Sunday, 30 November 2014

334 - Street Art

Day 334. This image was originally taken as a photograph of a piece of street art. It was processed through a few iPad apps to create this finished result. Duchamp once observed that art could be about how you applied extra layers of visual ideas to existing artwork, so even though this artwork is based on someone else's existing artwork, I think it's still valid as a creative act.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

333 - Stunned Monkey

Day 333. Monkey, you may recall if you're old enough, was a cheesy 70s TV show about Japanese samurais. So here is a photo of a rather bewildered monkey treated with a Manga cartoon maker. If the shoe fits, right?

Friday, 28 November 2014

332 - Vellia

Day 332. This dodgy sketch did not end up at all as what it started out as. Drawn using Vellum. Can you guess who it was supposed to be? A clue... It looks nothing like them. Nothing.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

331 - Dog Tired

Day 331. Our golden retriever Buzz loves to lay around the house sleeping on the cool floor on these hot days. Here he is in all his watercolour glory, thanks to the Waterlogue app.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

330 - Cactii

Day 330. While shopping at Flower Power this morning I took these shots of various little cactii, cleaned then up a little in SnapSeed, and assembled them in a Diptic to accentuate their circularity and their prickliness.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

329 - 30 Years, Just Like That

Day 329. Just over 30 years ago I played bass in a fun little art school band called The Jellybabies with two mates, +Rob Hughes and +Andrew Wilkinson . We had some good times playing in Sydney pubs during the early 80s, an amazing time in general for music. Rob, Andy and I met up a while back and retook a photo that we used for promotional shots back in 1983. Today I used a free morphing tool called MorphX to blend the our twenty-something selves together with our fifty-something selves. Yeah, that's right, we haven't changed a bit. :-)

Monday, 24 November 2014

328 - Iterative Abstraction

Day 328. The process of making this image is probably more interesting than the final image itself, although I do quite like the final image. This was created from the museum collage in a recent post. It was manipulated several times in MegaPhoto+, passed through filters and reflection over and over until this end result emerged.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

327 - Santa's Helper

Dat 327. We set up a Santa's Cave in the library at school to take Polaroid photos of the kids with Santa (yes apparently you can still buy Polaroid cameras! Who knew?). I was helping set up the camera for taking photos and took this test shot to check the framing. I videoed the Polaroid with Paper Camera on the iPad, then converted it to a GIF using the 5 Second Gif app.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

326 - Night at the Museum

Day 326. Riding the train home late at night from Museum Station, I took these photos of the word museum on the back of the seat then arranged it like this with Diptic. Pushed the contrast up, pulled the saturation down and adjusted the brightness. I like the overall graphic quality of the finished image.

Friday, 21 November 2014

325 - Ride the Network

Day 325. Again with the grid of images, I really do like the effect of using Diptic to assemble parts of a larger image into a fragmented composition. These images are part of the Sydney rail network, flipped, mirrored, aged, effected, filtered.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

324 - Textural Experience

Day 324. I stumbled upon this interesting drawing tool for the iPad called Vellum. It creates these interesting lines by creating scratchy textural marks that vary with the speed of the pen stroke. This drawing is of nothing in particular, I just liked the way the app made lines.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

323 - Strange Object

Day 323. This sketch was made with the app Procreate, a lovely sketching tool for the iPad. I just started making lines and it emerged into this half dressed guy holding an unknown object. No idea, don't ask.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

322 - Happy Stars

Day 322. Just messing about in Illustrator showing some things to Heather Dowd, I made this little field of happy stars using the symbol tool and the symbol sprayer. Just for fun.

