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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
I signed up for the free online course Exploring Animation offered by the Open University. Here's exercise one, the famous bouncing ball flipbook exercise to learn about arcs and squash and stretch. Mine was done in photoshop with the AnimDessin plugin and a Wacom tablet. Bending over a drawing hurts my neck after 20 years of making art, so sitting up at the computer screen lets me have better posture while drawing.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
I'm so incredibly pleased to have completed my MA in Children's Literature at UBC. The program was a life-changer for me and I found in it a world of new ideas, inspiring professors and colleagues, and friendships with people who shared my interest in picturebook apps. My ambitious thesis was a creative-theoretical hybrid, a new category which was introduced in the nick of time, as far as my thesis was concerned. Dr. Eric Meyers championed my creation of a functional iOS app in a program that until that time only allowed written theses. I'll always be grateful to him for suggesting and arguing for a human-computer interaction model of a design-based study. So my thesis was also the first of hopefully many more such theses in the Children's Literature MA program at UBC.
My MA took the full 5 years. During that time I also illustrated Mister Got to Go, Where Are You? by Lois Simmie (Red Deer, 2014), founded Rascal Media, and started making animated children's book trailers. I also spoke at three conferences, including at Confia in Portugal.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Finally completed and sent in the beta of my thesis story app, "The King's Ears", to the Canada Media Fund Experimental Stream. Fingers crossed that it passes inspection and qualifies for the 2nd phase of funding. The app is the creative portion of my hybrid creative/theoretical thesis for the MA program in children's literature at the University of British Columbia, Canada. I'm applying ideas formulated by picturebook scholars (especially Maria Nikolajeva, Perry Nodelman, Lawrence Sipe, and Schwarz) to the creation of the additional modes afforded by the iPad. It is incredibly inspiring to be working with Katarina Jovanovic's story, Philippe Béhà's art and the amazing voice of Terry Jones. And I'm so fortunate to be working with such a creative and diligent team: designer, illustrator, and animator Elisa Gutiérrez, and programmers Judy Choi and Trevor Robinson.
Friday, January 9, 2015
I've animated a trailer for a funny chapter book called The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman and artist Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, 2015). It's about two very serious mouse detectives.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Thank you to Caroline Adderson and Groundwood Books for hiring Rascal Media, my children's media company, to make a trailer for Caroline's wonderful, funny middle-grade novel. It was a joy to read and then interpret with animation.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Thank you to Mark Medley of the National Post for his thoughtful and generous video review of Mister Got to Go Where Are you? (2nd in the video). And congratulations to my friends at Tradewind for a great review of Pierre Pratt and Kari Lynn Winters's No Matter What Friends.