Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Safari Day Out!

Had a fun day out at Blair Drummond Safari Park, on what seemed to be the only day of the week that was good weather! Which meant that I could do some outdoor observational sketching :D

I always love watching the sea lion shows and managed to capture the big jump at the end in slow-mo. Forgot I have this option on my phone - great tool for an animator! :)


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

ATYN Life Drawing

Went along to a popular life drawing club in Glasgow at The Flying Duck called All The Young Nudes. The music they played was great and it was good to be drawing in a different and new environment. The poses ranged from 2 mins to 30 mins and there were 3 different models in the room. I used pencil and pen to draw with, but would really like to get some new charcoal pencils as I miss using those!

Friday, 6 March 2015

11SecondClub February 2015

February's 11SecondClub audio clip was rather different from last months! This one felt more serious and philosophical:

"See, everything outside of our dimension... that's eternity. Now, to us, it's a sphere. But, to them, it's a circle."

My first thought was "Whattt..." but then i got brainstorming and listened to the clip a lot. There were quite a few pauses in the dialogue and i thought this was a great opportunity to challenge the acting skills where there was no dialogue.

My first idea, and the one I ended up using, was this was a lecturer in front of his blackboard. I also liked my audience at the end idea, which is a shot of the students in the lecture theatre, and all of their different reactions to this professors unusual theory, which I thought would add some more humour to the shot, but I decided it was best to stick to one character for now to create as high quality an animation as I could:

I also had some fun creating the texture of the blackboard and the drawings on it:

For the final shot I rendered out an Ambient Occlusion layer as well, as I think composited with the the master layer it created a better look, especially as his hand comes in contact with the blackboard, so it added some more shadow there:

This month my animation ranked 65th out of 205 entries, which overall is better than I did last month, so I'm glad I'm moving up and not going backwards! :D The comments were nice and constructive this time so I would like to revisit this piece of animation and make some improvements to it:
-Malcolm character courtesy of

Friday, 6 February 2015

11SecondClub January 2015

During the month of January I gave myself the challenge of completing an 11SecondClub animation and submitting it into the month's competition. And that's exactly what I did! :D

After listening to the piece of audio at the start of the month I knew it was going to be a fun one!
To me it sounded like a drunk women giving a speech - and i tried to think where would her speech of 'feeling excited and wanting to party' be the most inappropiate and therefore amusing... a memorial service! These are the pages from my sketchbook, writing and drawing out ideas:

I also had the idea of a second character to react to the main character to make the situation even more amusing and understandable. It also added the challenge of animating a character interacting with another.
I shot some rather funny reference footage which became very useful!
(used a water bottle and a pen as my wine glass and microphone...)

With my more elaborate idea this time, a more interesting background environment was needed:

This lead to me creating an older looking version of 'Malcolm' - therefore all the characters in the scene looked like they are related:

I submitted my animation and it ranked 67th out of 179 entries which wasn't too bad for my first submission! I also took part in 11SecondClub to see if I could get some critic and advice from the others on the site. Overall the comments said I had a good idea and a funny scenario which was great to hear; and things I need to work on is polishing my animation and looking out for things such as 'floaty arms'!
- Malcolm character courtesy of

Monday, 2 February 2015

Supervising A Life Drawing Class

I was asked to supervise a life drawing class for the 2nd year animation students. For this class the theme was portraits and different angles of the head. As I have always been the student sitting down drawing I have never had to concentrate on what the next pose would be. Therefore I had my Moleskine notebook with me to keep track of what poses had already been done and how long the poses were, so the students ended up with a variety of drawings by the end of the session. I also called out the time left for each drawing. From past experience I know how much you can get caught up in a drawing, not realise the time is up, and to not have that last minute warning to add the finishing touches your drawing! I also went around the students every so often to see how they were getting on and give advice where I could :)

Notes and quick sketches from my notebook to keep track of the poses:

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Life Drawing 29/04/2015

Went along to a life drawing class in the morning. The first half of the class was quick poses followed by 2 longer poses in the second half: