Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Character Thumbnails

Here are a few character sketches completed this lunchtime. I think I may try a few more of these this week. Will also upload some sketchbook pages soon.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

It's been a while...

Apparently it's almost September 2014. The last post on this blog was July 9th. That's not good is it. Since then, a lot has happened. Good things have happened. I moved into a new flat, which was pretty lovely and might I say, bloody grown up. I worked on various freelance thingy mabobs and I also started teaching again at UCA. The biggest personal achievement has been the new flat. It sounds pretty dumb to any normal adult, but working as a freelance CG artist can be tricky. I was certain I'd be living in a basement for most of my life, but somehow I've managed to earn a living. I've got my own space now, I have an office and a kitchen. I can make tea and work in my pants. I am a truly modern being!

And with this new move in life, work is also moving forward. I'm working on a few really great little projects with some really great people. I've been super lucky in finding really awesome people to work with. Some of the artists I get to work with have taught me a lot and I can feel the influence of the London art scene taking its toll on me. All these bizarre projects are having a good effect on me and in a few years I hope I can look back at my own work and see why it improved.

At the back of my head, I'm ready to make a new animation, but I'm in no rush. The ideas are starting to churn away, but this time they are a bit more complex. It'll probably be a lot more surreal and dark in the future, god knows my animation needs a big dose of opiate.

Meanwhile, I've also been painting...


When I look back at old work, I can almost see my previous state of mind. A lot of work last year was hugely refined and rigid. I spent too long trying to create these perfect images that ended up feeling soulless. Recently, my sketchbooks and paintings are starting to loosen up. I'm trying to be less anxious about everything and just see where things go. I've spent my entire life worrying and as life progresses, I'm trying to turn that tide. The constant battle with anxiety has been infuriating, and I feel like it's time to talk about it a bit, as well as use it in my work.

So, here's to the future, one filled experimental art and working in pants. I'm going to do my best to get this blog beating again. I've got a ton of sketchbook pages to post and a long article about how an animated TV series called Monkey Dust changed my life.