Monday, 8 December 2008

Richard Williams

I was talking to my good friend Chris recently, and he brought up this really interesting old Richard Williams (the man behind Roger Rabbit and The Thief and The Cobbler) feature that I thought was a brilliant example of the kind of dedication and adherence to quality that I admire in great artists. Watching it, reminds me of when I used to want to be an animator and that I have the utmost of respect and admiration for traditional animators and comic book artists. The sheer amount of work they produce and effort that goes into into their craft is inspiring.

There's a particular humbling moment at the end of part 2, into part 3, that kind of struck a chord with me. It's when Ken Harris sort of unwittingly brings Richard Williams back down to Earth and makes him think about his level of ability at that point in time. Really makes me wonder about what some of my inspirations would think about my stuff. A humbling thought indeed.

It's worth a watch if you have a moment to spare. The six parts can be found here.

Friday, 5 December 2008


Been thinking about a few long term projects the last month or so. I'll be posting here and there with projects in between. In the meantime I thought I'd get this one out of the way.

watercolour/gouache/pencil crayon/ps

Edit: This is the original orientation of the painting. Adi Granov mentioned that the above composition and cropping killed the mood and flow of the piece and now that I look at it he's right (I just started drawing and fleshing out the final without enough planning beforehand). While the cropping is still tight in a few places, the version below seems more energetic in terms of how the eye goes through the composition. Thanks to Adi for catching that.