[Black Mirror] Metalhead – DNegTV & VES awards!

Hello! It’s been a while.

Just a quick update – I was very fortunate to be leading the amazing animation crew at DNegTV on the Black Mirror episode ‘Metalhead’ last year.

The whole department did an incredible job bringing the killer dog-robot to life, I’d go as far to say that it’s been the most incredible project to be a part of in my whole animation career so far. To add to the epic-ness of the whole experience, back in January, word came through that the animation on the robot was nominated for a VES award for ‘Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project’ – we couldn’t be happier – what an incredible honour!

Stafford Lawrence, Steve Godfrey, me & Andrew Robertson

Myself, Stafford Lawrence, Steve Godfrey & Andrew Robertson were all invited to beautiful sunny L.A. to attend the awards – so we did just that :D Unfortunately, we didn’t win on the big day – but we all had an incredible time all the same.

One of my BM shots

As you can see, I’ve been neglecting this blog for quite a while – the site got hacked a while back, but a big thanks for my brother Celfyn (diolch!) for bringing everything back – I plan on updating this a whole lot more, with mostly animation tips/notes, and some more photography.

Cyfweliad / Interview

Ddaru’r rhaglen ‘cylchgrawn’ sy’n cael i’w ddarlledu at S4C; Y Lle ddod draw i Double Negative i siarad gyda fi am yr holl bethau dani wedi bod yn gweithio ar, yn cynnwys fy ngwaith i DNegTV, be yn union dwi’n ‘i neud fel animeiddiwr bob dydd, ag am ychydig o daith o amgylch yr adeilad hynod wych sy gynom ni yn Double Negative.

Dyma’r tro cyntaf imi neud ffasiwn beth – ond roedd hi’n rili cŵl. Ddaru ‘Y Lle’ neud joban go wych yn editio o gwmpas fi’n ffafflo – a dwi’n meddwl ddoth o allan fel darn bach difyr iawn! Diolch Y Lle!

For those who wants to see me give a tour of Double Negative, and speak Welsh – the show ‘Y Lle’ has gone ahead and uploaded my interview/tour to Youtube! I talk about what we do at Double Negative, and what I personally do at DNegTV, especially on the show I helped to animate; ‘Fungus the Bogeyman’, and ‘Braindead’.

Y Glyderau

Over New Years, we headed to Wales, as stretch our legs and walk up in the snowy mountains. Here’s a few photos that I took from the tops of Y Glyderau, the first from Castell y Gwynt, looking towards Glyder Fawr, the second from our ascent – looking over towards the epic Snowdon Horseshoe, and the last as we were heading down Bwlch Dwyglydion, with Llyn Cwmffynon at the bottom. Fantastic day out in the snowy Welsh mountains.

Castell y Gwynt

Bedol Y Wyddfa

Bwlch Dwyglydion - Y Glyderau

“Do you floss?”

Here’s a short personal project I’ve been working on. It’s a short dialogue piece I animated using Long Winter Studios’ excellent ‘Tom‘ character.

I had a great time animating this one, and had some great help from my old colleagues (thanks Mariano!) as I progressed through it.

Huge thanks goes to Oasim Karmieh for whacking together a nice shader and light setup for me to render with Viewport 2.0.

Hotel Transylvania – Zombie Rig


One of my favourite, recent animated films has to be ‘Hotel Transylvania’, and in a fantastic move by Sony Pictures Animation, they’ve gone and released an actual rig from the upcoming sequel to Hotel Transylvania, for free, for Maya!

During my coffee break this morning, I went ahead and opened up the rig, and just had to pose him. He’s incredibly easy to play with, and such a great character to knock out some poses with. I’ll see if I’ll get a spare few hours to actually animate the great character.

Thanks Sony!

To download the zombie – here’s the link: Hotel Transylvania – Zombie Rig

A Welsh 60mm

A couple of weekends ago, I headed back to Wales for the weekend – for a short break, hiking and beach fun with Regi. I borrowed a friends 60mm and 10-20mm – both fantastic lenses. Never thought I’d have so much fun with the 60mm macro lens as I’m really comfortable using a wide angle lens for my mountain photography, but I loved playing around with it.

The first picture is from Ynys Llanddwyn, and the second is the sun set down at Dinas Dinlle.

Macro Ynys Llanddwyn

A 60mm Pink Sunset


Just a quick post to say that I’ve created a new page for my ‘Sketchbook‘. Over the Winter months, a few of us from work headed every Thursday to the Trinity Arts life drawing classes, which I really loved, I haven’t actually sat down in a life drawing class since my collage days, so it was a fantastic break to the week attending these classes.

As the Summer months are upon us, classes have stopped, and in order to keep up with my drawing, I’ve come across two great life-drawing websites (Quickposes &  Figure a Gesture Drawing) which I set to anywhere from 30 seconds to 2mins, and draw away. I’m very new to drawing on a Wacom, but it’s great! I’ll be updating my Sketchbook page hopefully every week with a new page or so.

30 mins for all 4
30 mins for all 4

I’ll also upload a selection of pages from my actual sketchbook that I took with me to the life drawing classes.