DC First Flash Website

Project 1

Rationale::

The drawn branch is the only element to survive form project 1 to project 2. I threw out the textured backgrounds, mountains, flowers and a whole bunch of other crap to create this stripped down scene.
I like how each state is just a small window of the overall whole.
The site opens up on the branch, with a sketched version of myself swinging from the tree on the bottom of the frame and a clothesline to the right with links to my portfolio.
One of the most popular reactions to the site so far is that it is “very me” which I guess is the goal.
Most of the illustrations were hand-drawn in illustrator using a wacom tablet and the pen tool. Since this website is about me, I made sure all of the elements were self-generated.
The animations are relatively simple (although we all know simple in flash can still mean hours of tweaking!).
The transitions are simple shifts and zooms to match the simplicity of the site. When you click on the clothesline thumbnails, the site zooms in. In the future I will embed players to view all the images in each portfolio. I am also still working on creating tooltips.

I definitely referenced a bunch of tutorials, especially those on the blog, but here are a few I remember::

Create Links

Tooltips (via Azar)

onComplete

Conditional Statements

I lost the folder with my inspiration images when my thumb drive crashed in the beginning of the semester but I looked at a bunch japanese style paintings for inspiration for the branch and the bird as well as searching those terms in iStock photo. Suggestions from Harper and DMillz led to the creation of the tire swing and the portfolio clothesline.