Sept. 22, 2010: Hatena Featured Artist - geezer (id:geezerdk)


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Today's Hatena Featured Artist is geezer (id:geezerdk) from the Europe and Oceania region.

How you get ideas for your Flipnotes, and how long does it usually take you to create them?

Most of my flipnotes are ideas I've run around with for a long time and drawn on paper. Quite a few of them are based on real life experiences, parenthood is a big inspiration to me. I try to use the weekly topic as a source of inspiration too.

British comedy has a major role in my humour, as does good old 'toilet humour'. I find that when I sit down to make a Flipnote on my Nintendo DSi, that the ideas can evolve during the creation process. Most of these changes are improvements to my original idea, some are due to resolution limitations, and some are the result of sloppiness! My idea always come through in the end though. Most of my Flipnotes are finished within 2 hours, but the planning process can sometimes take days.

What hobbies or interests do you have (besides making Flipnotes)?

I love Nintendo handheld games, have owned various types of them for 21 years now, and I take them everywhere with me. Making Flipnotes has basically stopped me from playing games. I'm trying to get into electronic music creation too, and I also love to draw with good old pencil and paper. Home improvements and parenthood tend to take up a lot my time too, and fortunately I find those things interesting too.

Who are some of your favorite creators on Flipnote Hatena and why?

Ashie (id:Ashie) Is without a doubt the queen of Flipnotes. She amazes me with her infinite talent. -Jan- (id:sonic97) has made some of the funniest Flipnotes of all time, the "asdf movies", which are hilarious. HARRY (id:jago12-345) is great too, and is very consistent at making good quality Flipnotes.

There are so many more great creators out there, and sorry I can't name you all, but you know who you are.

Do you have any advice or tips for other Flipnote creators about how they can improve their skills?

Have an idea ready before you start making the Flipnote, and stick with your original idea. Look at other Flipnotes for inspiration. Don't be overambitious. Be original.

What kind of Flipnotes whould you like to create in the future? Are there any new things you would like to try?

I'd like to include my own music in my Flipnotes, I just need to make the music first. A few more collaborations would be fun too. I want to improve all the time and maybe make longer 'epic' Flipnotes once in a while.

What are some additional features that you would like to have added to Flipnote Studio and/or Flipnote Hatena?

I've been reported a few times now, I'm not sure why. I'd like to know why my Flipnotes get removed so I don't repeat my mistakes in the future. This issue has supposedly been dealt with though. Other than that I can only compliment Hatena for making the most entertaining pastime ever. I'm actually satisfied with Flipnotes, a while some might want more colours or more tools, I say keep it this way. Some may want longer Flipnotes, but my Flipnotes tend to be short, so I've never run out of space.

National Rankings may be a good idea, to give creators the satisfaction of having a higher ranking.

Is there something you would like to say to the Flipnote Hatena community?

The community is excellent, I'm just not the greatest user of it yet. Keep the comments coming, and please be constructive and funny. Don't just steal other Flipnotes. If they are unlocked then you are welcome

to change them, improve them, whatever. Don't just write your name instead of the original creators -- they've spent time making them and are generous enough to share them with you.

Check out geezer's works on Flipnote Hatena

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