New webcomic: Pettyfolly!

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My whimsical little comics-short-story project, Pettyfolly, is now online as a webcomic! The first story, Lullaby, about a cranky giant and an opportunistic forest imp, is a few pages in already – and the comic will update with a new page every Monday and Wednesday. I hope you enjoy it!

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Animation Showreel 2015!

Here is a sampler of my previous animation work, including explainer videos, promotional videos, an educational cartoon, TV commercial AND a sneak preview of my unreleased second independent short, Donut Gatherers!

¡Ole! Flamenco Fun for Kids

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Ta-dahh! Here’s my poster for a fabulous upcoming kids’ flamenco show: ¡Ole! Flamenco Fun for Kids!

Stamp your feet and clap your hands with Farida the Flamenco Fairy and friends!”

The show, created by Studio Flamenco, will stomp its way into the Adelaide Fringe (the largest annual arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere) in March. If you live in South Australia – or you are one of the 90,000 visitors who flock there for the Fringe every year (it’s hands-down the best time to visit) – you can buy tickets here.

This illustration was created as an ink and brush drawing with nib pen details, and colored digitally. As I’m across the Pacific, in California, I’m stoked to have contributed (even a little) to the color and energy of the Adelaide Fringe… ¡Ole!

Whale Windows

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I have started a separate blog for my current project with Guildhouse and the SA Museum: Whale Windows

It’s a cross-platform, interactive project exploring the narrative potential of flawed human attempts to understand, and relate to, mammals as massive and seemingly ‘alien’ as whales.

I’ll be exploring the Museum’s world-class Marine Mammal collection; collaboratively generating fanciful, empathetic stories about humans and whales through workshops with kids, and then creating a  interactive display of comics, artwork and animation that playfully weaves together fact and fancy, and speculates on emotional connections between our very different species.

I’ve just had my first day exploring the amazing collection, the kids’ workshops are next week and the exhibition will be up at the Museum around July or August.

Check it out!

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The Wishing Well Series – Pozible cartoon

Another animation project completed and online! This time it’s a promotional cartoon for The Wishing Well Series’ crowd-funding campaign on Pozible.com.

This is the third short animation I have made in less than 12 months and the learning curve keeps on looping upwards! I have really enjoyed the challenge and problem-solving involved in working on such diverse projects in a relatively short space of time.

For the first time, the main characters, script and general style were provided by my client, so I was entirely focused on creating the animation itself. Apart from my initial storyboard, all the art for this cartoon was drawn entirely within Photoshop with a wacom tablet, a first for me. I love pencil and paper, but the speedier digital work-flow made me a lot more efficient. Once my client and I were happy with the rough animatic, I adapted the drawing style of Poppy and Bob (originally very clean vector images) to something I could more closely replicate with my own, scratchier-textured tablet drawings, before expanding on their expressions and movements from the static source illustrations. Then I moved on to creating all the secondary characters in a consistent style, which was great fun: designing new characters is one of my favorite things! On this project I utilized and honed many of the skills I developed in my last two animation projects, as well as trying some brand-new (to me) tools; coming to know Creative Suite far better than ever before… PUPPET PIN TOOL, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE!??

I also managed to sneak a little roller derby into this project… I couldn’t resist!

Eb and Flo: A Long Way to Go!

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It gives me very great joy to share this video – the first animation I have ever  produced independently for a client!

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Ebenezer Droplet and his sister, Florence, travel from the clouds above the Snowy Mountains, along the Murrumbidgee River and all the way to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area to help the community, animals and the environment.

I was contacted by Ian from Murrumbidgee Irrigation in regional New South Wales last year about creating a cartoon for their educational programs, and working on it while living in California these past many months has provided a lovely reminder of Australia: through both the local flora and fauna in the story, and the accents of Eb and Flo, whose voices – and the whole soundtrack – were provided by fantastic Adelaide musicians, The Giggly Kids!

Beginning with the client’s concept, this project was a long haul of character design; script writing; environmental research for scenery reference; commissioning the soundtrack; hand-drawing, water-coloring and scanning all the character and scenic art, and of course animation and editing. And all the while liasing online from across the Pacific! My client was very enthusiastic, flexible and committed, and for a commissioned piece I was able to enjoy a high degree of influence and creative freedom. It has been a massive learning curve, but peppered with much delight along the way.

With a ho ho ho

It seems an age ago now, but in the lead-up to the silly season I was hard at work on a varied suite of illustrations to accompany letters from Santa. That’s right, FROM Santa! As I’m sure you’re able to deduce for yourself, it logically follows that my client was none other than St. Nick himself. You see, Santa’s quite a wordsmith, but has never been any great shakes at drawing, and what with Mrs. Claus’ arthritis setting in, I was the natural choice to decorate the letters!

I particularly enjoyed drawing all the different elf-kids and the various Woodland hanger-onners of their tree. I have it on good authority that rather than rudely separate all the critters from their stubbornly-defended lodgings, the elves just decorated around them!

The little grey cat was a constant attendant to proceedings …

 

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DOGS! I’m a bit obsessed with ’em. In pencil, watercolour, ink and pen, I’ve been busy doodling woofers all over the place. Here are a few of my recent canine creations in a variety of styles. Lovely little fellas.

 

Shiloh the Pirate!

Yaaargh! Avast! Trim the mainsails! Shiver me blasted blue-barnacle-encrusted, jolly-rum-do timberoonies!

Who says no good comes of reading glossy, gossipy magazines? If I hadn’t been perusing the celebrity rumour-rags one fine day recently, I wouldn’t have been inspired by a certain pint-sized tomboy Jolie-Pitt and her pirate-themed birthday party hijinks! The fuss these magazines make of a little girl choosing natty vests instead of frilly dresses is just absurd, but I say she always looks like she’s having far more fun than little what’s-her-name Holmes-Cruise in the pointy high-heels. With a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of OJ!

Maddy’s Dilemma

Kids these days! Using the internet like they were born to it … which, I guess, some of them were. This was a commission to illustrate a scenario for an internet-decision-making resource for primary school children. The teacher would show the image and read out the scenario to their class: in this case, Maddy has already tried all the games on a ‘safe’ kids’ website, and is trying to decide whether to search for a new site without asking her Mum. After hearing the scenario the kids would discuss what they might do in Maddy’s shoes, and why. This illustration was hand-drawn and coloured with a tablet using Photoshop.