WORKING WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT: IPSTUDIO’S 3D PROJECT FOR ST. CATHARINES

For many creatives (including myself), the idea of working alongside various forms of government seems stifling. Stories of red tape, bureaucracy, inflexibility – all of it acting as a wall that prevents artists from exploring opportunities. All of these concerns were in my head when the city of St. Catharines approached me to produce an animated video for the Mayor’s State of the City Address this year, and I admit it made me nervous.

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Welcome to our New Website!

Well, we’ve done it. We’ve launched our new site. And I feel like I have “arrived” as a business owner, now that I’ve gone through my first round of “website re-design”.

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5 Things I Learned from Animation Bootcamp

I love learning. I think most people do. But learning on your own can get lonely and unmotivating fast – especially as a freelancer. Over the last couple years I’ve been struggling to get better at the craft of animation. Even though I studied animation in art school, that was many many…ok, let’s not get into specifics here…but many years ago. The point is, I’ve been feeling rusty and out of practice. I needed a solution to learn and improve quickly, without the long term commitment or finan

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FITC 2014 WOMEN’S INITIATIVE ENTRY

It’s that time of the year – another chance for me to win free tickets to exciting FITC Conference through the Women’s Initiative Contest. This year I went all graph crazy and explored my options for getting to the conference with this infographic. I hope you like it and I hope it gets me a ticket to the most inspirational conference known to digital artists everywhere.

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IPStudios turns 3 years old! The Ups, the Downs and what’s next

Image Propeller Studios turned 3 years old! Read about the ups and downs of our growth and also where we are headed next.

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2013 FITC WOMEN’S INITIATIVE ENTRY

I was thrilled to learn last week that FITC Toronto was holding a contest for women to win tickets for the conference. The idea is to be creative about telling why you would like to attend FITC 2013. Of course, since that time, I’ve been feverishly working on my video entry in between client work. Now today is the deadline and here it is!

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ART INSPIRES – OLD SCHOOL AND NEW SCHOOL ALIKE

A month or so back, art critic Alistair Sooke interviewed Scottish artist John Bellany who – at the vibrant age of 70 – was readying for a national exhibition in Scotland, to honor his years of work.

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Animation Practice – The Bouncing Ball

Over the past year I’ve been putting extra effort into my animation skills. I am incredibly rusty from spending years in a career which has taken me far from the world of animation I want to be a part. In an effort to redirect my course, I am taking deliberate steps towards practising my craft and putting the “doing” of animation into my calendar, as opposed to the thinking, reading and ‘wishing’ to get better at animation. I thought it might be helpful for others who may be in the same boat, to

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READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! AND A COUPLE UPDATES…

Well, I can’t believe we are into the holiday season already and although it is incredibly cliche to say it, I really don’t know where the time has gone.

It’s been a long time since I last posted something on the blog, so here are some highlights from the last few months:

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5 Steps to a Successful Discovery Meeting

The best opportunity to make a positive first impression with a client is during a discovery meeting. This is a meeting to discuss and uncover client problems and then position yourself as a valuable expert, skilled with solving these problems. When I first took on clients, I really had no idea how to prepare or lead these initial meetings and I often bumbled my way through the process. Thankfully my clients were patient and often helpful.

Over time, I’ve learned the initial meeting with a c

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