Today I hit 200 followers! Probably not a lot to most people, but to me it’s great to see a gradual build of people interested in my work. Thank you for sticking around and please continue to stick around because I’m graduating soon and will be producing a lot of stuff in what is left of 2014.
Thanks again!

Today I hit 200 followers! Probably not a lot to most people, but to me it’s great to see a gradual build of people interested in my work. Thank you for sticking around and please continue to stick around because I’m graduating soon and will be producing a lot of stuff in what is left of 2014.

Thanks again!

DOODLIN’ 
Trying to get a kinda oil pastel effect in Photoshop. I tried to emulate my favourite singers (Sinatra, Martin, Cash, Darin) and this guy turned out. I feel like he looks like someone, but can’t put my finger on it. 

DOODLIN’ 

Trying to get a kinda oil pastel effect in Photoshop. I tried to emulate my favourite singers (Sinatra, Martin, Cash, Darin) and this guy turned out. I feel like he looks like someone, but can’t put my finger on it. 

DOODLE DUMP

Need to dust off the cob webs before working on the next short. The style is going to be different to my previous animation works so, before the pre-production and concept stage starts, I’ll be scribblin’ away to loosen up a bit. Been animating the same characters for the last 3 months, so it’s fun to get back to designing!

HEEL CLICK
Two hours testing out an animation style and compositing effects. Could say this is a test for mine and Geddy Kay’s next short film that will look nothing like this test. More on that soon!
Also a successful test of how to make a high quality GIF with After Effects and Photoshop, so expect some BUDDY GIFs within the week!

HEEL CLICK

Two hours testing out an animation style and compositing effects. Could say this is a test for mine and Geddy Kay’s next short film that will look nothing like this test. More on that soon!

Also a successful test of how to make a high quality GIF with After Effects and Photoshop, so expect some BUDDY GIFs within the week!

BUDDY (2D Short Film)

Animated short about a homeless man whose daily struggle to find food is made even more difficult when he is followed by a clingy stray pup.

The film may be complete, but I will still be posting behind the scenes stuff and information on the short’s journey around the web and hopefully some festivals.

A big thank you to all my followers who tracked, love-hearted and reblogged the progress of the film - it truly motivated me. Please watch and enjoy, even share if you like it enough as it would be a huge help.

Keep a look out for my next project! 

geddykay:

Do you know how falling stars make wishes come true?

My final year animation project at De Montfort University.

'The Wish Keeper' is an animated short that uses a mix of 2D and 3D animation to tell you a little story about a boy named Felix and his buddy Geoff the Giraffe and their little adventure.

Everything from the concepts to the modeling, rigging, 3D and 2D animation as well as compositing done by me. 

Check out the concept art on the blog! : thewishkeeper.tumblr.com

Enjoy the latest film from the phenomenal Geddy Kay!

BUDDY

Right now I will be editing into the wee small hours. I’m getting a good version ready for my Friday deadline, but will spend an extra week tweaking an awesome version for online and my university’s animation exhibition. 

Also because I was creating so many backgrounds that needed to be consistent, I used a method of blocking out base colours, then making a collage from cuts of previous backgrounds to get the shades and colours roughly mapped out, then painting over that to get the texture and colour and details in. Was pretty helpful in getting a quick overall basis to start refining sooner, instead of starting from scratch each time.

BUDDY
A week until the deadline for this project. Which means a couple weeks until it’s online for you to watch! Here’s a grainy gif to celebrate. 

BUDDY

A week until the deadline for this project. Which means a couple weeks until it’s online for you to watch! Here’s a grainy gif to celebrate. 

BUDDY

The sun came up to say “good morning”,
So from his box came Rollo yawning. 

Trying to get the film from roughs to all cleaned up by next week. Here is Rollo’s not-so-good start to the day, ready for coloring. 

BUDDY

The sun came up to say “good morning”,

So from his box came Rollo yawning. 

Trying to get the film from roughs to all cleaned up by next week. Here is Rollo’s not-so-good start to the day, ready for coloring. 

BUDDY
Line test: a little performance and reaction from Rollo.
The film is now fully roughed out, and so begins the clean up and colouring phase. Expect some high quality, refined animation clips soon!

BUDDY

Line test: a little performance and reaction from Rollo.

The film is now fully roughed out, and so begins the clean up and colouring phase. Expect some high quality, refined animation clips soon!

BUDDY
Very rough line test of a playful Buddy in the snow. So far I have 1 minute 50 seconds worth of animation, and with the animatic being 2:45, that ain’t bad. 
Read words I write about animation here.

BUDDY

Very rough line test of a playful Buddy in the snow. So far I have 1 minute 50 seconds worth of animation, and with the animatic being 2:45, that ain’t bad. 

Read words I write about animation here.

ANIMATION ISN’T FUN

It’s just not.

Now I’m talking about the actual process of animating; drawing all them frames. Writing… fun. Character design… fun. Storyboarding… fun. Animating… YUCK. 

Who in their right mind likes drawing a picture slightly different a million times? It’s mind numbing. It’s mind numbing for hours, days, weeks on end. It might be the most boring thing in the world. Think about it. It probably is. If you want back pain, wrist ache and bleeding eyes in the most tedious, least active way possible then get animating.

So why the heck do I torture myself with animating? Why do I do the least fun thing in the world, day in and day out? Because it’s rewarding. 

Slaving away at a sequence for what seems like an eternity is the worst, but finishing it and it looking great is the best. It makes the all-nighters, crying and double-speed ageing worthwhile.

Animating isn’t satisfying but the results are.