Tuesday, 25 November 2008

The Happy Wanderer

Today we had a very special visitor drop by the assistants room. He (I think it's a he) usually comes calling every few weeks but this week we decided to have a little life drawing session with our guest. He wandered around the room a couple of times but finally settled down on one of the spare chairs long enough for us to get a few quick sketches done. As way of thanks for all our hard work he decided to chew the edge of my sketchbook. I got a quick sketch of him doing this you can see on one of the pages and also I've scanned in the teeth marks as well to show the work of our guest. Hopefully next time we can get him to stay for more poses but we shall see...



Saturday, 22 November 2008

Richard Williams & Animated Encounters

Well it’s been another busy week of colouring ‘Yellow Belly End’ but I also got to go to Encounters Film Festival in Bristol this week and see Richard Williams give his final masterclass promoting his new ‘Animator’s Survival Kit’ DVD.

I thought he was a brilliant, we got to see loads of clips from the DVD but more importantly he had loads of great stories from the Golden Age of American 2D Animation and lots of advice on how to animate and really bring characters to life. The high point for me was getting to meet him afterwards and getting him to sign his book and just talking to him about character animation.

I only got to go to a couple of films at the festival but my favourite had to be a Russian short called ‘Malenkaia Vasilisa (Little Vasilisa) directed by Darina Schmidt. It was a traditional fairy-tale story about a small girl and her encounters with a witch in a forest. The design of the film was really nice, everything looked like it had be made out of patchwork blankets and the colour scheme was really bright and fun and the animation was great.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Something New...

Just a few quick sketches from my travels round London. It's getting colder and colder every day here (but as always no snow only rain) and still people are out wandering about in just light jackets and t-shirts.





Something Old...

Not had chance to do much new work recently as the project I'm working on is coming up to it's final weeks.. Anyways, I thought I'd post one of my favourite early illustrations. I drew this Samurai when I was 14 (which feels like a while ago now). It was all made with pen and ink and the original is on A3 paper to give you an idea of how big it is. I remember it took a couple of weeks to do because I drew it in the evenings after school. It's one of my favourites because it was the first picture I made where I really tried to look at how the human figure is built and to really think about how to create shading with only one tone of colour. Anyways I hope you like it and maybe every now and then I will post a few more early drawings. Until next time...