Sunday, 23 December 2012

Doc McStuffins Gift Art

This is a Christmas gift for my cousins who are big fans of Doc McStuffins.

Elliot (with Stuffy) and Sofia (with Lambie) meeting Doc.

After seeing Sofia and Elliot's picture, Aoife's mum asked if I could draw a birthday present for her  - here's avid DMS fan Aoife bringing Susie Sunshine for a check-up.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Charity Christmas Card 2012

My new Christmas card design for the Irish Hospice Foundation - I was asked to do something Retro-styled so drew a character based on Tex Avery's "Red" cartoons.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Sketch Prompts Nov 2012

Here are some rough sketches I did from prompts sent to me via Tumblr, to the draw children of pairs of various pre-existing fictional characters.

I had a lot of fun with these, as I was given a lot of different mixes to try out (you might notice I snuck a familiar face or two into the mix!)
Each character featured here is the result of a different prompt (except the blue-haired characters, who are siblings)

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Artist Appreciation Paintings: Yoshitaka Amano

I am a big fan of the artist Yoshitaka Amano, so I decided to try doing some paintings in a style inspired by his own. These are of characters from the Final Fantasy series, for which Amano is famous, but I've chosen to draw characters that don't usually appear in his artwork.

Here are my first two paintings in this style, of villainous ladies:



Autumn Character Sketches

The Witch Leenan from online comic Warrior U

Emberella from Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Teachers Mr. Green and Miss Keane from The Powerpuff Girls

Tekken: Anna Williams

I've been a fan of the Tekken series of games since I was a kid, so I was feeling nostalgic and decided to paint one of my favourite characters since childhood, Anna Williams.

Tekken has a cosmopolitan cast from all over the globe, including the Irish Williams sisters, Nina and Anna. I personally prefer playing as (and drawing) Anna because she's a bit less dour and serious than Nina, and wears some fabulously outrageous outfits. What's great about Anna is that she doesn't fall into any common Irish stereotypes, and holds her own against some of the world's greatest martial artists while wearing six-inch heels. A true inspiration!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Film Studies: Cutesy Horror

I tend to accidentally make everything cutesy so I thought I might as well have fun with it.

Can you guess any of these famous horror characters I studied in my Film History class?

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Summer Art Update

Marceline the Vampire Queen


Mabel of Gravity Falls

June of Avatar: The Last Airbender

Eris of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

The Emperor - Final Fantasy II

Commission: Kingdom Hearts

Discworld AU character sketches.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Year End

I've been very, very busy lately with work and the graduate exhibition for college! While the stuff at brown bag is still super secret, I can show you some of the college stuff I've been working on.

Here's a quick look at some of the things I've been doing:

DVD menus (in 4:3 and 16:9 setups) for our end-of-year DVD

The Poster for my little film, Pandamonium (click to view)

It may not look it, but I really worked hard to get my film finished for the exhibition. With working full-time it's been a real struggle -  I'm not planning to make another film all by myself again any time soon!

I still think it will be an amusing watch to anyone who doesn't know the twists and turns yet!

I've also been working on bios for people in the class, to be put up for the exhibition:

Here's my bio! The bears were supplied by Joe Loftus

Monday, 2 April 2012

Birthday portraits

Some special commissions for friends' birthdays:

Kate B.
(In a style inspired somewhat by Disney's Sleeping Beauty and Tangled)

(In the style of Chris Sanders)

New Digital Paintings

Some new digital paintings, more characters from the Discworld series:

Dynamic duos:

And some villainous character sketches:

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Some more roughed-out tests

I'm working on my first pass of animation, building my symbol library up as I go - I started by concentration on cycles and actions that can be reused with a little tweaking, for more time-efficiency.

Here's a rough version of Baby's front 'flying' cycle, running down a scrolling background - just tracking his general route for the final version, and seeing how the lighting is working. 

Trying similar things here, but with his three-quarters cycle. The final scene will be rendered on several separate planes to get some good depth-of-field in.

A roughed-out version of the laser shooting into space scene, just trying out getting the timing and flow of the motion right. This was done straight ahead with the brush tool to get a more fluid, organic feel.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Some Life Drawing

Making some composite sheets for my portfolio - here are some sample layouts for my life-drawing sketches.

As you can see, I like to play around with different media when I'm doing life-drawing. One of my favourite combinations I tried out last year was outlining in watercolour pencil, followed by shading  with Quink ink and water on a big brush.