Comics Club Summer 2018

The Comics Club at Bishopsteignton Primarycame to an end a couple of weeks ago, so I’ve made up a pdf of most of the comics the kids made and you can download it here! comics club

Making the animation for Shimmer and Disappear by Pram

I was very chuffed when Pram asked me to make an animation for a track from their new LP Across the Meridian. I took some pictures while making, so here they are below…

The whole process from a-z was great fun, even when everything fell over :), and it’s a brilliant track too.

Pram’s new album is out on Domino Records on 20th July and available for pre-order here

 

Shimmer and Disappear by Pram

I had a blast making this animation for Shimmer and Disappear from Pram’s upcoming LP Across the Meridian 🙂 Will post “making of” pics soon.

Bishopsteignton Primary School Comics Club – New Term!

I’ve got fourteen keen-as-mustard comic artists this term, and they are already coming up with some wonderful ideas, including a graphic novel and a very exciting joint project featuring a story told from three different points of view. This is a degree of sophistication I came across in works of authors and filmmakers only when I went to university, so I was a bit blown away when they announced what they were going to do. In fairness all three are super-creative, bright kids – am very excited to see how this works out.

Crazy Conductors and Interactive Orchestras

This was a lot of fun – a projection/animation/digital music drop-in workshop for Daisi’s “Machina” project at the Phoenix in Exeter. Participants made a cutout musician character, attached it to the projected background and then, using Bare Conductive technology, gave it a sound – which could be played just by touching the character (gasp!)

It worked brilliantly as a fully interactive workshop, and musician Rachel Thame and I are definitely going to roll this out more widely. Get in touch for more information. 🙂

Prop making for Alice in Wonderland

The guys have been very busy making all kinds of props for their production of Alice in Wonderland recently. They really are lovely and I think it’s going to look very special when they perform on May 17th in Honiton. Here are a few of the puppets and masks we made last week…

No Animation Club tonight!

We’re snowed in again here at Small World Towers so I’m afraid I’ve had to cancel tonight’s Club, sorry! We’ll be back again next Monday. My cat ventured out briefly this morning… he’s now back on his bed 🙂

St Leonard’s Surgery – Wellbeing Project

Yesterday saw the first of two sessions I’m leading at the surgery, as part of a project with Magic Carpet. It was a lot of fun, with much chatting and laughter as well as some very lovely monoprints  being made by all the participants, (and some rather hilarious caricatures of me and Amelia by Fran):

Animation Club – 2

Some mini-films the kids made at last night’s animation club, using all their own characters and backgrounds. Animation is so good for unlocking children’s imaginations. We use Stop Motion Studio Pro on my iPad mini – it’s a brilliant free resource. We’ll be adding sound next week (all in the app) 🙂 Smart!

Picture book

Progress…is slow! But my picture book is beginning to come together. Here are a few drawings I’m working on right now 🙂

 

Animation Club at Teignmouth Library

After a jam-packed session at TAAG on Tuesday, next on the bill is Animation Club at Teignmouth Library, kicking off next Monday from 4-5pm. See below for more details 🙂

 

Our theme will be Mythical Creatures (aka monsters!) and the kids will get to create and animate their own special mythical creature, making up unique, individual stories.

 

We still have places available, so please get in touch if you need more info and to book!

 

Animal Characters at Magic Carpet Honiton

Although we’re all familiar with them, animal characters are a pretty strange idea really. Animals who dress up, eat, speak and generally behave just like humans…? Paddington is a great example, and there are so many to choose from: Mr Toad, Top Cat, Dangermouse, Roger Rabbit, the list is (almost) endless.

So during the past couple of sessions we’ve been inventing our own at Magic Carpet, and then making them into little 3D cutouts, with their own “environment”.