Friday, 28 December 2007

Holiday Greetings

Hi. I hope everyone out there in Internet land had a great Christmas break. Enjoyable and relaxing I hope.
I went to see Enchanted a few days ago and I really enjoyed it. I was worried that it would be Disney doing a Shrek on itself, but you didn't get that feeling at all. The animation, especially the hand-drawn, was stunning, the songs were great and you left with a big smile.

Telly on Christmas day here wasn't so great. Not to spoil it for any American Doctor Who fans out there, but the Christmas special wasn't terrific. I got a couple of really cool books for Christmas though. The new Nicktoons and Pixar book are really terrific, full of information and pictures. I got a character designing book by Tom Bancroft which is really useful (, also visit and purchase the book "Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators". This is really handy and I am trying to go through it from start to finish to improve my drawing like Chris Bailey suggested. Here's some early work below.

I also worked on a storyboard. I liked the way it and the character's turned out. I think I might re-do it again and increase the Charlie Brown quality of the character. Basically, they're hungry, pass a turkey in a shop, only costs a pound, excited, don't have enough money, depressed, little guy notices help wanted sign in shop window. It's supposed to be quite simple and quiet.

Well, there is only one week left till Ravensbourne starts again, and I will probably just practice some more before I go back.


Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Merry Christmas

Hi. Just wanted to report in and tell all you guys and girls out there what I have been doing recently. Well, Ravensbourne didn't give us much homework over the Christmas break, so I mostly have been practicing by myself. I know that we have to do contextual studies presentation next term, but it's a group presentation, so obviously you can't do much research. The weird thing is our groups are decided by what you want to do your presentation on, so you have to a least of decided what kind of area you want to do your research. I was thinking of either doing Frederator again, as it was so much fun to do it for the Vocational Case Study, or Goofy, because I like Goofy and I think delivering into his personality might be interesting.
I did do some life drawing on Monday, but I won't put them up here because they are all awful. I feel like I have been off my game recently and have not liked my drawings. When Disney animator Chris Bailey says your drawings lack 3-dimensions, it must be true.
I did do some storyboarding yesterday, they turned out pretty good. I also be tutoring my sister in Maths for her A-levels. For those of you out there who don't know what an A-level is, it's the exams you take to get into college. Statistics mostly, means, frequency distributions and discrete random variables. Nice Stuff.
Anyway, just wanted to say thanks to all my teachers, Fred Seibert, Chris Bailey and Linda Jones for all their help and support. Finally, Merry Christmas to you all and the best wishes of the holiday season.

Friday, 14 December 2007


Hi, just wanted to report in at the end of the week. It is getting really close to Christmas now. Not really too sure what to do at the moment. Below are some more developed character designs for that little idea I had "Door to Door Dentist". I'm don't know if I will keep those colours, but I did only have four different colours of pen. I'm not entirely sure what they are supposed to be, duck, rat things.

The basic plot, these two pester a poor man with their free door to door dental service. It's a loose plot I admit, but one that could be padded with more gags.

I did want to attempt to make a real complicated rig walk in Maya. I couldn't find anything complicated enough on the Internet so I modelled and rigged it myself. What's more complex than this? I don't think it turned out that well. The model is awful, but I'm not a modeller, and something about the walk cycle just doesn't seem right. I think I bit off more than I could chew.

Friday, 7 December 2007

Finally Finished Drawn Animatic

Well here it is. I finally got around to finishing the drawn animatic. I redid the timing as much as I could, within the limitations of the dialogue. Now I know it isn't perfect, for example, I may have forgot some overlapping here and there and I may have held some frames for a bit too long. The Doodleboy problem as not entirely my fault, I ran out of animation paper and had to use regular A4 and didn't realise that I drew Doodleboy too high up. I'll remember next time. Enjoy!

Monday, 3 December 2007

New Doodles

Here are some new doodles of some of my own characters. The first you may recognise from previous posts. It's Stitch bag (I do need to think of a better name). I've been watching my brother play Metal Gear Solid lately and was really drawn in by the story and cinematic experience of it. I decided to maybe give a bit of Snake's personality to Stitch bag. Make him an ex-underworld soldier you has retired and then become the Grim Reaper's advisor. Hence I drew this picture trying to capture the style of the Metal Gear Solid drawings. I not sure how well it came out.

This is Tag throughout the ages. It's a homage to the great picture of Mickey Mouse throughout the ages.

These are some rough character designs for a short idea I had called "Door to Door Dentist". The title kind of speaks for itself.

These are Baby Boo Boo illustrations in the style of E.H.Shepard. I really wanted these pictures to look cute, and I thought the cutest thing was the E.H.Shepard illustrations of Winnie the Pooh. I don't know if I will keep this look, it is just an experiment.

This is just something I drew. I don't know what it is.

I was watching some old episodes of the Powerpuff Girls and realised how violent it was. The Girls would punch monster's eyes and goo would come out, or blast through monster's chest or just beat people to a pulp. That's what made it great, hence I have tried to recreate this with Doodleboy.

Finally, here is a drawing of a pretty girl. I like drawing pretty girls and I draw her quite a bit. She doesn't have a name, but kinda picture a mixture between Kim Possible and Orihime Inoue.

Happy Holidays.

