Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Monday, 25 February 2013

2013 Sketchbook/Scrapbook

When I was in Bristol I started work on a new experimental sketchbook. Taking influence from fashion and design work I love. I want it to have a scrapbook feel to it where I can whack in anything and everything I find interesting and cool. Here is the back and front of it 

One of the running series of illustrations i've started messing around with is taking real life clothing from a fashion magazine and then cutting it out and stylising it to then draw my own character model underneath it. Playing around with size and scale. Trying out different styles. I'm excited to see where I can take this.

I have done a couple caricatures of youtubers that I love a well. I am pleased with how they look.

Grace Helbig

Mamrie Hart

Saturday, 16 February 2013

A Productions Internship - Day 5

NumTums Artwork (Not made by Me)

So I had my last day at A Productions. It's been a great learning experience. Even though I spent a lot of my time working on clean up work I enjoying it. After talking to Emma who had organised the oppertunity she told me that when they hire new people one of the first things they ask them is how they are with monotonous tasks. Even the most proficient person can feel it. Luckily I found that Listenning to musicals is enough to keep me going. But as the studio is now working full on with the show NumTums they will be producing around 50 episodes an be done by about a year from now. Emma showed me her schedule for the entire production and it looks so intense. They have so much going on at the same time. Basically they have about 20 different episodes being worked on in different stages at a time. From the look of it television work seems to be a lot more full on than film work. I'm still open to work within any part of the industry.

I also got given the opportunity to tweak some simple boards by the director Mark. Which was cool. Just changing the way numbers were counted up on screen to make them pop more. 

Overall I think that this week has been a incredible. It has shown me that there are other places to work other than the likes of massive mega studios. These smaller studios are nice and have more of a community feel I think. It was great to have a standard 9 to 5 working week to work within. I have been trying to apply this routine to my work at uni and it has made me work a lot more proficiently than working at home.

This has been great to keep me motivated and get some great work finished by the end of the year so that I can go out into the world and join a studio like A Productions. 

Back to university life next week. 

Friday, 15 February 2013

A Productions Internship - Day 4

Another day doing the same thing. Cleaning up boards. But I thought I was going to find this task super boring but I've really been enjoying myself. I think it's because the rough boards are so dynamic and interesting that it's a lot of fun cleaning them up. It's nice to just put some music on and just get into a groove and before I know it I've been drawing for 2 hours. 

I have been offered the opportunity to stay on for another week as they have really enjoyed my work. It was very tempting but as I would be doing the same thing I'm doing this week I thought to myself that I have had my time there and it was time to move on and get knuckled back down into uni work as the second semester is about to start. But it was nice to think that they did want me to stay on.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

A Productions Internship - Day 3

I am beginning to get into the swing of it now. I'm really enjoying the work I am doing. It's quite therapeutic to clean up these boards. It helps that the rough ones are so impressive that the main challenge has been trying to keep that same life and motion in the final clean up that the rough boards have.

I was worried how I was going to fit into the workings if the studio and would I like being in a different setting that wasn't the studio at university. But after being here for half a week It is making me feel a lot more excited to graduate and get out there and work in a studio like this. 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

A Productions Internship - Day 2

After having a bit of a rocky start to the week due to technical complications I manage to have a very productive day.

When I came in Phil had managed to do an example of the kind of quality of he wanted each board to look like in terms of thickness. This was super helpful to get me on track today. So I went though and started to retouch each board I had done the day before. 

This took the whole day and I've only got a couple left to finish. It's interesting to see how time consuming story boarding can be especially when you have multiple characters on screen. In some cases all 4 characters are on a board at a time. 

I'm looking forward to see what work I get set next time. 

Monday, 11 February 2013

A Productions Internship - Day 1

So I have been given a great opportunity to work with a studio in Bristol for the week. The studio is called A Productions . They have been around in the industry for years now.



To be honest I did feel a little bit nervous as I got there. But it all faded once I got in the building and began to have a look round. People were generally friendly and working away on whatever they were working on. I even met an falmouth illustration grad working there. It's nice to think that some people do come out of this uni and into a job. 

After a quick tour of the building I was introduced to who I would be working with for the rest of the week. His name was Phil and he was the resident in house story artist. He has been working for the studio for quite some time now and his work was really impressive. 

I would be helping him with his work on a children's show that they were helping develop for the BBC. My job was to take the rough boards that he had done and take them into photoshop and clean them up. The character design was nice and simple which was a plus. It was also great to be working so close to Phil so I could get feedback so quickly. 

I was learning that my work needed to be more bolder so the lines wouldn't get lost when the boards are printed out on paper in PDF format. 

So far it has been a really pleasant experience. I feel like this situation i am benefitting from a lot in comparison to when I worked at Aardman where I was just there to shadow really. Here I am actually producing work that needs to be industry standard which is daunting but I do like a challenge. 

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Week 5 - Production - Background Design (Secret Circus)

Here is the the progression I have done with The Secret Circus. Targeting the bathroom location in Tilly's house. I wanted to keep a similar layout to the bathroom I had already done for inside the Circus world. But I when for a more muted tone not to make it boring but to ground it and make it look like a real family bathroom. I am really pleased with this progress and I've not got many background left to finish now.