Friday, 10 December 2010

Ta Da!


Ta Da! There we have it, hot off the press...
The first publicity still for Damned.

Not long to go now..

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Greetings


I have returned! Apologies for my disappearance over the past months but it was all for a good cause, my graduation film is now entering the final stages of editing, colouring and post-production!

It's been the best of times (yay!) and the worst of times (boo!) but I think in the end it's all been worth it and the finished film is going to be lots of fun. Roll on February!

In the meantime I'm going to post some bits and pieces from the production over the coming months to show what we've been up to.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Life Drawing, one minute at a time

A few 1-minute quickfire sketches from life drawing today.

Drawn with my 'wrong' hand.





Thursday, 3 June 2010

Life Drawing

5 minutes

10 minutes

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Lions, and tigers, and gorillas?! Oh my..

Had a quick trip to London Zoo over the weekend and managed to get a bit of sketching done amidst all the rain.



Thursday, 27 May 2010

Life Drawing

5 mins

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Friday, 21 May 2010

Sunshine

The sun has finally arrived in England but at the NFTS no one is distracted and work continues as normal..



Friday, 14 May 2010

Greenlight

And so Production begins! Coming in 2011...

Friday, 7 May 2010

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Van Gogh

I went to the Royal Academy last week to see the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition that's just come to an end.
The exhibition was a collection of Vincent's original letters and artwork that spanned his entire career as an artist. It was so inspiring to see his earliest pen and ink work and the letters that went with them. He spoke of his frustration at drawing people, then the introduction of colour and how this lightened his mood. There were letters about his love of Japanese art and how this inspired the vivid colours and warm energy of his later work.
Each room of the exhibition captured a different stage of his life and it was fascinating to see the detailed illustrations and watercolours he would include on his letters with little descriptions of his paintings.


I had a look through my portfolio when I got back and found a very small study I did in Biro pen and pencil crayon when I was at University based on an early Van Gogh painting 'A Peasant Woman Digging'.


It was so inspiring to see so much of his work that I could forgive the 2 hours (crazy!) queue just to get inside. Now back to developing my film!

Friday, 2 April 2010

Ronald Searle

Having managed to crawl from under the mountain of storyboards I've been making during the preproduction of my grad film, I took a little trip into London last week to see Matt Jones give a talk on Artist and Cartoonist Ronald Searle at the Cartoon Museum.

The museum is currently hosting a collection of Searle's work, in particular his reportage work, as Searle himself entered his 10th decade last month! I love the quality of his line and how it all seems so simple and effortless yet the pictures are so layered and complex, and most importantly, so full of life. I can't really do his work justice in words but instead I can recommend the online tribute full of fantastic sketches and illustrations put together by Matt Jones
here.

When I got back from the talk I went through the folder of artwork I've been gathering up to help inspire the look of my film and lo and behold, Ronald Searle artwork!


I love the expression on the face of this character :)

It was so inspiring to see so much great work. I can now get back to storyboarding feeling fully recharged!

Friday, 19 March 2010

Prairie Dog

And so Grad Film development is now fully underway. I won't be able to post much about the film itself just yet as I don't want to spoil it, plus it's already undergone several major changes so anything I write about is likely to change. However, I will try to post sketches throughout the production and so first up, prairie dogs. I came across a documentary on them whilst researching for animal calling sounds; apparently prairie dogs have an intricate language of 'chirps' for different predators. So not only did I get to draw loads of them I also learnt the difference between the chirp for a badger and the chirp for a coyote!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Laika, Stanley Pickle & The Hen House

It's that time again, this year's NFTS graduation films have just been premiered at the BFI in London. I thought they were all amazing and I'm proud to say that I got to work on three of them so it's time for some shameless promotion!

Laika - Directed by Avgousta Zourelidi

Stanley Pickle - Directed by Victoria Mather

The Hen House - Directed by Elena Pomares

Coming to festivals around the world so look out for them!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Sketches

It's been a busy few weeks getting my And/Or trailer completed and working with Gareth my screenwriter on developing the story for my Graduation film but in spite of all that there is always time for sketching! These are all quick studies based on stills from the BFI monthly catalogue.



Next week I begin concept art for my grad film so hopefully lots of messy thumbnails and paint and pastels! I can't wait!

Monday, 8 February 2010

Terry Gilliam

The final week of production on my And/or Book Trailer has begun. It's been a really interesting project; I've taken the opportunity to learn a lot more in After Effects and also to explore using colour and how it can influence the overall tone of a piece. When I pitched the idea of an Art-Deco Busby Berkeley style short I imagined lots of gold and silver but the And/or logo uses only blue and orange so it's been a fun challenge to use such a limited palette.

I've also got lots of development meetings this week for Grad Film so I'll be spinning lots of plates trying to get everything sorted whilst sifting through my ideas to see which ones might have some potential and which ones are just plain duds.

On a totally different note, the amazing Terry Gilliam came to the NFTS last week to give a masterclass. He was fantastic, he talked about his career after Monty Python and how he works as a director. He was full of great advice and tips but I got so carried away just watching him talk that my notes afterwards didn't make a great deal of sense. The only two sentences that I could make out in my sketchbook were:

'Too much imagination can lead to madness but too much realism can cause depression.'

'Offence is an important thing to maintain!'

I made lots of quickfire sketches of him (none of which look a thing like him, I just loved how animated he was whenever he was talking about filmmaking). I've included some sketches below and also a photo taken by Vicky Mather (who I think went pretty much crazy meeting him).



Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Reopened for Business

Belated New Year wishes for everybody! I hope every one's 2010 is off to a great start.
Things have been a bit hectic over the holidays so I've not been able to update my blog at all. I'm currently doing some concept art for a project which I can't talk about just yet (once it's up and running I'll post a link) and I'm also trying to finish off my book trailer for the And/or Book Awards. It's a mad dash to get it all done before development on my grad film consumes all my time! (it never rains but it pours!) I've included some pictures from my book trailer below. The first one was an early concept when I was thinking of going for a more 'realistic' look but I quickly abandoned that for the much more fun slightly rougher look beneath it. This is the colour script for my trailer. The award logo colours are orange and blue so I tried to run that throughout the whole commercial. The concept for my trailer was an Art Deco Busby Berkeley style big Hollywood musical number.