Thursday, 15 December 2011

Damned featured on La Gaîté Lyrique

Wow! Damned has been featured on 'La Gaîté Lyrique', a French design website, in an article about character design! To quote:

"Characters create stories, extending beyond design for design's sake and bringing deeper meaning to narrative work."

A big thanks to Claire Cook who wrote the article, which can be found here. Exciting!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Life Drawing at Aardman

This week I begin storyboarding at Aardman! It's such an amazing place, literally every shelf and bookcase is stacked with props and models from films I grew up watching, I've already spotted Feathers McGraw, the penguin from the Wrong Trousers, complete with getaway train!
I can't talk about what I'm doing at the moment but in the meantime here are some studies from my first life-drawing class here.


Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Paddington




Leuven International Short Film Festival

I'm pleased to announce that Damned has been selected for Leuven International Short Film Festival in Belgium. The festival takes place 3rd - 10th December so if you're around the please come along.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Henri Langlois

I'm very pleased to announce that Damned will be screening at the 34th Rencontres Henri Langlois Festival International des Ecoles de Cinema in Poitiers, France. The festival takes place between 2nd - 11th December so if you're around then please come along. Damned will be showing in the special screening for little ones called 'Piou-Piou'.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

The (enjoyable) Morning Commute

Ah London.. How I missed you and your unbelievably crowded tube trains! I'm currently back at Nexus this week storyboarding so it's been a good chance to do some underground sketches.

I've been going through a bad-patch recently and have pretty much filled an entire sketchbook with nothing but false-starts. I know that sometimes that's just the way it goes but when they start to pile up it doesn't feel good. I think I've figured out the problem though, I've drained all the fun out of sketching and been over-analysing my drawings too much.

It's good to be aware of why something didn't work and to try and build on it but too much analysis and the suddenly the pressure is on for every sketch to be perfect (which they very rarely are). So today I decided to switch off and just enjoy drawing.




Saturday, 19 November 2011

Monday, 14 November 2011

Animax Skopje Animation Festival

I'm pleased to announce that Damned has been selected for Animax Skopje Animation Festival in the Republic of Macedonia. The festival takes place between 24-26 November so if you're around then please come along.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Bradford Animation Festival

I'm pleased to announce that Damned has been selected for Bradford Animation Festival in the UK. The festival takes place 8-12 November. We'll be screening in the Official Selection: Student Films 1 so if you're around then please come along.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Resume

I finally got round to setting up my new scanner so I can get back to posting sketches.

I've recently just finished storyboarding a commercial pitch at Nexus Productions directed by FX & Mat. The pitch was loads of fun and featured some amazing concept art by Bjorn-Erik Aschim so I really hope it makes it onto screen soon. I'll see about posting some panels from the storyboards but in the meantime, here's some recent sketches from London and Bristol..





Cinanima International Animated Film Festival

Pleased to announce that Damned will be screening in the Children's Programme at Cinanima International Animated Film Festival in Portugal. The festival takes place 7-13 November so if you're around please come along.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Uppsala International Short Film Fesitval

I'm pleased to announce that Damned has been selected for Uppsala International Short Film Festival in Sweden. The festival takes place 24-30 October and we'll be screening in the Children's Film Festival. If you're around the please come along.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Damned at PictureHouse Kid's Club

This Saturday Damned will be screening in 24 selected PictureHouse Cinemas all over the UK as part of a special 'PictureHouse Kid's Club' event organised by LIAF. For full details of screenings close to you click here.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Encounters International Film Festival

I'm very pleased to announce that Damned has been selected for the Encounters International Film Festival in Bristol. I've been going to encounters for many years and it's such a great festival so I'm honoured to be screening there. The festival takes places between the 16th - 20th November and Damned will be screening in both the International Competition 'Animalis Anima' (Wednesday 16th at 4pm & Sunday 20th at 12pm) and the Children's Jury (Saturday 19th at 10am). Full details can be find on the website here.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Balkanima European Animated Film Festival

I'm pleased to announce that Damned has been selected for Balkanima European Animated Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival takes place 4-8 October. If you're around then please come along.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Shhh..

Not had chance to post much artwork recently but all for good reasons. I've just finished work on a commercial (I can't talk about it yet) which is set to go on tv and cinema release very soon. As soon as it's out I'll post a clip. I'm working on another project right now which I also can't talk about but hopefully will be able to soon..hooray for promoting secret work!
In the meantime, here are a couple of sketches of people from my travels.


Damned screening at BAFTA

I'm very happy to announce that Damned will be screening at BAFTA tonight as part of the 'NFTS' Stars of Tomorrow 2011' showcase!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard


I'm very pleased to announce that Damned has been selected to represent the National Film and Television School at this year's Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard. The festival takes place between the 5th and 9th October.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Canterbury Anifest


I'm pleased to announce that Damned has been selected for the Canterbury Anifest. We will be screening on Sunday 2nd October in the 'British Shorts' category. If you're around then please come along!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Tindirindis International Animation Film Festival


Damned has made its 5th festival! We will be screening at Tindirindis International Animation Festival in Lithuania in October!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Raining in London


I saw these two from the bus. Good old English summer weather.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Commute

I'm busy working on a commercial in Soho at the moment (amongst other things) but there is always time for sketching!


Friday, 5 August 2011

London International Animation Festival

Damned has been selected for the London International Animation Festival. We will be screening in the 'British Showcase' section in the Barbican on 1st September so if you're around then please come along!

Friday, 29 July 2011

Film Festival Della Lessinia

I'm pleased to announce that Damned has been officially selected for the 17th Film Festival Della Lessinia in Italy! We are screening on 25th August at the Teatro Vittoria in Bosco Chiesanuova so if you're around then please come along!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Honourable Mention at Vila do Conde


I'm very happy to announce that Damned received an 'Honourable Mention' in the Curtinhas Competition at Vila do Conde International Film Festival! A huge thank you to everybody involved at the festival and for all the people who came along to watch the film :)

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Puppet Design

I did some work on a stop-motion project recently, designing the main characters. I can't post any of the finished designs yet but here are some of the exploratory sketches for one of the characters (a retired dancer). This character underwent a major script change before settling on the final design which is why the designs are so varied.





The puppets are currently being made so as soon as I'm able I'll post a picture from the film. I can't wait to see how the designs translate from paper to 3-dimensional puppets.