Sunday, 30 September 2007

Apologies

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.
O.K.,

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.

Doodles


Hi

Today I shall be putting some of my doodles up on the blog. I hope you enjoy them. The one above for example is just some random doodles of my characters I did. Some of these doodles could be a year old, some will be more recent.



This is an expressions sheet of Baby Boo Boo based on a series of Stitch expressions I got out of a Lilo and Stitch book. I felt this was o.k as on the Lilo and Stitch Special Edition DVD, Alex Kuperscmidt said "Let's face it, we will never be as good as these guys, so we might as well use it".








This early watercolour of The Toons was my first practice at watercolour. They have change a little since this picture.








These are a couple of Doodleboy action poses based on the man of steel.








This picture is a early watercolour of stitch-bag ( I really need to think of a better name). As you can see, the floppy bit at the back of his head was much shorter. Actually, when he was originally drawn it didn't exist but it kept getting longer. It ended currently being the one below, complete with Naruto-Esq smoke.








Thanks for looking.




Friday, 28 September 2007

Stephen Silver

Hi,

Just put up a new link to Stephen silver's blog. He's a professional character designer and he is incredible. He designed characters for Kim Possible and Danny Phantom. And he's English, just like me. He puts up dome good video tutorials and actually has an online course, so if you have a spare $998 you might want to look into it.

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Links

If you noticed I have added some new links recently to Blogs.

One is Steve Loter's Blog called So the Finale charting the final episodes of Kim Possible. Sad.

Another is Craig McCracken's Foster's Blog. Cool stuff, but nothing new has been posted in ages.

the Fairly Odd- Blog is self explanatory, except also nothing new has been put up there for a very long time.

Small Room is Will Finn's Disney animators blog. Intriguing.

finally there is John K's Blog. He has some good advice, but he goes on and on a bit.

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Sisters

I have a sister,
called Nerissa
who collects teddy bears a lot.

Monday, 24 September 2007

Maths

Hi,

I'm going to switch completely off topic today and talk about Maths. For any of you you read my profile, who will know that I did do a BA in Mathematics at Imperial College. If this seems odd, it is the reason that I am good at both science and art and enjoy both. My real passion is off-course animation and that is what I want to do. However, to hold me in good stead for the future and to not waste a scientific mind, I decided to get a Maths degree first. That way if the animation ever went sour, like crippling arthritis in my index fingers for example, I would always find something to fall back on.

You know those people who say Maths is hard at university? That's because it is, it's really hard. However, if you have an interest in Maths I don't think that should stop you doing it. Maths is a bit general term anyway as when you diverge in many specific areas of Maths.

I got a great sense of achievement when I completed the course. Anyway, just thought I mention it.

Music

Hi, I would like to talk about Music today. Music is obviously important and I know a couple of guys who are good.

First of all there is my brother Lewis Taylor whose excellent guitar playing ca be seen at our Taydar Youtube page, which can be found in my links list.

My friend Ben Altmann produces interesting music which can be found at

http://www.youtube.com/user/dronespace

Have a listen!

Sunday, 23 September 2007

London Zoo






Here are some quick animal Life Drawings I did when I went too London Zoo. London Zoo was fun, crowded though.


Saturday, 22 September 2007

Random Doodles






I'm just posting some random doodles up here right now. Some of them were done recently, some were done a little while ago.
The first picture is a self-portrait of myself. At the time I drew the second picture I had just purchased a book on Warner Brothers Art and so I tried drawing some of my characters in the style of the great artists in the book. Some are mimicking Chuck Jones in Style and some are mimicking Bob Clampet.
These are just some Bob heads I did, trying to see how horrible I could make his teeth.
The dancing triplets I just doodled because I wanted to draw a pretty girls. Also, I found out that conjoined triplets exist and I thought Hmmm.
Finally, this Doodleboy page featuring a fight between Doodleboy and Negative. I haven't had much practice with comic layouts, so I mimicked a page from Dragonball Z. I can't remember which page now, but I know it's in the fight between Goku and Majin Vegeta.
Thanks.

Doodleboy Toon Effects Pictures





Hi, these are just some practice pictures I did to mess around with the Toon Effects in Maya 7. I really like that 2D look and I don't think it is used enough in CG animation. I just created a very simple model of Doodleboy and put the Toon effects on him. I think they turned out O.K.

Monday, 17 September 2007

My Influences, a biography of me













Hi,


In this post I decided to talk about me and what makes me tick. I could of just listed the things I really liked, but I felt the easiest way was to do the collage above. It contains some of my favourite characters from the history of animation. I enjoy animation, obviously, but I not quite sure what it is about it I enjoy. All I know is that I am instantly drawn to it.


In my heart I hold a special place for Mickey. Something about him makes him so utterly appealing, but it is something that can not be identified. I know some people out there say that Mickey is not the funniest, he didn't hold dynamite like Bugs Bunny or was clumsy like Goofy, he is just a nice, little guy who always does his best no matter what the situation. That's why I think I route for him more. I have a similar relationship with Kermit. He's my favourite because he's the guy trying to hold together this group of crazies, and he great that way.


