I can't believe January is almost over already! Blogging took a back seat this month as I have been in planning mode, and the move to the new server took a little bit longer than expected.

I am re-instating my link round-up blog posts, but will be posting them at the end of every month instead of once a week. This year I will be focussing more on personal projects, so expect more work-in-progress posts!

In the News

Inside the Rendering Engine for Microsoft's new browser 'Spartan'
Dreamworks announces shut-down of PDI/Dreamworks studio
Studio Ghibli will be back!
'Paddington' a critical and box office success? Don't be so surprised
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is Nominated for an Oscar
'Song of the Sea' gets Oscar nomination for Kilkenny-based animation studio
Tomm Moore on ‘Song of the Sea,’ Reinventing 2D, and Dodging the Studio System

Resources:

Animation:

Frozen Pencil Tests

Web Design:

3 Essential Navigation Trends for 2015
CSS you can get excited about in 2015
21 collaboration tools to streamline your teamwork

Graphic Design:

Pencil Messy Strokes Free Photoshop Brush Set
Free Font Of The Day : KH-Metropolis (Art Deco Typeface)
Paint like a Pro with Free Digital Art Software
Digital tool for analyzing color gamuts

That's it for January folks!

Squibble

Project 365

I came across Project 365 last year and have decided to try it for myself in 2015. The idea is that you take at least photo every single day, and then post it online. Here are the first few photos of 2015!


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New Year's Day at Island Bay

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Pansy Painting - Week Two

Just a quick post showing the results of my watercolour efforts in class today! Today's session was two hours long, and I just started adding water to one of the petals of the pansy at the end of the session.

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More Painting! In Watercolours!

The last couple of months have been a little crazy with the lead-up to the end of the year. I have been working hard to get everything sorted before the holidays!

As a result I haven't had much time to blog, but I have been continuing with painting classes at the The Secret Art Academy here in Wellington.

I am learning watercolour and am improving little by little. Here are some progress photos from my instagram account, I am starting out mostly with watercolour pencils.

Painting in October/November

Peony:





Learning to Paint in Oils - Part 3

This post is a little later than expected, but here are the results of my last painting class with notes! My teacher showed me how to mix the glazes at each stage as I am still learning how to mix colours. When she realised I was taking photos so I wouldn't forget the steps, she very kindly offered to lay out the tubes next to the palette for each photo!