Monday, February 13, 2012

Love Hate


No I haven't seen Nightmare Before Christmas I don't know what you're on about guv...
It's supposed to look a bit cut out. It was actually an accident, but I think someone said once (and If they didn't I'm saying it now) that the best paintings are a series of accidents. It may have been my Art teacher at school that said that. Anyway, yes it was a good mistake, well I think it was.

Does it give you the willies?


I've got other face designs but in the interest of quickness I chose that for the time being. Anyway, headed in the right direction. Gots to perfect the storyboard. 

How to draw a spooky knob;

obviously this is rough, but you get the idea.

Maybe you'll read to here and wonder why I am drawing spooky doorknobs. Well, this is why.

So the transcript for the bit i'm gonna animate is - 

"I hate round doorknobs, round doorknobs are kinda creepy, they're a little creepy, they're in horror films, you're watching a horror film and that round doorknob sorta twists and slowly opens and you're like 'ugh' don't do that" 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Boy in the Flowerbed


The two above are older drawings that I've just reworked a bit. Everything below is new.

It's a greenhouse from the top (this is part of 6 drawings that'll make sense all together)

These first 3 are going to be used as mini-title pages. 

These three are the character pages. 

Obviously everything needs to be coloured and written up. Colouring is first on the menu. Next week environments (they're in progress) will be up.


There was once a garden. 
The most beautiful and bountiful garden any one had ever seen. 
There were bright purple orchids, tulips and violets.
Red peonies and sunny daffodils and a lawn so green.
 The garden was owned and kept by a sour old man 
Who only smiled when the flowers sang for water from his old green watering can. 
Then one day a dog, a creature crafty and playful by nature 
He crept into the garden whilst the old man was reading the paper. 
The dog loved to dig, and dig he did until he could dig no more. 
He dug deeper and deeper and deeper until his furry paws were sore.
When the old man looked he found the dog looking proudly at a freshly dug hole.
He scowled and frowned and began to yell at the dog 
When he saw the state of his grand prize perennial. 
The dog took turn and fled, but the man had a feeling 
He'd not seen the last of that dogs' shaggy grey head...

American Football Animation (cont. updates)

Basic storyboard for what'll happen. I will be animating this after I've handed in my Dissertation proper - so basically the 2nd half of the semester. 

I don't really know what to call it. Since this is basically a 10 second animated introduction to the Uni American Football team I play for, the Falmouth Tridents it doesn't really have a name. Anyway, so, this blog post (a long with The Boy in the Flowerbed post) is basically gonna stay like this and I'll update it and add to it as I do stuff, rather than posting endlessly. Less clutter then.

This is a rough look of what the short will look like. The style at least.

I'm laying it out like a book (there will be writing added on the pages). As of today (Saturday 12th) I've also keyframed out the 10 second thing, so I'll be inbetweening it and line testing it all this week. I'm going to work alternate days on this and the Boy in the Flowerbed and Love-Hate (alice's project). Anyway like I said this blog will be a rolling blog post and there's more drawings that will appear every other day or so.

What I want to have eventually is a graphic book of Football for Dummies. So there's a breakdown of the positions, the history of the AFL and NFL, the hall of fame, key players and a couple of pages for each team with the most impact players in recent memory and then the classical players (so for the Cowboys it would be a big picture of DeMarcus Ware and then smaller profiles of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Randy White, Bullet Bob Hayes, etc etc), and the rules, and famous games and moments and of course NFL films. Obviously I have a shit load more drawing and digital painting to do.

So the pictures on these pages are a bit randomly organized at the minute but that's the direction I'm going in with this. It'll be a long term thing that I'll continue after my degree.

Falmouth Tridents! Yay! 
(these pictures were taken by friends on the photography course.)

Friday, December 9, 2011


(Took me 2 and a half hours but maybe by best realistic one yet?)

Cam Newton, Quarterback
Carolina Panthers
2010 - Present

Welcome to the NFL.

