Saturday, 28 May 2011


Top: Colour Version
Bottom: Submission Version

This is my answer to the CALL FOR FAN ART by Jay Townsend, aka Jayextee over on Deviant Art, it features one of his characters, Jake Mason, drawn in my style.

This is the original line art version that is over in my Deviant Art account Trashfield Fan art entry scrap

time spent approx. 7hrs in photoshop

NOTE: I DON'T OWN TRASHFIELD, OR JAKE MASON they belongs to Jay Townsend

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Evaluation of Project, Monster in fireworks

Well for this project I decided to work with on a short animation for children on the dangers of playing with fireworks.
To start with on this project I had to look at the concept as a whole, fireworks and there dangers, from there I took a look at how I could create something for a targeted age range, mainly pre school to infant, which meant I spent a lot of time watching the CBBies and Nick Jr, looking at all the pre-school shows.

As a staring point on the actual story line I used a thumbnail storyboard that I did towards the end of last year, which was about two monsters, un-named at the start, playing with fireworks as a joke, but after some further development and fine tuning I managed to create a story that was 18 panels long.

In order to develop my characters I looked at characters like the Cat in the Hat, The Grinch and other Dr Susis characters. As the original version of the story had a character that looked like the cookie monster from Sesame Street I redesigned him to be more friendly looking and less likely to be a copyrighted character.

What did I find most interesting in this project?

The most challenging element I found while I was working on this project was setting my own deadlines for key production elements, such as animatic to key’s, to cleaned and finished, I feel I have created something that if I enter it into a competition such as BAF I won’t feel ashamed to be entering it.

In a way I feel that I have copped out on the lip-syncing as I used a whistle for the characters voice, similar to the way the Clangers where produce, as this removed the need for complicated lip-syncs, which I feel aren’t my strongest point but I plan to rectify that by doing just some simple dialog work before I even attempt to create something that is dialog heavy, such as a story I am creating called Battle-fortress Destiny which is a major re-write of my original graphic novel title ‘Stargate Omega’,

What did I find the most enjoyable in this project?

The thing I found most enjoyable was the freedom I had over my work, not that the work I did in the second year didn’t allow me this, but this year the only major factor that I had to contend with was keeping my mind on track, and on the whole I believe I have done this as I had set out to crate a fully animated short for the under 8’s about the dangers of fireworks.

The why that I made sure that both the story and the characters were appealing to this group was to test out my designs on the younger members of my family, that’s correct I used human’s as lab rats I am evil, but this allowed me to discover if my characters where friendly enough for this age range or if I needed to make them more friendly. As it turns out my youngest relative has taken to drawing the main character instead of the normal characters that he draw’s.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Work in Progress

top ship in space dock
bottom Noa's space ark