Thursday, 4th December 2003
Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
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grey morning, and a grey squirrel is finishing
off what remains of the crab apples on the golden hornet. It goes
to the outermost twigs - it's eaten all that are easy to get at
over the past week - and brings the fruits back to nibble on a more
I decide to sketch it as an animated GIF, drawing on sheets torn
from an old telephone pad. The paper is thin enough so that I can
put one on top of the other on my perspex drawing board, shining
a spotlight from behind to act as a lightbox. I repeat the second
frame (left, below), the one that links frame 1 and 2,
as frame 4 to loop back to the beginning of the sequence again.
I find a certain magic in animating even the simplest of drawings.
This isn't very ambitious but at last I've sussed how Photoshop
7 and ImageReady can be used together
to create an animation: it's very controlable, once you realise
how it's done so I hope I'll get around to doing some more.
Press your browser's refresh button to re-animate the GIF.
First GIF Animation a vintage Webmonkey
tutorial by Tim Zeigler.
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