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A4 Life Drawing Course 2017

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Eimhin’s life drawing course at A4 Sounds is back with new dates, beginning on Monday the 20th of February!

 

You can book the full 6 week course here: LINK (Fee: €50 EUR)

 

The first half of each class will involve a lot of short poses, working on speed and energy in your drawing, incorporating resistance exercises to improve observation and drawing ability, such as gesture, blind, bamboo-stick and wrong-handed drawing. In the second half of each class you will have free reign to apply what you have learned over 2-3 longer poses. We will be using a number of different media, such as charcoal, pastels and ink.
To view work created by the participants of previous life drawing courses at A4 Sounds, be sure to check out the facebook page: LINK

When?

Monday 7-9pm
20th Feb – 27th Mar 2017
Where?
A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset St
Dublin 1
Materials provided include:
– charcoal
– white & coloured pastels
– A2 paper
– A2 boards
Please feel free to bring along your own additional materials!

Caterpillar Dreams book Trailer!

We’re delighted to release the trailer for ‘Caterpillar Dreams,’ a new picture book by Clive McFarland and HarperCollins Children’s Books, featuring music by the excellent Chris McLoughlin, with animation produced by us!
The book will be available in shops soon and is available to pre-order right now: clivemcfarland.com/caterpillardreams

 

We previously collaborated with Clive on the trailer for another lovely book of his entitled A Bed for Bear, which you can view here: LINK

 

Special thanks to David Linker, Rachel Zeger & Deirdre Foran!

 

Also, here are the very important GIFs of the scenes too, enjoy!

 

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Henri has a dream.
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It’s an amazing, impossible-seeming dream.
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And to chase it, Henri will have to leave the safety of his garden
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And embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
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This is the story….
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of what can happen when you dare to believe in your self.

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Happy Birthday Newton!


A little character exploration, animated blind using a NIkon DLSR in 2010, made with: cardboard, foil, acetate with glue to create the telescope lens, and a sandwich bag tie for the quill.
Isaac Newton was born when the calendar system changed from the Julian to the Gregorian, which means: he’s got 2 birthdays.

An tEarrach Thiar @ Cafe Frosch, Kyoto

A lovely bit of news reached our ears today, all the way from Japan!

Photo by Robin Hoshino
Photo by Robin Hoshino

 
The backgrounds painted by illustrator Robin Hoshino for Eimhin‘s upcoming Cúl an Tí project An tEarrach Thiar, are currently on display at Café Frosch in Kyoto!
The paintings depict the landscape of Inis Mór much as it was in the 1930s when Máirtín ó Direáin lived there, and conveys the light from the lingering sun, as the day comes to a close.
 
Delighted that Robin’s excellent work can be appreciated in person! You can see more of Robin’s work on her website here: http://www.hoshinorobin.com/
You can see more of our work from these projects by following this LINK

Happy Post-Christmas!

Here’s our festive little card for this year!

The characters were based off some sketches from last year:

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I redesigned them a little, cutting the raccoon for the sake of simplicity, and laid them out. Below you can see the animation and colour process for the Fake Chrismasman:

Ubiquitous GiF loops

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Cúl an Tí: Cill Aodáin & An tEarrach Thiar Screening!

We recently had a little screening for our in-house crew and some members of A4 Sounds of Cill Aodáin & An tEarrach Thiar!
Below’s a little peek at the projects:

Cill Aodáin directed by Pádraig Fagan

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Raftery an mbard taisteal
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A beanna mbard ghoid an seó!

An tEarrach Thiar directed by Eimhin McNamara

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Fear ag glanadh cré
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Gach bóithre mar thoradh go dtí an fharraige

These projects were co-produced with the Cartoon Saloon & Sónta Films, and will be making their way to TG4 in the New Year!

Next week we’ll be releasing prints from these shorts for sale in our shop, so keep your eyes peeled and save up your shekels!

 

Centra – Live Every Day TV spot


Earlier on this year we were invited by Russell Curran Productions to produce an animated segment for this Centra spot. You can see our work at about the 20 second mark!

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The animation was designed and created by Carol with lighting and technical supervision by Eimhin.

 

In this piece on our studio space at A4 Sounds, Carol can be seen working on an initial proof of concept too from about 3:20:

Many thanks to the Russell Curran team for bringing us in on the project:

Director – Stevie Russell
Art Director – Paudge Donaghy
Copywriter – Ted Barry
Agency Producer – Rosaleen Cullen

Introduction to Experimental Animation is back!

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Due to popular demand our Intro to Experimental Animation course has returned!

The course runs 7-9.30pm every Tuesday from November 1st, and provides a solid foundation in various forms of stopmotion and other experimental techniques!

You can book your place over at the A4 Sounds shop page here: LINK

Art In Ireland Feature!

Our studio A4 Sounds was recently featured in this special for Art In Ireland by Culture Fox TV’s Niamh Gibbons.

You can see some behind the scenes footage from our upcoming TG4 projects  ‘An tEarrach Thiar’ & ‘Cill Aodáin’, as well as an ad which Carol recently completed featuring Alphabetti Spaghetti!

An tEarrach Thiar – BG Process

We were very generously asked to contribute to an anthology of Irish language songs, produced in collaboration with Sónta Films, the Cartoon Saloon and Kíla.

Here’s a little taste of Eimhin’s contribution: An tEarrach Thiar
Based on a poem by Máirtín Ó Direáin, with an original arrangement by Kíla and lush vocals provided by Lisa Hannigan, the film takes place in that golden hour, as the sun sets on a spring day on the island of Inis Mór.

You can view a previous post, featuring photos taken on a research trip to Inis Mór here: LINK

Here’s how I went about putting together one of the early shots:

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Initial storyboards, roughly laying out the pertinent elements and actions involved in the scene

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Layout drawing, locking down the details, and adding in the foreground element to help with framing

 

Timelapse of the background being painted

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Final painting. The addition of some cliffs in the BG, helped to delineate the brightly lit ‘steps’ from the sky

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And here it is comped in with the characters (character animation by Katie Sherlock)

Within each scene the BG painting was separated into different layers, with some clone-stamping to cover any overlap. This allows some repositioning, and addition of cloud movement in the sky, or wave movement on the water. In addition to these digital edits, some other BGs required more lighting in comp, but as this one is one of the introductory shots it wasn’t as extreme in terms of photoshop work to reign in or emphasise the painted elements.

Here are some photos of our brilliant animation crew at work:

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Our singer, Lisa Hannigan, with crew members Katie & Ciara

Thanks for reading, I look forward to sharing more of this project with you in the coming months!

- E.

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The sun setting over the Aran Islands, as viewed from Fanore, Co. Clare.