Tee Sale. All designs discounted. Limited time offer: www.teepublic.com/user/markdaviesanim
A few new animation books to add to the collection. Looking forward to getting stuck into them. Links below if anyone is interested:
I've recently started working on a few designs for use on t-shirts and posters etc. Been having a lot fun with it lately and will be continuing with this in my free time. If any of the above designs take your fancy they're available to purchase here. You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see more of my designs.
As a generalist I don't get to do as much animation as I used to so its important for me to keep up with my animation outside work times. I've been meaning to animate a prehistoric creature for a while now so I had quite bit of fun with this one. I've also been working on improving my presentation and production values lately. It's been a good learning experience and hopefully the extra effort shows. The animation was done by me but the model and rigging was done by Harry Gladwin Geoghegan.
Last weekend I attended a few animation talks as part of the Cardiff International Film Festival. This was hosted by the Chapter Arts Centre in Canton and organised by Cardiff Animation Nights. The first talk I attended was by Joanna Quinn, a prize-winning animator and director who's won over 90 awards, including 2 Emmy awards, 4 Bafta awards and a Jury prize at all the major international animation festivals. I'd previously only seen a few examples of Quinn's work. This mainly consisted of the short film "Britannia" and like many others, the "Charmin" adverts which are probably her most renowned and widely recognisable work to date.
The talk showcased Quinn's extensive back catalogue of work, peppered with a few humorous anecdotes and ended with a short demonstration of her work process. After the talk the audience was invited to peruse a selection of her sketchbooks and stills from her films. Her sketchbook work was particularly inspiring and reminded me of one of my favourite Disney artists, Mark Mcdonnell.
Interestingly, Boquelet began by talking about his first job out of University. It was in advertising and apparently didn't go particularly well. He recounted how he would pitch countless ideas/characters but to no avail. Further down the line at his new Cartoon Network job, Boquelet was eventually asked to pitch an idea for a new show. With an abundance of unused and leftover characters from his advertising days, Boquelet simply pitched a show which could incorporate the use of all of them. This would later grow to become the "The Amazing World of Gumball".
Towards the end of the talk the audience was treated to a special UK premier screening of an upcoming and un-aired "Gumball" episode called "The Fury". It featured fight scenes depicted in an anime style which were produced by Studio 4°C, a studio famous for producing numerous feature films, OVA's and shorts, my favourite being "Tekkon Kinkreet"and their work on the "Animatrix".
Overall I had a great time at the event and only wish I could have gone to more of the talks/screenings that were being held. I'd like to thank Cardiff Animation Nights and all the speakers for putting on a great show. Hopefully we'll have more events like this to look forward to in the future.
A big bonus to my new job at Futurium is the varied amount of work that comes our way. It gives me the opportunity to try new things and really flex my artistic muscles. Recently I've worked on a series of children's books called Gem 'N' Huw. Below are a few illustrations I did for the books:
Emotional education is a hot topic since the release of Pixar's 'Inside Out' as it did such a great job of explaining the complicated topic of emotions. The Gem 'N' Huw books are similarly designed to help educate children about their emotions in a fun and interactive way that can lead to a reduce in negative behavior, improve social skills and promote healthy relationships. To find out more about Gem 'N' Huw visit the Moodmwd website.
I've wanted to try After Effects for a while now so I spent this weekend getting to grips with it. I decided to attempt a small logo animation that I'll use at the start of individual animations and future showreels. I used a couple of really useful tutorials to do this which you can find here and here, if you want to check them out yourself. Below is the end result with the sound effects included.