Sunday, 23 February 2014


Eeeek... it's been ages again since I've last done a post on here, tho at least it's a bit more recent than before! Slap on the hand for me for the hundred billionth time I've been a lazy so and so and not putting my work on here! Tut tut.
Any hoo I was flicking through my sketchbooks and found these doodles, consisting of water colour and acrylic paints, black fine liner and a cheeky bit of gold leaf. Enjoy!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Doodles Ahoy

Here are some illustrations I have being doing over the past few weeks, sorry about the horrible quality of the images, I am well in need of a snazzy new camera that doesn't blind everyone with its laser flash!
The illustration of the lady on the moon is a mixture of fine liner and water colours, and to add that oh so shiny moon glow I carefully glued flakes of gold leaf onto the drawing with good ole trusty pritt stick. I shall paint her a background soon, she looks a tad bit stark and lonely on a white background.
The pencil drawing of the lady is meant to be Daenerys from Game of Thrones.... though it doesn't look much like her! The other two are just little doodles, nothing special :)

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Pasty Child Shots

Forgive me... please please forgive me! I know how long it has been since I have done a post on here, and I am extremely ashamed of myself. Naughty Emily, once again neglecting my blog to the point where it starts gathering dust. I promise I will do a big post soon, with a big big update :)

Welllllll I am proud to say that we managed to get Pasty Child completed! It was completely manic over the last few weeks of term getting everything finished, but the team worked like magic and we all pulled together to get the film looking as good as possible with the short amount of time we had. Andy and George were troopers and managed to get all the animation and effects crammed in, a massive pat on the back to them!

Also we have some fantastic news.... Pasty Child has recently won the Undergraduate category at the Royal Television Society Awards! Whooop! We are currently entering the film into some more festivals here and there, here are a few shots from the film, with the puppets and sets in all their glory! :D

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Dark Descent: Ghoul Shots

Here are a few shots I block coloured for the Dark Descent, from the scene where the scary ghost man appears and walks towards the boat. This shot took me quite a while to complete because there were slight changes in every frame (usually I can duplicate every other frame.) But it was a good one to do because it made me concentrate and think about what colouring bits went where. The second shot was a nice and simple one to colour because it is literally just a foot taking one step, so I managed to get completed pretty quickly:

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Dark Descent: Dog Shots

Grethe gave me a few shots of the dog to block colour, which were really nice to do because it was something a bit different and you had to think about where the markings of the dog's fur would be. Tom put together a really helpful sheet on how to paint the fur markings, so following its guidelines I managed to complete the block colours for these two shots. The 1st one was nice and easy because I literally had to colour in one frame and hold it throughout the shot; the second one below was a bit trickier, but still good fun to do:

Monday, 14 May 2012

Shelves and Herb Pots

The pasty shop set walls were looking a tad bit bare inside, so I thought it would look at bit more homely to have a few shelves up so that we could put some bakery bits and bobs on them. To make up the main structure of the shelves, I sawed two long rectangular pieces of wood and also cut 4 small triangles to make up the wooden support under the shelves.

Once these pieces were cut, I glued them together with strong wood glue supported by gaffa tape, and left them over night to set. Once the wood glue had dried and the shelf structures were sturdy I painted them with a few coats of wood varnish, and also dry-brushed some brown umber paint here and there to make the shelves look a bit older and worn. Here are the finished results:

To go on the shelves, Andy found some tiny battery parts that looked a bit like small jars and he said they would look nice as little herb pots. So I painted them with a base coat of black acrylic, and them painted the 'tops' of the jars an assortment of colours. Whilst they were drying, I made some tiny labels by cutting out cartridge paper and painting a ochre wash over them to look a bit older. Once the wash was dry, I added a different herb name onto each label with black fine-liner and then stuck them straight onto the little dried pots with pritt stick. Here are some pictures of my progression, and also the finished results on the shelves I made earlier:

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Trays and Shop Bell

We had some spare milliput lying around and we needed a few more baking trays for the pasty shop interior. So I mixed the two parts of milliput and quickly sculpted some trays on some baking paper to stop them sticking (once milliput sets it is rock hard and welds to any surface!) Once these were dry, I coated them with a layer of poly-filler to help the base coat of paint stick later on.

Whilst the milliput trays were drying, I remembered that we needed an old-fashioned door bell for the pasty shop set, to be glued next to the front door and add the sound effects in post as the puppets walk in and out of the shop. To make the bell, I looked up a picture of one on the internet, and sculpted the different sections that make up a bell out of black fimo clay, and baked these in the oven for about ten minutes. Once the fimo had set, I let it cool down and then glued the sections together with araldite glue.

Once the glue had set, I coated the fimo bell with a layer of poly-filler which dried really quickly because I only gave it a thin coat. I then sanded down both the baking trays and the bell with a small nail file (good for getting into small places!) and then painted them all with a base coat of black acrylic paint.
The bell looked a bit too 'perfect' with just the black undercoat, so I added a rusty metallic effect with both acrylic paint and also metal emulsion. I forgot to take a picture of the finished bell, so I'll put one up soon :)