New Fan Art

Well, Here some new Fan Art I have done over the past term, in my spare time of course. I can 100% guarantee that none of these are copied. Hope you like them.

First up is Spidey. I like drawing Spidey, as he is different from the other superheroes as he is skinny and you can push his body into wild contorting poses. This makes him real fun to draw. The only pain is all the detail his costume requires.

Here's a small picture of Bloo and Mac. Not really much to say about it.

I call this picture "I shall now hide in my pants". I love this show.

Kim, Ron and Rufus. Kim's head can be a little bit difficult to draw, to get those eyes and that upper lip mouth looking good is tricky.

I love drawing Goofy and Donald. Personally I fell Goofy is underrated as a cartoon star. He is the best character to work with for pure animation, his cartoons are hilarious and he has had possibly the biggest career of the Disney stars.

Mickey and Bugs. I really like this picture, even though I am not quite sure what they are looking at.

Friday, 30 November 2007

Final Digital Environments Film

Here it is the final film. It turned out better than I expected. Harrison, Simon and I are pleased with it. By the way, the guy at the end is Mike Smith, our teacher.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Hi, and a tribute to Only Fools and Horses

Well, the end of term is nearly here. It has been long and tiring, with some late nights but my group Itchy Head, i.e. Harrison, Simon and I, can finally relax as the film is rendered and just needs to edited. I felt like we were kinda of settling as we were learning how to do things, like lighting and texturing, as we were going on, and we have run out of time to experiment. I was mostly responsible for the animation, which I deliberately, tried to slow down, as my previous animations have been a bit fast. Please visit to see how we made the film.

Other than that, my case study on Frederator was fun to do and Fred Seibert was a big help. Thanks Fred. I encourage everyone to visit to see what this great studio is capable off.

I might relax for a little before continuing with holiday homework. Happy Hoildays everyone.

P.S. To everyone who is not English I encourage to watch Only Fools and Horses. It's the best sitcom ever, and has the funniest moments ever in a television show. It's just great. One picture here is from a proposed new statue of Walt and Mickey for the California Adventure theme park. I' think that's great. Another is some promotional art for the Stitch Encounter. Would like to go on that. Oh yeah, play Super Mario Galaxy. It's awesome.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

New Links


Great Videogame reviews

My brother's deviant art page

Master Animator Glen Keane

Youtube video of Master animator Glen Keane, talking at CalArts about Character Animation. Amazing.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse

I would just like to say, Happy 79th Birthday Mickey Mouse. May you continue to bring joy and happiness to the world. And Happy Birthday to my dad too.

Life Drawing

Here are some new life drawings I did recently. They were tough to scan as they where on A2 pieces of paper.

Friday, 26 October 2007


Sorry I have been away. I have just swamped with college work. In groups we have to design and build an environment, and progress is happening slowly, so I'm panicking here. We only have five weeks left. Head over to Daryl-Rhys Taylor's Design Journal if your interested.

We also have to do a case study on a chosen company. I chose Frederator. The most important thing is we have to make contact with the company, otherwise the particular company can't be done. I just hope they reply.

Anyway, that's why I haven't posted in a while. Sorry again.


Monday, 15 October 2007

New Video and Tribute to Joe Barbera

Just to note that I have put some new posts on the design journal blog and I have put a new video on Youtube. It can be found at

I also contribute to an AWN article called "A Tribute to Joe Barbera" Sad to hear your gone Joe.
Here's the link

I have alsofound some old random fan-art that I have decided to put up.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Work Blog

This is sooner than I expected but I have to create a new blog for my CVA 202 Digital Environments course. I will have to post work on it.

I will continue to use this as my main blog though.


Sunday, 30 September 2007


First, I will just mention that I put a link up to Jim Hill Media. You can get some nice articles about Disney here.

Secondly, I will be going back to college soon to start my second year, so I probably, won't be able to update the blog for a while. Sorry.

Fan Art

Rabbids, the best video game characters ever, next to Earthworm Jim.

I am going to put some fan art up here. This is obviously a small selection of the fan art I draw. Some are just pencil sketches, some are inked and some are in colour. Now I know that fan art should be your drawing/version of the character that you as the artist interprets and I do do that, but I believe that the one's I have made-up are not as good as the ones that have been inspired by a previous image. Anyway here goes.

I got a great figure for my birthday of Mickey Mouse dressed as a Jedi with Yoda, both wielding light sabres and I just had to draw a picture based on it. It was from the Star Tours attraction in Disneyland Resort Paris. Yoda is based here on the design from the Cartoon Network Star Wars show.

This picture is just a variety of my favourite characters that I doodled on a piece of paper. All these characters are great, but I think I watched a good episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends that day.

This is just some doodles I did on an envelope that I scanned into the computer. I admit some are better than others.

Here's Kim, Ron and Rufus. I think this show is terrific and it is such a shame it had to end. We still haven't seen the finale series here in England yet.

This is a Lilo and Stitch picture I did based on a Chris Sanders storyboard. His style is great and this picture is so cute.

Here's some drawings of Taz. Taz is cool.

I wanted to put a superhero picture up on the blog, so I chose this one, done in Bruce Timm's style (which is incredible by the way). Batman the animated series is incredible.

I love title cards, and the title cards to Danny Phantom are terrific. This one is from the episode Kindred Spirits.

Thanks for looking Bye.