Wednesday, 19 January 2011

I'm not an artist (?)

I thought I'd just do a quick blog update on some external commercial work I've been doing and working on. So this is a pretty Mahoosive Dump of work from the past month, alongside sorting out the Scheduling for 'The Last Trophy', Updating the Modeling Process and laying down some beefy deadlines, keeping 'Bap Rambling' Updated, and caring for my general mental welfare, which at times seems the hardest task of them all.After Jimmy @ Loading Cafe/Bar asked me to do some promo work for his Portable stand at Falmouth Vintage Flea Market, something inspired by Bioshock or Fallout, I started to draft up some characters from those games as an inspiration, I decided that 'Big Daddy' was one of the more recognizable characters from the series, so I did this little bad boy. Admittedly It didn't go toward the poster, but I was pretty stoked by how it turned out, as I'm not particularly familiar with the character, and I hadn't done anything too 'Arty' Recently, but this was pretty cool. I'm happy with it.The Next two Images are Demo's I came up with the theme of Portable. I really like my Colourful First attempt Poster, but the final piece requested was something a bit more straight forward, and ended up being just the gameboy with the information on the screen, but this was a really cool exercise and it was really cool to give something back to Jimmy for all the Milkshakes he supplied me with.This was the final Poster/Flyer that Jimmy Settled on. All self contained within' my Game boy.
Makes me miss my Donkey Kong Special Edition Nintendo Game Boy of Old! My Parents bought me Rad presents on such a tight budget, I have no idea how they did it, but that thing was so good. Pokemon, Donkey Kong, Bomber Man, Legend of Zelda. Anyway,... here it is.
Finally, I won't upload all the reiterations of this image, but Rich Pearson asked that I work on his Campaign trail, running for Student President, which normally I would throw away if it was anyone else, But Rich has been a great friend to me, and we've done some awesome things together, had laughs and gotten lost when attending UCAS fairs, McDonalds breakfasts in Weston Super-Mare, This dude, is a complete Legend and has done so much for the student body already, being a leading Ambassador and Mentor along with myself, if anyone deserves Student Presidency Next year, it's Rich.

So Rich asked me to make a Character of him for his posters. Which in the styles I'm accustomed to, being more a Pixel Basher, I first approached it my regular way with little Chibi Characters, but it was hard to make it look as if it was going to go anywhere poster wise. So I stole a picture from his facebook and began going about making him look like a Pixel Jesus. Initially using block black outlines, but having looked into more pixel works, a lot of them don't use block black outlines, especially larger pieces, they use a darker tone of the pixel before it to separate out the areas. Which on this image, I believe works quiet well. But this is still a work in Progress, Still have quiet a bit to do, and changing the eyes around makes me giggle lots.

Along with the Images, I've been working on music with my Friend Tommy Davidson, we're pioneering a 'new wave ambient punk revolution', Sounds good,.... probably won't be.... haha. I think that about covers everything, lots of stuff going down with "The Last Trophy" At the moment, and some great work being produced. So I'll update you all on that one later.

Til Next time. Tx

Friday, 14 January 2011

Pixar's Zoetrope

Really Interesting, Check it out. Love the fact it was inspired by the Ghibli Bouncing Totoro!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Working On Assets

So I've began working on the Credits for "The Last Trophy", It's an early stage to be doing it, but it gets it out of the way, here's the quick camera block through and gives a small insight into the unfinished Hunters Cabin being worked on by Matt Luxton.

(Unfortunately Youtube wouldn't take my Video. I will get it posted soon. Tx)

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Reminder of Work to Do for External Forces.... Like the Sith.

Along with my Work for the The Last Trophy, The Musician & Barista I've now been asked to work on stuff for.

1. Jimmy @ Loading
- Poster for Retro Gaming Cafe with the theme of Portable. Bioshock & Fallout as Themes.
- In time for the end of the Month - Vintage Flea Market

2. Alisa @ BA(hons) Dancey Stuff Aka Choreography
- Shadow Puppet Animation. 3.00 mins to match Choreographed Sequence.

3. Rich Pearson @ UCF President Campaign
- Campaign Posters. Use of Head Mentor T-shirt. Allowed to go to town. Promote your mate!


Ps. Dear Tom,.... Try not to commit to too many things. Love Tom.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Probably one of the greatest Animation Showreels I've seen.

Check it out!

Blur have done Cut scenes and Teaser trailers for the likes of DCUO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dantes Inferno. Really amazing stuff.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

The Deciding Year!

Down Time is OVER!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, but it is now time to get back to work. If not slowly. Dissertation is underway, and I will be taking a few days in the studio next week as to break up my time spent sat in my room, watching through Ghibli Films and other Animated works to fuel my 8000 to 10000 words.

I'm heading into the Studio on Monday to start work on my Editorial Duties working on the Credits. (I know that sounds a bit forward seeing as we don't even have a film yet, but it's one less job out of the way!) There's a critical meeting to determine the forward planning of "The Last Trophy" and the fate of Bap on the 11th January. Thing's are still good and on track,.... to an extent. And it'll be nice to get people back into Jobs that they can enjoy and flourish in, and also get a bit more specialist toward their own Portfolios.

I've been looking around some more, and I think I could really get into the role of an Animation producer very quickly within' the Industry, even though at the moment, with this project, is what I see myself as, but alas. I am still a student. But to see yourself as what you aspire to be is really inspiring. I'd love to produce for Games, but it's an Industry I'm very passionate about, and I believe my Ideas and Ideals could get torn apart very easily. Wheras Animation, again another industry I'm passionate about, but it's something I find easier to take a step back from.

After 2010's Toy Story 3 and writing like a mad man about Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's works. How could you NOT be passionate about Animation. They're all amazing pieces of work, and If I get to influence and work on anything like that and leave my mark on the world in the form of an animated work, that may feature in peoples DVD collections, My life will be more fruitful for it. So that's it. I'm headed for Associate Producer Jobs at Pixar! John Lasseter, You have carved the path for my future, with your fantastic CG works. It's great to read about Miyazaki's thoughts on Lasseter and Pixar as well. To see a man who works so amazingly traditionally embrace the works of others and rival it with beautiful works of his own in a very traditional manner. 2010 is leaving me more the Animation Producer, and 2011 will be the year I realize it. I know with "The Last Trophy" team and the other groups, I'm helping out with "The Musician" & "Barista" With the Talent behind those teams, I look to have a great Uni life to look back on.

On a lighter note.

Good Luck to Everyone in 2011. Best of Luck to EVERYONE on BA(hons) Digital Animation. It's wierd to think that 3 years are almost up and we'll be graduating this year, I really look forward to seeing what everyone goes on to do. Thanks for a 2010 full of learning and growing up, there's still a lot to go, but I have all the blank pages in the world to go forward.