So… as I sit to type this live on the blog, the hit counter is at 29,999. To paraphrase from classic Doctor Who, this moment has been prepared for…
Over the weekend I prepared the above simple animation, knowing the milestone would probably happen early this week. Truth be told, this probably would have happened in January but the combination of illnesses and some Internet outages took away from my normal stream of visitors. I didn’t lose any followers (thank you all!) during those times but I did obviously lose hits those days when I hadn’t posted new nonsense.
I’ve continued the tradition of building upon the first animation I made when I hit the 10,000 hit milestone… then again at 20,000. Will I keep doing this? Who knows. I kind of like keeping the aspect of where-I-came-from by continually building on what came before for each new milestone.
Meanwhile… some less celebrated, but still occurring, milestones… I have over 975 posts on the blog now. Sometime in the next couple of weeks I will make the 1000th post on the blog. I’ll try and pay attention and do something special for that. That’s a lot of blogging in about 2.5 years! Also of note… at some point this past week I reached 650 episodes of my comic strip ‘Sects on the blog. I’ve had a lot of skipped days, some will be revisited, or that count could have been higher. Again, lots of nonsense from me the last couple of years! 🙂
I would like to take this moment to thank everyone who follows, and everyone who visits regularly. You give me encouragement to keep the nonsense going. Thank you! Also thank you to everyone who randomly stops by irregularly… one day I’ll ensnare you in my web of nonsense! 😉
Apologies to Britney Spears for the butchered title… but I crossed the 20,000 hit milestone earlier today. I had thought I might get there by the end of March, so I only missed my guess by a few days. I almost stayed up last night until it happened, but ultimately decided I enjoyed sleep far too much to put that off!
When I crossed 10,000 hits, I made a nifty little animated GIF last year… so I was prepared to do that again for this milestone, and earlier in the week decided to build upon what I’d done previously. I think this makes for a nice simple way to celebrate hitting 20,000 while acknowledging what came before. For what it’s worth, it took me eleven months to get to the first plateau, but only nine more months to get to this one. That’s slow, but steady, progress.
Thanks go to everyone who has visited, and visited again, as well as those who might be seeing this very post on their first visit here. I hope you all stick around and bring in more friends… or enemies, your enemies are also welcome. 🙂 Here’s hoping to pick up the pace and be around for a while!
More fun with simple animation… this time with my recent Vampirella illustration.
It’s admittedly a little clumsy in places, but I was trying to get the most bang for buck out of just 10 frames. Shrinking the image made it almost a worthless endeavor, and keeping the image larger meant exponentially larger final size with each added frame. So I tried to maneuver some of the individual bats around a bit in the background so they were doing more than just growing in size.
Also, it’s a nice happy accident that Vampirella walking is an illusion created solely by mirroring her image left-to-right in each successive frame. Amazing how just that, makes the hips sway and the feet appear to be moving alternately in front of each other.
This is just one fun example of something you can do to re-purpose a clean vector illustration once you have one. A lot easier to manipulate and maintain high-quality images in each frame when working this way than when working with a bitmap source image. Please, as always, let me know what you think!
Continuing to play around with animated GIFs and simple animation, I decided to go back to the beginning and animate my first Fringe Kisses comic strip. Some of the stories lend themselves better than others to animation, so I might continue to animate some of these as I go along. Let me know what you think, and if you would like to see more.
In addition to writing and drawing, I also like to play around with animation. There are some fun things you can do fairly easily with animated GIF files. From time to time I will post things I am playing with as well as perhaps revisiting some animations I have created in the past.
Up first is a simple animated logo design created from my “From Where I Sit” logo. The animation here is meant to drive home the sitting notion from my comic strip by literally sitting that last letter.
This next one is a rolling version of my 45rpm adapter. I initially thought of a simple rotation, but I like the slight bouncing effect that was kind of accidental when I was processing the files so I left it that way!