Wednesday, 28 September 2011

YCN AWARDS FILM



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Hi All,
A couple of weeks back I was very kindly asked by the good folks at YCN to host the student awards. To accompany my presentation I was asked to make a short animation about my work.
This was very exciting opportunity, because I have never made an animation, so It was great to see how my style would translate in this medium. To help me in this task I collaborated with the amazingly talented duo PLASTIC HORSE who made my drawings come alive. It was an amazing experience to work this way because normally I would draw characters that are static but have certain visual elements that give the sense of movement, but with this project I actually had the opportunity to see those actions from start to finish, which also provided much inspiration for more advanced movement.
I also had the chance to add sound to the piece and narration. which was both was both nerve racking and exciting. The sound wasn't nerve racking, as I collaborated with sound experts BOX OF TOYS, who made the best sound tack and sound effects for the characters (I particularly enjoy the man scratching his head and mumbling). The nerve racking part was definitively the the narration, as I'm not used to hearing it recorded. But it was fun going into a sound studio to record it.
On the whole I'm really please with how it has came out and this has given me great insensitive to work with animation on future projects.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Good Day


Hi Everyone,
Had a bit of spare time today between certain projects. So it was really nice to just do a spot of drawing for myself. Here are a few examples of some.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

NIDO MAGAZINE












Hello all,
Got a really nice gift in the post today. It was from Nido magzine, who a couple of weeks back asked me to do a some of illustrations for their stories page. It was really great to illustrate a story as It something that I haven't done much of recently. The story was about a boy that finds a magic ball on the beach while on holiday and through lots of trial and error the ball teaches the boy to play football like a true champion. The story was a really exciting exercise, because the subject matter is something that I would not naturally have picked, so I ended up drawing some
pretty new and different things. I really enjoy projects like these as I feel they keep my work and brain fresh. I look forward to doing more work like this in the future.

Thanks to NIDO for sending me the magazine.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

TWITTER FOR BD


Hi All,
here is a little quick turn-around job that I did for building design magazine.
It was for BD's beginners guide to twitter. I really enjoy doing quick projects like this one
because I feel that I often pursue the first set of ideas, were usually I would spend more time at the rough stage. I think this process drives me work outside of my comfort zone
and produces some exciting and fresh results.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

IDEAS ILLUSTRATED


Hello all,
really sorry that I haven't blogged for a while, I've been very busy moving studio.
But Its been safely moved now, so things should resume as normal from now on.
Anyway here is a piece which I was asked to do by the good folks at YCN, its an image for their beautifully designed quarterly house publication called IDEAS ILLUSTRATED. Each magazine
has one main theme which the Illustrators represented by YCN have to visually (and textually) respond too. The theme for this issues was re-location, I really enjoyed this as point of
departure/inspiration and thought of the idea of a mass migration of people using what-ever transport they could get their hands on. It was a really great chance to try to think of as many forms
of transport as possible and to stretch out of my comfort zone. It was also an oppertunity to invent some new characters and their preferred modes of transport.
Also the magazine was all printed using off-set lithography, which is a process that I have never used as a reproduction method for my work. So it was amazing to see how pencil crayon textures
came though using this method and I'm really happy with how it has come out. I think that seeing this has given me great confidence in using this method for future reproduction of my
work.
If you would like a copy of the magazine it is available to buy online from YCN here.
(it can also be purchased from other selected outlets, check here for details)

Thanks again to YCN for involving me in this amazing project.