Charity Pet Portraits

I was going through a few old sketchbooks last night and there’s some interesting stuff worth posting or revisiting. You forget how many ideas you churn out in a decade or so of doodling.

For now though, I’ll post this from 2014 when I drew pet portraits for charity. All ink and watercolour. Surprisingly how many people sent me photos saying ‘if you can draw the one where he’s happy and smiling’ when the picture was of just a dark hairy blob! It’s funny looking in on someone’s life and how they turn their pet into family member (my Mum refers to her dog as my brother sometimes…)

Charity pet pics
My mum’s fluff ball, Harry is top left. Other favourite requests include classic dog poses and activities with the owner (top right!)

Storyboards – how cute can you go

I’m working on some development for children’s TV right now but found this whilst looking through old files. It was a storyboard project with a very classical Western animation feel to both the characters and approach to action. All in a beautiful wintery setting, so it’s in keeping with the weather right now!

Storyboards for a classically styled music video
Classically styled music video boards with overly curious animals

Dubai city living

I’m currently visiting my friends Luke and Claire in Dubai (have a look at Luke’s ace sunglasses company, wildwoodme.com) so doing a bit of sketch journaling whilst I’m here.

I’ve never been to Dubai or the UAE before, but it’s a pretty interesting place. Past the fact that there’s this futuristic city in the middle of a desert, the whole culture is full of contrasts. The most interesting being the mix of a strict Muslim social bedrock right next to the liberal expat lifestyle.

Dubai high rise living

This is the view from one of the many high rises that have popped up in the past 10 years. Smudges of green in a sandy coloured landscape, with tiny spots of human colour. Going camping in Oman for a few days too, looking forward to that one!

New site – the skinny

Finally I’m back!

I took the site down to refresh it earlier this year, but life got in the way and there’s always these growing ambitions about what your website should look like when you start digging. I had a think about what I wanted from it and decided just to get something simple up for now and customise as I need to. My ‘online presence’ has changed in the past few years, so this new site will reflect that.

So what will the new site be about? What kind of content can you expect to see? Here’s the skinny (as much as I love this phrase, cream makes most things taste better…but let’s not get onto that).

  • A place for my show/demo reel from my day job.
  • Somewhere to share the best bits of my sketchbook.
  • An online journal for tracking the making of films or progress of projects.
  • Anything else I find interesting around my career and work life balance.

The main thing is I’m a bit older now, and with a bit of perspective, I’ve not got the narrower purpose my website had 10 years ago (to get me a job!) although keeping my profile ticking over doesn’t hurt.

Sketching by Southampton docks
Sketchbooks help me remember things vividly and it’s kind of like meditation too! Even if you’re not a career artist or ‘creative’, everyone should have a go. Just try not to expect too much and have fun making lines!

If anyone reading this is looking for advice or feedback on their career in animation, just drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help. Although I don’t work for a big Hollywood studio, I’ve had some great guidance during my career so far, some of which will be useful for those starting out or changing paths.