Last post for a while

So I’ve now graduated – it was a whirlwind hectic rush to the finishline, but it’s all over now, so I thought I should sign off here. This blog will stay around for a while, although I probably won’t post much, if anything, as I have another blog I use for general artwork stuff –

You can also keep up with what I’m doing animation-wise specifically; me, Andrew Payne, and Tom Rourke, all of us CSM graduates now, have a blog over on our website:

Here’s a brief clip from my final project, which is finished at last. I won’t be posting the full thing online just yet, as I’m sending it round some festivals first. It’s already been accepted at the Animated Eden festival in Penrith and will be screened September 8th this year.

Pencil Test – Samuel Johnson

rough cut

Most of the rough flash animation is there now – I’ll be spending the next week or so on finishing the paper stuff and getting it all scanned in, and then the last 3 weeks on clean up. Some long days ahead.



Going Underground (again)

tube bgs

How the hell did I manage to make myself draw the same background for two projects in a row?


London past


I love history.

Roughest of rough cuts

Animation is starting in earnest this week, now that most of the issues that were niggling have been ironed out. There’s still a few problems to sort, but hopefully it won’t prove too awkward to fix as I go along.

In the meantime, here’s how it’s looking lately.


So I definitely didn’t have Bastien Dubois’ Carnet De Voyage in mind when I started this project, but I suppose it was inevitable that I should have to acknowledge it’s influence – it is after all an Oscar nominated short that centres around trying to put across the immediacy of drawing and keeping a sketchbook and trying to capture your surroundings, all of which are the things I’m also concerned with here. I think I did actually see it a year or so ago, because when I watched it recently, it was definitely familiar, but it wasn’t something I was concious of when I started putting together my project.

It’s a fantastic work, but then it did have a whole team of animators working on it. But it’s got a real flair to its use of different styles and the overall visual aesthetic.

I was a bit worried that what I was trying to do with my piece would have already been covered much more successfully in Dubois’ short, but thankfully, I feel like what I’m doing is totally different, albeit working in a similar presentation. While his is all about travel, and trying to put across a sense of place and atmosphere as an outsider passing through, mine is centred on living in the same city for many years and building up an affection for it, and finding ways of keeping that connection alive. Its also an attempt to gently parody the “historian on a personal journey” style of documentary, although how successful that is at this stage I’m not sure.


All you need are scissors…

I booked out a place in the rostrum room last week. A short segment of my project was planned to be cut out animation, sort of emulating Gilliam’s Dinsdale cartoon from Monty Python. I enjoyed doing it so much though that I’m gonna go back in and do a few more things this way.

cutout day1

gilliam elephant

Great Gilliam!

I read “The Pythons’ Autobiography by The Pythons” last year and discovered that the foot in the title credits of the Monty Python┬áTV┬áseries was taken from a painting that hangs in the National Gallery. Back in December I went to see it for myself.

national gallery_0001


But you can get the full story from the man himself –


(taken from the book “Animations of Mortality” by Terry Gilliam, 1978)

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