Tuesday, 28 February 2012


Well, while my opening scene is taking it's sweet time rendering, here's another update on the construction of my "cake world". Still needs candyfloss clouds, sweets, textures, icing, hundreds and thousands, gummy bears, lollipops, sweeties, a chocolate river, character's... What!? character's as well? Fuck my life...

No sleep for me...

Again wish me luck :(


Monday, 27 February 2012

With a Cherry on Top

Man Cinema 4D is annoying with the render times! But anyways this bad boy is DONE! Well at least this opening scene, finally animated and ready to be rendered on the Mac Pro Towers!

Here is another screenshot to keep you updated,

if you're interested...

Eyes are melting...


This Week's Targets

Just a list of things needed for completion by the 2nd March for "Work Based Learning"

  • Finish animating opening scene and render
  • Build "Cake World" and render
  • Animate characters and Composite in After Effects
  • Add Sound and finish final video 1024 x 576
Wish Me Luck!!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

I need some planets...

Hey guys,

Started creating my environment for my E4 animation, starting on the opening scene in cinema 4D, this baby is still a work in progress but she's not looking too shabby!

On another note been playing with the sky tool, that thing is sweet! You can change the time of day and everything, make a rainbow, create fluffy clouds ;) paint distant moons on the horizon line.

Anyways here's a screenshot of my progress.

P.s That big grey lump of rock WILL be my cake world lol just not got round to it yet! Thought I'd build my confidence setting the environment up first! Enjoy

Cheers for watching,


Monday, 20 February 2012


Most def finished now, well and truly done with this image and ALL of it's alternative's! My first digital painting in PS CS5 with alternative background, Painting spaces cape was a bit annoying and a pain.



Sunday, 19 February 2012

"Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life"

Some screenshots on the progress of "Adam", working on the imperfections/pores/freckles of the skin and lighting

Cheers for watching guys!


Saturday, 18 February 2012

Just A Quickie...

A test scene for my animation, practicing in Cinema 4D, this was created from scratch in a single class.

Incorporating the use of lighting such as casting shadows and global lighting, along with texturing.

Cheers guys.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Trying New Things...

Well been struggling with my character design skills recently, Everything I try to do turns out to be a beautifully rendered "real" person as opposed to real "design", and when I do draw something simple it ends up looking creepy! 

So my tutor gave me some books from pictoplasma to try and draw some inspiration from contemporary character design, toys and animation.

So here's my quest to learn how to not draw anymore :S

A few experiments from todays 'class'

All done with a brush pen and indian ink.



Monday, 13 February 2012

Eden Diminishing

2 Alternative digital painting studies in preparation for an overall bigger piece.

Cheers folks.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

A Work In Progress

Just a couple of screen shots to show you the process of my first digital painting, she's coming along quite well and I'm still learning as I go along!

Finished working on her facial features, didn't want to go crazy
with make up and things as she is the first woman!

Started work on the hair using a few custom brushes
trying to get the lighting and texture right.

The Notorious apple...

Cheers guys and thanks for watching!

Digital Painting

Hey guys,

Another update and my first ever attempt at digital painting! She's a work in progress but you can probably expect to see a completed version pretty soon!

Yeah, it's pretty early in the morning, most people are out partying...

anyways thanks for watching! :P

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


Just a quick update with regards to my "Final Piece" for my practice enrichment module, here's "Eve" to go along with "Adam"...

Done using a Pentel Brush pen with black and grey inks, no reference was used whatsoever...

Thanks for watchin' guys.

Sunday, 5 February 2012


I recently went to see Sleeping Beauty the Scottish Ballet at the Theatre Royal which was a joy to watch and to hear, the band was amazing and probably inspired me more than the show!

Anyways before going to see the ballet I made some more 1-2 minute gestures from film purely to try and loosen up and draw something other than a disney pretty girl or wolverine...

One thing I did learn with regards to animation is the power of the human body and the importance of the "pose" and how vital it is to storytelling, the ballet is totally silent (apart from the band) and so the dancers have to use their body to convey emotion, story and feeling. A slight twist in the hips, tension of the shoulders or a slight turn of the head can say so, so much.

The more variations of art I see and listen to, the more I see they are the same and a feeling of oneness comes over you, animation is such a joy and is a culmination of all the arts, it is acting, dancing, singing, drawing, painting, comedy, drama, fantasy... You can do and be anything you can imagine, when watching the ballet you can sometimes hear the scuffle of a foot and you realise you are in a theatre, where animation can truly make you forget you are watching an animation and transport you to another place.

Cheers guys.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Practice Enrichment

Hey guys, just thought I'd give you an update on my "Final Piece" for my practice enrichment module.

This is just a pre-study working on composition and a basic concept. This guy was our life model from which I made extensive graphite studies so that I could work on composition and colour away from class. This is another study made from those made in graphite.

Realised with a Pentel Brush Pen in both black indian ink and grey ink...

Plan on maybe creating this quite large in traditional media, or perhaps digitally colouring it...



Thursday, 2 February 2012

Animation Production

Thought I would post some work from my animation production module. The opening sequence created in C4D, a fully realised coloured piece in PS and then finally some personality animation of my Yeti character, Keys only.

For some reason a lot of the edges were cut out from rendering this when everything was set at 1024 x 576 when all of my clips were that size anyways!? Kind of annoying...

But yeah hope you dig...

Thanks for watching guys.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio

A criminal and genius beyond his years, who's art would later encompass the Baroque movement.

Caravaggio is one of my favourite painters and who's legacy was so shrouded in mystery because of his very nature, however we can now understand the importance of his works years down the line and give him the acclaim he 'deserved'.

I believe that in all the arts of the modern world, no one puts to use the teachings of the old ways such as animator's. They must learn form, anatomy and vitality in their drawing as well as understanding composition, lighting and expression.

Caravaggio and the 'Baroque' would come to replace 'Mannerism' in which paintings and art was an ideal, an un-naturalistic, almost formal and sophisticated style often depicting the divine. However with the Catholic church wanting new art to compete with the rise of Protestantism, they turned to Michelangelo Merisi, who's art was 'real' and 'emotional' his subjects were commoners of the streets, often violent and bloody cast in dramatic lighting. Caravaggio's paintings ripped away the barrier of the frame and dropped you right in the thick of the action, you didn't just look at his paintings, you felt them.

In this way Caravaggio is an important artist to me, as an animator, because he chose to affect his audience on an emotional level, he pushed the boundaries and no one had been more influential since Michelangelo Di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.

Victorious Cupid

The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew
The Vocation of Saint Matthew
Judith and Holophernes

Saint Matthew and the Angel
David with the Head of Goliath

I could go on further about his life, and his run ins with the law, as well as his many self portraits in his paintings, such as his decapitated head above (David with the Head of Goliath) but hopefully I would have inspired you to carry out your own research and appreciation of his paintings.

Thanks for watching,


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