Saturday, 28 November 2015

Pigtails and Scavenger hunts

I forgot I was dressed like a 12 year old today to do my groceries.  Took me a moment to realise why I was being stared at (and being banged at through a shop window but whatever) 

Anyway! Update!  :- D I'm no longer a trainee at work! I'm also constantly tired recently. Thus.. less posts. But, you know I love you all regardless right? Sure you do.

In the space of time I didn't blog I did my usual things. Getting lost on public transport, trying to scavenger hunt art down in a crazy Global scavenger hunt. Overdose on coffee at London Bridge station, the usual.

Sadly I didn't manage to get an art piece, although I tragically managed to get there just as they were picking it up.  (The second time I ran past the hiding spot, the sky weeped for me.)

So! It was V for Vendetta, I'd been refreshing the Hunt page occasionally when I was waiting for my computer to save stuff. Suddenly! The hint for the hunt was up.

I fled work after panicking and working out where it was with fellow storyboarder Chess (with permission of course, my producer is mint) Legging it onto a tube to St Bartholomew's.

As I got there, there was a guy stood in the entrance of the little church parcel in hand. I didn't want to stare to much...I probably did though


In seriousness I really enjoyed partaking, I had a chat with the gentleman who had found the art and congratulated him before heading back to work as it if I hadn't ran across North London like a crazy person. It was great.

But to commemorate the fun I did draw myself a consolation doodle so I wouldn't forget my adventure (because I was running around London at like 10pm a few nights later for the same cause like the rebel I am.)

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Knock Knock

So! Recently I was asked to do some illustration work for a friend. Where I was born has a beautiful cathedral, and with that comes the sanctuary knocker. As the name suggests, any one who knocked on the cathedral door and claimed sanctuary would be allowed into the wall and to safety.  Its beautiful but a bit creepy. As a kid I always thought if it ever were to be a real head it would of eaten me in a second.  

This is what I was asked to create, finishing off the edging it occurred to me it would make an amazing creature.

So I figured why not right? Already illustrated it once, why not try and base a character off it?
I've posted the process below. 

Rough Clean ups
Colour base

Cleanup Last round

Final Colour

To be honest the 3rd version is probably my favourite, Just because it's probably the clearest, but! This is what this is about, just gotta push things and pull them back when you can..

Anways! I love the oxidisation of the metals on the original, so that stayed with but I've kept it very loosely based, blockier I guess, because it feels like it would be a heavy creature.

Till next time!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Th-Th-Thats all Folks!

Belated Happy Birthday to Bugs Bunny! I celebrated by drawing Daffy Duck and his wonderful expressions during Rabbit Season at 2am in the morning the other week. Channel 5 came into the studio and did a segment on how Looney Tunes inspired this generation of film makers.

 Bet Daffy Duck didn't get flipping news reports on him when he hit his milestones!

Looney Tunes and the respected characters belong to Warner Bros.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015


Hello precious people

I'm still alive! Recently I feel this is the only thing I say when I come on here. Above you can see an example that I am still about and still drawing. Unfortunately most of it goes on work! Things have gotten pretty hectic but in a good way because I'm now directing a short film for my studio! For... wait for it...virtual reality goggles! Also known as cardboard/oculus. How unreal and exciting.  

It sometimes feels like we've hit the future the past set out for us, at least in our creative works. Virtual reality, hover boards e.g. all feel like the Jetson's, or 80's film hijinks. Its strange to see how we as humanity grow and very scary sometimes too.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Gerroffa ma Lawn!

Ah! The joys of briefs! The sadness of not getting them complete until after the flipping deadline.

Thankfully this brief was for fun however, so while I'm sad I didn't get to enter it wasn't the end of the world. It also happened to be over an incredibly busy week for me! So even working in my free time, there wasn't much free time to work with :'/

Anyway! I had to design an old man with the aim that he'd be able to dance and throw crazy shapes. I went through a few design before settling one of these two.

I always worry my character designs look the same so! I do try and shake things up where I can (not that this could be called shaken up haha.)

Here's probably what I'd of entered if I'd gotten done on time!! Whether it would of been chosen is another matter I guess, but it was nice to draw something different. I call him Wallace and in him is a spirit meant to dance. You can see where I've touched him up from his line art and from his initial sketches too!  haha~

"Gerroffa mah Hip hoppity lawn gosh darn it!"

Friday, 27 February 2015

Fox with a triangle

You don't hear from me for ages and then you get inundated with sketches! Daily Doodle from my Twitter . :-)

Next update will probably be research drawings.

Thursday, 26 February 2015


Shape and Energy doodles from last year just before my move! Featuring my lovely cat Chico.

Sunday, 22 February 2015


Hello! Firstly Thank you for staying with me despite the massive break in updates =)

Its basically due to moving to the opposite end of the country. Anyway I'll rewind and explain whats happening in my personal life so this all makes sense.

In November multiple things happened, I had finished updating my site as suggested in my last post (which you can see here)  So it's looking a lot better than my old one :) hooray!

I also went to the Bradford Animation festival with Sunderland University students and saw some fantastic work.

It also saw me hailing in a new job, which excitingly enough is in storyboarding! I now work for Blue Zoo as a trainee. How neat is that!? Anyway, if your not too certain storyboarding involves taking the script or pitching ideas in visual dialogue. Aka drawn up panels with layout.

Although London's a little overwhelming I love the studio and the people, and the show's so cool! Miffy is airing internationally so hey, maybe some of you few readers with tiny human's might even catch one of the episodes I've worked or rev'd on? The team behind it are all very talented. Anyway basically I'm super grateful and can't go into much detail as of now (maybe once things are cleared? Who knows)

So far in my near 3 month stay here I've managed to go to a WIA (Women in Animation) workshop and see a talk on Big Hero 6 by Zach Parrish. Both were phenomenal.

The WIA workshop was an introduction on communication in the work place and how to do so effectively. It was also a great place to meet some really interesting people.

The Big Hero 6 talk was completely unexpected. I booked myself onto a waiting list for SIGGRAPH 2015 talk (Thanks SIGGRAPH!) and apparently someone super kind was looking down on me because i got a ticket in. Mr Parrish was a really good speaker and seemed very humble, and very helpful in understanding the work and the technology that went into the film. Inspiring :)

I'd love to put some of my stuff up properly but I think I've passed my limit and you've probably stopped reading by now. SO! Till next time, heres a Daily Doodle I did today for the #Goliath tag...