Thursday, 29 April 2010

Gary Spangle

Here are some designs for Gary Spangle from Mr Warwick. He was the crass host for the animation night on Channel 4 back in 1998 or 1999, we can't quite remember the date. I do remember watching the night with a load of friends, seeing the links we all so loveingly animated. Then the disapointment as chanel 4 splurged their big square box 4 logo over 2/3rds of the picture covering the funny bits on about half of the links at the end of them. Oh well ay?

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Ghost Dogs

Here are some ghost dogs from Franks Cat. For the final design we had to remove the drool to make them a little less rabid. This was from the Halloween episode.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010


Morning. Here is another Mr Curtis design for Frankenstein's Cat. I will post the finished Flash models of these tomorrow. On another note, cold sausages are yummy in the morning!

Monday, 26 April 2010

More Painting

Afternoon! Continuing the Story Train theme, here are some more Miss Rebecca paintings. These were for the actual storybook covers, before the decision to have each storybook to have it's own special cover in each episode.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Twinkle Friday

Hi Here is a picture of Miss Twinkle.

Thursday, 22 April 2010


Morning. Here is a picture to show corrections on some artwork. Top left you can see Mr Curtis scetch of the character Woodward D Edwards from the show Frankenstein's Cat. The colour positions show the built in Flash turnaround designs made by Mr James. The red scribbles are made by the Director showing how he wants the drawings adjusted.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Part of a picture

Here is a partial scan (I've been meaning to get the rest of it done as this is larger than A3) of a painting to get the feel to an environment for the series Boo! Using these style guide paintings the CG guys (normally skilfully led by Mr Duncan) would then construct the 3D world.
This is painted by Miss Rebecca who designed all of Boo!

Yesterdays Talk

I did a talk (well I mainly showed some clips) at the first South West Flash Group meeting last night, they are an official Adobe group.
Here is there site if your intrested to catch the next meeting. They also showed the new CS5 Photoshop wizards trick that I was convinced was an April fools when seeing it on the internett previously.
I also learnt a thing or two about codeing.... as in I am not clever enough to do it.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

3 Bears Background

Morning. Here is an old background for a short we did for Goldilocks and the 3 bears for Oxford University Press. It's watercolour and ink on board.

Friday, 16 April 2010

More Goat

Here is another Mr Curtis pre design sketch for the customised goat (by Van Halen to catch a monster) and the monster trap from the episode Monster Man of Franks Cat. This was our first episode we worked on. If you look at the 7th April post you can see both of these finished in Flash. I will show you more from this episode (with completed Flash models) soon. I have an Animatic to finish right now and I seem to be procrastinating.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Country Mouse BG

Here is a background from Town and County Mouse. It was a special we did for Oxford University Press, for one of their teaching English programs. This is ink and watercolour, on board paper no less! This was either Mr Gary or Miss Teresa, it was so long ago my failing memory escapes me. Bad Miss A.

*Mr Phil informs me it was Miss Teresa. His memory is much better than mine.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Painted Props

Here is a painting for a Story Train prop by Miss Rebecca. Everything in Story Train is based on her designs and the textures on everything have this painterly feel. We have a lot of painted things around the studio, it's great.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Best In Bred

Hello. This mornings picture is the design elements from Mr Curtis for the episode 'Best In Bred' From Franks Cat. I'm not sure if this was the end title but it was the episode working title. It is not a typo (like I would ever miss type anything, no sir). It's a play on words as this was a beauty pageant episode. I will show you the finished designs later, some have appeared on this blog before but not all of them.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Monday Indecisiveness

I was not sure what to post today, so here is a picture of an 'a' on one of our walls in the studio!
The cake is normally placed under this sign on the plan chest. We like those days.

Friday, 9 April 2010

StoryTrain Size Chart

Here is a size chart for Driver Dan's Story Train characters to show how they all relate to each other. Hip and Hop (rabbits) are the same size so to save space the rough model of one is put in. The same for Milly and Lilly (the flamingos). Although that's the final model. Oh and the Counting Sheep are all inside number 5. They stack you see.
I didn't know what else to say about the picture.
Can you tell?

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Left Over Dog

Here is a pencil frame from Left Over Dog before it's cleaned up and scanned and painted in Animo. Yes that is a nipple on his cheek.
We used Animo which was a digital painting program which replaced acetate cells and painting onto them by hand. We rarely use these traditional techniques as now we draw directly into the computer. The main reasons for the shift in process is time and money. As in hardly any of either. Sniff.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

More Props

Morning! Here is another selection of built props in Flash for Franks Cat. You can see some items from the Mr Curtis sketches from a few post's ago. The numbers at the bottom are the 3 episode numbers that these props are from.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

For Bristol based Miss and Mr's

Hi here is a poster showing the details for seeing the Solar Cinema around Bristol next week if your interested. Click on the picture to see the details.

Pencil drawings!

Here are some more Mr Curtis initial designs for Franks Cat. The expression guide at the top was for the reporter who was meant to be very hammie. I think we also removed Lotties bag from the script as it would have been quite difficult to do as Nine was meant to get in and out of it a lot so in the end it was written in that Nine would turn into Lotties back pack. Much funnier.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Pickle Factory in Technocolour

Because Miss Dani demanded it, the pickle factory in COLOUR!!!! Duh duh duuuhhhhh.

Happy Easter everyone! See you next Tuesday (mehehe)

The Pickle Factory!

Here is a BG layout for the Pickle Factory in Franks Cat drawn by Miss Vivienne. You can see some shading indication on the drawing to help the guys who coloured the BG's in Photoshop.