The first secret of design is … noticing

8th September 2016

To Do: Origami X-Wing

28th July 2016

Sharpen Images in Photoshop

9th May 2016

A very handy set of sharpening methods, the Lab colour was a new one for me!

Flossie Lewis on Growing Old

6th May 2016

I hope I can remember to have this outlook on life for the rest of my days.

40 Percent Rule

5th April 2016

“When your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done.” A Navy SEAL lesson told by Jesse Itzler.

Travel Mole Award for Best Accommodation Site

12th February 2016
Best Accommodation Award 2015 won ‘Best Accommodation Site’ in the Travelmole UK Web Awards, competing against and The Award recognises the site excels in the innovative approach to design, graphics, user experience and navigation.

A fantastic recognition and a true reflection of all our hard work!

Bowie Tribute

3rd February 2016

I created this to mark the passing of great musician and an all round nice guy (so I hear). You shall be missed.

What I do when I get a free evening

14th May 2015

We’ve just moved house and there’s plenty to get on with when I get back after work. Besides the usual of getting dinner, tiding the house/garden or getting out for a little jog. Every now and then I get to have a free evening. So I thought, I would share these moments in picture format.

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  • guardians_of_the_galaxy_vinyl
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  • punchbag
  • lion
  • mass_effect
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Battle Camp me

5th February 2015

I play a little Battle Camp with some friends, it’s a mobile game kinda of like a cross between World of Warcraft and Pokemon. Over lunch I decided to create a slightly customized and higher rez version of my character.

Maybe one day I’ll animate him.

You may think this is childish. Well my friend you’re probably right!

Learning Plexus in After Effects

25th January 2015

I spent two evenings this weekend playing around with Plexus in After Effects, and here are my results.


cottages4you Pets Video

12th January 2015

I’ve been trying to get this video done for a while now. You can think of it as an extra curricular video for work. I was given about three hours of GoPro footage to sift through. I picked out the best parts to create this short video of Oscar & Luna roaming around Malham Cove in Yorkshire.

I used Premiere Pro for editing, After Effect and Photoshop for the titles.


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

29th August 2014

It finally happened. Yes I got nominated by my father-in-law. Lucky for Cathy and I we were both nominated by friends at the same time. Here’s our vid, we also donated to MNDA


Hound of the Baskervilles Lego

27th May 2014

The new Lego Movie had just been released and Waterstones ran a competition to mark the occasion. The aim was to build a brick version of a favourite moment from a book. So I had to give it a go!

The Hound

My wife Cathy came up with the idea of The Hound of the Baskervilles, but when she said it, I instantly saw the scene of Sherlock being chased by the hound across the moors. I also had a quick recap of the book via Wikipedia :s

So where to start? It’s defiantly got to be “The Hound”, the beast is the focal point, and it has got to be menacing. The figure probably took the most time to workout and build. It’s kind of a cross between a bulldog and a lion. In the book the Hound glowed green, so hopefully I could produce something along the same lines, but probably not green. We also watched the BBC Sherlock series, purely for research purposes. Loving the show had nothing to do with it.

Next up was the environment. How do you show the bleak vastness of the moors? Do I have even have enough Lego to create an impressive background, in the colours I need? Errrmmm I know, I’ll create it at night. That way I can hide a lot, but also focus the mood and attention by lighting.

I’ve used all sorts for lighting. Candles to give a warm glow, some white led bike lights to give a harsh cool moonlight, and some red bike lights for the Hound to give that rising out of hell look. I also turned on the fairy lights to brighten up the room because I wanted the camera to have a faster shutter speed.

So why did I want a faster shutter speed? To capture the detail in the fog, obviously!
I looked at many ways to create fog, most of them were too expensive for a one off project. A smoke machine would be over kill, I even tried to create fog by boiling glycerin mixed with water, but that didn’t work for me. Another choice would be to use an ultrasonic fogger for a terrarium, but I wasn’t too impressed with the effects. I ended up chatting with a friend from work about the project and hey presto he gave me the solution.

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  • e-cig

The e-cig works like a smoke machine but in a smaller form. It evaporates a solution usually mixed with nicotine ( in my case there was none! ) and you get lots of foggy vapor. It worked great for the project.
I used a straw to place the fog all around the scene, and took quite a few pictures in hope that one of them would be suitable.

And I got it, just needed a little bit of brightening up and BOOM!
I’m pretty happy with the results :)

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