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Christmas Cards 2009

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Humbug

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I love Ronald Searle's illustrations to Dickins A Christmas Carol. Recent animated versions (i have'nt seen the Jim Carey/Zemekis version) tend to be bland and uniform. Nothing tops Richard Williams 1971 TV short . I always wanted to try animating a tiny bit but only got round to trying out character designs like the above . Its so hard to capture Searle's drawing style and then animate it. Uli Meyer (umbackagain.blogspot.com) animated a walk cycle of a character from Dick Deadeye which was spot on.
I'll get something done hopefully that doesnt look too bad to share.

Bapa

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The music video for Bapa was featured on the main page of Youtube last week resulting in a massive increase in recorded views.
Goes to show Build it and they will come eventually. I'm more used to a slow burn of months but both is good.I really wanted to do all the animation in pencil but time did not allow.

At Night

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looks a bit better , i'll more than likely trash it (no space) so this will be a nice record of it Happy safe Halloween folks.

Happy Halloween

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Made up this haunted house for Halloween from a bunch of boxes poster paint and tape. Loosely based on the Addams Family abode i figure if i put a bowl of sweets near it i wont have to awnser the door while i'm watching 'Mad Monster Party' or something

Gurrumul Bapa Video

Here is the full video to Geoffrey Gurrumul's Bapa which i contributed some animation. Various parts were rotoscoped and composited in After Effects by Mike & Will. A haunting beautiful song.

Gurrumul

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I've nearly finished animation work on a video for the amazing Geoffrey Gurrumul. I say nearly it could go on for a bit longer tidying things up etc . I hope its ok ,the song is amazing i really hope i've done some justice to it, Hopefully i'll upload some more screengrabs and sketches soon and i'll put a link to the video right here. And if you do'nt know who Geoffrey Gurrumul is Google the name.

In the meantime...

I've not been able to upload anything in a while due to work , but if you're one of the few people who are annoyed at Youtube disabling the Judy Is A Punk cartoon,that is still featured on my Channel this is for you. And another one for good measure.

Ramones Cartoon Judy Is A Punk @ Yahoo! Video


Ramones Cartoon Commando @ Yahoo! Video

Heinz Edelmann RIP

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I just found out via Cartoon Brew that Heinz Edelmann passed away. Year after year i continue to be amazed by his work for Yellow Submarine. As Bob Godfrey said in the UK at least there was before Yellow Submarine and After Yellow submarine, Financially a disaster but critically and design wise an overbearing success.
I made one tribute to Yellow Submarine a few years back and would really like to do something in that vein again as a tribute to a design legend.
Bless You Heinz

.......It was 40 Years Ago Today

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Sooner Or Later

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Hope to have some new things uploaded in a while. Meanwhile here's a screenshot of somehing upcoming

Beatle Drawings

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A few Sketches and a Pen & Ink line drawing for the Nowhere Man video. The latter inspired by the Revolver Cover of course.
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One of my favorite times of the year. Days getting longer and warmer (well within the limits of British weather) I've been working on a few things i actually finished 2 videos weeks ago but have been holding back,maybe as a result of what happened to some of my previous Fan Music videos. working on a third one that's not necessarily music based but deals with a Major Pop culture Icon . I'll reveal more soon . Thanks for browsing

Early Daze

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Still working on this,though its still early days...

Orson Animation

So here it is. I've been wanting to animate this for a long time. Orson Welles was an amazing fella so i wanted to tag on the Shadow bit at the end. Its funny to think that there's a whole generation of people who only associate him as the voice of 'Pinky' from the 90's cartoon 'Pinky & The Brain' even though Orson was long gone and they used a talented voice actor.
Anyway hats off to a genius.

Orson Peas blooper

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And here's one of the other pieces. Its the out take of Orson's Frozen Pea's ad I blogged about it last year so i think it's high time i finished it off.

Work in progress

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I'm working on various things with a view to getting something uploaded soon. One music related video features these two guys.

Another one bites the dust

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looks like all The Ramones videos are going to be taken down eventually,I'm sorry to say. If the situation ever changes between Warner Music Group and Google/youtube i will of course put them up again. But i would'nt hold your breath. Thanks to everyone who commented on them .99'000 views wow.

Alan Aldridge

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Caught the Alan Aldridge exhibition on New Years day. It was a cold Dank day in London and i needed a splash of colour .Best known for Beatles Illustrated Lyrics,Elton John's Captain Fantastic and illustrating The Butterfly Ball . Also had his short Animation Adventures Of Rollo playing on a monitor. Cool exhibition ends late Jan http://www.designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2008/alanaldridge