Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hey.  Haven't been posting for a while.  I've been so caught up in work at the studio that I really haven't had the time to do much else, but I'm working on it!  I'm developing a few different projects which has been taking up any spare time I do have, so I'm hoping to get them to a certain development stage by the end of the year, which should free me up for doing more artwork next year-I'll keep you posted!


Sunday, July 01, 2012

July-11 Second Club entry

Thumbnails for this month's 11 Second Club.  Great wee clip-..."You're gonnae lose, you stink, you're gonnae lose....*scccchmaaack*.....PAAHAHAHAHA.....GOTIM!!!"
So, thought I would do a little story of annoying little brother and big brother, being out done by little brother at a game of chess. 
Until eventually Little Bro gets what he deserves.
I'll keep my progress updated!...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

20/30 minutes-ish

I miss drawing!!  Don't do enough.  I actually find after working so much, sitting infront of a computer, that when I do draw I even enjoy the mistakes, the process of drawing and discovering what works and what doesn't.  Whereas before when I wasn't doing so much digital work, I was so precious about my work.  That sometimes, the frustration of not creating something you feel that is "successful" just takes the joy out of what you're doing.

It's how I feel about this drawing-bits worked better than others, but it was great fun to do!

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Life-drawing from over the past couple of classes.  Some really great exercises we did in class to make us really think about what we were doing and re-train how you're looking at what you're drawing: 30 second, 1 minute sketches are great pre-studies which really help you to loosen up physically and have a more realxed approach.  It's really more about capturing a gesture/line of action rather than an accurate drawing.

After doing the left-handed studies during the warm-up exercises, I found when it came to do longer poses I was starting from the bottom up!  Which felt extrememly weird.  For some reason it didn't feel comfortable to start from the facial features, working my way around and down!  Which I normally do.  For both the drawings above I started from probably the most awkward angle-the one on the right, after roughly sketching the overall pose, I started from the armpit and worked my way out and up.  The one on the left was started from the hands.

Monkey Man!!  I really enjoyed this though.  This was a semi-blind drawing.  It was roughly a 7 minute drawing, I had glanced at it to find my place maybe about 4/5 times throughout.
These were the warm-up exercises.  We were asked to draw with our "non-writing hand" (!).  I felt these were really alot stronger than my right hand.  My expectations were low of my left-handed drawings, so I just went for it.  My right handed drawings were weaker after doing this exercise, I was too concious of creating a good drawing, it really stopped me from observing wel.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Whizz Palace-final rough

This is the final rough for The Whizz Palace, the sound club taken from the  11 Second Club The timing in places doesn't work too well, but I really got to the stage where I wanted to move on, I wanted to finish it!  But I wanted to move on.  The plan is to get through a few of these, rough them out, then choose a few to smooth out and clean up.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Whizz Palace

Working on this animation at the moment.  The sound clip has been taken from the 11 Second Club, February's Competition.  It is a bit clunky in places but really enjoying working through ideas and after doing alot of symbol animation in Flash recently, it's so nice to be DRAWING!  So rather than scooting around from various projects that I have on the go, I'm really aiming to get this finished, at least to an intitial fully roughed state. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Life-Drawing-5th April 2012

I really enjoyed this session.  We mainly did quick studies, beginning with 1min poses.  The longest poses we did were 15/20 mins.  It was a bit of a shocker, and eye opener, when at the end of the session I really felt the best drawings I had done were the ones that I wasn't even looking at!  They were certainly the most interesting drawings of my night and I loved the confidence in the line.  This is certainly a great exercise to help re-train your drawing brain.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Have started a life-drawing class which is something I haven't done for a long time.  We had a great class.  The class was run by a felllow animator and we had a wonderful model who must have had bones of steel-the poses were fantastic.

It was a really enjoyable 2 hours, concentrating on gestural drawing.  A decent chunk of the class was spent on 1-2 minute poses which is something I always enjoy.  Whenever I've been working on any figure drawing recently I've focused on tone rather than line so it's great to really focus upon linear drawing skills.


These are 5 and 10 minute sketches...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Character sketches

These were a quick couple of sketches I did over lunch.  A good reminder of how much I've missed drawing and creating character!  Hope to update more and throughout the week with 28 Drawings entries-

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day 12: 28 Drawings...This Is How Men Cook

Nick making tea.  Documented by me...WORD-FOR-WORD

Saturday, February 11, 2012


This was my first post for the 28Drawings challenge.  Worf.

The first post of the year!

My goodness.  This is the first post of the year.  From the end of last year I was really bowled over with getting a fresh showreel together.  I've shifted home from Dundee to Dublin-for the moment!  So haven't really had the time to keep up regular posts.  But I have been taking part in the 28 Drawings Later Challenge-a Glasgow based project which has really boomed this year.  An online drawing challenge-to post a drawing for every day in February.  This has really helped to shift my brain into drawing thinking mode again.  So I shall post what I have entered and keep things updated.
I'll also add the link for all those interested in taking a look at the 28 Drawings site.28 Drawings Later