Monday, 25 April 2011

More of my Inspirations

I have decided to come up with more in the way of my inspirations. recently my dissertation is based upon CGI and puppetry. These have always been two passions of mine since i was a kid, as i was taken to theme parks at such a young age and just became fascinated with the environment and the ways thinks have worked. I loved the idea  at looking how make up and prosthetics were made, it was just always a captivating thing for me to watch animatronics and puppets in motion. I really got this passion for handmade puppets and son on from my dad, as he was always very interested in the technical and visual side of how things worked. I think one of my inspirations was taken from my Dad who seemed to have always been a fan of The Muppet Show. When i was little i was fascinated by how they looked and were so real to me that i believed that they actually had a physical presence as their characteristics always stood out in my mind. I therefore went onto watching classic films such as The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, which in my opinion was outstanding for their time that they were released, especially in the early 80's were CGI and puppetry had not fully developed yet. It was more the style of the characters that intrigued me as a kid as i never once remembered them as puppets. Which to me suggests the ability that Henson had to entice such a young audience to his imagination.

To me the fact that i still remember everything about The Muppets and The Dark Crystal shows how his work is timeless and shall never be forgotten. He showed audiences the beautiful art of puppetry, and how it can create some of the most memorable characters of all time. I think what he did for the industry was incredible, and to me he is an inspiration to younger generations, as his imagination and his art works were beyond his time. 

Blossoms (again)...

A little blossom tree test with textures. Tell me what u think!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Life Drawing and Other Paintings

These are a few more drawings that i have found. The top left was a charcoal drawing that was done in 20 minutes, wish i had more time to finish though. The painting next to this was were we had to paint what was in front of us then create a background for it using our imagination. The painting below was done by using charcoal and graphite on top of acrylic paint. Another one of my crazy experiments...

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Another photoshop attempt....

This another attempt at photoshop, but with me trying to draw well me. I know i am not the best at character designer but at least i have tried lol. Im just attempting to learn a lot about photoshop just now! But drawing myself was a task as character designer isn not my strongest area.

Photoshop time!

This is another attempt at photoshop! Im slowly getting used to it but i still need to improve and practice a lot with it, but so far i am enjoying it! Thank you to Kat and Jenny for their help!!!

Thursday, 14 April 2011


I am currently researching for my 4th year film "Inked" and it has a blossom tree in it. So here is a wee painting that i have done of blossoms, inspired by background artist Claude Coats.

Friday, 1 April 2011


Marc Davis

Thought i would add in a small section dedicated to my influences since i have already been sketching a lot inspired by various animators and artists. Firstly one of my big inspirations is Marc davis, the Disney imagineer and legendary animator that was part of The Nine Old Men. I have always found his paintings and sketches stunning, as they are so detailed and rich with colour. He was responsible for many of the Disneyland attractions such as Pirates of The Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. I grew up surrounded by these stunning illustrations due to going to disney a lot with my family, and found that they were a real inspiration to my work.  As i got older i started looking through a lot of the imagineering books and was very interested in the artwork and the attention to detail that went into making these rides. I found that Davis's input for very important to the theme park as a lot of his work inspired how all of the lands and attractions would look. His work itself shows a great amount of detail which is always something that i tend to do with my drawings by overpowering them with detail. I have always tended to use his technique of black ink with coloured, which can give a very beautiful illustrative style. I was able to find this link to a lot of his illustrations and design work for the parks so hope you enjoy them!

This is my favourite paintings by Marc Davis. If you have ever been to the parks this image is very familiar to you I am guessing. I love it is as it is a sinister image yet Davis always is able to put a touch of humour into his illustrations.