February Challenge – floating

How was your weekend?  Hope it was fun.  🙂

Today’s image choice comes to us from jazzbaby1. She submitted four pictures and I chose one of them.  Jazzbaby1 wrote, “I’m kind of a sucker for photos where he’s actually doing something.”  Thank you, jazzbaby1! In case you didn’t know, she has a blog about music and poetry: http://funkybluedandelion.blogspot.com/

Richard Armitage

Photo courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.Com

Last night I had a weird dream and this banner is partly a result, LOL!  I’m not sure whether or not it translates to the waking world, but it was a real blast making.  🙂  I want to try some of these techniques again and polish them up.  Maybe a genie will pop out if I polish hard enough.  😉

The sound clip comes from the song “Rich” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  Please click the image or text link below to be taken to the Flash banner.

Floating Richard Armitage flash banner
Richard Armitage floating

One of the ideas for this banner comes from RavenRoseBeetle who commented on a Graphic a Day in May blogpost.  Thank you RavenRoseBeetle!  Also in those same comments, Lizzie explains how the “levitating” effect in this photoshoot was accomplished.

The banner plays rather choppily but I didn’t have time to fix it.  I think it’s because the file is too big so I’ll remember for next time.  The effect is kind of cool though.

This concludes our 14 days of animations based on still images.  I really appreciate your participation, whether it be submitting images, posting comments, sharing on twitter, facebook, blogs & forums, and simply for stopping by.  🙂

I am planning on a second project based on your patterns submissions and I’ll be soliciting more pictures in the next few days. See you soon!

P.S. If you’re so inclined, the eBay charity auction for the Richard Armitage quilt ends soon: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Richard-Armitage-Patchwork-Quilt-Original-Unique-/130646609764. Proceeds benefit Project Linus which is a very worthy cause and I have personal experience with them from a previous job working with homeless children.

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64 Responses to February Challenge – floating

  1. April says:

    Wouahhhh, I love it !!! Great choice of pic and great work !!! 🙂

  2. wisemar says:

    For a moment when I saw this I was all squeefull like, “Ooooh, Richard Armitage!” I don’t know know why I was so surprised when I was intentionally visiting to check out the new banner. Hahahaha! The banner is awesome! And, yes, another full-body shot!! He looks sort of “absent-minded professor” here with the patched jeans. I’d sign up for his class any day! 😉

    • bccmee says:

      @wisemar: *giggle* I get overly excited every day working with Richard Armitage graphics. 😀 Good point about the full-body shot. Oooh I’d love to have a class with RA as teacher. Once I had another weird dream that RA was a professor of spices, LOL! We had to identify them by smell for our exam.

  3. cdoart says:

    Bccmee, you are an absolute effect-magician! Wonderful combination and flying RA ;o)

  4. jasrangoon says:

    This is way cool and perfect for this picture! I love how everything, including RA is floating all around the room!

    • bccmee says:

      @jasrangoon: I can’t begin to explain how much fun this animation was to put together. I’m going to try this again sometime with a smaller animation so it’ll be smoother, but it’s all part of the learning process. Thanks for your lovely comment!

  5. jazzbaby1 says:

    LOL, this is awesome, B! It’s magic!

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  7. Patty Craig says:

    Very clever, can’t help but watch it over and over. Thanks for sharing the fun.

  8. Thais says:

    This one is really fun! Loved it! Your dreams + your creativity skills always result in something unique, wonderful! 😉

  9. Faboamanto says:

    Since RA is a work of art he does belong in a Chagall painting 🙂 Just love the effects on this one.

    Thanks Bccmee, Jazzbaby and RavenRoseBeetle

  10. Lady Prisca says:

    Amazing! I loooooooooove!
    A little of Dorian Grey and a little of Houdini.
    And the detail of the smoke on the cup , welldone!

    The pic is wonderful , good choice jazzbaby1!

  11. Ania says:

    Oh that’s really magic banner. I love it!
    BTW, I feel that only RA can fly with hot tea or coffee in hands 😉 LOL!

  12. itsjsforme says:

    Very clever, bccmee!!! I love it!! 😀

  13. beengizzied says:

    That steam is coming from the cup, right?

  14. IngeD3 says:

    I like the kind of dreams you have Bccmee!! :-))

  15. Fantastic Bcc!! I don’t know if I ever share this here, but the thing is I NEVER remember my dreams so this is a chance to see how it would be dreaming about him with a little bit of Houdini and a touch of Monty Pyton LOL!! I loved it. Thank you for entertaining us. It’s beeing highly appreciated especially during this drought (and I don’t mean the meteorological one) 😉 Looking forward to your next project *hugs*

    • bccmee says:

      @Ana Cristina: Oh bummer that you don’t remember your dreams. I have always been a vivid dreamer so it must be genetic. LOL re: Houdini and Monty Python! Thanks for your kind words and I’m looking forward to the next challenge and FanstRAvaganza! Thanks for your lovely comment!

