Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas


This year I decided that it would be lovely to do an animated Christmas card, so Rhys and I went about putting together a christmas animation. Rhys did a wonderful job directing and designing the whole thing, and I did my bit by animating George. Here's my part in the card, the rest was superbly executed by Mr.Byfield:

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Trial by fire



Zippo flame from Hannah Lau-Walker on Vimeo.
First attempts at flames and smoke. However, as you can see the flame is a bit over active and the smoke isn't as interesting as it had potential to be. To be amended soon.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Layout Illustrations

Well I do appear to mainly be posting illustrations of late, so to keep in trend here are a few more. These are a few layout design for a pitch I did, and well I quite like them.









Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Tablet Man

A little tablet character that I designed for Specle went live today so I thought I would share him with you all.



Friday, 24 August 2012

Portraits for Friends

Unfortunately I am unable to post any animation work that I've been doing at the moment, so you'll have to settle with a painting that I crafted for a friends boyfriends birthday.

As you can see the proportions are a tad messed up, which was mainly due to the rush in which it was produced, after having put it off for a fair amount of time the deadline began to loom. The brief was to have both characters pushing a broken down car in a rather camp manner.


This is the first gouache painting I've managed to produce in the last two years, and I must admit that I didn't realise how much I missed producing things by hand. I was however apple + z'ing the table for a while at the beginning!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Despicable Me, original concept

For anyone who is a fan of Despicable Me, this is an interesting presentation by Sergio Pablos who originally pitched for the concept of the film. It's a great presentation in terms of seeing how a original concept transforms once it's been taken up by a larger studio.



Monday, 30 July 2012

Klik! Gif

It's been a long while since I've posted anything, and alas I cannot put up any new animations as they are yet to go live. However, I didn't recently get a little cycle into Klik! Gif alerts, which is rather lovely. If you'd like to have a little looks see click the link below - mines the egg and the egg man

http://www.klikamsterdam.nl/gif_alert_page.php

Friday, 1 June 2012

A Therapeutic Practise

I have not been posting a lot recently, but have instead become quite addicted to cross stitching.



Wednesday, 23 May 2012

The Eagleman Stag

I would just really like everyone to see this wonderful film, and take into consideration the epic task undertook by the student who crafted it. It really is wonderful, a pure treat!





Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Jamon



The trailer for an NFTS film that I had the pleasure of colouring. Enjoy!

Monday, 5 March 2012

Do ya Thing

After seeing the work of Jamie Hewlett being displayed at the Illumiante exhibition at the British Library on Friday night, it was really interesting to see his imagery turned into a 3D animation this morning. The detail and humour of this piece is really well crafted. It's lovely to see such a superb mix of 2D, 3D and live action.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Maks

I've been searching through old photos this morning for an animation idea, and came across these photos of masks I made a couple of years ago for a friends 21st. Thought I'd share them with you as regretfully no one really got to see them due restrictions they caused on the consumption of drinks.





Animation with iPad

Western Sunrise by Art Decade was the music that inspired this animation, directed by Whitney Alexander. It seems that the iPad2 was a great contributor to the production of this animation, Hockney isn't the only one utilising the iPad for the arts


Thursday, 16 February 2012

Need more liquor

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With the help of the wonderful Frankie (So Far), who was kind enough to do a redesign of my character, I feel I've got a little more well rounded lip sync for your eyes.

Sip & Repeat


Monday, 13 February 2012

Yayoi Kusama

Currently exhibiting at the Tate Modern is a large body of work from the artist Yayoi Kusama that I was luckily enough to have visited. I had entered the exhibition with no prior knowledge of Kusama and was quite unaware of what I was about to experience. I found myself leaving the exhibition quite overwhelmed by the amount of work she had produced and the in a way sad story of her journey.

Yayoi Kusama appears to me a woman consumed by her art, obsessed with creating abstract structres in an attempt to understand and present her world to the public. We see in her early pieces such as the 'Infinity Net' paintings with a repetitive circular gesture that is both obsessive and meditative, demonstrating her technical facility and stamina - characteristics that span her entire body of work. This almost compulsive practise leads onto her 'Compulsion Furniture' works that have a surreal quality, suggesting a 'dreamlike world in which an internal obsession is projected into the physical realm'.


From these works grew her first complete room installation 'Aggregation: One Thousand Boast Show' which fully immerse the viewer into her obsessively charged vision. We later see her 60s collage's using tightly packed accumulations of airmail stickers that with the sheer amount of stickers transforms the recognisable into the realms of the abstract. These obsessive works, with the use of repetitive imagery is powerful on many levels, not only in consideration to the creation of the pieces but mainly of how it reflects Kusama's perception of the world.

Kusama now resides in an hospital due to physical and psychological vulnerability, the piece that gave me more of an understanding of this was 'I'm Here, but Nothing' (2000/2012), a living room space covered in psychedelic dots. This piece made me quite emotional, we see how Kusama is representing her inner world in this installation, it is both fantastical and unsettling. On entering you find your vision impaired by the low lighting, the polka dots feel like interruptions of your own filed of vision making the experience rather disorientating. It's quite wonderful to experience a piece that you feel is so reflective of the artists experience.



