Thursday, 18 July 2013

freelance work

So at the moment I'm in between series on TAWOG and should be starting again on season 3 later this year. I've been lucky to pick up a bit of freelance FX work and a couple of the ad's are now online so I can share them here.

Various 2D FX in these two adverts: speed lines, impact dusts, coffee steam, explosions, water splashes and a crazy alien electric mouth ray! enjoy!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

more ideas

Still trying to play out some ideas, regarding this little project. I think I may be getting a little ahead of myself though! May have to reign it in but its still good to do some exploring. :)

Thursday, 4 July 2013

ship concepts

It's amazing how a month can fly by so fast! I'm still trying to work on my ship idea and here are a  couple of concepts. Trying to keep really rough to get the ideas out.

I've been picking up some freelance FX work recently which has been really awesome. Hopefully share some of the work on here in the future.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Mmmm concepty...

Thanks for the feedback on the ship shapes! It's going to be fun exploring the ships design. Here's a loose concept for your Sunday evening viewing pleasure.

The Start

So I'm planning on doing a small personal project that will enable me to try out various cool FX. I'm thinking smoke trails/jet engines/speed lines and throwing in some cool laser stuff too!

Creating a nice sequence is gonna be tough, its been a while since I boarded!

From the thumbs below I hope you can guess its gonna be about a ship of some kind! let me know which one you prefer :)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Impact dust sketch

Just a quick impact dust sketch. It's been nice trying to play with the different shapes in the design.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Smoke designs

Here are some smoke designs I've been working on. There's a few different smoke/dust impacts and dissapation ideas.  Its nice to design some single frames :)

Sketching again

So the weather hasn't been too bad here in London recently, it's been cold and rainy for a long time and now its not as cold and doesn't rain constantly! It's nice to finally get out and do some sketching around town. I've been getting some good tips from Gill regarding shapes and construction and its starting to sink in, a little anyway :)

Friday, 10 May 2013

Explosion designs

Felt inspired after seeing Chris Graf's explosion designs. So doodled out some designs of my own.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

You're Fired!

This was a really cool animation to do! I was shown an awesome character design by 2DBean and thought, that would be really fun to animate! So I got in contact with Mr 2D B and got the go ahead to animate his wicked design.

I've been practising fire recently and wanted to continue this focus for this exercise so I decided to not animate the smoke. I had to simplify the design so I could animate it, which looking back at it now I wish I had kept it as detailed and just worked longer at it!

here is the original design by 2DBean:

and here it is animated:

I also put together a small progression vid of some of the stages, from rough through to comp:

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Torch Fire!!

Another collaboration with Gill! This time a great explorer design for some nice 2D torch fire animation. This was from another lesson on the 2D FX course on Bitey. It's a tricky element to animate, but it can be a lot of fun. I've been trying to think more about what's actually happening to the FX whilst animating recently, what's making it move compared to the technical aspects of arcs, spacing etc. So I was thinking this was an oily flame and it was getting pushed about a little by the wind. It would have been cool to animate the characters hair to help show the breeze and shadow layers etc but this exercise was to focus on the torch. Big shout out to Rufus for helping me with the comp, really helped to give it some heat.


Friday, 22 March 2013

Bitey FX Course

Way over a year ago I signed up to the 2D FX course on Its a great course and is really useful for hints and tips regarding animating SFX in a traditional 2D manner. :) Which of course is just how I like them :D So if your interested in taking some cool FX lessons head on over to

So although I've incorporated some skills learnt from the lessons in previous work, im now starting to work on some of the exercises on there own.

So this is some work from the first 6 lessons, lightning, match flame, incense smoke, ripples and flag/cape wave. I did miss the gravity out...whoops. I guess it effects all animation though.

Big thanks to my lovely girl Gill for her cool character design for the cape wave anim. There should be some more collaborative stuff from us coming soon :)
Hope you enjoy :)

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

explosion studies

been studying some explosion designs from various shows/movies. Some of the designs are so detailed its amazing that they are animated! 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013


Me and Gill adopted Oscar in the new year. He is an adorable cat and at 13 he is very chilled out and loves a good nap. I expect he will be quite a regular post on here.

Monday, 28 January 2013

sketchbook collection!

This is a big selection of various sketches from the last few months:
Life drawing session - people were acting out a story of a bird and a tree, was an interesting session, shame there weren't more dynamic poses!

Various people watching 

some hand studies from a tutorial

old zoo sketches

here's some sketches from a couple of different zoo outings a few months back. just noticed they're sitting haha not very dynamic!

2013 2D FX Reel

Hey everyone, So a new year is upon us and im now able to show some of the work from the second season of The Amazing world of Gumball! I worked as the Lead 2D FX designer/animator and worked on a lot of cool FX through out the series. Im able to show stuff from the episodes that have been aired so heres my new reel.
enjoy! M