  16. Good things happen when one rubs me the right way ;D) Love Floating Richard!

  17. Carolyn says:

    HaHa, love this! I couldn’t help laughing and glancing up at one of my wall posters and wondering what I would do if he came floating at me! Sorry the 14 day challenge is over already. It’s been fun!

    • bccmee says:

      @Carolyn: You have quite an imagination! Wouldn’t that be something if it could really happen, like in the movies? Hehehe. Thanks so much for your participation and support and I’ll see you soon. 🙂

  18. mersguy says:

    Bccmee, you are so CLEVER! That was truly amazing, great work. The14 days is over already? Nooooooooooo! Thanks jazzbaby1 too.

  19. kathryngaul says:

    Hi Bccmee. Did you manipulate the photoshoot to include that Marc Chagall painting? I can’t remember it being in that photoshoot but it is a long time since I’ve looked at those photos.

    Great banner once again – thank you.

    • kathryngaul says:

      Ah, the banner is finally playing all the way through so I see the painting changing!

      Every time I see a Marc Chagall painting, I want to go back to Nice…..and Cannes……and Monte Carlo…..and Grasse ……and Cagnes Sur Mer…..and …well, you get the picture!

    • bccmee says:

      @kathryngaul: Thanks for your patience with the banner. It’s a bit slow and choppy in the playback so next time I’ll remember to make my files smaller. It would be very time-consuming to fix this one because it has over 20 layers which would need to be adjusted.

      Thanks so much for your comments! Yes, I love the south of France too!

      • kathryngaul says:

        Oh, sorry…I hope you didn’t think I was complaining about the banner – I love it!. It’s just that my computer was on a bit of a go-slow earlier on because I was running too many things at the same time!

        • bccmee says:

          @kathryngaul: I didn’t take your comment as a complaint. 🙂 I was just reiterating what I said in the post. No worries on that! These are experimental in nature and I appreciate your support while I learn new things! 😀

  20. Thanks for another wonderful gif, Bccmee!
    Would that RA would float my way. Sighhh! I’ll have to get my heartthrob net handy so that I can catch him as he floats by. In my dreams, of course. Giggles!
    Cheers! Grati ;->

  21. phylly3 says:

    Your animations are so cool! Reminds me a bit of the Monty Python bits between skits! 😉 I was going to ask about the painting but KathrynGaul mentioned it as being a Chagall? I am curious — Did you choose that painting for any special reason?
    I was always intrigued with that photo and you have made it even more interesting! Thanks!

    • phylly3 says:

      Oops! Nevermind answering that question about the painting. I just read your previous comment on that link which explains it! *sheepish grin*

      • bccmee says:

        @phylly3: Thanks for your kind words about the banner. 🙂 The strange thing is that the animation looks so different when it runs smoothly, LOL! However, the comparison to Monty Python is quite an honor so I’m not complaining. 😉

  22. Joanna says:

    Great idea,Bccmee! So many beautiful things,..flying Richard..I want one!…painting by Chagall…well..I want one too!;) I love your dreams,Bccmee!;)Accept thanks for your time and dedication from the lunatic from another continent;)

  23. Debra says:

    Ooooo, I love your Python-esque Floating Richard!!! If only that could happen in RL! *thud*
    Loved the details, too….down to the steam off his tea! Great banner, Bccmee! And great pic choice, Jazzbaby!
    It’s been a wonderful February, and I’m looking forward to what gems you come up with for us in the future…..Thank You, Bccmee!!!!

    • bccmee says:

      @Debra: Oh you’re so sweet to take the time to comment! Thanks very much. 🙂 I’m delighted you noticed those details. This was a lot of fun to put together.

      I too am looking forward to working together again very soon. 😀

  24. The Queen says:

    Oooo, so many details going on in this one..pages flipping, steaming coffee, Richard and his BRIDE!???? Whoa…the painting changed! You are just too cool for words, B!!

  25. Brilliant!! Loved the effect so much!

  26. Jacqui says:

    Oh it works now! Many things happening in this clip. Things floating through the air, another painting appearing! Very cool done. Whats the other painting, B? I wonder how they made RA float? Although I’ve seen in a docu how they can manipulate a pic, specially how they do it in Glossy’s!

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