I've been between contracts for a little while now, and I've used the last week or so to create an animated comedy sketch I've had the script written for since 2018! I'm pretty pleased with how it came out for just being one week from recording audio to animatic to final animation, even for such a simple skit, and I hope you enjoy it too!
Over the Christmas holidays, a number of folk asked me to draw portraits for them as Christmas presents! I happily obliged, and here they are:
If you like the possum comics, you'll love this zine - with 8 never-before-seen possum comics, and new commentary, printed on fantastically textured recycled paper!
Available now on Etsy!
I splashed out on good printing - flip side is I need to shift 20 copies to break even, but it's worth it, the zines came out looking so good, and I really think anyone who's liked the comics I've posted so far won't be disappointed when they get theirs. I'll even leave a thank you doodle in your copy if you order one! Shipping is free to the UK, or £1.00 internationally.
One of the best parts is how the price turned out - it's £4.20, cos "lol weed", but it turns out that is $6.90 in Canadian. The price is the magic number in two currencies! So additional lulz there!
If you know anyone who also likes cute animals and relatable nihilist humour, this would make a pretty good gift!
A pilot that I worked on as a Clean-Up Artist has just won two awards from Screen Nova Scotia, taking both Best Aniamted Series, and the DANS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation! I'm stoked to have gotten to work on a project that managed to get that level of recognition, and I'm excited to see where the project will go from here. I would love the opportunity to work on it again once I'm back in Canada.
Powered by a surge in views on Grave Mistake, my YouTube channel has crossed the 10,000 subscriber mark! This is an awesome achievement that I honestly never thought I'd get to hit! In celebration, I made a short video, bringing back the character that really did the heavy lifting in getting my channel to this point, using original animation assets and backgrounds from Grave Mistake, dug up from an old hard drive.
Big thanks to everyone who's clicked that subscribe button so far, and hopefully this will just be part of launching onward to bigger and better things when I do eventually make a proper return to professional animation!
Throughout February and March, I've been taking a 5 week course, refreshing my knowledge in how to animate in Toonboom Harmony. I don't feel I ever fully got to grips with it while I was at Cartoon Conrad previously, but this has been a great experience, and has really made me feel a lot more comfortable animating with the software. I'm excited to bring this skill back with me when I get back to Canada and get back into animating proper.
Embeds of the animation work I did are below the Read More, if you wanted to check them out.
It started out as a couple of doodles for my Instagram (@timsplosiondoodles), but soon I had 12 of them and I wanted to make them into full comics, so I did. If you're a big fan of cute animals and existential dread, then you'll probably like these!
Back in 2014, I sketched out a comic I was toying with, about a werewolf and a fox. I always wanted to finish it, and coming back to the UK, I found the sketchpad with the original drawings and decided to finally get it done. Enjoy!
These started as little doodles done to amuse myself, but I eventually built up enough of them to put together a whole asdf/Vine compilation style video for them. I'm actually really happy with some of the animation in here too - particularly the first skit and the "get out of your own head" skit.
After years of talking about it and planning, the first Doctor Chaotic short is finally complete! The time I've had out of studio has given me some free time and creative energy to finally pour into completing this short, which has existed as doodles and separate little plans in many various points since back when I was at university. The backgrounds are definitely something I want to improve on next time I do a Doctor Chaotic short, but I'm mostly happy with the character animation, and most importantly I'm happy that this finally exists, after so long stuck as an idea. Hope you enjoy it!
That image is from when I left Bristol in 2016, but the feeling is relevant again. Despite my best efforts, I'm not gonna be able to get permanent residency in time to stay in Canada. I am still trying, and I know I'm applicable to get the PR classification I'm aiming for, but as it stands, I'm going to have to go back to England for the time being. I'm gonna be stepping away from paid animation work (freelancing will complicate my tax situation, and I'd rather keep it simple for now), and work on getting myself back to Canada, where I have an open offer from Cartoon Conrad to return as soon as I'm legal to. It hurts to accept all of this as actually happening, but my visa expires on the 5th March, so I'm out of time to defer dealing with it any longer.
I will be working on personal art and projects in the mean time, but I currently have no plans to accept any substantial studio animation work for the duration of my time away from Canada.
The show I've been working on and that I was working on last summer is now available to watch online! Season one is up on the CBC website now, with season two likely coming later this year! Addison is about a young inventor and her friends setting out to solve the mysteries of their local neighbourhood. It airs on CBC every Saturday at 10am.
Gotta say - it feels pretty great to have my name in the credits of an actual TV show! Hopefully the first of many!
The first season of the first show I worked on at Cartoon Conrad is now available to watch on Netflix! I animated on the second half of the season, and helped with animation revisions on various episodes of the first half, as well as touching up backgrounds occasionally when needed. My name's even in the credits for at least some of the episodes! Feels good to be a part of a real show for the first time.
At this point, I'm currently working on a different show, destined for television on CBC, but it'll be interesting to see if We're Lalaloopsy does well enough to get a second season.
A webtoon I helped animate on at Cartoon Conrad has gone online! I worked on the winter and Christmas specials for the show "Max and Midnight", and they're available to watch on YouTube now. Catch the embeds below:
So I finally got round to updating my CV/resume with my new Canadian contact address, as well as the work I did for Tribal Group. With so much stuff on there now, I figured it was time to bump This is Normal off the list, as it isn't technically animation work. 7 of the 13 items on there were either for a client or a studio, and 4 of the 13 have been since graduating. The storyboarding position at Huminah didn't work out, but I've got "maybe's" from a couple places over animation positions/commissions, so hopefully it won't be long until the next time I get to add more to this!
This new CV is available for download on the Work page!
So yesterday I found a studio in the Halifax area advertising for a storyboard artist position. I was not expecting a quick response if any, and was pleasantly surprised when they responded within 2 hours. So yeh, I'll be heading into the studio tomorrow for an official storyboard test, and if I pass that, I'll be hired on the spot. Naturally I downloaded Storyboard Pro at the earliest opportunity to get some practice in and see what I'll be dealing with. Fingers crossed!
This time tomorrow, I'll know if I'm finally officially a professional storyboard artist. I've worked on personal projects and student projects, but this will be the first time I was paid specifically to do storyboards. I'm really excited and can't wait to give it my all!
So I've been commissioned by a senior lecturer at the University of Northampton recently to draw up character images for them to use in demonstrations of various principles of social work and the impact of race, income, and gender on various aspects of people's lives.
There's a few more images to come in this series, but these images cover every character involved in it.
So I've finally gotten the animatic sorted! I'm still one line of dialogue down from having all of the final voices down, but other than that, I've got the story, the jokes, the shots and the timing of everything all worked out! It's currently unlisted on my YouTube, but if you don't mind spoilers, it's embedded below the Read More break.