Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year!

2016 is nearly upon us and so it's time for a blog post! I'm normally a miserable git at this time of year, but something in the air has changed my outlook and so I'm pumped up for the year ahead. It's a new year, so that means leaving any old shit at the door. Start fresh, work hard and be excited about making things. This is a time to be hopeful. New Years resolutions are for chumps, but the one resolution I think is actually worth following is harder.

I'll be starting the new year with a few really cool projects (3d scanning, animation, prints, collectives) and also with a new sketchbook. So, this week I'll try and post a video showing the main sketchbook I've been using over the last 12 - 15 months. It was a slow sketchbook that lingered around for far too long but I think it shows a change in my work.

On a completely narcissistic note; I've spent the last few years figuring things out, working out where I stand in this big abyss. Ultimately, that filled me with depression. Whilst it seemed everyone else was out travelling the world, seemingly happy, rich and successful, I largely felt stuck in a rut. And it's time to move past all of that rubbish. The nagging images of social media haunting me with the lives of others, is perhaps the one thing I'd like to get rid of in 2016. And now that I at least have a few things figured out, it's time to start making them happen. So, let's just call this a new beginning. Enjoy the New Year, but more importantly, look forward to actually making stuff.



Friday, 18 December 2015

Inhaler - Film Poster

A few months ago I completed a poster design for Danny Sawaf's short film, Inhaler. It was a really awesome project, that went quickly and had a super open brief. So, it's about time I shared some of the work from that project. Here's a little bit of a breakdown. First the final poster.

As with any project, it all starts with thumbnails. Lots of character sketches, with some suggestion of darker themes. It needed to convey some comedy but also retain some of the disturbing, horror aspects. This stage is always most fun. Chucking around ideas and seeing what looks good. It's quick and cheap and rewarding. I could thumbnail forever.

Once and idea gets agreed upon with Danny, it's normally just a case of getting it made. That always sounds so simple when in fact, that stage can be a nightmare. It's often tricky to retain excitement and still make an image look finished. So, I normally start with traditional drawing and inking for the base of the image. Then cleanup and start working digitally. But all the time, I'm making sure I'm capturing what was good in the thumbnail.

And that was that. A fairly smooth project that turned out well. A small insight into some of my day to day work. I'll have more movie posters and illustration to show soon.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

I'm Still Here

It's been forever since I posted on my blog. Trust me, I feel the shame. This place has been dead for some time. It's like Richard III in that way. But I'm still alive and it's time to inject some energy back into these bloggy veins. So, forgive my narcissism, whilst I tell you what the hell have I been doing with my life.

As with everyone, there are ups and downs. Things go well sometimes, other times they go a bit shitty. But it's almost the end of 2015 and god damn am I ready for the 2016 roll over. Shit is going down in 2016! Well maybe it is. We'll see. But good things will hopefully occur. Good things, with good people.

So, the main reason for the quietness of late; lots of teaching. It's been great but I've been way too unproductive with my own stuff and my online presense plummits off a cliff the minute that happens. I'm working at getting better at that, so when things get busy with projects and teaching, my sketchbook doesn't become a ghost town.

Mostly, I've been teaching with the lovely folks at UCA Rochester, but I've also been giving workshops down at University of Portsmouth for the BA Animation course and will be over at University of Brighton in January to talk to the Moving Image students. It's still a super weird thing for me. I feel old and young at the same time, both novice and professional. But it's good fun and I learn a lot purely in the act of teaching itself. I realise what shit is important because I keep repeating them to students. Check your goddam tonal value! 

All of a sudden it went from September to December and I'm back in the world of my own freelance work, which is great. I'm making my own stuff again / working for others and with others. So, more of that very soon. Hopefully some print work as well as a super cool cg animation that may happen at some point next year. Lots of pies in different ovens. Or fingers in pies? Something about pies. One is pregnancy, the other is work. I mean the work one.

This post I guess, is me saying that I'm back. Out of a rather stressful, negative time and hopefully onto more exciting things. All sorts of things. Most exciting of all, is that those things are no longer singular. I'm not really a CG artist any more, in title. I still do CG work for clients, but I also do illustration, conceptual design, animation and more. Plus teaching. That's actually what I'm happiest about most. I feel like I'm making it out of the odd post graduation blur, when you feel lost and adrift at the mercy of the world. And now I'm more certain now of what I do and what I want to do. Hence, the excitement about moving forward. It's all about the future these days. Fuck the past.

That's it from me. I've got some super cool but secretive paintings that I'm working on which I can show soon, plus some other various bits and bobs that I'll put up this week. It's lovely to be back. Hopefully I'll stay around these parts for a bit and will be posting more regularly. Just like a fully functioning adult.



p.s. I just completed another year of self employment tax return. Which definitely means I'm a proper functioning adult now right?