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Wow!! These are awesome! I'm always blown away at how simple shapes can convey so much information. Excellent colors too.
Just wanted to say that I've recently become addicted to your blog! Such beautiful flash work- such an inspiration to all us flash animators out there, truly! : ) Keep it up!
What a great idea, translating Harpers work into Flash! Beside me I have old and dirty, but spectacular book, Learning with Colours, Biology, from 1962. I talked to my colegue, who bougth the book in used book store for ONE dollar, how this style is the richest I've seen to be applied in Flash animations! We have even used the style for a proposal for an discovery centre we worked on. I use some elements of Harper's design, like simplified forms, bold colours and partialy textured surfaces in my private project unitedpoultry.blogspot.com. Now redescovered, I anticipate this style will be widely accepted in the Flash community! I hope we can soon see some animated clips on this blog.Good luck Nate!
Nate,I have to say it is quite interesting and refreshing to see this sort of work in a forum such as animation. Harper's imagery embodies a fresh, yet inviting feel to it... I am anxiously curious to see how you will pull off translating that level of appeal into motion. As an illustrator, I am challenged with mimicing one form of art or another for any given project I'm on, often enough, to know that a challenge like this one isn't a walk in the park. I wish you the best of luck on this, and look forward to seeing it progress!
I know I already posted, and it's kind of a techy question, but I've been mulling over this all day, and I can't figure it out. How are you translating that wonderful texture into flash? Are you drawing the elements in Illustrator, or bringing them in as bitmaps from photoshop/ physical scans? Whenever I see texture like that in motion graphics/animation, I assume it's been animated in After Effects, so that's why I ask, since I'd love to figure out how to translate it into Flash like that... Thanks in advance!
Daisy,Thanks for all of your kind words.About the texture, create all of your elements in Flash, then export them as .png files with alpha turned on .Next, open them up in Photoshop and place your texture onto a separate layer, save each layer as a .png, then import those back into Flash. I really hope that helps.Thanks and take care.Nate
great tip! and those screen caps are looking absolutley amazing!!! between your work and the stuff coming from Ghostbot, i'm very excited about the future of flash!
Nate,Those stills are absolutely beautiful. Stunning - thanks for sharing.
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wow. this is so cool!this will be quit the challenge because the shapes are so graphic. i can't wait to see this animated. harper is a brilliant designer and one of my favorites!
Awesome. I have always felt that Flash was capable of better animation if people picked their projects based on it's limitations and strengths. I would love to see what you come up with. What you have here looks great and captures the hand drawn, graphic illustrative style.
Have many a Harper print on the wall. Have you got his blessing on this? We and mainly Scott Wills was influenced heavily by him on Samurai Jack.
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