Thursday, 17 October 2013

Sketching,Drawing and Painting!

Sketching Drawing and Painting - These a few of my favourite things! I decided to create a piece of concept art based around a character I devised when I was 16 years old. He continues to remain dominant in my imaginations to this day and often when I want to practise my creative drawing and painting I return to him as a subject matter. This time I opted to document my efforts in video. Below is the final painting along with the video.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Portrait of my Wife

Being a lot more comfortable with a pencil or pen and working in line I have always admired and respected people who can paint. Knowing that I wanted to be an animator since I was 8 years old I formed a habit of always drawing in line and worrying about colour afterwards - as though it was as simple as painting on the back of a sheet of acetate cell. This habit made me extremely confident with my drawing but rather baffled and frustrated  at my inability to paint! I would destroy many sheets of expensive paper and canvas after having spent a good hour on an intricate line drawing upon them, only to slab on the paint to damage both the drawing and paper to irreversible effect! In modern times the arrival of the computer and wacom tablet has given me the chance to experiment and try to develop some painting ability - the undo button is a god send for those of us who have no understanding of mixing the right colour and applying the proper degree of water or paint thinner to the canvas. There is still however a definite degree of skill and understanding that goes into painting whether digital or on canvas and it is to my knowledge quite different from drawing or shading. I am beginning to understand that I should not look upon them as two separate processes when attempting a painting but rather as one. I have picked a favourite subject of mine in an attempt to strengthen my painting abilities - My beautiful wife. I still have a lot to understand and develop as a painter and look forward to posting more and observing the developmental process.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

STORYBOARD PRO 4 - Finally Converted!

Through out my Story board career I have generally avoided using Toon Boom's Story Board Pro and opted to do my boards in Adobe Photoshop instead. Purely because I do not enjoy drawing with vector brushes and have preferred the softer and subtle brushes available to me with bitmap software. I did see the plus sides of Storyboard Pro as it made many aspects of boarding a lot easier but ultimately I love my job because I enjoy the process of drawing and being more comfortable with a pencil as opposed to a marker pen, I would always opt for the bitmap over vector. I decided to purchase Toon boom's new version of Storyboard Pro that offered bitmap layers and drawing tools and I'm please to state that  it was one of the best purchases I have ever made! I first got my chance to use it whilst working as animation director for Legos animated series ' The Legend's of Chima' There were some boards on an episode that needed some alterations and I was requested to do them. I opened the programme and gave it a go and was completely hooked! I felt as if I was drawing in Photoshop but had all the plus elements of StoryBoard Pro such as being able to flip panel to panel - do pans and tracks - even add sound and preview an animatic! The tools are not as numerous or varied as Photoshop but more than adequate for story boarding, after all this is not an illustration or comic book job. Unfortunately I am currently unable to post the work that I produced for Chima at the moment but I am sharing an example of a short test I have been doing for a personal project during my weekends. So my verdict on Toon Boom's StoryBoard Pro 4 ? FANTASTIC!

Friday, 12 July 2013

More Book Development Art

Whilst Directing the animation for Series one of Lego's new animated adventure cartoon The  Legends of Chima I was keeping my drawing skills sharp in the evenings and week ends developing more concepts for future book projects. I am really enjoying the possibilities with self publishing - here are some character concepts for another forthcoming  project of mine.

Monday, 20 May 2013


It's been a while since my last post - My current job as Animation director for the animated series The Legends of Chima is keeping me extremely busy. I do try to do personal stuff on my weekends - given the chance - This is a painting experimenting with the central character for a book project I have planned. - A full colour illustrated Children's story book- I will post more experimentations as and when I produce them!

Monday, 8 April 2013


I cannot believe that I have been married for an entire year! I decided to do something special for my wife and draw her a cute cuddly bear anniversary style card - only this time the bears really would be based on us. I am delighted to state that she loved it - I have included the original photos that I used as reference to make the card.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Ranting Ralph Tells it like it is! : Valentine's Day

Meet Ralph - An ill tempered straight talking bloke who loves to rant. He will vent his frustration upon just about anything! Today's topic; Saint Valentine's Day. Ralph has a Facebook page  

A Valentines day card with a difference!