jon birch [creative journal]

February 9, 2007

yahoo awards

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copped a feel of the yahoo awards we won today… they’re kind of cool and pretty big.
the awards were for ‘cowforce.com‘. winner of ‘best website in its category’ and ‘peoples choice’.
still mightily chuffed! 🙂

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January 18, 2007

our cowforce website also wins ‘yahoo’ peoples choice award!

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great news for me and mike phillips of ‘paperhorse’, the sites designer (i provided character design and the sites animations).
very chuffed about this indeed! 🙂 cowforce.com
a BIG THANKYOU to everyone who voted!

January 9, 2007

ike russ

Filed under: animation, audio/visual, character design, movies — jonbirch @ 6:14 pm

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here is a better view of ‘ike russ’, the character featured in an earlier blog. i promise these movies will be viewable online at some point, but for the moment they are pre-release.

skateboard spirituality

Filed under: animation, character design — jonbirch @ 6:11 pm

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this is a charcter for a mini site i am currently working on called ‘skateboard spirituality’… the characters were made in swift… swift is a great package for simple character design, i love it. it is limited, but as earlier blogs suggest, i don’t see that as a bad thing at all.

lovers/hipocriticalmass

Filed under: animation, audio/visual, character design, movies — jonbirch @ 12:19 am

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a simple story of love and faithfulness with equally simple, almost diagramatic character design.
all done in flash.

trip/hipocriticalmass

Filed under: animation, audio/visual, character design, movies — jonbirch @ 12:02 am

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this character was designed in swift 3d and goes by the corny name of ike russ!
the planets are also swift. the rest is flash and a bit of colouring in after effects.
i’m fascinated by the fact that a character can be so simple (ike doesn’t even have a face!) yet you can care about it. maybe, just the small inclusion of a red heart on his chest tells you all you need to know.

January 8, 2007

lotte goes lo-fi/hipocritical mass

Filed under: animation, audio/visual, character design, movies — jonbirch @ 11:55 pm

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say hi to lotte. there is also a simple 3d lotte in this movie. i wanted her to be minimally sexy, think betty boop for the third millenium.
this movie was made in flash and after effects.

icarus/hipocriticalmass

Filed under: animation, audio/visual, character design, movies — jonbirch @ 10:43 pm

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meet ‘icarus’, a character designed and simply constructed in swift3d.
this short movie was made before i started using after effects. alot of work went into
bringing the animated bits together in flash.
my friend luke and i have a chilled out breakbeat/dub outfit called ‘hipocritical mass’ and this is one of our live a/v movies.
all the movies that go with our tracks will be viewable online quite soon, but in the meantime the next bunch of posts will show stills from some of hipmass’s movies.

proost movies 2

Filed under: animation, audio/visual, character design, movies — jonbirch @ 6:05 pm

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frames from a new animation called ‘garbage’. this one’s about the state of the planet. it will be available for download from PROOST later this year.
it was made using swift3d and the vectors created there were then exported to flash. the colour palette is restricted to orange and shades of black and grey and the objects have been reduced to basic shapes.
i wrote a poem for this one to go with the hum of background fx… that was fun.

proost movies 1

Filed under: animation, audio/visual, character design, movies — jonbirch @ 5:54 pm

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here are some stills from the upcoming ‘twelve stations’ short animation. available for download from PROOST later this year.
i really enjoyed making the soundtrack for this one. i think the over all piece is impactive.
it’s amazing what happens to simple characters when they go through such drama, somehow you feel for them!

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