Welcome! My name is Alan Shisko, and I'm a freelance motion graphics artist working out of Toronto, Canada. I've been very lucky in my career to have had many inspiring teachers, and decided to start this blog to give back to the community that has enriched me both technically and aesthetically. Perhaps my words and images will inspire you to do the same! If you wish, take a minute to view my demo reel at Shisko.com, or view a comprehensive gallery of my past work Here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Back to it!

Yes, it's been awhile since my last post (I'll explain why shortly), but I'm now back to it!

There have been a number of changes in my life of late, both personally and professionally. I won't bore you with the juicy personal details, but as far as work goes, there's no denying that times have been challenging and, by all accounts, will remain so for the foreseeable future. I've been pretty lucky with clients in my freelancing business, but even so I have chosen to take steps to diversify my holdings and leverage my skills.

As you may already know, I was fortunate to have been asked by John Dickinson last year to create a training package for motionworks.com.au. I will also be posting to Pro Video Coalitions 'Motion Graphics & Viz FX' channel. And I've got one other project (or, more properly, several) that I will be announcing shortly.

So. Back to blogging. And I do have a request: coming up with ideas for relevant blog posts can be a little tricky. I have a number of posts in the wings, but please, do let me know what you'd like to see!


Telle said...

Great to have you posting again! I'd love to see some tips on using expressions and scripts to design more efficiently in AE. Just my 2 cents...


Alan Shisko said...


My achilles heel! Now, I do use a fair amount of expressions in the course of my work, but most of it is of the 'pickwhip' variety. I've also got a little collection of more sophisticated code that I use, but I cannot pretend to be a pro when it comes to expressions or scripts. Best to leave that to others :)

There is this post from some time ago...

I'll put up an 'expressions and scripting' round up as a post.

Tom said...

Welcome back!

I've always found your tutorial and project breakdowns of great help. It's really good to see the way other people work.


Koby said...

Great to have you back Alan!
I'm not writing comments usualy, but I've seen all your tutorials, and I love them! I've returned to you webpage in the last few months every few days, to see if there's anything new, and was sad each time a new that there was nothing new... So I'm realy happy that you are back to business! Your tutorials are very inspiring!
I'd love to see a tutorial on Vray and HDR (you've had a short post on that subject once). Also some of your Project breakdowns, and your great tips&tricks for efficient and clever work with AE.

Thanks for everything!

pablo said...

Welcome back Mr Shisko.
I´m always looking for you to re appear.
Glad to hear that youI've been pretty lucky.
We are here waiting for you