Bowling Animation

For my animation I decided to make a bowling alley. I thought it would be really hard and complex, but it was more of really small steps and a few obstacles. The biggest problem I had was figuring out how to make the bowling ball look realistic. At first it was just to figure out how to make it look 3-D and then after I figured out how to do it, I had the make the ball get smaller and smaller as it rolled down the lane. To fix the 3-D issue, I used a gradient and made the ball look brighter near one surface of the ball. To make the ball gradually get smaller, I added more keyframes in and just made the ball a little smaller at each keyframe. Making the bowling pins go flying was pretty simple because I just added a rotation to them. Overall, I am happy with the outcome of my project.


May Desktop Wallpapers

Brand new wallpapers from Smashing Magazine for MAY!

Game Boy

Designed by Sander Geenen from Belgium.

Game Boy

How to: Bone Tool

Flash Animation Proposal

So for my flash animation thing i’m going to either do a little animation of a basketball player doing some dribble moves and then dunking or shooting or a game where you shoot baskets.

Adobe Flash Project Proposal

I have not used Adobe Flash before, so I was thinking of going the simpler route. My idea is to have a car going down the street, and maybe have the letters of a car brand falling behind it.

Skype Interview: Ryan Mott

On Wednesday you will have a chance to speak with professional artist, Ryan Mott. He has created work for large companies like Best Buy, Kodak, and Kraft Foods. He will be sharing information about his college major(s), career path, and experience working as a professional artist. Please think of a few questions you could ask him (about his work, career, or favorite video game). Below I have posted some examples of his recent work.

What Most Schools Don’t Teach

WP #7 Flash Animation

For this assignment you will be working as an animator. You will need to use Adobe Flash CS5 for this project. Some key vocabulary you will need to use and remember are… (I would strongly recommend using this vocab when you reflect on your finished piece – hint, hint!)


a graphic representation of drawings to show movement within those drawings.

Project File

a file created to hold animation or video content.


the drawing area, or part of an animation program window where the content is composed and manipulated.


Frames Per Second


a placeholder object used to contain text or graphics. It is also a single image from the sequence of images that make up an animation.


a frame used to specify a change in the animation. (Means: Something is about to change!)

Motion Path

a path drawn on a guide layer to control path animation.

Path Animation

a method of animating an object that requires the user to draw of create a path on a guide layer that the object follows.


the part of Flash that organizes and controls an animation’s content over time using layers and frames.


floating windows that contain commands, options, palettes, menus, and other features for quick reference while working in a program.


the vertical red marker in the timeline that marks the progress of the animation when it is previewed in the animation program.


the calculation of an object’s path from a specified beginning point to a specified ending point in an animation.

Motion Tween

a type of tween that has a blue background on the timeline.

Shape Tween

a type of tween that has a green background on the timeline.

Here are some examples of Flash animations of websites built in Flash…

The following are links to articles filled with examples of Flash

WP #6 Package Design

Three sites to look for inspiration:

How to get started:

  1. Bring in a package that you would like to REMIX or REDESIGN
  2. Sketch an idea that shows composition
  3. You may use Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign
    WARNING: If you use Photoshop it MUST be 300 dpi and 100%
    If you do not know what that means… ASK
  4. Start working!
  5. Due April 11th




Vote by Friday March 15th for your top three favorite designs …