Thursday, 30 October 2014

digital dust

here's some drawings and sketches i just found on my mac. hopefully i've come a long way since doing these, but i still really like them. there's a nice range of styles coming through them all. i actually used this bunch to apply for a Disney Trainee position. having got the position i turned it down....of course......

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

life drawing class 03

here are week three's life drawings. i'm already becoming more familiar with the human anatomy, even if this session was with a clothed model. the usual challenge i face is keeping the head in correct proportion. the same with the hands - they are always far too small. so, as of this session, i've purposely been drawing both too big, or so i thought. they are starting to look a lot better, in line with the rest of the figure. also, and a BIG also, i used charcoal for this session....something i usually detest! i always get far too messy with it and end up having everything too crowded with messy blotches, lines etc....too much even for me, even. however, i really liked using charcoal for these drawings; i may give them another chance.

45 minutes

40 mintues

five minutes (red chalk)

30 seconds each

five minutes

two minutes

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

figurative drawings

a couple of people relaxing in Norwich....and a pigeon.

life drawing class 02

some more drawings from my second life drawing class....of late.

five minute and 20 minutes sketch

30 minutes

40 minutes

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Your Face Global Jam

Bill Plympton is doing another Global Jam! this time for his 1987 Oscar-Nominated short "Your Face", without a doubt his greatest piece of work. as i'm a bit of a fan, i'll be taking part...again!

for those of you who don't know, "Your Face" is a short caricatured animation in which a hand-drawn man, in a formal suit, sings to a screwball type of song all the while twisting and transforming into different shapes and sizes. and that's it! however, drawn so well with only coloured pencils, the fantastically animated, dimensionally changing, constant perspective warping character lead Plympton to gain global recognition with his first Oscar-nomination.

the way the jam works is pretty simple. us "Jammers" from all over the world have been given a three second segment of original audio from the short, to which we will animate to. the only restrictions we have, to maintain continuity, is that our characters should try and line up with the characters prior to and after our shots. anything else in between we can do what we like. 

here's a link to the Facebook page.

i'm going to go mad with watercolours on this. here's a few designs for my character.

my shot for Plympton's previous jam, "Guard Dog Global Jam".

Monday, 30 June 2014

Figurative drawings

Some practise with drawing hands, feet, faces and general life drawing. I went to my first session, in Norwich, in a long time the other day...I vow to keep going weekly to improve my figurative drawing.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Animation Showreel 2014

Animation_Showreel_2014 from michael blackman on Vimeo.

up-to-date showreel mainly showing latest work for Epipheo Studios.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Duggal Visual Solutions

my latest animation; for Duggal, a digital communications company.

Duggal from michael blackman on Vimeo.

all design, assets and animation created by myself for Epipheo Studios.
sound effects, VO and music created by Epipheo Studios.

Friday, 17 January 2014

more Photoshop sketch n colour

another spontaneous digital sketch. 

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Photoshop sketch n colour

a spontaneous, quick and mad perspectival sketch in Photoshop, followed by some nice contrasting colours.