Edd: Hello there, I’m
Edd I like to animate in my spare time on my website (Eddsworld),
and I’m also trying to animate professionally in the
animation industry (hopefully!)
Q: How did you get started with making
Edd: I have always drawn
random cartoon doodles that have entertained some people,
but I first discovered Flash after I had been interested in
GIF animations for a while. I went on the site stick figure
death theatre (www.sfdt.com) to submit my animated GIF's of
stick figures, only to find they didn't accept them anymore,
and I looked at the opposite side of the website where they
were showcasing Flash animations. And so after much snooping
I finally got a copy of Flash MX.. and continued to make stick
animations for a while :P
Q: How long have you been animating for?
Edd: Well I started animating
with Flash MX in about November 2002 I believe, before then
I had been animating only in GIF form. So that' nearly 6 years
animating with Flash.
Q: Some advice/tips for people who want
to get into making cartoons in flash?
Edd: Best advice I can give
for people starting out is to look at Lavalle Lee's tutorials!
they really helped me through the first sticky patches of
flash, then if your feeling a bit more experienced, you could
attempt to try some of the tricky stuff Over at flashkit.
Another piece of advice is always; ALWAYS stream your sound
instead of an event. It makes it MUCH easier to synchronize
to music or vocals, and makes the overall file size much smaller.
Q: How do you come up with your cartoon
Edd: I have a get my ideas
from a special place I like to call 'Thin Air'.. :P But really,
I just get ideas from all sorts of places could be when im
sitting at home or it might suddenly hit me in the middle
of a movie or something. One thing I do not like to do very
much is directly copy something from a film or movie. I used
to do it a long time ago and it just makes the nimation overall
Q: What programs do you use to make your
Edd: I always use Flash to
make my Animations. I started with Flash MX and I now have
Flash 8. I don't really want to upgrade to the newest version
yet, mainly because I don't see a need to do so just yet.
To record my audio I use a freeware program called Audacity,
and I have one for A long time now. It’s rather handy
for simple effects. And that’s it really. I have tried
some 3D programs, but all of my flash cartoons are completely
Q: What is the future of Eddsworld?
Edd: I'd like to think it
would eventually be broadcasted somehow, but that may be a
far off hope. For now all I can say is I’m going to
try to keep making flash as long as
people keep watching them. Even if things get really busy
and so on, I will always
try my best to produce something be it a comic or animation
for my website.
Q: Where did you learn to draw and animate?
Edd: I can't say I have really
learned to draw from anywhere in particular.. my first
'how to draw cartoons' book was the one written by Rolf Harris
all that time ago,
and since then I have just taken bits I have liked from here
and there and meshed
them into the horrible mess you see today :D
Q: How can your fans help?
Edd: If they just keep coming
to my site and leaving a message, clicking the adverts, dropping
an email, buying a shirt or even giving a donation (like that
will ever happen :P). I can't reply to them all, I read ALL
of the messages and emails I receive.
Q: Anything else you'd like to add?
Edd: I'd just like to
say I still can't believe im being interviewed by the same
guy who taught me the simple basics all those years ago :D