Thursday, 4 February 2016

Character sheets

These are some characters I created for an insert for a sports programme.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Design work I am currently working on

I have just completed work on designing and rigging these characters for Celacton 2D animation.  I think that the Octopus character is going to be a challenge.  Each leg is a deformer and so there is a lot going on.  This is my first time designing and rigging for Celaction as I have previously animated in Flash CC.  I'm hoping that all the ground work I have laid down will pay off when it comes to the final animated product.  I'm very excited to get to grips with Celacton 2D, the possibilities for traditional animation this programme offers are endless.

Inspiration through out this project has come from the current animated series 'Sarah and Duck'.  Cartoon Saloon's 'Song of the Sea' inspired how I went about creating the backgrounds.  Tomm Moore's exceptional skill of layout and composition of scenes is fantastic.  It is something I strive to push as a skill.  I really appreciate the power of designing a shot so that you can guide a viewer through it.  Hayao Miyazaki's work is of great influence also.  The sense of humanity in any Studio Ghibli production is what makes their work stand out to me.  I hope to achieve this in the animation of each character in this production.

I wanted to create a feeling of possibility and humanity in my characters.  I feel that this is the underlying theme in a lot of the character work created by the studios I previously mentioned.  I feel that the characters I have created are warm and inviting with a strong appeal.  

As I progress through out my animation career it is becoming more and more evident to me that character and background design is my main passion.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Salman and Aisha

This is the opening shot to one of the twelve new episodes of Salman and Aisha (Series 2) that I have in production at the moment.  In this episode Granddad takes the kids out to sea in his submarine to count the marine life.

Illustration of Whale and calf