Friday, 27 November 2009

Necro Z

Oh and here's a picture I drew the other day. Very much inspired by Ben Templesmith:

Thought Bubble and Ben Templesmith

I thought I'd split up the posts so that they didn't get too out of hand...

Last weekend I went to Thought Bubble which is a comic convention in Leeds. It was very fun but for most of the time there I felt weird towards the people who had come in cosplay. Strange folk. Anyway, I got to meet my favouritest artist in the world! The mighty Ben Templesmith! He's responsible for 30 days of night, Wormwood, Fel, Singularity, Dead Space, Welcome to Hoxford, Groom Lake and much more. He was a really great guy, very kind in signing my Wormwood book and letting us take pictures with him. We also attended a seminar with Ben, Anthony Johnson (Dead Space), some pompous guy who did Marvel Zombies and the artist for Walking Dead (which I love). The seminar was really good even though the interviewer had no idea what he was on about and the Marvel guy being really up himself. In the picture below we were doing the boyband pose...oh yeah!

James, Ben Templesmith and me.

My signed and sketched Wormwood book.

We also met Iron Man!

Busy month

I've had a really busy month and have met loads of great people recently so here's what's happened...

First off I went to Eurogamer in Leeds back at the start of the month and got to play L4D2 before the demo was out and Avatar the game. Both were great fun. I also saw a load of other games that I've forgotten the names of but they weren't the type of games that I thought would be that good.

Then I spent pretty much a whole week at Bradford Animation Festival (BAF). BAF was an amazing experience, I'd never been to an animation festival before and this really impressed me. The first couple of days were mainly game company based seminars. I got to see a cool seminar from the guys at Sony about the eyepet, someone from Team17, an indie company who made a great looking point and click game and Ian Livingstonge (Warhammer/Games Workshop/Dungeons & Dragons) of Eidos who was talking about intellectual property.

The second day wasn't all that great because I went to all the indie games seminars and a lot of them pulled out and were replaced with some speakers who weren't all that entertaining or informative.

The days afterwards at the animation festival were great. I got to see Coraline in 3D and attend a seminar by Claire Jennings (Producer of Coraline). Then the next day was the best, I went to a seminar with Brian Van't Hul who won an oscar for his work on Peter Jacksons King King. He worked on all the LOTR films, Forest Gump and many other great films but he was there to talk about the making of Coraline. The seminar was really inspiring and insightful into the whole stop motion process that Laika used. He also explained how 3D films work and afterwards he was nice enough to let us talk to him and take a few pictures. I also got some great shots of the puppets that were actually used in the film:

Me, Brian, Andre and the puppets.

Me and the puppets.


The puppets.

So yeah, that's some of the things I've been up to this month, great great fun!

P.S. Rob is pretty!

Some videos

How to train your dragon:

I saw this trailer back when it was released and it looks absolutely amazing. Dreamworks are getting better and better with every film and this one looks like it could blow a lot of the competition away. I love it when the real character of the dragon comes through after he sits down, mind blowing animation!


My friend Krister sent me this animation on facebook and I love it so much. It has so many great elements - humour, music, great and different types of animation and effects and the concept is really original and appealing. The guy who made it is working on the sequel now, I can't wait!

The Muppets

I found this through twitter on the day it was uploaded and loved it so much that I watched it over and over. It's pure genius. I love how even though only their mouths and sometimes eyebrows move that they have so much character and emotion. I want the muppets to make a return!

Monday, 9 November 2009

BAF and uni work

Today I got a Bradford Animation Festival and Bradford Animation Festival: Games pass...for FREE! That's right, for once my uni decided to be nice to us and actually gave us something in return. The whole three years I've been here they have only just started being nice to us but what a way to do it, saved me a good £140 or so.

So I'll be wandering around BAF from tomorrow onwards, I have no idea what to expect apart from some cool free stuff. They better be giving away t-shirts and student bags again! The one thing I know I want to attend is the Coraline in 3D showing along with the making of. The producer of Coraline is going to be there to introduce it too, should be great. I love that film!

Apart from that I'm just about to start texturing my character for my facial animation. That's right...I'm texturing! I've never tried doing this before so let's hope it works out hehe. I'll be posting some pictures up of the model after I've played around with it a bit more. After the texturing I've just got the rig to do and I can animate as much as I want!


Friday, 6 November 2009

How to train your dragon

I just saw the Trailer for How To Train Your Dragon and it looks AMAZING! Dreamworks are bringing out some seriously high quality work these days and this film look like it could challenge some of the larger studios.

Have a look at the trailer here

Thursday, 5 November 2009


This is something I knocked up quickly today for a presentation that I have tomorrow. I liked the lines I had and so did :iconbrennaraven: so she encouraged me to colour it and so I did! Well, I grey scaled it hehe :P

It felt good to draw something and complete it, I don't know why I don't do it more often...I should!
Updates will come soon about my current projects.

Sunday, 1 November 2009


I went to the cinema again on the opening night of an animated film to see that the place was completely empty as with Up. I was very disapointed with this film. In short - it promised so much and delivered very little.

It had a great concept, idea, story, art direction and the animation was spot on but it was all completely let down by presentation. This film could have been mind blowingly amazing and beautiful but it lacked so much structure that it felt like a made for TV film. Things just happened and jumped all over the place, characters died and nobody really seemed to care much. New characters came out of nowhere and weren't shown as being a big deal. It was really quite strange.

This film was fit for animation but due to the delivery it sadly failed.

So now I feel I need to sumarise:

The great animated films of the year:

  • Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
  • Bolt

The not so great animated films of the year:

  • 9
  • Up
  • Monsters vs aliens (although I did enjoy this, it was pretty weak)