Funny Little Animations

Welcome to a chronicle of what I do. What I did, that is. Nice to see you!

I make art and animations and I do user experience stuff for work.

In this up-top space, I've got a quick animation, something fun and minor, generally 10 seconds long or less. A piece that takes me an hour or two. I'll try to post new ones as frequently as possible.

Down below you can see my work, divided into categories. 

Catch you later,


Recent Posts - UE Bits

  • Blobby, Smooth and Shiny Style Samples of the always-fashionable "glassy" look.        
    Posted Jan 12, 2011, 9:18 AM by Caleb Brown
  • PowerPoint Slide Fix This is my favorite switcheroo from totally discombobulated to just mildly ugly. Real client of mine from 2009.Before:After:
    Posted Jan 7, 2011, 7:46 PM by Caleb Brown
  • Comics as Vehicle for Information This was a striking post from a blog I follow - comics and cartooning are in the sweet spot of clarity and descriptive power for UE. I think. Keying off Scott ...
    Posted Jan 6, 2011, 7:41 AM by Caleb Brown
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Out in the world!
"Explain IA" on Flickr

Business Art and UI

Early Stage UE Deliverables

Recent Posts - Painting

  • Digital Painting - Rocky Hill Road I have been building a pressure-sensitive digital painting system for a looong time. Currently I am working around a PowerBook 3400 and a CalComp drawing tablet (an "UltraSlate" Ooooooo!). Bulkier than an iPad or iPhone, but 512 levels of smooosh! Mac OS 9.1! Old school! You don't have to hold it in your hand!I found the active matrix screen is useless in any level of daylight, so I built a baffle for it out of cardboard and velcro. I glued a tripod shoe to the bottom of the 3400 so that it can easily mount on a tripod, which is how I position my set up for plein air "painting". I decided also I would situate ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2011, 6:30 PM by Caleb Brown
  • Creatures From 1994 I just scanned some old slides from 1994. These were from a series that paired extinct animals with images of human biology. I referenced either  genetic material in an arrangement called a "karyotype" (which is just a visual representation of the chromosomes of an animal, in an "easy to scan" form), or an image of my own retina, made at a routine opthalmology appointment. That "eye" image is the second one in this post, after the painting with craters.    
    Posted Jan 24, 2011, 10:40 AM by Caleb Brown
  • Double Landscapes - Super Secret! My newest painting fascination is "double landscapes"...A concept I hope I have invented. These are pictures that are inside and outside at the same time, so a viewer's perspective sort of flickers from one vantage point to another.     This one here will be a "landscape" of work, a cubicle, with an outer landscape, a seascape routered into it. I think the linear, jigsaw-puzzle-like lines of the seascape will be a pleasant visual contrast to the oil painting that will go on top. I've actually experimented with going the other way too (painting first), and I've tried cardboard as a support (as well as plywood panel).  I am excited (and daunted!) by the immersive size ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2011, 10:47 AM by Caleb Brown
  • Floral Paintings I am not a big painter of flowers - though I am a big LIKER of flowers. I've painted a few floral arrangements - these are from 2003 - 2005...I've always been partial to the maple branch in the bottle, flowering red droopy brushes...A big harbinger of spring for me.      
    Posted Jan 8, 2011, 10:28 AM by Caleb Brown
  • Commutes After the "Exurban" landscapes, I started painting my commute to work (walking, driving, taking the MBTA or commuter rail). That body of work spawned my first foray into the professional art sales and marketing universe.Here was the artist's statement about those pictures I wrote in 2007:These days many of us are tragically busy. To make ends meet, we often must choose the least painful sacrifice from a field of difficult compromises. In my case, it is a matter of negotiating between my vocation and avocation. I work full time designing software interfaces, and I do my oil painting very early in the morning when most people are asleep and everything is quiet. Because I find it hard ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2011, 7:49 PM by Caleb Brown
  • Paintings About Work I started this ongoing series about work in 2007...Very interesting to me. Work about work.      Here's the fellow with the post-its, before he was totally painted in:Here are some process pictures of the "walkers" above...Now I think I should have kept more of the painting blank!    
    Posted Jan 8, 2011, 7:36 PM by Caleb Brown
  • Bucket Bob In 2002, my wife Ellen and I started a children's book about a man (Bob) found in a bucket. Here's the only illustration (a painting) I completed...Bob's just being found, as an infant.It's a good story! I hope we get back to it.
    Posted Jan 5, 2011, 3:40 PM by Caleb Brown
  • Diorama Prototypes I love to paint, but I like to build things also, thus my fixation with making canvases out of trashy wood or building special boxes that are something like museum dioramas...See this incredible guy: Gurney Journey - James Perry Wilson’s Dioramas, Part 1...He's the best there was (people say) and we are lucky that there are a few beautiful little practice pieces at the museum of science...Tiny mock-up boxes with curved paintings inside. I went to see them the other day...That is the direction I would like to go next...I am thinking about new ways to make the painting more arresting or involving, or equipped with additional layers. Like a landscape that is ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2012, 11:14 AM by Caleb Brown
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Recent Posts - Other Work

  • My New Career as a Face Painter Some old friends invited me to their daughter's 7th birthday celebration in 2009, slyly suggested I bring "my face paints". Funny they knew I had some - left over from decorating the kids who came to the day care my wife and I used to run. Explosion of creativity, I drew what the kids wanted. Including dragons, Red Pandas (got that one totally wrong, I had no idea that Red Pandas don't LOOK like pandas) and disco balls. I especially like the layout of the rainbow - on that girl's chin! Lots of trust. Glad I didn't abuse it or let the kids down!Now - who wants their face painted today?! C'mon!                
    Posted Jan 11, 2011, 6:29 AM by Caleb Brown
  • Past Broadsided Work Ahh, this is always my question with artwork sites: how far back do you go? How do you provide a sense of continuity to your "back catalog" when you may be entering posts out of order?Should I not worry about it? I won't.Here's some bits and pieces of Broadsideds from 2006, 2007 and 2009. "Mouth", then "Third Crescent Moon", then "Snowshoe to Otter Creek".
    Posted Jan 11, 2011, 6:07 PM by Caleb Brown
  • Haiku Year in Review at Broadsided Press I drew this picture as a contribution to an exuberant occasional poetry and art publishing experiment called Broadsided. There's a phoebe in a nest, some stalks of rye in a snowy field and "Catcher..." open.You can see...An interesting conceptual overviewA Q&A with the artists and writersThe combined HYIR broadsided...The piece started out as a fat felt-tip marker sketch on tracing paper:
    Posted Jan 8, 2011, 10:31 AM by Caleb Brown
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Drawings with Marker

Graphic Design



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