Shellies animation at the Beacon Centre, Exeter

Another lovely morning with the families at the Beacon Centre yesterday making a very sweet little shell creatures animation 🙂

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.

Bristol Festival of Puppetry “Excitement at the Bottom of the Garden!”

I had a fantastic time working at Bristol Festival of Puppetry last weekend running the excellent “DIY Animation Workshops” at Watershed Cinema. So many thanks to everyone who came along, and my fantastic BFP helpers, not forgetting the awesome Rachel McNally who programmes and organises the whole festival (don’t know how she does it…)

Here is the edited and soundtracked version of the animation we made in the morning session – it’s amazing! All characters made and filmed in under 3 hours. Crikey! Hope you like it!



The Big Draw!

I’m really pleased to announce that I’ll be running this year’s Big Draw at the M Shed in Bristol!! Well, not just me, I’m working with the wonderful Rachael Dadd, a much-loved and admired contemporary folk musician. What some people might not know is she’s also an amazing artist – which I did know because we were at art school in Winchester together just over 10 years ago.

So do come along, it’ll be great!  It’s on October 27th from 10am-1pm and 2-4pm. We’ll be thinking and drawing lots of stuff themed around the idea of “Future Bristol”, so come and make wishes to hang from a Future Wishes Tree, invent and animate your own future transport machine, design a future house, and (fingers crossed if we can get the parts in time!!) draw with a Squigglebot, which is a kind of home-made drawing robot.

Rachael’s also writing a song for the event to inspire us all… Lovely!

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A lovely monoprint portrait from a previous Big Draw (not of me or Rachael…)