Lifedrawing

Wow I forget about this blog so much! Here's a bunch of life-drawing from a recent 6-week course. I'm already looking forward to the next onnnnnnneee!


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These varied from 1min to 40min sketches, I cant remember which ones are which! 

 

I did a talk!

I did my first ever talk!...To 14 year olds 😱


I gave a talk to a room full of 14-18year olds about the animation industry and how to get into it, no one threw anything at me and I got a nice email afterwards with their feedback forms for school, which was really nice! If you want to have a goosey at my slides theyre over here

Blerry's blocolate blorange

They had run out of Terry's chocolate orange everywhere, and i'd already promised Kris i'd get him one for Easter, so I made one for him instead.

I found a good video on tempering chocolate online, tempered some Terrys chocolate, bought an egg mold, printed out some new graphics for the box and it 'were done!

The 'Bl' thing is kind of an in-joke. We're both a fan of knock off chocolate from supermarkers. For example, morrisons do some pretty nice Blars bars and Bilky Bays. Its pretty dumb but it makes me laugh!

Cheesy font

A little while ago I met Isabel Greenberg at Thought Bubble in Leeds, she had just finished her new book The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, which is beautiful, and when reading it at home I noticed her handwritey-font looked very authentic, so I wanted to have a crack at making my own too... only with cheesiness (I don't know why. I think it's because my own handwriting is boring!)

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It started with this sharpie doodle ages ago. I'd just made a butternut-squash-lasagne and shoved it into my face, and wanted to declare my love for it forever. Then just really wanted this lettering to become a typeface!

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The more you get into type design the pickier you become! There are still a lot of things I want to clean up here in this test with friends and family names - For example the 's' 'a' 'r' and 'n' characters need contextual alternates of some sort, so that it doesn't connect at the end of sentences. It would be nice too to have alternates for reeeeeeeally drippy 'y''s that would work nicely for large display stuff too. The 'l' in 'Chappell' doesn't quuuuiiiiiite connect properly yet, and some of the tracking with that 't' works well in some examples and poorly in others.

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Then that got me thinking that this font would be completely illegible if it were used too small, anything under 14px would look naff and if someone used it for a body of text it would look like your eyes were bleeding. So then I thought about just releasing a Smallcaps version instead, for legibility purposes and so it could be used better, whilst I work on the drippy lowercase version.


Aim is by the end of the summer this will be a real typeface! I don't reckon i'll charge anything for it, mainly because I have no idea what i'm doing and am just playing, I'm no Type foundry and have way too much respect for Type designers! By typeface standards it breaks about a million rules, but it's pretty fun making your own fonts, Dan Berry does it too!

Serious Coffee

In a cafe watching the baristas thinking that coffee is such a SERIOUS BZNZ these days.  I'll make time to finish this at some point, but thought I'd upload it in sketch format in the meantime!

Museum doodles

Took ye olde sketchbook to the Hancock museum, and a bit of people watching before that. Me and Kris were were just about to leave, when this guy sat outside with a tiny Fox terrier and an absolutely huge New Foundland puppy that looked like a bear. (I know it was a puppy because I cuddled it later!) He was the best best best.


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I wish I had a pair of heelies!


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That giant crab is horrific to see in real life! As is the extinct giant deer thing

Contact lens...

This never happened to me until the other day...

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#hourlycomicday

I thought I'd have a crack at it this year for the first time! I only remembered at 7pm which is technically cheating...but I got a hefty lot done before 12am which is what counts, kind of:

 

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Mytopiaaa

Just before I left the studio today we found out that a client of ours from last spring has launched the explainer animation we did from them, which is pretty coo'.

You can watch the whole thing here

I've been thinking of putting up my sketches and storyboards and whatnot for these kind of projects, as sometimes its nice to see the development work for it. Most of it is a bit naff, but it's still nice to see something unpolished, no?