One of Kusama's enduring obsessions is the depiction of infinite space, we see in her later works a use of mirrors, especially in her room installations. Kusama creates spaces in which the viewer can see themselves a hundred times over, one in particular that caught my attention was 'Narcissus Garden' (1966). Kusama wrote in relation to this piece "people seem enthralled as they see themselves 1500 times... when people see their own reflection multiplied to infinity they then sense that there is no limit to man's ability to project into endless space" - a idea that is both exhilarating as well as overwhelming. An installation that is recreated within the exhibition that reflects similar notions is 'Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life', which I have to admit was one of my favourite pieces. It is a mirrored room with what feels like a cosmos of lights, that left me with a feeling of joy and wonder. A real treat to end an exhibition with. I would recommend a visit if you have the time, I would admit to not understanding or relating to all Kusama's pieces, but she has an intriguing vision that is unique and captivating that makes the exhibition a worthwhile trip.


Friday, 3 February 2012

There is not enough liquor

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So here's the lip sync I've been working on recently. I think I need more acting lessons. My facial expressions are kind of lacking, but on a positive note the recognition of flaws allows one to move forward and better ones self. Fingers crossed that's true.

Monday, 30 January 2012

I gotta be honest with you

Last week I realised that since St.Martins I haven't worked on a lip sync of my own, so for I've decided to spend the next couple of weeks or so testing some lip syncs. The first of which I present to you now - it's nothing glamourous, just getting back into it with something nice and simple.


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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Dub of a Preacherman


Recently I've been told that I could try straying away from the traditional human figure in terms of character design. When it comes to designing characters they all start out wonderfully unique and bizarre in my sketchbook, but as soon as I open flash the character begin to morph back into dull standard human like design. The video above however has inspired me, as well as some kind words from a friend of mine, to really push myself to use more interesting shapes in my designs. I also really love this animation, and track!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Happy Chinese New Year!! So today is obviously a day for wearing lots of red, as it's very lucky in Chinese culture. So the red tee is on, but has had to be covered up by the arrival of my brand new tshirt from Hugh Leeman, which was literally posted through my door moments ago.


Leeman prints his street art on tshirts, which he then gives away to the inner city residents of San Francisco, not just individually but also in bulk. This allows homeless "vendors" to sell them and keep the profits. By purchasing these tshirts online, you have the ability to fund and support this project, so you don't just get an awesome tshirt but the money goes towards something really positive.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Inky Goodness

So a long while ago I designed a tattoo for a friend of mine, which was kind weird. I mean the idea that something I drew was going to be permanently engraved (obviously unless he got it lasered off) on a human body is a little freaky, as well as kind of cool. Here's a snap of the illustration and the final ink:


So now I'm working on another, for a the lovely Miss Tittley, the first draft is looking a little something like this, so if you see any glaring errors for a pirate ship let me know now:


Thursday, 19 January 2012

I miss long locks

So after having my hair cut AGAIN, I am beginning to miss long hair. Not only is my neck cold, but I am constantly doodling girls like the ones above in my sketchbook. Winter is not the time for short hair.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

New year. New showreel.


Updated showreel, with some schoolwork, intern and freelancing jobs smushed into a minute, twenty seven

Monday, 16 January 2012

Hypnotise me with you colours and shapes


Nano Projections, the work of Paul Skiart. His work is wonderfully hypnotic, created with a set of random liquids simply reacting. It's a delight to see the liquids forming into different shapes, you can even make out little characters forming some only for a second, others for longer moving randomly across the space.

Google Science Fair


Before Christmas I had the pleasure of working for Google at the wonderful Across the Pond Productions studio. The project was 'Google Science Fair', and the animation was crafted by Motion Graphics Designer Michael Brookes.

Trolley fun.


Designs for an intro animation for the C-12 Dance Theatre studio

Animal Sketches

Some sketches from the Natural History Museum and the Hunterian Museum - which if you haven't been to I highly recommend, it's in Holborn and it's free! The scans are overexposed, but that's because the scanner I was given as a wonderful gift I can't really use.





Intimidation of the White

You may find, like I do, that sometimes starting a new project can be quite daunting. Maybe it's not even a new project, but a new page of your sketch book. Standing before you is the white abyss, the expectation of greatness, the fear of mistakes - all of that and you haven't even put pen to paper. So in light of my struggle with the blank canvas, I have, through pure accident found a way to overcome the fear and let my creative flow a little more loosely when it comes to think up characters.




Here it is, my "great" discovery. Paper mache fish! Whilst rooting around my garage, because well that's how I like to spend my evenings, I came across a discarded paper mache fish, covered in crappy paint and spider webs. Rather than throw him away I decided to clean him up, and give him a fresh white coat of paint. Then whilst watching TV I found myself doodling on him. Random characters began appearing, different features, shapes, sizes, all  based around the simple premise of drawing something with eyes, mouth/beak, roundish body, wings and feet.


It might sound a little odd, or completely mundane, or like something you might try. I just thought I would share my little discovery with you, as I have found it rather helpful drawing onto an abstract canvas, as to release some tension from the desire to craft a interesting character.

Walk with me, it's been a while


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