Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
This is the table I do most of my drawing and watercolouring on. I have always liked working on flat surfaces, even after years of animating on an angled animation desk I still prefer working flat. This is pretty much everything I use when creating a drawing or watercolour Illustration.
Clock wise: from left to right
My phone, which scares the bejesus out of me when I’m concentrating and it rings. I need to change the ringtone. Currently it’s the theme tune to ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and it starts really loud.
Water and Coffee in my favourite mug.
Sony X-Series walkman and portable Nokia speakers. (When I took this photo I was listening to the soundtrack to ‘500 days of Summer’.)
Tissue, and Water Colour paint. I currently use pans but I’m considering changing over to tubes soon enough, at least for larger works.
Coffee Jar with water.
Box full of pencils and stuff. Generally I sketch with a blue Col-Erase pencil or a regular B lead pencil. I use a small steel ruler and steel pencil sharpener. Staedtler Mars eraser and a make-up foundation brush for cleaning the drawing as I go.
Kolinsky Sable Watercolour Brushes, sizes 0, 2 and 4.
Faber Castell Polychromos, I love these colouring pencils I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Bristol Board, my favourite surface to draw, ink and watercolour on.
Cutting board, I use this cutting board for everything. It’s easy to clean and durable. I find it handy as a drawing surface because I can rotate the drawing without having to touch the page and risk leaving marks.
Finally the original pencil sketch. I’m about to transfer this image to the bristol board.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Liverpool Football Club and Adidas released next Seasons home kit today. The adidas strip represents a modern interpretation of the one worn during the triumphant 1989-90 campaign, in which the Reds won title number 18. The release of this kit got me thinking about my favorite Liverpool Shirts.
This is the first football jersey I ever bought on the day it was launched. I was travelling up to Dublin on the City Link Bus towards the end of my first year of college. I had a small amount of money left over from my grant, so decided to splash out. I really loved the simple design. Liverpool ended up winning the Champions League in this jersey. Liverpool vs AC Milan, Istanbul 2005, by far my favorite Liverpool game. I watched it in a hotel room in Paris. At half time we were 3 nil down, dead and buried. Second half we scored three goals and ended up winning on penalties. Best game ever!
I didn't start supporting Liverpool until 1995 when my family and I moved home from America. My cousin and a few close friends supported Liverpool and Irish players McAteer and Babb were on the team so it was an easy decision. That year I broke my hand playing Hurling and needed to go to the hospital. After a couple of x-rays and the application of a cast we stopped in town for some lunch. At the time Liverpool were due to change technical sponsor from Adidas to Reebok so there was a massive sale mid season. My mum bought me this jersey for 10 pound that day, reduced from 35 and I literally lived in it! I loved it so much. It was my first football jersey, first Liverpool jersey and probably my first item of sports clothing as well.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Neen and I were in Smyths Toy Store today, and I picked this up. Lucky enough to find it as well. It was the last in stock and on the very very top shelf. I'm 6 4'' but it was a stretch even for me. That's the great thing about being an animator/children's illustrator, collecting toys is all part of the job! I was really impressed with the build and design quality. It's pretty much on model which is not always the norm in action figures. Boy was it hard to put together though. In order to sell such a large toy it was packaged in four pieces. Body, left wing, right wing and tail. Tail went on like a charm but the wings took a bit of elbow grease. Not complaining though it makes for a very smart and accurate replica. The rest of the series looked great also Spin Master did a fantastic job creating this range. Haven't seen the film yet, but I'm very much looking forward to it. I'm a big fan of the work of Chris Sanders and Dean Deblois . The writers/directors of both 'Dragon' and of course 'Lilo and Stitch'. We're planning on bringing Neens little brother and sister to see it in 3D as soon as we can! I'll pop a review on when we do!