Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Life Drawing

1-2 Minutes

5 - 10 Minutes
20 Minutes
I've started going back to Life Drawing, these are three sessions worth. I'm starting to feel myself get into the rhythum of drawing neud models again after a long gap of not. Anatomy and theory are slowly creeping back into my mind and so far it's been really enjoyable. I'm pretty much sticking to pencils, and if I'm feeling ambitous, a pen, that hasn't changed since uni. Perhaps one day I'll cut loose and use the markers, pastels, paints, crayons, and inks I bring with me every week, but for now I'm stuck in my ways, which works for me as all I really want to do is improove my construction, sense of weight and proportions (still having a little trouble).

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Test, test and more testing

I recently did a number of tests for a flash designer's job. The first was a small cowboy game, but for some reason I can't get it working on blogger but you can have a go here if you like. It took me a day to design, draw animate and program, so excuse the crappy line quality and easiness of the game. One interview later I then had to proove myself further by making some graphics with a "comedy gold" theme.

But competition was fierce and had to do another test around the theme of "Rich Jetsetters". I didn't mind as the company looked a great place to work and I liked the artwork that was being produced.

And I got the job :D Definately worth it. After months of "Great work but we're not hiring" and "we'll contact you if we get some work" I've finally got a stimulating, creative enviroment to go to and get paid for it!

Now what follows is an art dump of stuff I've done recently, enjoy.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Attempt at George

I've been reading John K's blog for a couple of years now, as I'm sure a lot of people have, but this is the first time I've tried drawing one of his characters following his instructions.

I used Flash to ink the lines on seperate layers trying to pay attention to where the line needed to be thicker/thinner as depicted by the rough and also trying to pay attention to the construction. Below I've coloured the lines to show their different layers, like Katie Rice did with her image. But when I'm animating in Flash I like to put the head in it's own symbol to try minimise the features moving around the face, so I also broke the head up into it's own system of layers. Also the feet weren't drawn on the rough, so I gave him some socks :)

I also found a coloured version of George in the same get up on John's blog so I coloured him for fun.

For a first go I don't think I did too bad. But when I compared it to the one Katie Rice did I did see some errors :S If anyone wants to give feedback, please do!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Moon Pirates Trailer

Yep, it's almost done!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Red and Nev

I've been animating almost non stop to keep on schedule! But I needed a break from it as I have succesfully found a new flat with my girlfriend and two friends to move down to London, so that means finding a new job which means updating my portfolio. Plus by doing artwork related to my current projects I don't feel guilty about neglecting them ;)

Friday, May 09, 2008

Moon Pirates poster

A poster I made with two other artist's on my course, James and Sarah. I did the background and layout. The poster is going to be displayed at Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film's Tent. Take a look at the Moon Pirates blog for more info.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Colour keys

So Moon Pirates is well into production, we seem to be on schedule but at the same time there's still so much work to trawl through! Like colour keys! I've been continuously looking at animation backgrounds and photographs trying to come up with a palette and technique that will work well with the film. So far I've put in this effort, but more can be seen at the Moon Pirates production blog. Don't be frightened by the picture of me and the other scurvy pirates!

© Allyn Thomas and Cyfle 2008

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Moon Pirates - the next film

So it was decided by a panel that out of six fresh great ideas from six different artists, that mine would be the one taken forward and made into a short animated film. Weeeeeee, so the stressful journey is undertaken to get it all completed. The other four guys and one gal working on it have already hit the ground running and have improved on my ideas and artwork considerably.
These are images I put together to pitch the idea. Don't think I'll post anything else about it until after it's finished in about 10 weeks.

Friday, February 22, 2008

My first PAID Animation job!

Finally after sending out portfolio after portfolio I've finally got a job!!! I can finally quit the drudgery of my current minimum wage job and get on the right track with where I want to be heading :D It's with Cyfle making a short film with five other artists over 3 months! Can't wait to get started!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Weedy so Speedy

Inspiration is a funny ol' thing. I don't watch American Football, and don't really have no interest in any sports. But in the last three weeks I've been using just about all my spare time making a short animation about it! The story is about a scrawny american football player called Weedy, who takes on the big boys in the Super Bowl. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, especially for the time I made it in. Let me know what you think :D