Monday, 16 December 2013


some styles i created for a recent project. the style i originally had in mind for this project was along the lines of Neo Tokyo...the inspiration for this was from the backgrounds in Ohtomo's Akira. i really wanted to push the colours, all the while maintaining a strong, dark atmosphere.

here is the final product! i shall take you through how i achieved this.

Photoshop. i use the polygonal lasso tool to cut angular shapes into my canvas. (this is a very common direction in my workflow for design. i find that straight edges really add to strong perspective, something i consistently strive toward in my work). on top of the basic dark building scape, i have added some detail for windows...they mustn't be too contrasting to the structures, as this will be my background.

 starting to add depth, i've added more buildings with varying colours for lit windows. you can start to see the neon colours come through.

as we get closer to the foreground, i add more neon colours. as mentioned before, i am highly fond of perspective. however...this doesn't mean it needs to be correct. the disjointed feel of the buildings adds to the overwhelming cityscape.

finally, the foreground. this is the most strongly contrasted layer of building blocks.

i add my deep red background and begin to overlay (blending mode) some angular orange lighting, both between background and foreground layers.

coming to a close i add even more orange lighting, turning each layer's opacity up or down to maintain a balance. also you'll see i've added some rough textures for a slightly grungy adds imperfection... i like imperfections.

and that's it!! by adding some further grading and level adjustments over all my layers, i have a dark and colourful, vast Neo Tokyo-esque cityscape.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

styles and colour scripts

Here are some styles I produced, which unfortunately never made it. I certainly think they look nice, however - the colour in particular.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Mickey Rourke painting.

just trying out a few Photoshop brushes for this weird and colourful portrait.

Monday, 22 July 2013

old big nosed bald bloke Photoshop sketch

it's not often i sketch/ paint in Photoshop, so here's a handful of gold dust!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013


just saw this on youtube. all assets an animation created by myself.

produced by Epipheo Studios.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Annecy 2013

im currently planning my trip to Annecy in June to check out all of the latest films, especially in animation. ambitious as it sounds.....rather, ambitious as it is.... im going to work my absolute TUKAS off to get an entry in. ive got until February 15th to get a film delivered. so i have roughly three weeks. im only looking at around one minutes worth of animation, which will be limited, and might involve some serious looping. but what the hell! i have an idea already and you can see a storyboard in progress below. i wont give much else away, but you could say its loosely based on current popular T.V. show "Come Dine with Me".

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

background experiment

i really like perspective drawing. rigid angles, randomly placed vanishing points. the sketch below is incorrect...intentionally (youll notice the CafĂ© entrance does not follow to the left left point). anyway...i took this little Moleskine sketch to Photoshop. i didnt want to add anymore detail, just very simple blocky shapes....a bit like Lou Romano's colourscripts for The Incredibles.....only a lot simpler. 

sketch stage, with my #2 pencil.

using the polygonal lasso tool i introduced simple shapes to define hilights and shadows. see how ive shaken it up a bit by swapping the middletones and shadows. its far more effective!

this too is very effective. take away the original sketch and youre left with some very satisfying silhouettes. silhouettes are awesome, they just radiate film noir.....does that work? maybe its a paradox.

a little bit of photoshop

i put one of my latest drawings into photoshop and spiced things up a bit, adding layers for colour and definition. really happy with this. its literally my line drawing layer set to multiply, on top of a flat coloured layer, with added burn and dodge. pretty simple, yet effective.

when i bring my work into digital, i try to leave myself as little as possible to do. i dont want to lose any natural feel to my drawing. i like imperfections and scratches. i wouldnt want to lose that.....ever!!!

im starting to find my own style. ive always liked angles and perspective drawings. so im really trying to put this into my character design. and i think it works. plus, especially in animation, you cant get a cleaner edge than a straight one. meaning having clear, readable silhouette poses should be an absolute breeze........right?......

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

some recent sketches

on the train, on pixelovely, in Norwich....sketching anything, anywhere, anytime is vital! these are purely figurative pencil sketches, my favourite.