So this is my little side project. Football. I'm going to make a rotoscoped and animated short film like the films made by NFL films (or go to the NFL and all the videos on their are made by either NFL Total Access or NFL films). It'll be at least a couple of minutes long, I've done a few tests (rolling uploads on this post) and I can do about 5 seconds in a couple of hours because the style is real loose. I basically whack the tiffs into photoshop because I don't have TVP Paint on my laptop.

I've done more finished drawings/digital paintings mainly for pleasure more than anything else, but they also serve as concept artwork. The actual animated drawings aren't this precisely done.

I'm working on some ones with atmosphere in them such as snow (just trying to find good pictures) so keep a look out.

Joe Montana ("Joe Cool", "Golden Joe"), Quarterback
San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs
1979 - 1994
Hall of Fame class of 2000
(if you're at all interested in Football - start by knowing who Golden Joe is)

Barry Sanders, Running Back
Detroit Lions
1989 - 1998
Hall of Fame class of 2004

Because pictures don't explain how amazing Barry Sanders was.

Jerry Rice, Wide Receiver
San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks
1985 - 2004
 Hall of Fame class of 2010.

Deacon Jones, ("The Secretary of Defense"), Defensive End
L.A./St.Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins
1961 - 1974
Hall of Fame class of 1980

Chicago Bears
1975 - 1987
Hall of Fame class of 1993

John Elway, Quarterback
Denver Broncos
1983 - 1998
Hall of Fame class of 2004

Ray Rice; Running Back
Baltimore Ravens
2008 - present.

Side note; Ray Rice and Barry Sanders are 5ft8, Maurice Jones-Drew is 5ft7, Darren Sproles (coming) is 5ft6. - proof you don't have to be a 6ft6 monster to play in the NFL.

(got this one down to about 12 minutes)
Maurice Jones-Drew ("Pocket Heracles"), Running Back
Jacksonville Jaguars
2006 - Present

Brett Favre, Quarterback
Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings
1991 - 2010

Marcus Allen; Running Back
Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs
1982 - 1997
Hall of Fame class of 2003

DeMarcus Ware ("B-Ware"), Outside Linebacker
Dallas Cowboys 
2005 - Present

Ed Reed, Free Safety (coming out of the tunnel before a game)
Baltimore Ravens
2002 - Present

Joe Thomas, Offensive Tackle
Cleveland Browns
2007 - Present

Warren Sapp ("The QB Killa") Defensive Tackle
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders
1995 - 2007

Bruce Smith Defensive End
Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins
1985 - 2003
Hall of Fame class of 2009. 

Keenan Clayton, Linebacker
Philadelphia Eagles
2010 - present

Charles ("Mean Joe") Greene, Defensive Tackle
Pittsburgh Steelers
1969 - 1981
Hall of Fame class of 1987.

Walter Jones, Offensive Tackle
Seattle Seahawks
1997 - 2009 

Calvin ("Megatron") Johnson, Wide Receiver 
Detroit Lions
2007 - Present

Andre Johnson Wide Receiver
Houston Texans 
2003 - Present

Charles Woodson , Cornerback
Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers
1998 - Present

Chad Ochocinco, Wide Receiver
Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots
2001 - Present

(Not a lot of drawing more photo manipulation) 

Justin Tuck, Defensive End
New York Giants
2005 - Present

(this one is taken from a still from the Madden NFL game which is why he looks a bit...special)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Quarterback 
St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills
2005 - Present

(this is also taken from a still of Madden NFL)
Jaylun Foster, Defensive End
Buffalo Bills
He's actually a made up player (one of the Madden created Rookies that you can draft in the game)

So anyway, these are some of the posters I've created for the team I play on at the University, the Falmouth Tridents, using the above techniques. 

Player - Ray Lewis , Linebacker
Baltimore Ravens 1996 - present

Player - Jonathan Vilma, Linebacker
New York Jets, New Orleans Saints
2004 - Present

Player - Deion Sanders, Cornerback
Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins Baltimore Ravens
1990 - 2005
Hall of Fame class of 2011

This is what the video is going to look like ; (apologies for poor quality but I don't have premier on this computer yet) It's rotoscoped, the final thing will be a mix of rotoscope and pure animation (like the below clip is)