Happy Friday! I have a smile on my face because the cold, rainy weather is finally moving out and making room for 70s and sunshine this weekend. We definitely could use the lovely weather around here since in my house we’ve got colds, ear infections, sinus infections and bronchitis taking their toll.
All of this sickness has meant lots of time trying to rest on the sofa, movie marathons, and for me, playing around on the computer. I opted to make another screensaver and I’m pretty sure the last time I spent this much time on a single project was when I made my last fanvid. It isn’t often that I contemplate giving up on a project, but I got to that point with this one. I’d just closed all the files and said I was done with it! Thanks to ItsJSforMe, I decided to give it another go and managed to find what I needed to make the project a success.
This screensaver taught me a few things.
There are projects that are too big for Photoshop to save as a gif.
You can save animations as video in Photoshop CS6! (How cool is that?)
If you have to turn your project into a video instead of a gif the method of making a screensaver is totally different. 😦
I am easily frustrated when things don’t go my way.
The joy that comes with finally solving the puzzle makes it all worthwhile! 😉
Since the project had to be saved as a video, I uploaded it to YouTube. It’s 9+ minutes long, but if you want an idea of what the screensaver looks like you can just watch the first couple of minutes.
In case anyone is interested in a copy, you can download it here.
I enjoy seeing all of the articles, tweets, photos and videos about the preparations going on in Wellington, NZ for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiere. One of my favorite parts of all this is the time lapse videos.
First there was Gollum in the airport.
And then there was this video that Weta tweeted tonight of the Bilbo stamp and dwarf statues going up outside of the post office.
I wish we could see a video that details the creation of the statues. All of you fans that are heading to NZ for the premiere will have plenty of Hobbit related sights to photograph!
On a side note. To all of you on the East Coast, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you and your loved ones will remain safe as Sandy moves through and that you won’t suffer damage to your homes and possessions. Hugs.
Growing up, I watched my older brother paint, draw and do pretty much any artistic thing he put his mind too. He could draw realistic faces in a matter of minutes and I was always amazed. He doesn’t do much with his art anymore, but the awe I felt while watching him work is still something I feel when I see an artist creating.
In our community of fans we see a lot of beautiful artwork, from many talented people. The paintings, drawings, pencil sketches and more impress me to no end. I’m always curious about how these works of art are created–the process at least as interesting to me as the final product. So this morning, when I came across the video below… I was riveted to the screen.
To all of the talented artists out there: Thank you for sharing your creations with us. You add so much beauty to the world.