Cicada in the Autumn SunshineAutumn is here but this little guy was determined to make the most of the last of the summer sun this morning.

I finally have been able to start tidying up the blog. There is still a bit of work to do, so please excuse any images in the wrong place or layout issues while I finish the re-design!

Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World

On my summer break I visited Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland. I have visited the aquarium now and then since its opening in 1985. Kelly Tarlton's was one of the first aquariums in the world to use conveyer belts. The engineers also pioneered new techniques for bending acrylic so that visitors could pass through the fish tanks and view them from below.

Unfortunately this was just the day before I was able to get a new camera so some of the footage in darker areas is a little grainy. Everything was filmed on my iPhone.

For this video I had fun learning how to use Apple Motion 5, which seems like it will be a good replacement for some of the missing features in the recent update of iMovie. It is also much more powerful so I am expecting I will have some fun with animated effects for my Vlogs once I learn how to use the software.

To make the new opening and ending credits, all I did was to make a copy of an existing template called 'Swarm', and then edit the assets in photoshop to get a different background and change the shape of the animated particles from square to round.

This is also the first video I have added to my Vimeo profile! I finally switched to Vimeo last night after Youtube refused to process the video. I will gradually be moving over videos from my Youtube channel to my new Vimeo profile over the next few weeks.

Vlog #4 - Auckland Travel Log - Squibble Visits Kelly Tarlton's from Squibble Design on Vimeo. 

I loved the penguin display and seeing a sea turtle so close was a real kick. A cute end to the tour was finding both Nemo and Dory happily cohabiting in a sea anemone tank.

Happy New Year!

It's been a while since my last post as I have been very busy. If you have not been following along on Twitter or Instagram, here's a quick summary of what's been going on in the last couple of months here at Squibble Design:

* Took part in the Illustrate exhibition and sold a canvas print of my Deathly Tea Party Sketch!

* Taught a polymer clay Sculpting class at Matchbox Studios

* Produced my first large wholesale order for... Mighty Ape!

I am very excited to have my jewellery and clothing designs in stock at Mighty Ape. It was a lot of hard work producing and packaging the order but it was a great way to end 2013!

In other news, I will be reverting this website to a place where I can work on and showcase more of my personal projects. I have felt that I have neglected the blog a bit over the past few months. This is because I have had so much to do, but I am aiming to make the website a bigger priority in 2014 with a complete re-design and more updates. I am also looking forward to sharing the odd personal update with photo posts and more information about my favourite software finds. I already have a few projects ready to move off the back burner and am excited to focus more on illustration and animation projects in the coming months.

Thank you so much to everyone for your support in 2013 - here's to 2014!

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A very long time ago, I won some original art from the creator of the Bug Pudding web comic.

Unfortunately I was unable to get the pieces framed and they remained very carefully packaged until earlier this year.

I am pleased to say both pieces are now framed and hanging in pride of place on my studio wall! Thank you very much to J.P. Keslensky for sending these all the way to New Zealand, they are very much appreciated and it makes me smile to see them every day as I work.

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Art beautifully framed by:

One of my current interests is experimenting with AR, or Augmented Reality. Augmented reality allows you to overlay extra information onto real-world objects using markers, or geo-location. People can then see these extra layers of information when viewing the object through the camera on their cell phone or computer while using an AR browser such as Layar, Juniao, or wikitude.