Know All Facts About the Great Art Clokey

Art Clokey was a popular personality in the field of stop motion clay animation.

He was born at Detroit, Michigan on October 12, 1921. His real name was Arthur Clokey.

Clokey gained his popularity from the famous film Gumbasia which he produced in association with his wife Ruth. This movie had a special clay character called “Gumby” who got the centre stage not only in the short film but in the hearts of the viewers too.

Gumbasia was a short film of 3 minute 34 second duration. It was the first venture of the couple in clay animation field. Since then Gumby and his horse Pokey had a popular presence in various TV programs. At present, the popularity of Gumby has grown to such an extent that many cartoon channels have introduced the character in their TV shows. Appearance of Art Clokey’s special character on in the TV serials began with the “Howdy Doody Show” and later The “Adventures of Gumby”.

Childhood of this great animator was full of troubles which began with the divorce of his parents due to personal altercations.

The divorce brought him the most difficult situation in which he had to make a choice among his parents. Though it was tough to accept the reality but destiny had its ways. Clokey though young, accepted the hard reality and chose to live with his father; meanwhile his mother got married to some other person in California.

It was just a beginning of troubles for the young Arthur; many more were waiting on his way.

After forgetting all the bad memories of the troublesome days of the time that led to the splitting of his parents, Arthur began a new life with his father.

But the dreams of a bright future shattered soon with the untimely death of his father. In this situation the lonely child had no option but to move to her mother’s new home in California.

Though it seemed fine at beginning and provided him a new dwelling place, but here even the troubles followed him. Now it was his step father who turned him out of the house to an orphanage.

Even after living a life full of sadness and bad experiences, the child had hopes in his eyes which blossomed with his formal adoption by Joseph W. Clokey. Joseph W. Clokey was a classical music composer who used to teach music at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

It was Mr. Clockey who gave Arthur the quality for which he is known by admitting him to an art school.

This environment at the school made him an expert in stop motion clay animation and finally led to discovery of the famous character Gumby.

This great personality left for the heavenly abode on January 8, 2010 at his home in California. He was 88 years of age. Though he is no more, but his character Gumby will keep him alive in the hearts of the viewers forever. People will still enjoy his sense of imagination whenever the character Gumby will present itself on the centre stage.

Pattern Making As an Art Decorative Technique

A pattern is an organised arrangement of the elements of design such as dots, lines, shapes, textures, colours etc. on a surface using any appropriate technique for decoration. Pattern making is an experimental process since the resultant designs cannot be predicted by the artist.

Patterns can be used as designs for paper bags, clothes, greeting cards, fringes, garlands or tassels, and pop-up. There are several techniques in pattern making. Examples of pattern making techniques are Sponging, Veining, Blowing, Spraying, Spattering, Stippling, String Pulling, Wax-resist/crayon batik, Marbling, Scribbling, Rubbing-in, Rubbing-out etc.


This technique of pattern making involves the use of sponge as the principal tool for the creation of the patterns. The sponge can be laid or spread on the material (such as paper or cloth). The paint or ink is then dabbed with foam at the open areas of the sponge. The paint or ink can also be sprayed onto material after laying the sponge. The nett patterns or diamond shaped patterns of the sponge would appear on the material. Another technique is immersing the sponge in the paint or ink and rolling it on the material or paper to create the patterns.


This form of pattern making involves the application of paint in a liquid form by splashing the paint on the surface of the material to create interesting patterns. Sometimes, the tips of brushes are loaded with colour or ink and the thumb is used in splashing the colour onto the material such as paper. The splashing of the coloured pigment or paint can be done with a piece of foam or brush loaded with paint.


This is the application of paint or colour spilt through the tiny holes of a spray diffuser or atomiser. The spray can or container is filled with different coloured pigments or ink and is sprayed one at a time onto the material in several ways to create interesting designs. Surfaces of

Papers for writing calligraphy and other forms of wall hangings are decorated with spray patterns in varieties of colours.


This is the use of a drawing tool or implement in creating series of dots in an organised pattern on a material. Marking tools such as pencils, crayons, markers and pens can be used in creating interesting patterns of dots on paper and cards. This form of pattern making can be used to decorate the background of cards to be used for greeting cards, certificates and other forms of wall hangings. Pointed metallic tools such as gouges, chisels and texturing nails can be used in creating decorative textures in the form of dots on backgrounds of wood, clay and leather.

String Pulling

This is the technique of creating patterns on a material by the use of strings. These strings are immersed in a colour pigment or ink. The coloured string is then pulled for the colours to spill on the material to create decorative patterns on the paper.


This method of creating patterns involves the creation of random abstract lines with a marking tool, generally without ever lifting the drawing device off of the paper. The scribbles which are often created with different coloured marking tools result in eye-catching and attractive patterns on papers. These can be used in producing designs on paper bags, garlands, greeting cards etc.

Paper marbling

This is a method of aqueous (water) surface design used in producing patterns. The patterns are the result of colour usually, oil paint poured to float on either the surface of plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. It can also be used as designs on papers to be used in producing paper bags.

Wax Resist/ Crayon Batik

This form of pattern making involves the use of wax in resisting parts of a paper or fabric and either applying colour or ink on the entire surface of the material. After the paint or ink is dried on the surface of the material, the wax is scratched off or removed to create interesting patterns. Another technique is applying the waxed design on the surface of the material and immersing it in a paint, dye or ink solution. The wax is freed off the material after the paint or dye is dried to create the patterns. Coloured crayons can be used for creating attractive patterns on materials before paint, dye or ink is applied.

Editable Freeform PowerPoint Maps

Whether you are a student, teacher, professor, an employee or CEO of a company, an Army General or an administrative officer, a doctor or an engineer, a financial wizard or a plain banker, you are required to make a presentation sometime. Invariably, a map or geospatial intelligence is an essential part of any presentation today. And why not, with GPS, Google maps and geospatial technology, it has become so easy to relate data to ground.

The age old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is more true for maps in a presentation. The data which may take tens of slides to represent or explain can be easily put in just one thematic map. But how to make it without any GIS or geographical analysis tools. You can find a right image by searching the net by Google Image search. Sounds easy, but no. There are so many map images available on the net but can you use them. May be no, why? The image may be copyrighted. So why not use images from ShutterStock or some similar website offering images. Here also you need to purchase license and spend hours searching for the right map or image which matches the theme of your presentation.

So should I hire a graphics artist to make a custom design for me. If the presentation is so important that you can spend hundreds of dollars for a custom map, then it is okay. But if you want to do the job in minimal budget with maximum output then the answer lies in freeform PPT maps editable in powerpoint software itself. Yes, no need purchase an expensive photo editor, all you need are editable freeform maps and manipulate them with click and select in the PowerPoint program.

You can download a free Alabama County Freeform Presentation from with fully editable content and easy explanation to conform the slides to your selected theme. We have spent a lot of time to painstakingly trace all the counties as freeforms. You can even zoom one county freeform to full slide and it will still retain its shape. An image if so zoomed will definitely break into pixels and not usable at all. All these freeform counties can be selected in one go and filled with single color or singly, it all depends on what you want to present.

So use the Alabama Free PPT map as you want for a while, tweak it, play with it and you will be so happy that it is so easy to make your own design in minutes. And if you want the whole of US counties as editable freeforms, please do let me know.