep a blog and tell the world about your work and what you are working on. Then link it to all of your other social media accounts (WordPress is great for this).
  • Keep a news letter and send it to everyone you know and link it to all of your social media accounts (mail-chimp makes it professional and gives people the opportunity to unsubscribe)
  • Look for others like you online. Be interested in others, make polite comments and suggestions and become online friends.
  • Make contact, ask questions and share information. If you are a fan there is always a way to get in contact with that person. Try it, they don’t tend to mind and actually like the attention.


If you can get an agent some of your problems will be solved. It wont mean that you will never have to network again, but you will have someone to look after you when it comes to your paper work and money issues, with clients that they arrange.

If you want an agent make sure that you are unique, there is something recogniisable in your work and sell yourself…. Network! and let them know that they need you.

Workspace and Network Events

If you are a freelancer, get outside and find a workspace to share with others, or in a building where you can a least meet others. This will allow you to interact and tell others what you are up to and what your hopes and dreams are. You may even find someone who is like minded and help you make your dreams come true.

There are some places where several companies share the same space and when needed they can join forces and take on a larger project together.

If you are a bit of a loner though, don’t fret. Just make sure that there are times when you get outside and make contact with like minded peeps.  This can be at networking events, but make sure it is one which has the potential clients you are looking for.

Showcasing your work

Never make your art for money – go for exposure! David Wilson, Animator/Director/Film maker.

The creative industry is a tricky one for those of us who wish to make a career out of our passions. Reason being is that we want to make beautiful things that satisfie our personal needs. And if we do not reach this satisfaction, frustrations takes over and no one is happy with the final result.

It is also true in that money needs to be made to pay the bills. So is there is a way to achieve both creative satisfaction and a few pennies to pay the bills?

It is possible. Although you need patience and to be willing to invest a lots of time and your own money.

If you want work which exploits your own personal interests, styles and techniques you must create a portfolio which screams out that you are the best in this area of creative expertise; and then use it as bait. And this bait should be used to lure in those clients who are willing to pay you for what you love and are so good at.

And when I say use it as bait, I mean go to that fishing hole and hold it in front of those clients you wish to work for!

DVEIN is a spanish company who did just that with a short video clip:

DVEIN  took it to Adobe and basically told them they wanted to make something for them. And they got the job.

DVEIN had no budget but talent and a network to make the clip possible. All of those who participated in the clip also got to reap the rewards of eventually working with Adobe.

Your portfolio is your business card to those jobs you wish to have. If you don’t have the portfolio, make it. And then pluck up your courage and tell who ever it is that they need you!


We often see our colleges as negative competition. We shouldn’t. There are very few creatives who make the same sort of things as each other anyway and there clientele want them for what they do, the same as your’s want you for what you do.

Instead they are your network. And this network can help you get you to places that you couldn’t get to alone. They may know people you could work with in collaboration and/or they may know of someone you are looking for.

Talk to each other, tell each other your dreams, passions and goals and who knows who could help you.

Be nice

It may seem trivial but being nice is something which everyone can appreciate. If your client likes you they will want to keep working with you.

Be nice, be friendly, work hard and you will get what you deserve! David Wilsons father.

Keep moving

Talk to people you meet and tell them what you do and what your goals are. Do this everywhere you go, not just networking events. Be interested in others and ask questions, listen and remember what they say.

Remembering small detail could get you that job, even if it is about a cat that had to go to the vet.

And keep moving! go to places and talk to people and eventually you will get the ball.


The tips are simple, keep moving, keep talking. It is something you have to do all the time, make it part of your life style and learn to enjoy it.

Highlighted points:

  • Don’t work, just follow your passions; You wont get rich straight away but you will find satisfaction and happiness.
  • Talk to each other, tell each other your dreams, passions and goals, and who knows who could help you.
  • Get in contact with people, be it online or in real life. Meet up and talk.
  • Talk to everyone about yourself, passions, dreams and goals.
  • Use your network and get to know the people around you.
  • Go to studios.
  • Follow your passions.
  • Ask questions
  • And keep moving.

 And finally:

If you have questions and want to get the information from other professionals or those that you are interested in, just tell them you are writing a book. it always works! Even Opera does it. Leon van Rooi


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers