Saying Chow for Now to O.U.A.I (Once Upon an Iceberg...)

WoWzer! How oh how is it already Friday!

That's a good thing the week has gone so fast isn't it?  And guess what our last and unfortunatly quick little post will be about? 

That's right I'm on track for my last week, being my last week for O.U.A.I! I have been in discussions about still attending for a little longer to  help out bit more, but we shall see how that go.

And what have I been doing? 

Well I'm glad you asked! So we have an iceberg but no ice caps! What do we think, Tatutuga's iceberg is the only one? No, so here I am creating the basic shapes to create some truly amaze background features. Its all in the little things. That's the key. (Take a look at the Witcher! -if thoust dost game, you get me)

I digress! 
I made my caps by getting what tibits of foam and poly the team could muster, and stuck and cut them into general shapes that kinda looked like what I wanted it to. And then I cut the foam with a hot wire, which can get very toxic in fumes BTW, so if you do ever melt foam or poly, make sure your not breathing in any nasty stuff with a mask and good ventilation. 

Here I am in a time laps so you can see a little bit of what I'm doing and get a better 
understanding of it.  

After this I simply cleaned up what I needed to and covered the pieces in plaster! Tada! Iceberg. 

And some more pictures of my work space and the process of making the ice just for you guys. 

And that's it.

Hope you liked my short but creative post. =P

Hit me with a comment and let me know if you like my time laps and if I should put more on here. Also if my step by step was interesting to you, or if you wished I would go into less; or perhaps more detail. 

Just hit that comment and let me know! 

Until Next time,

Back to Once Upon and Iceburg.

Back to Once Upon an Iceberg

And I am in my final week (with potential for recall in EMERGENCY! =P)

For the last few weeks I've updated you on how I've been helping to create this wonderfully cute yet strange animation. And after this post there may only be one more on my 'icy' blog post! Yes that means I will no longer be able to keep you updated an right in on behind the scenes.  But I have seen a few clips and test shots and it is looking amazing and I cant wait until next years release! 

So What Have I been Up to...

...last week I was painting these little guys along with making a few props myself for a boat. If you follow me on Instagram you will already have seen a mock scene of the boat. Have a looky! here is a link  If you have the Instagram, why not follow to get more in depth updates on what I'm up to and where I'm at! 

My work space painting TINY lite props.

And bellow is what I painted! I had a lot of fun with these, especially the made up language. Luckily I had developed this writing from a young age...aka I used to use this type of writing in a lot of my drawings growing up. ✍(◔◡◔)

And here is a collage of pictures showing my making process of a bucket. Perfect for fish! Or so I'm told. And I think there going to be dead fish too.... oh look there they are below.

I also helped to paint these little guys... aint' they cute..  These were made by Becky, from wire, masking tape and sculpy. Arnt' they amaze! 

And last but not least, to get an idea of the final piece, some of the assortments mixed with the boat. The boat its self was made by the wonderful Becky. It's made of a body of foam, fashioned with planks bolsa wood around the edges, and a bolsa cabin. All etched with a wood grain and painted with rosco. I helped construct the roof of the hut and I finished the paint job on this puppy. 

I think it looks soo cute! the design was inspired by a mixture of Inuit and western fishing boats. 

I am going to add a few more shots of where we left one of the stages (for now) and some screen shots. Photographs are by myself and the crew who are all very talented. To see morw of the project and more amazing work! Why not check out the links below and have a look at all the skill. 


Inside of Tuts' place. (unfurnished)

Screengrab of animation
OH TUTS! Why you so cute! You heartless little one you. 

Before I leave I am going to leave you with a few links to the producers and animators websites if you would like to follow this project more! I defiantly recommend it as they have more amazing information and pictures for your drooling chops. 

How did you like the props I helped make? Think of any other cute tiny things I can make that could help. or have you ever made any tiny props? I'd love to hear from you and what you made your tiny props for.

Until next time,

Art on Holiday!

Holiday art, because an artists work is never done! 

So many emoticons! 

My (work) holiday began in Córdoba where most of my sketching took place. With so much fantastic structures, courtyards and cultural influences; of course there's a lot to draw! 

So here are some of my architecture studies....

With a few shots of me sketching!

I also had a lot of fun photographing a lot of what was around me, here are some of those shots. 

If you would like to see more of my pictures from my holiday, here's my instergram page (you might see some of these pictures there too!) 

And that was just Córdoba! 

Here are the few sketches that I made in Torremolinos... 

And I felt like it so I drew a sanuritaaa! 

Well that took me awhile to upload! 
And that was my holiday folks. And yeas, it was awesome. =P

Until next time!

Holiday Time!

