The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

For the last six months I’ve been a storyboard artist on The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, working for Wild Child as part of an amazing team. The series is based on Liz Pichon’s bestselling Tom Gates books. The first episodes are now on Sky Kids in the UK, either as part of a Sky subscription or through Now TV. Watch the trailer below!

Jonah Music Video

Over the last few months I’ve been working on something really special – something a bit different from anything I’ve made before. Rachel Zylstra, a singer-songwriter based in Edinburgh, asked me to create a music video for one of the tracks on her new album On Faith.

You can watch the result below!

Life Drawing, 31st December

I made it along to some of the epic eight-hour life drawing marathon organised by Deryck Henley on New Year’s Eve. It was great to do some drawing from (digital) life – it had been a few months, and I was very rusty.

These poses were modelled by Anna and Mariano.

CTN Live – It All Began Five Years Ago

Five years ago I was in LA attending the CTN expo as part of an animation industry group from Scotland. Today, as part of CTN Live (sign up now if you haven’t already – it’s free!) we’re having a reunion to discuss the trip and where we are now.

It All Began 5 Years Ago: Scotland Animation Industry Reunion

The panel discussion is at 11am PST (7pm GMT) on Wednesday 18th November.

A recording may be available later – I’ll update this post with more information if so. View the schedule here to find out more!

Some of the group visiting the Disney Studio lot – pictures by Fraser MacLean

Wild Life Drawing – Wolves

Wild Life Drawing hosts live drawing sessions with animals in the UK. I sadly haven’t ever been able to go to any of their in-person classes, but I have now attended online!

Last week I joined in a Zoom drawing class featuring three wolf-dogs from Watermill Wolves. A lot of little mannerisms reminded me of my own dog, but I enjoyed studying and exaggerating the differences!

Morna and Alistair

Morna and Alistair are from a story I’ve been working at over the last few months. As they both get older in it I’ve been trying to find characters that work at different ages. These quick doodles I did after work are the first ones I feel capture their characters.

Badger Prints For Sale

My badger sketches have proved popular, so I’ve had some lovely A4 prints made! You can purchase them using the buttons below.

A4 Signed Badger Print – UK only

Print on uncoated 350gsm card. Signed in pencil. Price includes postage within the UK.

£20.00

A4 Signed Badger Print – Worldwide

Print on uncoated 350gsm card. Signed in pencil. Price includes postage worldwide.

£25.00

Character Sketching – Fantasy Creature

It’s taken me far too long to post these sketches from this session where Daniella Traub modelled as a ‘fantasy creature’!

Through the evening I explored different versions of the character – more elfin, a wild girl of the woods, a villain.

Costumed Drawing – Maiden

Last week I was finally able to catch the free costumed drawing session CTN is running before it vanished from YouTube! As it’s a recording I was able to skip back and forward a bit as I pleased, so though poses were between two and seven minutes I spent less time on some and more time on others.