Flip Flop Flying

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Today I thought I’d show you how a scribble can end up on Flip Flop Flyin’.

A lot of things come from ideas I jot down in notebooks. I’ll do little pencil sketches and work out the story and then draw them in Photoshop. Sometimes, though, they come from doodling. If I’m having problems with something I’m working on, I close it and open a blank Photoshop document and just draw. Draw anything. Anything to take my mind of the thing I’m supposed to be working on. I just scribble. Sometimes those scribbles just get deleted, sometimes they get saved, and sometimes they turn into something that I put on the site.

You may have seen This Little Doggy. It was a Christmas story in did in 2001. It began like this, a quick face that got ears and a fat body and became a dog:

So I tidied it up a bit:

And re-shaped a little:

Got rid of the harsh black outline and added a few shadows:

I’d spent enough time on it at this point to have decided he was a sad dog, so gave him a setting:

Still not sure about him being a white pooch, though, so some colour variations:

It was November, so the doggy began to suggest himself as something for the festive season. Something where he could be sad and alone and end up happy, a typical FFF story trait:

I wasn’t happy with him being in a street, (although that street got used a year later in the FFF Christmas Choir animation), so I changed the setting to a forest. This was the only time I did anything on paper for this project, planning how the clearing would look:

Then it came together in Photoshop:

And, there you have it, a happy Christmas nativity-ish ending:

Ta-daaaaa! That’s how it (sometimes) happens!

Written by Craig

July 1st, 2005 at 12:52 am

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  1. This just blows my mind. Thanks for sharing the process. Oh, and in regard to a previous post, I like having the blog and the site separate as it gives me more excuses to surf the Internet during my lunch breaks.

    Actually, it gives many people at my work more excuses to click on and check for updates….we are all eagerly waiting the next installment of Batman and Robinson. Your last may have been the best yet.


    1 Jul 05 at 04:21

  2. This page gets more and more interesting. There’s something unique about the randomness and at the same time the real attention to detail on each posting (use of photos for example, or things like the Brian Wilson drawing). Please don’t combine with the other site. This one is really developing a character all its own.

    Ian Mac

    1 Jul 05 at 12:52

  3. Thank you both.
    Becki – I’m glad you like Batman and Robinson. I’ve never been sure how well that goes over if you don’t know me personally.
    Ian – You say all the right thing, you cutiepie you.


    1 Jul 05 at 18:25

  4. I agree, that was a fantastic little adventure in how something comes to be on FFF. Love where this blog is going.

    Thoroughly Amused

    1 Jul 05 at 19:18

  5. I agree with Mr. Mac.
    True randomness is something I’ve been trying to achieve on my blog… well, since I started…
    but I’ve yet to achieve it as well as you do on FFFg
    Attention to detail also.
    Keep up the good work!


    2 Jul 05 at 17:49

  6. Well, what I can I say. Big part of my life that was.


    2 Jul 05 at 23:19

  7. I forgot to say that i always loved doggy


    2 Jul 05 at 23:21

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