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”.


Simon Otto – Character design in “How to train Your Dragon”

I’m a massive fan of both “How to Train Your Dragon” films, mainly because the characters are so well developed, entertaining and believable, and character design and development are an important element in the animation and comics workshops I run.  So I found this interview with Simon Otto, head of character animation at Dreamworks, really fascinating. Have a look if you want some tips on how to create fantastic characters, and find out how Toothless was inspired by his cat and baby boy!