In an effort to get more practice drawing, get my work ‘out there’ more (wherever there is), and actually update this blog more than semi-annually, I’m announcing my sketch of the week program. It involves me sketching. Weekly.
And more importantly, posting it. Even if I’m not 100% happy. Even if I only had 15 minutes to scribble something that looks vaguely like a dog. I’m sharing whatever I make with the world, so that I can work better, faster, and with the thick, rhino-like hide that’s vital to working as an illustrator / graphic designer.
Take this week’s, for example. I drew Jim Gaffigan in 1.5 hours. I’m not really happy with it. But I’m posting it, and whats more, I’m going to tweet it AT Jim Gaffigan. I welcome the world’s critique! Bring it on!
Last week I wrote a blog post for Piehead about responsive design, done responsibly. Want an example of some basic responsive design? You’re reading one right now!
I’ve got a lot going on right now.
My wife is expecting. I’m in post-production on a short. We’re getting the house ready to sell. I’m working on an amazing, high-profile project at work (details definitely to follow in coming months.)
And yet, for some inconceivable reason, I decided to update my website in the middle of the maelstrom. I suppose it’s better that I got it out of the way now – my impending Fatherhood promises to put a serious damper on my productivity later this year.
Regardless, I think the update has been worth it, and I hope you’ll agree. I’ve made a number of solid changes – the site is responsive, and displays well on my iPhone. The resume is formatted to print well, and means I won’t be digging around in Word every time I need to update it. The site design is more minimalist, and less boxed in.
And most importantly, my cartoon avatar has a beard now.
Flash or HTML5 are at the center of a major debate. Long-standing Flash, the prominent rich media format for years, has been second-guessed in favor of HTML5, a series of standards that may be most ideal for iOS, Android, and mobile as a whole. At Piehead, we compared the two approaches, and I’ve compiled an infographic outlining the pros and cons of each. You can see my infographic and the response to it over at Piehead’s blog.
Some of the folks at Piehead and I have put together a very silly, very campy, very fun Halloween video. Hope you enjoy it!