Above are the initial storyboard images for four one minute animations I am working on as part of the Moments In Time exhibit at this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival. While I have animated small pieces and games for myself in the past, this is the first opportunity I've had to make finished animations that the public will see. I'm really enjoying the process, and learning a lot.
Below you can see the stages of one character - starting with a pen drawing, then digitally filling in block colour, adding texture and detail, then chopping the image up into separate pieces and finally stitching them back together and animating the movement. Once this has been done with each character, and the environments and objects are also ready, then everything goes into the film editing software where it is combined.
Locked away working on this really exciting project for the next month. Will have a bit more to say about it soon...
Just finishing these low-poly bird lanterns for the launch of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, and taking the chance to go out in the sun and take photos which could probably have waited...
Just finished this trailer for Call of Nature, an outdoor show I've been working on with Suzie Ferguson and Diane Thornton. All going well we should be out and about again later this year.
Here's a bit more information about the show -
A playful feild trip, where two expert fools take a young audience on a semi-improvised adventure, to explore the local landscape, finding laughter and wonder in the most unexpected places.
Become an expert, help lead a trip into the unknown, meet fantastical new species and take control as you shape what happens in the show itself.
Call of Nature is a playful show that puts it's young audience in the driving seat - and responds to their decisions using improvised clowning, imaginative investigation and interactive puppetry.
Every Monday evening since last October I've been meeting with the other Testroom participants, to share ideas and offer critical feedback on our individual projects as part of this development programme run by Puppet Animation Scotland, supported by National Theatre of Scotland and led by Gavin Glover.
I've been making this life-size puppet and exploring fear and old age, with the very generous help of puppeteers Ronan McMahon and Beth Frieden. On Saturday night we showed the results of our projects during Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, and tonight we are at the Tron in Glasgow.
Here's a quick look at the making process -
Over the past year, while I've been drawing cardboard coffins and cold buffets, funeral directors, rabbis, monumental masons, caterers, viking urns, floral wreaths, mushroom suits, heart-shaped gravestones, teddy bear ash-holders, bicycle hearses, pubs, crematoriums and eco burial sites, I have come to see funerals, and death in a completely new light.
A well planned funeral can be a really meaningful and helpful event at a difficult time. It is the celebration of a life, for the people who live on after that life has ended. And the illustrations for The Crossing have come to reflect that sense of life to me. They are a collection of the people, places and objects which surround a life. They represent the many different shapes and sizes of funeral you can have, and the impact your funeral has on the way your life and death will be experienced and remembered by your loved ones.
Working today on these illustrations of funeral celebrants also for The Crossing.
I am a Glasgow based visual artist and maker.