Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Washing On The Beach

This is my first landscape/setting piece (oil pastel and pencil).  I received the commission through the recent exhibition I had in Perth.  I've always been drawn to figure work because I can understand the colour, shapes and forms of people better.  But this was fun to do.  Might just develop some more set pieces, see where I go!...

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Mail

I'm aiming to upload my progress on this as I work through it.  So thought it would be easier to tackle it in stages.  Part one!... (an earlier test can be seen below)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bored Receptionist

This is a quick rough for an idea to be animated in Flash

Monday, August 29, 2011

Animation migubbins

Below are some short animation tests in Flash.  Bumping up my animation showreel is a bit of a priority at the moment so I've been trying to "oomph" up my work where and when I can!  These are very rough at the moment, so i'm looking forward to the time when I can get a chance to really finese them.  I've been working toward an exhibition so things have been busy, busy, busy.  But this is a start anyway...

Afternoon Tea-(tie-down) unfinished

Afternoon Tea-(rough)

The Mail

Don't Feed The Animals

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Character design

I'm really keen to develop a stronger approach with the use of mixed media in the character work that I'm doing.  So many character designs for commercial animation are brilliant and beautifully executed, but have a very typical and generic look.  I want to experiment and try something different. 

observational studies

It'd be good to post my observational stuff regularly.  It'll keep the ol' "oomph" up.  I find it easier to check the progress when the work is online rather than scrawling through screeds of sketchbooks.  You always tend to go through stages of drawing obsessiveness and then becoming a drawing bum.  Never stop sketching.  I do wish in times of panicking,"what do I do next" I still at least kept sketching or painting.  Anyway, blah, blah...I'm back!   

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Violetta at her dressing table

Inspired by Sheena Alexander's short story, "Violeta Was A Violin"

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Character Design

Two quick character sketches, pencil drawings coloured using Photoshop. I didn't spend too much time doing them as I got to a point where I felt I would rather move on. More of a practice run, to get my colouring speed up and feel more comfortable painting in this way. Although I see so much of this style around. I intend to strengthen skills in both mixed media and digital painting, to be able to confidently combine the two and adapt style to suit the character of what I'm doing.

Quick life-drawing Sketches

A rather unflattering drawing of mum. Much to her dismay I continue to draw her. I'm surprised I managed to complete this because she's unbelievably rubbish at keeping still.

A 20 minutish quick sketch of Nick having a kip.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Links to Movie Clips

Below is a list of links showing projects I have previously worked on. The access to some of the footage has been extremely limited so I have posted what I can.
I have detailed my role in the scene and what characters I had worked on below as well as noting the timecode for the specific parts I worked on.

Titeuf Le Film and The Illusionist

Here is the link to the trailer for Titeuf. I was working on this project for 6 months as animator and clean-up artist.


The Illusionist


Role: In-between and Clean-up artist
Characters: Tati-0.21-0.25
Female Singer-0.36-1.12


Role: In-between and Clean-up artist
Characters: Tati-10.14-10.24

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

character design

This was a concept sketch for "Transported"by Christine Findlay. Could be described as a typical family day out in the heart of Dundee.
Working through, finding a way of combining mixed media, I love that experimental approach, with my character design style. I don't feel it's quite there, but I have a deadline of a show in September so that's a great motivator. I think it's going to really help me work through some problems.
I'm also really keen to get going on some environment/setting sketches. I've already started so hopefully, I'll be posting the outcomes soon.

Feeding the Birds

Mixed media sketch on textured surface, pen, ink, acrylic, pencil and chalk


I came across this sketch of Sara recently. I plan to do more simple line drawings. There's something so pleasing about the simplicity of line.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Observational Sketches

Character design

A few character designs developed from observational sketches. I've really enjoyed getting back into the ol' pencil sketching. Finishing a few simple line drawings is extrememely satisfying.

Twa Wumin'

Concept art for character design-"Transported" by Christine Findlay

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ladies Who Lunch

"The Ladies Who Lunch"! An illustration for Christine Findlay's short story. I am currently developing the characters and experiementing with the narrative so there will be more posts on this theme to come!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Character design and illustration

So, a mix of some character designs. I'm keen to develop ideas in mixed media and digital painting.

Candid Cameos

I'll be posting alot more material from "Candid Cameos", a collaboration of work with writer, Christine Findlay. This is an initial sketch for an idea.

Observational Drawing

Charcoal sketch

A half hour(ish!) sketch of mum. This was done a while ago. I'd like to pick up speed for some of my portrait sketching. Especially for sittings. I can't afford to pay for any bugger to sit still for long enough.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pastel sketch

A pastel sketch from the painting and drawing class I went to. This went through many stages of "getting it" and "loosing it". Now it's somewhere in the middle. Some of it works and some of it doesn't. But I've really enjoyed making all these discoveries!

Violetta Was A Violin

Early concept sketches for Violetta, a short story by Sheena Alexander

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pastel sketch

This is from the painting and drawing class I go to. I was pleased I managed to do more of the figure. I get gripped by portraiture and focus on the head, so drawing the full figure is something I need to pay more attention to. It also helps bring a narrative to a drawing which is what I feel I need to develop.

Observational Studies

This is dad. Mumping and moaning about the house as usual. Thought I'd try and capture him on the move.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Here's a handsome li'll fella. This was for a friend's belated birthday gift.
I think it sums him up pretty well-Hair. And a love for comics.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mavis's Shoe

This was a submission for Ironbratz which was having a launch to promote a new novel, Mavis's Shoe. Work submitted had to be based on themes dealt with in the novel. The novel was based at the time of the Clydebank Blitz during the Second World War.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Sir Dancealot" illustrations based on a short story by Christine Findlay

These were illustrations done for the same writer of "Transported". It's been a good challenge coming up with these character designs. This is something I haven't done for a long time. I've been setting myself short deadlines, I've been pushing to see what I can achieve in a short amount of time. Challenging and good! It's helping to build the folio.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Painting and Drawing

Haven't done much of this kind of painting-acrylic. This was the first live sitting I've done. I really prefer oils, but the speed in which these fellas dry is super quick, which means I can be bolder with making mistakes and being more confident slapping the paint down

This was done in the last minute of the sitting. He's good a good old moody pus on him, but I quite liked it. I want to get more of that kind of energy into my paintings and pastel work.
Some more sketchy sketchiness

Tuesday, February 08, 2011


These were sketches and illustrations of ideas for a short story written by local writer, Christine Findlay. We didn't discuss any visuals or ideas of what the characters may look like, so I had complete freedom.

The author did a reading of the story and told it so brilliantly well that it gave me an instant idea of how they might look.