Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Website & Facebook Page!

So, as more and more commissions come in I'm trying to expand my online reach.  Got Facebook?  Check out my Facebook page!  It's the place for my most up-to-date work:

 Don't have Facebook, or would like to see my current body of work all in one place?  Check out my website:

Thank you so, so much for taking the time to come by and check out my work so far.  Especially all those who have found me through my recent work with the Islesburgh Drama Group's "The 39 Steps" poster and programme.  I hope you enjoyed the play, I know I did!

All the love.

x L

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Winter in Edinburgh 2012 - Building Art

So in winter 2012 I was working on an advert for Visit Edinburgh, entitled "Winter in Edinburgh".  It was a 30 second animated advert encouraging viewers to visit Edinburgh in the winter (obvz).  An extended two-minute advert was also made, but I believe it has yet to air.  For these adverts I did a lot of background building line-work (colour was added by my supervisor, Vicky Haworth) and character animation. I also did some character design here and there too.  This post will concentrate on the building line-art, I will make another for the character design and should hopefully get the animation from this advert, and the others I worked on, into some form of showreel soon! 

I will be the first to put my hand up and say I'm no environmental artist.  It took some gentle coaxing from Vicky to get me to do it, and it took me days to get into the swing of it.  Vicky had a very particular vision for the style she wanted; very uneven and deliberately imperfect.  In the advert you can see that we cut the flat planes up and made them very 'pop-up book 3D' like.  I can honestly say I am really proud of this work.  My first real proper attempt at background design and I like to think it turned out very well.  It's a style I think I will definitely adopt for my own personal work in the future.

Anyway, enjoy.  There were a lot of buildings to go through, but these are my personal favourites.  More soon!
Balmoral Hotel © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
American Express Building, George Street © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
Masonic Grand Lodge, George Street © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
[A modified] Centotre Italian Restaurant & Whistles, George Street © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
Market Street as viewed from Princes Street © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
St. Giles' Cathedral & the Statue of Adam Smith © Ink Animations Ltd 2012

Close-up St. Giles' Cathedral Door © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
Jenners © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
Bank of Scotland Building, The Mound © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
From Left to Right; James' Court, Golden Eagle Building, Lady Stair's Close & Wardrop Close, The Lawnmarket, Royal Mile © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
Old Tolbooth Wynd, Royal Mile © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
John Knox House, Royal Mile © Ink Animations Ltd 2012
Old Waverly Hotel, Princes Street © Ink Animations Ltd 2012

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Final Ice Cream Girl Design

So, last time we left off I'd just received word that the guys were interested in taking this design forward:

There was a lot to clean up; the line was still quite rough and the pose still wasn't 100% there yet.  The cone also needed to be drawn, and I had a bit of a problem with her feet so they got replaced too.  Eventually I got to this lady:

When re-jigging her pose I thought I might try moving the left arm away from the cone, spreading it out a little more into a girly 1950's pin-up pose.  I went through three different arm designs for the left arm, eventually winding back round to having her arm in the same place it was originally.  Sometimes things are better left alone, I guess!

And so began the colour process!  Gareth sent me this picture as reference and asked for a generalised colour palette based on the image.  I really liked the soft pinks and lilacs so used these as the basis for my girl.

So this is she in all her colourful glory:

The above picture is just flat colour, straight out of Photoshop, whilst the one below has a subtle layer of texture added to it to give it a slightly more authentic 1950's ad feel.