Friday, 27 April 2007

Final Project with the National Gallery

So for our final project we've been briefed to produce a one minute animation based on a picture at the national gallery.

The picture I've chosen is A Grotesque Old Woman by Quinten MASSYS (1465 - 1530).

It really jumped out at me, and is apparently based on an old cartoon by Leonardo da Vinci. For me this painting could come staight from the cover of a Terry Pratchett novel, and this style of cartooning is even more savage than some stuff around today.

The picture itself is a satire (my kind of humour) of women who dress far younger than their years. Quite appropriate as most of the nighclubs in the UK seem awash with this kind of divorcee nowadays. Apologies, went a bit Daily Mail there. Anyhow basically this painting is mutton dressed up as lamb.

Or maybe Tony Blair in a wimple?

Other paintings that made it close to the list were:-

Madame La La at the Cirque Fernando - DEGAS, Hilaire-Germain-Degas

The Fighting Temeraire - TURNER, Joseph Mallord William

Allegory of Love II (scorn) - VERONESE, Paolo

Anyhow if you get time, go to the gallery, it's free, and there's some paintings there that are worth way more than Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer fee, which is quite impressive really.

Monday, 23 April 2007

Week 21 - Lip Synch

Hi, another piece of animation, in case you're wondering why there's a big space to the right, this was for a pairs project called 'The things they say'. This was based on parents talking about their kids, so I lip synched the mum, and to the right another student Franceso has done a 2D animation of the kid which has been put together in after effects.

For the moment though here's my stuff:-

Lip Synch - Week 21 on Vimeo

Friday, 20 April 2007

First Film From Last Term

Well, here's my first film - Jenga Man. Looking back there's a few pieces of animation I still like in this and a couple that I really dislike, but nothings perfect first time round. Things I've learnt? That I nearly always end up with something too long, really get poses sorted out in your head beforehand, and storyboard properly!

First Film - Jenga Man on Vimeo

Thursday, 19 April 2007


Hi folks, just drew up an avatar.

Application sketches for my Postgrad

Short Course
Some of the first figure drawing I ever did on a Summer short course. Some of it I painted up in acrylics after, but i've left a couple with the original sketches alongside.

Other Sketchbook work
A few other odds and ends from my sketchbook that I submitted for the course.