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.
To download the zombie – here’s the link: Hotel Transylvania – Zombie Rig
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.
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.
I’ll also upload a selection of pages from my actual sketchbook that I took with me to the life drawing classes.
A couple of weekends back, myself and a couple of friends decided to head over to the West Coast of Ireland for a short break away from work and Dublin. I decided to experiment a bit more with my 50mm lens as oppose to my usual panorama pics, and I must say – I’m really enjoying playing around with it.
It pushes me to think differently about the shots, and focus on ‘hidden’ elements, such as the grass in the midd-ground, it sure is different to my usual pics.
As I spent all of my Christmas holiday relaxing to the max in Germany, I decided to head over to Wales to say ‘hello’ to my family and friends the second weekend of January – and for a second Christmas.
Since I don’t get the chance to go out much around Dublin/Ireland these days, I often look on Flickr to see of any nice locations people are finding in Wales, and making a list of where to visit when I get the chance to head back home. However, this time – by pure coincidence, I came across an very small thumbnail of the Nantlle Ridge, taken from somewhere that I’ve never seen before. I personally love the Nantlle Ridge, I’ve always tried my best to capture it as best as I can – but this new view I saw from the thumbnail was mighty epic. I put my OS Map skills to work, and quickly figured out that it was taken from above Cilgwyn, on a wee hill called Pen-y-Cilgwyn. This was somewhere I’ve never visited before (in all my years living literally 5mins away) as it leads up to the Cilgwyn landfill site – but boy! does it have a view – my personal new favourite view of the Nantlle Ridge:
The last image is of the mighty Snowdon Horseshoe – taken from a wee lay-by in Dyffryn Mymbyr, as I drove around taking in the landscape when I don’t get a chance to head up to the mountains when I’m home.
After three weeks of intense late nights, we managed to roll out the first episode of Froot Fly – ‘Merry Christmas’, just in time for Christmas. Here she is:
I animated the last three shots, from around the 0:40 second mark to the end, and also arranged the Layout for the whole short. It was Directed by Matt Bugeja, and information on the rest of the crew can be found over at Froot Fly’s Crew Page. Fantastic team, one I can’t wait to work with again.
Huge thanks goes to Oasim Karmieh, as the poor guy was left texturing, lighting and rendering right up to Christmas Eve on the short, but he did a fantastic job as I love how everything came togethe. Such a great project to work on, and stay tuned for more episodes in the very near future – I’m going to be Directing the second short, which sould be out in the coming weeks.
After years of talking about it, I’m finally teaming up with a few of my friends (who are also my epic co-workers here in Dublin) to work on our own animated project after-hours in work. They are: Matt Bugeja, Glen Southern, Oasim Karmieh, Paddy Finn, Ibrah Chaffardet, Liam Neville and Cormac Phelan.
It’s going to be a series of short-shorts about a fly and his pal. We’re currently working on the Christmas episode which is due to be released in a few weeks, but in the meantime we’re trying to get a following by setting up the website and a facebook page etc.
We’ll be releasing a ton of ‘behind-the-scenes’ type material over the coming weeks, and some insight into our studio over here, how we work – from starting with a cube to the final model, to the texturing, rigging, animation and composting stages, together with a few competitions to win some of the artwork etc.
I created the ‘teaser poster’ for the shorts that we’re currently using to promote it. Introducing: ‘Froot Fly':
Our website is over at FrootFlyShorts.com where we have a wallpaper of the above image, and also a Facebook page: Froot Fly shorts – Facebook page where we’ll be announcing the competitions and posting daily about our progress on the shorts.
We’d love to hear your thoughts, and we look forward to be sharing the adventures with you.