These are a bunch of posters I did a while back for Dan Brookes' theatre company. I try to do something a little different each time I do one of these posters yet still try and keep with the tone of the production. In that sense I'm quite pleased with how A Man of No Importance turned out, it has a very stylised illustrative look to it which I've very happy with. For some reason, however, the colours in the Fiddler poster seem to have taken a hypercharged LSD trip! They are much more subdued in the print, and yet I kinda like this raved up look, it gives it a new release of energy!
So it's been quite a while since I made a post on here, mainly because I have so busy over the past couple of months working on Lego Lord of the Rings at Tt Games. Sadly my time there has come to an end, but I have some great memories to take with me as well as some really exciting sequences from the game. I can't wait to put them up here but unfortunately I have to wait until the game is released before I do. In the meantime I have been relaxing and doing things other than animation, as that is all I seem to have been doing for the past year.
Which leads me nicely to the image above, which is a digital painting I've made over the last day or two. I've been wanting to get back into drawing and painting as it's something I enjoy but usually don't get round to doing much of. I've been using the excellent Ctrl Paint site as a guide, and anyone starting out in either digital or traditional painting should definitely check it out. Here's the url
Another site I used as reference for the painting above (which, incidentally, I found from Ctrl Paint) was
This is a really good site that provides quick reference for artists to use for their own work. Because I just wanted to get familiar with painting in Photoshop, I used the image below and tried to recreate it without straight out tracing the image.
There are a few changes I'd like to have made but overall I'm pretty happy with how it's looking. It was only meant to be a quick paint job but, like always, I ended up getting sucked in to the details. I wasn't keeping track of time when making it but I'd say it took roughly 8-10 hours to do. Like I say this is the first time really that I've properly delved into digital painting using the techniques from Ctrl Paint so I'm hoping it'll be quicker the more I do.
Any feedback would be most welcome!
Howdy y'all, I've added some character sketches to the artwork section. I hope to add more when I get round to hitting the sketchbook again, whenever that may be!
Hi all! I have two new updates to mention. First is a new 10 second animation I have made for the e4 Stings 2011 competition. It is up in the videos section for your viewing pleasure!
Second is a compilation video I have made using various clips from Blade Runner. This was made in some spare time after being particularly inspired by a Royksopp remix of In This Shirt by the Irrepressibles. I Initially intended to make a Films of Ridley Scott tribute video, but after pouring over the entire length of Blade Runner I realised I had enough wonderful shots to make a standalone tribute. Hope you like both the videos!
Ok I did not see THIS coming! I had a nerve wracking yet exhilerating experience the other day to find that Edgar Wright (one of my all time favourite directors) had posted my Shaun of the Dead in 60 Seconds entry for the Empire/Jameson Awards, on his blog! The fact that he alone appreciated it was enough to make my entire year/life, but I've been overwhelmed by the amount of positive comments that have been left about the film by others! It's not been a great year for me and I was initially very bummed out that I hadn't made the shortlist. Simply put my morale was at a low, but these comments (especially Edgar's) have been so supportive it's given me a real boost! So for anyone who reads this blog, thank you for giving an animator a reason to keep making more animation! Now, if only I could get a full time job off the back of this!
Good news everyone! I have finally put up my updated showreel, and whilst it still includes a lot of second year content it now contains a sequence from my major project and an updated version of my creative character work from my 3rd year at university. Take a look in the showreel section to see! For those wondering the music I've used is The Staunton Lick by Lemon Jelly.
The Shadow Lamp has taken a step back in the meantime as I have recently acquired some freelance work which will subsequently occupy most of my time for the next couple of weeks. But I intend to render any passes I can when I have the time!
So I've been busy over the past few months getting scenes set up for my short film, making posters, and making Shaun of the Dead in 60 seconds for this little competition
I've updated the artwork section with the les miserables poster image (the poster will follow shortly) I did for another one of Danny Greenhalghe's productions, which you can find out more about at his production sitehttp://www.crashbangwallop.org.uk
Lastly, I thought I'd upload another rendered frame from my short film, this time with the main character. (the backdrop still needs texturing) The last few weeks has seen a LOT of tweaking and finalising to the textures and shaders, but now has come for actual rendering time! I'm starting with the best character shot so that I can put it on my showreel whilst I render the others out. So I'll have an updated showreel on here before long...
... Ho ho ho, only joking. The film (titled The Shadow Lamp, though that still may be subject to change) is still in production and I still can't give an estimate as to its time of completion. However I aim to be rendering through December and after that point the only element that remains will be the 2D sequence that fills the middle section of the film. Which will seem like a piece of cake compared to this technical nightmare that I am currently undertaking! For now, here's a frame from the film (below). It's not much, but it's proof that there actually is a film in the making, honest.
I have uploaded my old animations to the site, though the problem with the www. prefix still exists, I will post here when it is sorted...
So just a few things to point out regarding this new site. All the artwork that was on the old site is now safe on this one. That includes the digital art, photography and life drawings. There's even two new posters and a new photo gallery. WOW! HOWEVER - most of the animations are currently not available at the moment, including my showreel. The films on the old site existed on the server, but this time round I will be using vimeo to upload all the videos. Once they are uploaded I will embed them here for all to see! The bandwidth is reaching its limit at the moment, however, so I will update them when the new internet month (that's what I call it anyway) has arrived!
One last tadbit of info. For some reason using askins.co.uk (without using the www. prefix) brings up the old site, but I'm trying to get that sorted asap...
So it seems as though some people still check out my site from time to time. Surprising as it is, I know this fact because I have been complimented by a select few individuals, reminding me of the wonderful job I am doing of completely ignoring it for the past year! (it's been longer than that even) There are a few reasons for this lack of uploading work.
Firstly, I'm a rightist.
I work on things until they are right, and then I move on. Some people would say it's just perfectionism, but really I set out to make what is in my head. Once I complete a project I tend to upload it to the site and move onto the next thing. The problem with this past (final) year (at University) is that time has not always been on my side, and as such I have not been able to make everything as I imagined them! So once I actually have content that is done and finished and exactly how I want it they will be ready to be uploaded. But that brings me to my next problem.
I'm not a web designer.
And as such the website I made 3+ years ago was easily navigable and somewhat nice to look at, but when it came to actually updating stuff I found myself cursing my remedial html abilities. Updating took a good chunk of time out of my day, and because I knew that this would happen, I spent the time doing other more important things, like my final major project, or winding down playing video games (which is of course very necessary sometimes).
And last but not least, I tend to put things off if they aren't urgently important. This is bad, and I am a bad person for it. However if people's lives were dependent on the freshness of my site then I would update it every single day. But I don't think people are like that (I hope).
So there you have it, a barrage of excuses for you to digest and spit back out when you realise how illegitimate they sound. BUT there is a ray of hope, in the form of this NEW site that you may have noticed set up now. The idea is that I have given up my oh so amateur web developing abilities to this Weebly DIY website creator which won't be the flashiest (or personal) of websites, but it will hopefully mean the return of (semi) frequent updates! So rather than an update every year, I might update it every half year! How good is that?!
ps This attached blog will also hopefully act as a news feed for those times when I come up with more excuses for not uploading any work.