Sunday, 26 December 2010

Secret Santa #1 - CGHub

First of two Secret Santas done for Christmas 2010 art groups. Next thing to work on will be The Sketchbook Project.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

I guess working at the meat department has started to rub off!

24 Hours for Kosmic

Rather pleased with this as Mechanical beasties aren't my forte.


Sunday, 5 December 2010

Not Your Father's Pin Up - Charity Calendar

Not Your Father's Pin Up has produced a 2011 charity calendar with all profits going to support the fight again breast cancer via Pink Ribbon International. This lovely calendar features some fabulous pin-up art from more than 25 artists from around the world. It's a real stunner!

Pick up your copy today! Here is the link: Buy Not Your Father's Pin Up Calendar

Monday, 6 September 2010

A little something different

Once upon a time in a land far, far away I embarked on a little journey with neighbor and colleague Tessa Mapp - we decided rather last minute to throw together a submission for DepicT09. Unfortunately, we never got this project to a level of finish we were satisfied with, but it was fun all the same. So here's a little film we put together - A Lesson in Tranquility. Enjoy my annoying cheeping!

Story, design, and sound - Autumn Frederickson
Modeling, Animation, Art - Tessa Mapp

I seem to do a lot of learning on the job. This was a quick particle composite as part of a submission to DepicT09. Amazing how much and how fast you pick up by mucking about with buttons and trying to remember your lessons. Maybe I ought to give Maya another crack. Either way, hurray for AfterEffects.

Tessa Mapp

Monday, 30 August 2010

Arizona 2010

My grand-dad and I have something a peculiar relationship. Well, perhaps peculiar isn't quite the right term. It's certainly something special. To most people, he's an ornery old goat, grumpy at best, with a stubborn streak that goes down deep. He's a supporter of Sarah Palin, chooses to believe, from time to time, that Obama's presidency is illegal, and has decided, along with his crazy-as-heck wife - that he isn't going to vote - at least those are the convictions of the day. And, you know, those young, crazy whipper snappers are driving the good ol' USA towards inevitable ruin and damnation.

And yet, in spite of being one of the good old boys, my Grand-dad has a great sense of humor and, left on his own for any amount of time, will soon have made friends with whoever happens to be standing around. A war veteran and handy man, he's definitely earned his retirement which usually means the daily trip with his dog, a friendly Bichon, down to get the mail in the mornings and watching the Western Channel turned up real loud in the afternoons.

What can I say? The lovable, old curmudgeon and I have a mutual soft-spot for one another. It started when I was little. He used to stay up late at night helping my dad navigate through the treacherous waters of 'Some Assembly Required' in order to ensure that his gal got her shiny, new doll house for Christmas even though Jolly Saint Nick would be getting the credit and glory.

As I got older - and arguably more interesting - we found a few new tricks to play on one another. I remember tearing around the house, both of us armed with rubber bands. Gotta give him credit for teaching me to shoot properly, especially as I proved a quick learner. To this day, we often tuck a rubber band or two into cards sent at birthdays and holiday times. You'd think that two mature adults would have eventually out-grown shenanigans like that. Not us. If anything, I think we got worse. On one particular occasion during this trip, we spent our time wandering around a value store, whacking each other on the head with pool noodles while my mum conspicuously walked in the other direction leaving my grand-dad and I laughing like little kids as we battled our way through the aisles.

What's the point of this entry? I couldn't say for sure. I wanted to share some of my photographs from Arizona. And the reason I was in Arizona was to visit my grand-dad which, unfortunately, only happens every few years. Also, sometimes it's refreshing to have a break from art; think of it as a good gawp and stretch creatively. So there you have it - a few snapshots of Arizona and a bit of a personal anecdote about a goofy old man and his rascally grand-daughter.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Ethnique 2010 - Sea Foam - Little Mermaid

Finally finished.

Ethnique 2010 - The Little Mermaid - Sea Foam
Watercolor on illustration board

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Watercolor Mermaids

I've been working on an entry for Ethnique 2010. Opted to do a piece featuring the Little Mermaid. This is a smallish painting I did as a test - to un-rustify and see how the paint would work on illustration board.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Saints and Sinners

Temporary version. Progress is on hold until I can knock a few other things out of the way.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Monday, 7 June 2010

Wurzel Love

It's a little staggering to thing that I haven't really done anything worth posting since February. That isn't to say that I've been idle. Rather, my time has been consumed by the finicky process of moving from one country to another. Thankfully, the last of the stuff arrived on Friday, and much of it's already been put away or temporarily ignored.

I had hoped to completed the King of Southwest Music for's 200th Character of the Week. Between this, that, and the other, I've only been able to complete the simplest of line work. Many of the details as well as the entirety of the background are missing. In all probability, this piece will be finished eventually although not in time for deadline which is some time today. Oh well. There are two other bits and pieces I can work on in the meantime - CGHub's latest girl's challenge - very hush hush for now. And then there's Ethnique 2010. Hurray! Art again.

In the meantime, here's the initial line work for King Scrumpy. My own little homage to the Southwest and all things Cider and Wurzelish.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

A new toy is on its way

Working on a spiffy new toy for my website. Have lots of animation and programming to do. But at least here is the background and the process. Still tweaking a few of the background colors.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Whether you hate it or love it, Valentine's Day is here - one of the most sentimental capitalist pushes demanding our attention. While many of us will simply mock the 'lovey dovey' types and wait for the post-holiday chocolate sales, there will be others who've spent big bucks on their significant other. Hey, it's all good. Right?

Well, maybe not. As of 2010, I'm generally of the opinion that Valentine's Day is there to make people feel odd. Single people feel odd and lonely as they watch the sudden influx of 'coupleness' and couples feel obligated to splurge on their loved one. So it seems only proper to usher in 2010's Valentine's Day with DROOL.

Odd One Out - Monster Drool

Also - perhaps more important although it didn't get an image this year - Xin Nian Hao! Many happy returns for the Chinese New Year - Year of the Tiger.