From this week onwards, SketchbookSundays will be hosted here at the Squibbleworld blog. The format will remain the same. If you wish to participate, simply tweet a link to your sketch with the searchtag #SketchbookSundays, or leave a link to your sketch in the comments below!

This week: Feet!

We already tackled sketching hands back in week 1. This week, take some time while in front of the television to stretch out your feet and sketch! If you need some inspiration here is a video to get you started:

The Squibbleworld Mobile website is now live!

If you are browsing the web on your mobile device and head to http://www.squibble.org, your browser will now automatically re-direct you to a mobile version of the Squibbleworld blog for news and updates!

The service I used to create the mobile site is Mobify.me. I have been meaning to try this service for a while. According to Sitepoint, 2011 is the year of mobile so I decided to give it a go! I am very pleased with the results, and will expand the mobile version of Squibbleworld bit by bit.

Paper.li

I have had a few people ask me about Paper.li recently, so I thought I would briefly explain how and why I use the service.

In short, Paper.li works with your Twitter or Facebook account, and allows you and anyone else to read Twitter and Facebook as a daily newspaper. The service is a little bit like a scaled down web version of the iPad app called 'Flipboard'. You set up your virtual news webpage, and Paper.li pulls the most popular links to articles, images and videos that have been tweeted by your followers during the course of the last twenty-four hours. I find it useful to check my paper.li site at the end of the day in case there are any interesting articles that I have missed while I have been working.

Things to note:
Paper.li will work best if most of your followers are tweeting about a similar topic. In that case, what you end up with is a digest of the most useful and popular articles on that topic. This also makes the virtual paper more attractive for subscribers.

To get a better idea of how Paper.li works, visit The Squibbles Quibbles Daily.

Sketchoholic

The highlight of my week was taking part in the Sketchoholic Skelanimals competition. The contest was judged by Mitchell Bernal, and I had a lot of fun with my entry which was based on Alice and Wonderland.

Mitchell Bernal's talk about his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation and how he dealt with an injury that threatened his career as a Layout Supervisor & Visual Development Artist was quite inspiring. Mitchell Bernal has worked on some of my favourite Disney movies, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Fantasia 2000. It was an amazing opportunity for the viewers of the Ustream live webcast to hear him speak for nearly an hour and a half about his work at Disney and his current projects. This included a discussion about the design process of the Skelanimals toy range.

SketchbookSundays

I will be moving the SketchbookSundays blog from its current home at tumblr.com to Squibbleworld simply because it would be easier to maintain. I will start posting the weekly tasks here on the blog, everything else will remain the same! I will be posting the tasks starting from this Sunday right here, and will tweet the link as usual. Reply in the comments with a link to your sketch when it's done if you feel like sharing your work!

Planeshift

I discovered Planeshift in December. Planeshift is an open source MMORPG game that is fully free to play and run entirely by volunteers. That means all the coding, 3d models, art, animations, and textures are all made by people who care about the game. The project is constantly being worked on and improved, and as it is still under active development it is labelled a 'tech demo'.

I signed up for the 2d department, and got my first assignment last week! You can see my progress here, including pencil sketches of Hydlaa houses and architectural details that could be included in the game.

Joomla 1.6 Released

In other Open Source news, the long-awaited version 1.6 the Joomla CMS  was released on Monday. Download Joomla 1.6 here, or click here to learn more about the release on the Joomstew Podcast.

Photoshop CS5 Video Tutorials

Earlier in the week I was lucky enough to be finally able to upgrade to Photoshop CS5! If you are looking to get started with your new Adobe software, or are looking for online tutorials, I found http://tv.adobe.com/ was an excellent pace to get started. I am looking forward to playing with the new brush tools for my digital character painting!

Google to Drop Support for H.264 in Chrome Browser

On Tuesday Google announced through their Chromium blog that the Chrome browser will no longer support the H.264 video codec. Google stated that although '...H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.'

Although the change will not be immediate, many sites including the Google-run YouTube currently use the H.264 codec, so what will this mean for the future?

iPad 2?

Finally, there is a rumour that iPad2 will be released in the next couple of months, and a possible release date of February 1 has been suggested. Will it finally have the front and back-facing cameras that users have been asking for? This video of a possible dummy prototype of the iPad 2 was snuck out of CES 2011, and the device does indeed appear to have that front-facing camera.

This week I have been reorganising and preparing material for various personal projects in 2011!

I have been working hard on preparing a site that will be a collaborative craft project. As a result, the Squibbleworld Zazzle store will be deactivated this weekend. It was an interesting experiment, but I look forward to having more control over the types of products I can sell, and the way in which they are listed.

Starting from next week, I will be writing a 'Featured on Friday' blog post, which will highlight an interesting article, product, or project I have come across in my travels around the web. I am aiming to update the blog more often now that 2011 is getting underway.

You may have noticed that there was no Squibbleworld newsletter for December. This is because I am waiting to find out more information about two new projects before I share the details! Expect the next issue of the Squibbleworld newsletter to be out at the end of this month. In the meantime, you can browse the previous issues!
2010 was a great year for Squibbleworld, with some interesting additions to the personal and professional projects in my portfolio.

Web Design
This year I spent quite a bit of time learning about Joomla and how to build custom templates for Joomla sites. In 2011 I am hoping to offer custom Joomla templates for sale, although this is something that will not happen until midway through the year. Brillart.co.nz and Wellingtonrifles.org.nz were both freelance projects on which I enjoyed working.

I'm excited about the new portfolio I installed on its own subdomain, and am looking forward to having all my projects for 2011 properly displayed and categorised!

Social Media
I had a lot of fun exploring the possibilities of social media this year, and found out very quickly that Twitter was indispensable for finding information and meeting like-minded web designers and artists. On the other hand 2010 was also the year in which I was very glad to say goodbye to Facebook and cancel my account.

Art and Craft:

I rounded out 2010 by taking a short course at Weltec focussing on drawing and character design. This was probably the highlight of the year, and I am looking forward to producing more mixed media artworks and extending my character design project.

Things to look out for in 2011:
- Collaborative art and craft project website
- Character design development
- Custom template designs
- and much much more!

Thank you to everyone who has visited and supported Squibbleworld in 2010! I am hoping 2011 will be even better!

Happy New Year everyone!