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.