Animated A-Z: Windy

We’re so close! Here’s a blustery number, W for Windy!


I love this animation, I think it’s totally adorable, and it’s exactly how I planned out from my first sketches of this letter. There’s over 30 individual leaves which has to be animated but it was definitely worth it in the end.

The whole thing took about 3 hours from start to finish, so not too bad! I started out with a Photoshop drawing that I imported into After Effects to animate the different elements after I changed all their anchor points. It was quite a simple animation, but with a few time consuming fiddly bits!

With 23 down, I only have 3 more letters to go! We’ll get there soon enough!

As always, thanks for reading! I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog, some animating tips or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.



Close-up of Nature

Last Christmas, my lovely boyfriend, Nic, bought me a miniature set of lens’ for my phone. I immediately fell in love with them (and him a bit more) as they were so adorable and easy to use. Due to the macro lens included, I also swiftly fell in love with close-up photography of flowers all over again.

The first time I fell in love with it I was about 14, when I got my first camera that had a macro feature. I enjoyed discovering a pattern that you didn’t know was there, until you got quite up close and personal with a daisy. It’s my LGG4 I love now, for it’s manual camera mode. Having access to a manual focus setting makes the world of difference when taking these types of photos, especially on a mobile.

So without further ado, here’s some of my recent photos! Some are using the lens, some aren’t, I’ve added captions so you can see which is which! If you like them, be sure to check out my daily photography blog, as you might also like that too.

Thanks for reading,

Nature Illustrations

Last night I thought I’d have a play at illustrator, and these are the two images that came out of it! This is the first, it started with just a doodle or a few spirals, which I just played with and ended up with this loose tree design. (Click for the full image).

This is the second image, a quick drawing of two magpies, based on the saying ‘two for joy’. For this drawing I used an image of a tattoo to get the outlines of it, but I am very happy with the simplicity of it. Both would be possibly used for my magazine idea that has changed, and I will be posting on soon.