New batch of #lifedrawing classes A4 Sounds ready for booking!
Course begins Monday 10th April:
€50 for the six week course: http://www.a4soundsshop.org/product/life-drawing-course-6-weeks
or €10 for individual classes: http://www.a4soundsshop.org/product/life-dawing-class
We will be working on observational drawing skills, using gesture drawing, blind drawing, wrong handed drawing, silhouette drawing, as well as sculpture, to improve observational skill and handling of the media.
Be sure to check out the facebook group here, to view work by some of the participants: https://www.facebook.com/groups/a4lifedrawing/
Here is a little bit more from Eimhin’s upcoming project An tEarrach Thiar, featuring a fisherman character who appears towards the end of the film.
This fisherman featured in the 1932 documentary Aran of the Saints, courtesy of the IFI Film Archive, was the basis of the below design:
A little bit of research for this scene’s location:
Here’s the layout sketch with annotations. This layout sketch went through a few iterations before getting the right level of ‘shape’ in the strata of limestone rocks on the beach.
Below is an earlier, more generic looking beach:
And here is the completed background by Robin Hoshino and Eimhin
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!
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:
Initial storyboards, roughly laying out the pertinent elements and actions involved in the scene
Layout drawing, locking down the details, and adding in the foreground element to help with framing
Timelapse of the background being painted
Final painting. The addition of some cliffs in the BG, helped to delineate the brightly lit ‘steps’ from the sky
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:
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!
The sun setting over the Aran Islands, as viewed from Fanore, Co. Clare.
A little sneak peek at a comp element from an upcoming project by PP’s Eimhin, featuring animation by Ciara Nolan
Animation Workshops for Ages 8-12
Sunday 10th April @ 1pm & 3.30pm
In this workshop you will work in groups with other children to create animation using hand drawn and pixilation techniques.
• In the hand-drawn animation, you will start by inventing and drawing your own character onto paper. You will then be shown how to morph your character into another one from the group via a series of 5-7 drawings. This will create a loopable animation of shape-shifting characters.
• To explore the technique of pixilation (derived from the word ‘pixie’), you will be part of animating real people and objects (including yourself) in front of a camera. The workshop will give you a hands-on understanding of how animation can be created. This is your chance to work with a professional animator and be introduced to two very different techniques.
Free entry on a first-come, first-served basis, voluntary donations welcome.
We were recently asked to put together some illustration concepts for The Ark‘s upcoming event guide.
The main thrust was to create an image which showed stages in an action, or animation.
Here is what we cooked up for them:
We also have some upcoming workshops in the Ark:
Our first workshop is being hosted by PP’s Pádraig at the Ark as part of the Animation Art Show, with a more in depth series of workshops beginning in June and continuing into August which you can check out HERE, HERE, & HERE
We’ll be posting more information on those workshops once final details are all confirmed!
Cave Canem, a recent cut-out illustration piece by Eimhin.
Details of the piece: