Illustration Friday Challenge – Small

Heres my first attempt at the Illustration Friday Challenge. The title this week is small and I was reminded of the time our cat was chased out of a bush by 3 butterflies! I think it was just co-incidence but it looked hilarious. She’s never been very good at hunting.

cat and butterfly illustration
An illustration for the Illustration Friday Challenge

Creating Characters part 2

As expected, it has taking me a while to complete the first character design from Creating Characters with Personality by Tom Bancroft, but finally, here is Dillon-the hero.

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Top 10 Recent Animated Films

Over the weekend I decided to think about what animated films produced over the last 30 years would be in my top 10. I hope this inspires you to watch any that you haven’t seen. Please let me know if there are any  animated films you think should be there.

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Creating Characters part 1

It can be hard to balance learning with creating final products. I concentrate too much on the former, always thinking there is more to understand before my work is good enough to show.

I’m trying to get over this habit and thought I’d share some of the sketches for my final characters based on the exercises in book, Creating Characters with Personality by Tom Bancroft.

Hopefully, this will give me incentive to finish them soon for part 2.

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Re…Draw: Gesture Drawing

Gesture sketches 1
Quick gesture sketches.

Well, I’ve been spending some time each day improving my figure drawing skills and anatomy knowledge and thought I’d post one of my recent pages from my sketch book. These are 2 minute drawings with the help of the Vilppu Drawing Manual (which is an excellent, interesting book to learn from).

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Re…Drawing: The Start

My main reason for taking up the pencil again was to help with my 3D work. I love character animation and really would enjoy creating an animated short…I’ve never been happy with any characters I’ve designed though.

So, my plan started with picking up Creating Characters with Personality by Tom Bancroft. Overall, a very useful book that I’ll review in detail another time. One thing I like is that–as you work through the book–you build your own cast of characters for a fictional animation, so you  learn by doing.

Shortly after, I was asked  to create an illustration of some cartoon Elephant Santas for a charity fun run and, although this wasn’t used, this was my chance to put my new knowledge into practice for the first time!

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