We're now rapidly approaching the point where David and I are going to pull up the drawbridge with our serialisation of Cloud 109. Next week is the last sequential page we're posting for the moment, which is not to say that we won't be posting more pages but they will be out of context. There's a lot we can still do to keep up the momentum and as I mentioned last week we are putting up pages on the new dedicated Cloud 109 website - we'll keep you posted as to when the "opening night" will be.
Which brings me to yet more thoughts about the opportunities that are available for creatives in pushing their work out into the public arena. I cannot stress too often how important networking is for all of us, but if you're a creative then it's essential. Creatives are by nature extremely prone to huge swings of mood, one moment you can just about convince yourself that you are pretty good at your chosen field of self expression, the next moment you look at your work and the awful realisation that it's all crap descends on you with life sapping finality.
I've come to the conclusion that this is just a part of the whole creative process, just accept the mood swings, deal with it and move on, but the sense of kinship that comes with sharing your thoughts as many of us do on our respective blogs is truly restorative. Blogging for David and myself has been a truly enriching experience and without all the positive feedback and encouragement that you've given us over the last few months, the commitment to continuing work on Cloud 109 would not have been as easy to sustain.
This is beginning to sound like a farewell, but rest assured it is not, we continue and as I said earlier part of the next phase is the work we're committing to our website. And both David and I are viewing this as an opportunity to develop Cloud 109 in new areas and to this end we're just gently dipping our toes into the amazing opportunities that Flash animation presents us with. Our blog has been really exciting in allowing us to cybernetically hook up with other creatives but for the all important task of getting the message into schools, which David regularly visits it's not really a viable route - hence really the website and hence my current task of creating animations and immersing myself in online tutorials, John Shuman and Chris Georgenes who you can access from within Adobe Flash are just brilliant and inspirational teachers.
The possibilities that knowledge of Flash creates as we move into the world of Apps are it seems limitless, so we're a-going with the flow and it is our intention to continue with the regular Wednesday look at how Cloud 109 is moving out into the world beyond our desk space by including a look at how we're going to adapt to these new opportunities.
Above is a little taster of something that will be included on the Cloud 109 website.
Plus a lot more of course!!!
Pages 1-12 here
and 13-21 here
Recommended Flash reading:
How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS4: The art of design and animation
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