Monday, 24 August 2009

Dead Birds, Foxes & Sketching

I've been doing a bit of work with Vicky Mather, one of the 2nd year Animation Directors at school, on her graduation film OSCAR these past couple of days. I got to help out building a model house which looks fantastic and also go on location to help out with the shooting of some pixilation animation. I can't say anything about the story but the visuals are just magical to look at. The performances by the actors are so painstaking, watching them move frame-by-frame but the finished results are so graceful to see. I only had time to help out for a few days but hopefully the rest of the shoot went just as well.

On another note I've also been doing a bit of colour work for another of the 2nd year directors, Elena Pomares (check out her blog and also the blog two words, two illustrations and a coffee she works on with Toby Jackman for some of her great artwork). Her animation work is so cool! Again, I can't say what this film is about but it's all being animated using traditional 2D methods :)

And finally to my own work... I'm slowly making progress with my character animation project but due to the untimely demise of the PC I was working on I'm currently getting it all setup on another machine which is taking a little while but hopefully next week everything will be up and running again smoothly..

And with the little time left over at the end of the day there is always time for sketching!

Monday, 17 August 2009

Yellow Belly End in Stash Magazine

One of the films I worked on last year, Yellow Belly End, Directed by Philip Bacon, is featured in this month's copy of Stash Magazine! Stash magazine is a fantastic collection of all the latest animation and visual effects so check it out if you get the chance.. here's the spread from the booklet that accompanies each month's DVD.

In other news my time at Illuminated films has come to an end. It was a great experience seeing the process of how animation series are put together. I really enjoyed watching all the animatics and getting to grips with how it moves from pre-production to layout to animation. Another highlight was getting to see Jane Horrocks (the voice of Little Princess) in recording and watching it all come together. I'm back at school now ready to crack on with my own animations :)

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Sunday, 2 August 2009


Some more colour attempts made over the past couple of days. I sketched the pictures during my lunch breaks at Illuminated so have just been waiting for some free time to practice colouring them in. I'm really enjoying trying out the brushes in Photoshop and seeing what sort of results they can make. Next time I will have to attempt some more traditional mediums and see what sort of things I can come up with.

Until then..