Apologies for what was suposed to be last weeks post just being posted before this one. But ateasy there are two now! ��

So as the title says. I'm on holiday in the beautiful Cõrdoba, Spain. My first day here and I thought I should post a little drawing before I start to have too much fun. ��

This holiday I am focusing on water colour drawing and architecture. As Cõrdoba has three cultural main influences, where could I find a better place to get some really lovely drawings. 

So before I came away I went to the art shop and got an art haul that I most defiantly couldn't afford, but who can resist an art shop. On this trip I bought some fantastic water colour pens just got this trip. 

So far they have been really fun to use, not got too much experience with them yet but I'm sure by the end of the hols I'm going to be a pro. 

So here's a little sketch of 'A averroe mcmlxvii'. 

I added the birds because they were everywhere! 

If you look close you'll see that I've tricked you will Gauls perspective. ��

Until next time, 


A closer look at those icebergs..

(So this was meant to go out last week! For some reason my phone didn't upload it, so thanks phone. ��) so this week is a double posting week it seems! 

This week I'm still primarily working on the props for the animation 'once upon an iceberg' so I haven't had much time to invest in anything else incredibly creative. (That is until next week! See next weeks post to find out ��)  


So let's have a closer look at what I've been doing. 

We moved our studio first of all! Well, I say moved, more like removed to make way for another, lmuch larger production. 

And here's another Shot of me hard at work. Safety notice: always were protection gear when dealing with fibreglass, it's a prickly so n' so. Also it's dangerous so seriously guys... �� 

So our final concept is to have these peices apear like there the underside of an iceberg and have a small cap with snow on top. We're still testing on the snow but the burgs will be made from resin. As you've seen. So what do the final ice burgs look like? 

Here we go! 

This peice is a moc up of one of our smaller burgs, once we zoom in from the whole smaller scale peice. 

Next, a closer look at one of our wonderful resin burgs. Here we have one before any of the paint has been applied. As you can see its got a blue tinge already, this is because of the slight pigment dropped in when the resin was in liquid form. 

These bergs have been quite hard; figuring out how to paint while still maintaining the translucency and  keeping the light traveling through the paint, while creating texture! It has been the trickyist little peice. ��

Here a some more shots, each with a little bitore paint.

And just to finish off, a shot of us setting up for a proper moc up set up. 

What our test looked like with a backdrop and proper lighting. 

You can see more on my Instagram link past and future, here

Until next time! 

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Back on to Prop Making!

I forgot how much I love it! 

And I'm back at the NFTS! This May I've been traveling to Beaconsfeild to help out my oldest friend Liz with her film project, as I've said in my previous post.

        On my way to Bwacknsfeild 

Liz is the set designer and is designing for a stop motion animation 'Once Upon an Ice Burg'.  I'm very excited about this project and to help out any way I can, it's been a while since I have created; or assisted in this case, assets for a 2D feature. 

Right now I am concentrating on ice! Yup, you've got it, I'm helping to create the ice burg. I mentioned this a little bit before. 

We're using resin so that we can play with light, shade and texture to really help recreate the ice qualities. Also, shinny. 

 Here are some of the test peices that we have been producing. 

And me hard at work hacking out polly so we can have a cast of the resin. 

Here is inside the burg...

And the outside so far...

To shade the peice I'm spray painting I top of white highlights, inside of the resin casting. This way we can retain the gloss on the outside. 

And let's not forget the studio! 

Chow for now

Animating again!! Well, sort of...

So iv'e been busy recently; doing what? Oh nothing much, just reforming my life. As you do.

I'm sure we've all been there at one point or another. Finding the creativity and inspiration to implement what we actually want to do though is another matter. In my case it's a matter of organisation, presentation and implementation.

Knowing is the first step I think, and I have decided that I am going to extend this blog to an inspirational blog as well as creative sketchbook and behind the scenes blog.

That said I'm not quite there yet. Soon but not yet, I'm in the process of planing. The organisation part of things. While I'm doing this I am also working on a few projects with the hope of more to come. I have completely jumped into the pool of freelance!

So this is one of the projects I'm working on and I think its the one i'm most excited about. I'm back to Design and Prop making! Its been a while since I've had the ambition to get back into animation but with the help of an old friend and just a swell story line and aesthetics I don't think I could resist. 

So my current tasks are paint work, texturing and modeling; all for testing so far, but when they are approved by the director we will go ahead and make the final models. And I can proudly say this is my first time Polly sculpting, so I've had a lot of fun there. (Polly is what you can see under the desk there to the right, if your not sure its kind of like foam you get in parcels, just heavy duty.) 

Here are some resin tests with and without paint. Here we are testing  which texture would be better for ice. 

And more testing of materials here seeing which would be best for the icebergs inside columns. This is built up with more polly and plaster caster. Simple! 

I'm defiantly enjoying this project at the moment, so I'll be keeping you up to date! 

Until next time,

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