Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Monday, 24 October 2011

Sunday, 23 October 2011

More Storyboards from Horrid Henry and the Climbing Frame Clincher

Here is another scene from the episode of Horrid Henry that I boarded. I especially enjoyed this sequence as it involved the boys doing a military style assault on the frame and of course the girls win out in the end.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Traditional Animation in The Tale of Despereaux

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Here is a short piece of traditional animation I did for the Universal pictures release. One of the directors Rob Stevenhagen, a man who I greatly admire, was keen to include some traditional animation in the film and I was assigned the task after completing my storyboarding duties. The test above is the version that I like best - the movement is simplified a little in the final cut with Despereaux's shadow just raising his sword without the little swivel into the raise. As this is my blog I can use the version I am happy with :P !

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Character Concepts

Some character development art for a forthcoming project. More designs, development art and info to follow soon!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

More Traditional Animation samples


Here are some samples of a short piece of traditional animation I am doing for my self. Whilst I am now a storyboard artist I like to keep my traditional animation muscles working, as it’s a skill I do not wish to let go of. I have been doing this piece on and off for a year now its not very long but I pick it up and drop off it between jobs. I am posting some choice frames and an example of what the end result in the BG will look like. I will post some tests and hopefully the finished piece when I get the time to take it to that stage.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Old Pencil Test from Kid Samurai pilot


I found this line test I did around 4 years ago on my role as lead animator at Trocadero studios in London UK for the ill fated project 'Kid Samurai. Unfortunately the project was halted and the studio closed - but it left me with lots of nice work to reminisce over! The piece consists only of keys and Break downs so is only about 50 percent complete before it would go of for assisting. I miss doing Traditional animation and have now focused my abilities towards storyboard and design - anything that enables me to draw for my keep basically! I may get back to animating in 2d if only for personal pleasure..

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Horrid Henry and the Climbing Frame Clincher








Here is a scene from  'Horrid Henry and the Climbing frame Clincher'.  I storyboarded the entire episode of this recently aired adventure on CITV for clients Spider eye and novel entertainment. I plan to upload scenes from other episodes after they are screened and may be a few more from this one to keep my blog varied - enjoy!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

FIST CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ART

An exploration of the title character for a personal project 'Wandering Fist' owned by A.M.B Animation.

Monday, 22 August 2011

GOLDEN AXE FAN ART

Whilst storyboarding episodes for Jungle junction I felt like doing some more finished drawings. I was lost for a subject so I decided to pay tribute to my favourite characters from the classic Sega game.
I may do more at a later date!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

POSES FOR HORRID HENRY STORYBOARD

Whilst working on Season 3 of the popular Horrid Henry TV series I was given an episode that really excited me as it involved a superhero that was well versed in the martial arts. Being a keen martial artist myself I jumped at the chance to make his moves authentic and as the show was 2d I could have an input in the actual animation as well. There was a particular manoeuvre that was unique to the character involving a flipping action. I decided to base it on the Butterfly twist or B-twist which is a popular move in the tricking scene. I my self can do a basic version called the butterfly which gave me a good understanding of the execution but the B-twist is a little more complex so I decided to make some sketches from some youtube sources to aid me in my posing.Above is an example of the original sketches and how I adapted them for the signature move.
I will post the actual boards once the series is doing the rounds on CITV!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

MY GIRL!

Being a huge Disney fan (in traditional animated feature sense) I used to swoon over the Disney Princess's created by the likes of Marc Davis, Glen Keene, Mark Henn, and James Baxter in my youth...Princess Jasmine was always my favourite and I always used to dream of having my very own Princess Jasmine one day! well miraculously in true Disney tradition I got what I wanted! Though I am far from the calibre of the legendary artists I sighted above I thought id fashion an image in the manner of a Disney princess of my girl! This one is for you princess!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sokator 442 trailer (Head of story / project designer )

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Here is the trailer for the movie that I  was head of Story and project designer on. I designed all the central characters, developed some of the key locations and was responsible for boarding around 75 percent of the film whilst over seeing the rest. The movie was developed at Zoo group London. Probably the most fun I've had in my career thus far!

Mad Crab!

This is a concept for a character developed for Zoo group.

Pencil concept artwork for animated feature Sokator 442



My role on this project was primarily as the head of story and I will release the boards when it is possible to do so. I also was the main character designer and project designer. My good friend Luke Mandie was the art director and we worked closely together on designing environments and key locations for the film. These drawings were pencil sketches I did for the Swamper stadium where the climactic final match takes place. The final design maintained some elements from these sketches such as the pitch resting on the back of two giant mechanical frogs and the substitute benches being the hands of those frogs...I always thought that it would make a great toy!

More Storyboard Artwork from Universal's Tale of Despereaux - Ratworld





This selection of panels is from my time on Despereaux developing sequences for the Ratworld section. I was on the movie for around a year but spent around six months with the rat world section. There was a song sequence called 'great to be a rat' with a macabre dance sequence which never made the final cut and in the end the thousands of panels I did were condensed in a few small scenes. I am grateful that some did indeed make it to final cut and I had a great experience working on the entire thing.