My personal heroes are Walt Disney, Jim Henson, Stan Lee and Shiguru Miyamoto. What those men did astounds me.


That's not to say I don't like Bugs Bunny, Goofy etc I really do. The Looney Tunes cartoons are some of the funniest ever made. I had the opportunity to meet with Linda Jones once. That was a wonderful experience. I also got to meet Nick Park and Steve Box. The are very nice.


As you probably can tell from the collage, I enjoy a wide variety of cartoons, movies, comics and video games. I really grew up on American stuff like Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera cartoons and the cartoons of the early nineties, Duck Tales, Tiny Toons, Batman etc which I watch on weekend mornings. Disney Club on channel 3. I also enjoyed a selection of British cartoons, Sooty, Danger Mouse etc. Animated movies where and still are a large part of my life, from Dumbo, through Who framed Roger Rabbit and the little Mermaid up to Lilo and Stitch. Along the way Pixar arrived and blew me away.


Of course when I was younger I had a Nes and a Mega Drive and grew up on those systems.


I didn't get cable until I was about thirteen and found out the wonders of Cartoon Network. New shows like the Powerpuff Girls and Cow and Chicken blew me away. This is where I saw my first anime in Dragonball Z, it was different and exciting.


As one gets older, one acquires a taste for superhero comics and South Park, but I hope to never lose my passion for Disney, Looney Tunes etc.


I personally believe that no matter where a animation comes from, as long as it has good characters, story and animation, that's fine by me.


Of course, being British, I also grew up with British Sitcoms. Only Fools and Horses is of course a personal favourite, but so is Mr. Bean, Fawlty Towers etc. Eventually I found American sitcoms like Friends. Good Comedy is it's own reward.


Well, I hope that gives you a quick insight into me. Bye!




Saturday, 15 September 2007

Other Characters






These are the Toons. In a world where Toons and people live side by side, a selection of part human part toon people are born. After discovery of their cartoony abilities, the four become close friends. Together they save the human and cartoon world, but only if they can get their teenage selves organised.


Finally, their is Stitchbag. A living scarecrow whose is butler for the king of the grim reapers, he is also headmaster for the Underworld Academy of Grim Reaping. As well as teaching kids the fine art of scaring and his butlering duties, an evil virus has infected a nearby alien planet of super intelligent chickens, turning them into alien chicken zombies. The Chicken zombies have now set their sights on invading earth. Oh, spoot!




Characetrs that appear in animatic





I just thought I'd give you a brief description of the three characters that make up the 2D animatic I did.

The first one is Tag the bunny. He's a rabbit of the classic cartoon variety. His brain resides on the just on the smart side of screwy. When not starring in cartoons, he resides in Toon Town where he has to deal with his everyday life.

The second is Baby Boo Boo. A cute, curious but not too bright baby, he always manages to get himself into trouble mainly because he doesn't know any better.His name gives a clue to where this trouble usually leads.
The final one is Doodleboy. A child's drawing brought to life by a machine called THE ANIMATOR, he is the world's greatest and mightiest superhero. Brave and quite able to throw a punch, he is still a child at heart and enjoys having fun.
Thanks for reading!




New Youtube Videos


Hi,


I have recently put four new videos on Youtube. The first is a stop-motion animated film I did when I was 19.
The second is my ball with tail animation. It was the first project I did at Ravensbourne, we were giving total free will on this so I went a bit crazy.
The third is my part of a storyboard reel that I had to do for storyboarding class.
The final is a 2D animated walk cycle I did of a very early Tag the bunny.
It should be up their momentarily.
Enjoy!



Thursday, 13 September 2007

Stop Motion

Here is a little Stop-motion animated movie I did when I was 19. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Early versions of Tag the Bunny





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Here are some very early versions of Tag I thought I should put up here. Here are the original expression sheets.



I have also put up the original animatic of the film, which is available on Youtube by the link on the previous post.





Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Life Drawing

He are some Life drawings I did in class last year. I suppose it is important to show this on this blog. They are thirty seconds, two minutes and ten minutes. Bye!




Daryl-Rhys Taylor's Tribute to Only Fools and Horses

Hey again, this is my tribute to what I consider to be the funniest sitcom of all time Only Fools and Horses. John Sullivan is a comic mastermind and the performances of David Jason and Nicholas Lynhurst as Del and Rodney are terrific. It has some of the funniest comic moments ever period.

I designed this Alien whose short with long arms as I thought it would be funny. His face was a bit different, but then I saw Lilo and Stitch ( great film) and I borrowed the Chris Sanders mouth.

I wanted to do a dialogue scene but, as I was pressed for time, didn't want to animate two characters. That's why Trigger is represented as a cylinder. I thought it was funny. Foster's is in the background because I think that show is great.

I did IK on the arms as I wanted lots of joints but I think I messed it up a bit. I didn't want to do big, wild poses as Rodney's dialogue isn't very loud but I wanted the lines to be hit and the poses to be read. That is why the poses a kept still for longer.

Again if sound is a problem I apologise. I have included some model sheets. This video is also up on Youtube.





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