Monday, 17 November 2014

321 - Looking for a Rainbow

Day 321. Inspired by a large Hawaiian schnitzel (don't ask) I spent quite a bit of time this evening noodling around on my ukulele, which I recently started teaching myself to play. As I was messing about stringing a few chords together that attempted to sound like Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Linda shot this footage, which I submit as today's daily create.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

320 - Magic Kingdom

Day 320. There used to be an old amusement park for kids not far from where I live, but it's abandoned now, overgrown with weeds and most of the "attractions" now little more than rusting hulks of metal. This is a HDR photo I took there, editing in Photoshop.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

319 - Welcome to LA

Day 319. Taken out the window of my night time Delta flight landing at LAX, you see the sprawling lights of Los Angeles stretching off into the distance. A random bit of Google+ Auto Awesomeness adds to the effect as we come in to land.

Friday, 14 November 2014

318 - Hexagonical

Day 318. In preparation for the GTA in Mountain View we had to make a whole lot of paper hexagons for one of the exercises. Trying to avoid cutting them by hand we found that hexagonal punches, that can cut a hexagon in a single motion, are actually a thing! So at dinner that night we got carried away cutting hexagons from the paper tablecloths. This creative solution managed to cut out about 400 hexagons between courses, and destroyed several tablepapers. Here's +Juan Deluca looking very pleased with his creative efforts.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

317 - Making Mo

Day 317. Coincidentally, the day after my daughter Kate sent me a link to the video she helped make (yesterday's create) I got an email from my son Alex sharing a video that he made with his friends to promote Movember. Again, I'm cheating a little listing here as a Daily Create but again I'm going to claim a DNA level connection to their creativity. That's my story.

This video was made by Alex using Breaking Bad as the theme. I've not watched Breaking Bad so a lot of the references went over my head, but I'm just impressed with the film anyway. Alex is studying law so I'm pretty amazed at his filmmaking skills.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

316 - Stepping Stones

Day 316. Ok, I'm cheating a little here as I didn't actually create this film. But my daughter Kate stars in it, so I'm going to claim some sort of DNA level connection to the creativity. The film was actually made by two of her friends Elise Harman and Emma Elliott, and Kate and her friend Lucas starred in the main roles. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

315 - SuperWenders

Day 315. Pow! Wendy Gorton has superpowers... she just needs to punch the ground and the minions go flying! Here is Juan DeLuca, Jay Atwood, Jennie Magiera, Ally Merrick and myself, feeling the wrath! Image manipulated in Photoshop.

Monday, 10 November 2014

314 - Magierasaurus Rex

Day 314. As the team assembles today in Mountain View for some fun at the Googleplex, I got a message from my friend Jennie Magiera complaining that the tray table on her flight was too far away for to use with her "short T-Rex arms". I had visions f Jennie as a T-Rex, so knocked up this quick image in Photoshop.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

313 - Japantown

Day 313. While visiting San Francisco I met up with the wonderful Nicole Dalesio, her husband Alex and friend Marcos. We ended up going for a walk through Japantown in SF, where I took this shot of the stylised pagoda. A few touch ups in Photoshop for effect.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

309 - Juicy Juice

Day 309. Kind of a private joke but here's your daily Juicy Juice. Enjoy. Made with Foldify.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

308 - Every Day

Day 308. This little montage of clips was made using a web service at It collates bits of movie clips together according to the words you give it. It doesn't have every word, but it's still fun to play with. Unfortunately they don't offer embed code so you need to visit the link to watch it (by clicking the image below) but it's kind of fun. Have a go for yourself!

Monday, 3 November 2014

307 - Dream State

Day 307. Starting with a photo of Linda from last Christmas, I was messing around with it the new graphics iOS app, Pixelmator. It has some cool imaging tools in it. I ended up with this very dreamy image of Linda, thanks to several layers of saturation and desaturation, along with blends, blurs and bokehs.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

306 - The Journey

Day 306. More experimentation with FontCandy+. It's a simple app, but has some interesting creative potential for combining pictures and words in interesting ways. Photo taken by me from the Telstra Tower in Canberra with a shift-tilt effect added in post.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

305 - Live Life

Day 305. I was messing around with an app called FontCandy+ and created this. It uses a combination of two photos I took earlier this year, one of the girls in the park and the other of just a blurry shot with some remnants of some Snapseed processing. Combine them and add some text, and this is the result.