Hello is that Andrew?' is a short animated cartoon music video. This is my second attempt in doing animation, and I wanted to practice a walking cycle, and lip syncing, so I thought this would be a great way in which to try out both. The idea came from a time I used to do crank calls to my friend Andrew Salter, when we worked in the same book shop many years ago. This is dedicated to you Andy:) Of the voices I used, this high pitched voice was my favourite, and I thought that it would be fun that this short, middle aged, white man had aspirations to be a rapper,
I should have done this 3 weeks ago, but my feeling of being fed up has not changed:/ I think the most convincing argument that should have been pushed by the Remain camp, was that if we vote to go out, we will never hear the last of it from the media.
I spend the majority of my lunch breaks at Bitton Station at the Avon Valley Railway, which I find is a pleasant way to spend the time. Having been a trainspotter when I was a kid back in the 70s I still have got a fondness for the subject, and get a kick out of train travel, and especially visiting heritage railway sites. Here is a illustration I had done of a class 31, based at Bitton, number 31130 Calder Hall Power Station. I would normally go for an engine with the usual British Rail blue, and yellow livery, but I thought this would be an interesting challenge.
I thought if I was going to draw a vampire, it would be fun to come up with a vampire slayer as well. This is another illustration I have been sitting on for a while. If I was to do it again I probably do a more dynamic pose, but I still like it. Here we have Professor Jeremiah Anderson. He is not like modern heros who are young, good looking, and physically fit, but he is middle aged, greying, intellectual, and a man of faith!
I started this illustration a while back, and worked on it when I had a few moments to relax. This picture harks back to when I used to watch Hammer films when I was a kid. I have never been a fan of overt violence in movies, and wince a bit when I see blood, however I totally loved the atmosphere created in these films. The gothic castles, spooky creaking doors, and seeing the likes of the great Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Ingrid Pitt, who brought their characters to life, or not as the case might be. There were not any sparkly vampires, with teenage angst in those days. They were evil, beguiling, and needed to be vanquished. Here is one Jessica Pero, who obviously chose her tomb stone well, considering her fate.
It has been a while, but I thought it was about time I posted the link to my first attempt at animation. As I said in my previous post, I tried to keep it as simple as possible, but at the same time learn some of the techniques as I went along. It was a challenge, but I was pleased with the results. Hope you enjoy it:)
The lack of posts does not mean I have not been producing work, but up-loading files to the blog from my old Mac has proved to be cumbersome, so I may decide to create another blog else where. I am not definitely sure yet.
In the meantime, I have been teaching myself some basic animation on the iPad, so when I finish my first project I will create a YouTube channel, and post a link to it from here. I think for a first attempt it is looking pretty good. I have kept it simple, but at the same time pushed myself to learn techniques as I have been going through the story. As well as this I have created music, and sound effects for it in GarageBand, and editing it in iMovie.
I am 3.5 minutes into the film at the moment, but I think I still got another minute of footage to create.
I am a cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer, and mural artist. I have worked full time as a Graphic Designer for Mail Marketing Bristol Ltd and SWEB, and have done various freelance work for individuals and business's in the UK since 1995.