Monday, 30 March 2015

Lavender Hill Studios - Foundation Course

I recently just finished a 10 week drawing and painting course that I did every Saturday morning at 'Lavender Hill Studios' which is an art school based in Battersea. It was a real treat and overall a great experience. The lecturers at the studio are professional artists that have studied in this field for years. They are the friendliest bunch and couldn't be more approachable. Painting was something I never quite understood but having a few lessons I feel I can handle it a little better. The studio space and selection of casts to study are fantastic so if you want to get stuck into drawing and painting, I highly recommend this place.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Rough Character Animation - Sudocake

Last week, our company just released a bunch of new skill games and I had the opportunity to work on a couple of them. I animated this chef character for a desktop and ipad game called 'Sudocake'. It's sudoku but the look and design is all based around baking and cakes! Sometimes sudoku can be a little dry to look at so Sudocake makes it really appealing and fun to play! The character and the game itself was designed by
 Giulia Rivolta (check out her stuff, she's amazing!). I really had alot of fun animating this little guy and trying to find his personality. The round shapes and curves makes this game so appealing and I just love the style! Hope you like them!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Honey Plot

Below is 'The Honey Plot' a 2D short animation which was originally an idea I pitched in my final year at 'The Arts University College Bournemouth' (which is now 'Arts University Bournemouth', AUB) as a graduation project. I directed the short alongside my friend Benjy Parnell-King and we also had a very talented team of people that helped develop the idea and make it what it is. It was an intense project but overall a great experience. Everyone that helped out worked so hard on this so I have huge respect for you guys, thank you so much!

2013 was an exciting year for this animation because it won 'The Royal Television Society Southern Centre Student Television Awards 2012' for best student animation 2012. We were in the same category as our colleagues from the university that created a stop-motion short called 'Marionette'. Check it out, it's one superb animation! 

Since then 'The Honey Plot' has been shown all over the world in places such as Hungary, USA, China, Israel and many places around the UK. Below is just a jumble of some early and late designs that I did for the project. I had pages of sketches so I just chose the ones I liked best. Hope you like them aswell! : )

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Warm Up Animations

My animation line manager Jack came up with a great animation idea that we've started this week. Every morning before we start work we have to do an animation of whatever we like to warm up but we only have 10 minutes to do it in so, it's about thinking fast and being confident with what you want to create. It's a brilliant exercise and it's exciting to see what ideas other people have going through there minds aswell. Well worth trying out if you're an animator. You can view all the animations so far on the link above so check it out!