I experimented with a more linear approach with some of these smears. I wanted to see how the hand smears might work if they didn't necessarily follow an arc. You can see my attempts in the first and third row drawings and I was happy with how they worked.
Some smear drawings from God, the devil and an Xbox. I remember having a lot of fun and experimentation with these and even more so with the God character. I'll post some of the smear frames from his animation soon!
The last post I put up discussing smear drawings seemed to be a popular one so I thought I'd follow it up with another similar post, this time highlighting some of the smear frames from my recent animation "Postbox".
I don't normally post photos but I thought I'd share a few from some of the film festivals where my short film has played and where I've been lucky enough to attend over the last few months.
The film had it's premiere in Annecy and I couldn't have asked for a better place to have it. I'd been to the festival three times already but this year was definitely the best. With my film being in competition for the first time and with the focus on Ireland this year it's not an experience I'll forget anytime soon!
View from the front row before my screening, just a little bit intimidating then.
Odense Film Festival, Denmark
This was a nice little festival. It was mainly live-action shorts in competition. It's always cool to check out the live-action stuff at these festivals too, it's a nice change from just watching animated stuff.
Encounters 2012, Bristol
I was only over for a couple of nights for this festival but it felt a lot longer. We crammed in so much stuff and met a lot of really cool people. It's also cool that after a few festivals you start bumping into people you've met at previous festivals and get to hang out again.
One of the displays from an Aardman exhibition.
The Pirate Captain from an Aardman workshop we attended. We got to play with him and everything!
Live filming of "Bob", a series of shorts from Angry kid creator Darren Walsh.
The ship from Aarman's "Pirates". It was flippin' huge (as you can see, thanks to our intrigued elderly ladies providing scale reference!)
Shnit Film Festival, Berne, Switzerland
This was my most recent excursion. Berne is such a beautiful city and hosts a really cool festival. It's more of a laid-back festival and the festival headquarters had almost a music festival kind of set-up, with little stalls, bars and places to eat. Plus we got to see bears wandering about in the city, OK, they were in an enclosure, but it felt like they were just in a little park or something, it was really cool.
Neon pink was like the festivals signature colour, so they had random pink coloured objects displayed throughout the festival.
The bear enclosure.
And one of the bears doing his Baloo impression.
I'm off to Portugal for the next festival and hopefully it's as fun as these ones have been!
So the person who ended up buying my art auction painting just so happens to own a little sushi/noodle shop and he also happened to be opening another new restaurant. Happy with his purchase of my sushi eating bear he subsequently asked if I'd interested in doing some more paintings for his new restaurant featuring the same bear, kind of like a mascot I guess. I happily agreed to accept the commission and below are the (almost) finished pieces. Due to time constraints these are not paint on canvas, like the original, but digital instead.
A while back I animated a little eCard for the great guys over in Jibjab. It's being launched on their site this week and you can watch it here. They were also nice enough to feature me on their blog which you can see here.
I was delighted to find out today that my short film "A Different Perspective" is part of the official selection for Annecy this year. I had already booked flights and accommodation to attend the festival in June but today's news now makes the trip that little bit more exciting!
Here's a little teaser/trailer for the film, it's not easy making a trailer for a 2 minute film!
I always enjoy incorporating "smear" drawings into my animations and I'm always fascinated when I see other peoples approaches when using this technique in their work so I thought I'd do a post featuring some of the smear drawings I created for previous projects.