Thursday, 8 December 2011

I love this work of love. 12 drawings a day for 4 years... superb artist. Bursting with life, energy and ideas. Pen on paper.

12 Drawings a Day - 12 Dessins par Jour from Denis Chapon on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Stop Motion Animation

Its so refreshing to see stop motion animation, especially in this digital age. This is really sweet...

Hudson - Against The Grain from Dropbear on Vimeo.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Bricking it!

I really like this piece of physical skill for a couple of reasons; 
1. its a skill I knew a lot of circus artists would love to have, it must have taken a while to perfect his technique. He even has the failed attempt to add tension.
 2. Its not in a circus. Its just everyday life. Its for a purpose that isnt entertainment, but the seeds are there...

Monday, 12 September 2011

The cat is sleeping

The cat has come on and found some colour. Still very sleepy and furry.

More pre sketch sketches....

Some more sketches for the book or the animation oh what the hell Both!.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Sketching the book

My children's book is coming along... and in doing so lots of other ideas have come to the fore.
Here are some early illustrations for the Hairy Diary.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Thoughts and doodles

Been a busy bee recently, lot's of admin, preparing my masterclasses and workshops in comedy, character development and improvisation. (if anyone is interested please contact me). I've been writing them also for animators as well as theatre students and professional actors and performers.

Speaking of animation I spent a fantastic weekend down  Montreal at the Cinametheque for a masterclass by PIXAR. Matthew Lhun was superb sharing his vast knowledge of 'story'. What I found amazing were the links and parallels between Animation and or film and creating shows and acts. Character development and physicality is a huge part of the animation process at Pixar and for us clown/actors as well. So my creative juices are flowing and all the things that needed to be reinforced, were.

My book is slowly coming, having two kids at home means my work rate has slowed a little but it is moving and soon school starts. Some little sketches...

Monday, 30 May 2011


We have a bird nesting in one of hanging baskets around the front door.

My wife found a nest in the basket and brought it out for the kids to see.... later I saw a bird flying in and out of the basket.. hhmmm I thought, thats nice... later still I thought, wait a minute maybe she is building another one (Dont ask me why I thought like that, maybe they just love to build) I went to check and there were two little eggs... Aaah

Then the click moment. She made the nest to lay her eggs in it! WOW sometimes I'm surprised I can get out of bed in the morning. Anyway we replaced the nest and managed to get her eggs in there without touching them with our hands. So now she is very happy sitting in her nest.

Mind you we really played with her head. Nest, no nest, eggs, eggs and nest ?!?!?!?!?!?! So in tribute to all feathery things...

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Animation for Kilimandjaro

Just did a simple little animation for my wife's mother. 

She is climbing Kilimanjaro and raising money for Mira and organisation that "works to help disabled individuals lead their lives independently as functioning members of society. We do this by providing dogs bred and trained to respond to their adaptation and rehabilitation needs."

Good luck Marie Claire...

Here's the link to the animation ~

Friday, 15 April 2011

Animation in an App ~ Task Dude is out!

Well at last the anti procrastination app is out... took 10 long years of distractions... No not really.

I did the illustrations and animation for this neat handy little app. I think its a great idea as we... OK, I always need an elbow in the ribs to get back on track. You can download the app here ~

And the developers web site is here ~

Hope you enjoy it!!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Character illustration

Another character that didnt make it... 

They end up here in the characters junk yard... the ones that didnt cut it... the almosts...hhhmmm maybe I'll start a new site, character junk yard . com and we can all share the ones that never made it.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Frog cartoon character..

Some character designs. Didn't get used in the end but I like them....


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Illustration and animation of jokes...

This is the animation I made for Punchline Tees. I created the character, the setting, I really like the curtains I made... its the details eh? They ended up asking if I could do the voice as well, why not? There are about 4 jokes I've animated so I might post so more. All done in Flash and exported for iPad as Quicktime.