26 February 2019

Murrays & Aykroyds

I did these Little Portrait sets of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd for a recent commission.  I don’t usually do Little Portraits as commissions as a rule but Murray and Aykroyd are two of my comedy heroes so I couldn’t resist. The response to them has been really good so I may revise the sets and add a few more to each to sell them as prints.

20 December 2018

Further Rotoscoping Practice

One of my students couldn't complete their sequence in our collaborative rotoscoping animation, so I had to step in and complete it on their behalf.  This sequence occurs immediately before my previous sequence.  This one is a little more polished than the last one and a little more interesting in terms of what is going on.  It's laborious as techniques go, but if I were to work from specially-filmed footage I know how to make it more efficient.

7 December 2018

Blackadder The Third Play

I allowed the Grantham Dramatic Society to use my Blackadder illustrations for their recent production of Curtis & Elton's Blackadder The Third.  I enjoyed doing these for Mustard magazine way back when and so it was nice to see them get another airing.

6 December 2018

Rotoscoping Practice

In order to teach the practicalities of large scale animation productions, my Level 1 class have been doing a collaborative rotoscoping mini-project, where they've been animating a 2-second snippet from a longer scene from Return Of The Jedi.  When they're done I'll edit all the snippets back together to make a short animated film.  It's a bit of gamble, as this level of student can be fairly unreliable, so I'm hoping it will encourage them to pull together as a team.

I joined in myself very late in game, so here's my rough-and-ready contribution - a fairly dull shot of Luke looking pensive, post-battle.  The process can be a bit laborious but I've already figured out ways to improve and streamline my working methods, and so have got to thinking about doing a little project of my own.

22 November 2018


I did this comic strip as a commission for a university five years ago to be used as part of their prospectus but they ended up going in another direction with it (*cough* photography *cough*).  There was some talk of it getting revisited later, but this has never come to fruition.  It has a horrendous title, but I still quite like the strip.

27 July 2018

Yippee-Ki-Yay, Motherfucker

A Die Hard little portrait set to celebrate it's 30th anniversary.  This has been a firm favourite since I was little - 1980s action movies being a staple part of my adolescent viewing diet - and, as far as I am concerned, John McTiernan is the undisputed king of the genre.