Monday, 21 May 2018

Hashtag Live!!

Soafter the last Hashtag animation, the only natural follow-up task was to decide what the next Hashtag cartoon would be about. Mall and the guys sent me through another hilarious clip from the show and I got started on the 2nd episode of the Hashtag Show animation.

However, I had a massive eureka moment whilst producing the episode and spoke with the guys about creating an animated opening to the Hashtag Live show that would be taking place in Glasgow on May 20th

The guys loved the idea and so I put episode 2 on hold and set to work on creating an opening for Hashtag 6 which ending up being over a minute long. The animation itself was finished several weeks ago but I held back on posting it until after Hashtag Live, which I attended yesterday.

It was a great day out with my friend and fellow animator Jon, and I even spent a few minutes on the stage, something I had not expected. The animation work I did was well received and it was a very proud moment to see my work projected on a big screen.

I have attached the final animation for Hashtag 6 below and an image from my time on stage. At the very bottom is a single still showing a preview of what is to come in the next episode of the Hashtag Show.

Going forward, I will be placing the 2nd Hashtag episode on hold as I complete some freelance animation work for a Youtube channel. This piece should be relatively simple to do as it is just a five second walk cycle of a cow character. After completing this, I will turn my attentions back to the Hashtag Show cartoon. Beyond completing episode 2, I have no idea what will come next – I may continue to work on Hashtag, or there may be something else in store for me, who knows? I am still currently looking around for full time employment in the animation industry.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Animal Testing!

Back again with another update and I am proud to say that I have now finished the project that I mentioned a couple of posts ago regarding the project with a Scottish DJ.

Now that this project has been completed I can now reveal that I have done this work for comedians Scott Gibson and Gary Little and  DJ Mallorca Lee for their podcast The Hashtag Show. I have attached the completed animation below.

As previously mentioned, Jon and I had discussed doing our own individual animations after giving each other a brief and that may be something I move onto soon. However, in my discussions with Mallorca Lee, I have found that there may be more work to be done on The Hashtag Show, including a potential piece for their live action show.


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Food Doggy

As previously mentioned, the Meatballs cartoon "Food Doggy" is now finally completed and I have posted it across my social media channels and on my website.

Now going forward I will continue to work on the animation project for the Scottish DJ and the podcast he works on. I'm not sure where we go from there. I feel quite tired from going from one project to the next so will take a break after this one.

I have posted Food Doggy below, enjoy! 🐶

Saturday, 13 January 2018

New year, new animation!

So a new year has come and now that the festivities are over I can start to focus on animation again. "Meatballs" is still incomplete at the moment but I have ramped things up and the aim is to have it finished for Jan 21st.

I have also been in contact with a Scottish DJ recently who is part of a comedy podcast with two Scottish comedians. What they are looking to do is to add animated characters over the voices to complement what they are discussing.

So far I have designed the three hosts and will be moving on to doing an animatic shortly for the first clip, which is about a minute long.

Following on from that, I will focus on getting "Meatballs" completed and out there. I have also put together my 2018 showreel and will have that updated on the site once "Meatballs" is finished.

I am also writing my own short story, which is at around 10,000 words, so as can be expected, doing this while working a 40 hour p/w job, is pretty exhausting. I am looking forward to getting the dog animation done and focusing on the new piece. It's hard to believe it started as a 24 hour animation idea that was supposed to be completed within a day.

I will update again in a week or so once the latest project is complete.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Moving forwards

Just thought I would drop in and do another update to the blog as we come to the end of the year. The animation that my animation partner Jon and I have been working on is almost coloured. Going forward after this project I have decided I will commit myself to doing more 3D animation as I seem to be limited with my 2D work in terms of employability options.
Jon and I also spoke about doing another project but this time setting each other a brief with storyboards and story and the other must complete it, which I thought was quite a neat idea.
I may try to get one more post before the end of the year. When the year started, I commited myself to making more posts on the blog and I haven't let myself down, having posted on 7 out of 12 months for the year. Not bad at all!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Food Doggy intro

I have now completed the intro to "Food Doggy" and have completed all the animation work. My co-animator Jon is still working on his own scenes and I will continue to work on the scene colouring. Below is the final animation and colouring of the intro, though the music used may still be changed for something else.

Final Pirate design!

A lot has been happening over the last few months as I have been working on numerous different projects including the Meatballs cartoon and a new short story.

The female lioness character below, with her pet snake, will be my final contribution to the Pirate villain crew. What I will do next is digital colour these characters.

For the meantime, I will be refocusing on "Food Doggy" and getting it completed within the month. I have recently completed the intro to the project and will post that above.