‘Klaus’ Clean Up, Part II

Part I A brief note about some of the terms I use: keys, breakdowns, and inbetweens are names for different drawings in animation. Keys are ‘extreme’ poses that tell the story. Breakdowns show how (slowly, angrily, passionately) the character moves from one key to the next. Inbetweens are ‘in between’ all the others, usually halfwayContinue reading “‘Klaus’ Clean Up, Part II”

‘Klaus’ Clean Up, Part I

Last year I worked as a clean up artist on the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning Klaus. SellOut Animation, based in Edinburgh, worked on scenes outsourced from the main studio, SPA, in Madrid. From May until August I joined the team, cleaning up a variety of shots and characters from throughout the film. It was a steepContinue reading “‘Klaus’ Clean Up, Part I”

Animation Workshops, Summer 2019

For the third year running I’ve taught animation workshops at a creative arts holiday (ages 12-18) over the summer. The last two years I’ve focused on morphing workshops, but I decided to try something a little different this time. I introduced the idea of emotions in characters and how to translate that clearly to anContinue reading “Animation Workshops, Summer 2019”

Life Drawing, 15th January

Katrina modelled at this special ‘animation’ life drawing session with short poses. Normally there are poses from 2 minutes up, but we had several 1 minute poses and (after I begged) some 30 second ones too. We began with a sequence of 1 minute poses. There were several longer poses dotted about through the session.Continue reading “Life Drawing, 15th January”

Morphing Workshops

I led more high school-age animation workshops this year, expanding on the morphing workshop from last year. This time everyone who took part was in complete control of their own piece of animation between their character and the next person’s. Whether the character melts, explodes, shatters, or morphs, this was planned out in thumbnails beforeContinue reading “Morphing Workshops”

Pigeon Crumbs – Animatic

Recently I’ve been working on an storyboard about a pigeon who finds the mother of all crumbs, but discovers eating it isn’t all that simple. Here’s the result! Based on a true story … Sound effects copyright BBC

Animation Workshops

Recently I taught some animation workshops for groups of mainly high school aged children and youth. This is the first time I’ve taught animation in any depth, though I ran one workshop on pixelation a few years ago. My main goal was to give a basic framework for people to think about animation in aContinue reading “Animation Workshops”

Animation Base Camp – Bee

If you haven’t seen my previous storyboards from the Animation Base Camp, you may want to start here or here. The story revolves around odd-couple animals at a therapist’s office. The scene below, featuring a bee, was worked on by several different people throughout the Base Camp. I’d recommend looking at Erin’s version – she’s the oneContinue reading “Animation Base Camp – Bee”

trypraying Concept Art

I designed, storyboarded and animated this video for trypraying. The trypraying booklet is a seven-day prayer guide which encourages people to try praying for a week and see what happens. Some of my concept art for the project is below. I began with some rough character sketches from the script. From the outset I wanted designsContinue reading “trypraying Concept Art”

Create

I’ve been going along to several events at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this week. As part of the EIFF’s Youth Hub events I took part in a filmmaking competition. Each entry had to be made in under a week, and include the dialogue “young and the wild” and the prop of a mobile phone.Continue reading “Create”

New Portfolio and Showreel

I thought it was time for an update of my portfolio and showreel! Here’s a peek: click on the image to view the full portfolio. My latest animation showreel, featuring Maya and paper animation: Music: “Dial Up” by Kris Oliver http://www.krisoliver.com Paper Animation (Photoshop / ToonBoom): All character, background and colour design by myself. MayaContinue reading “New Portfolio and Showreel”