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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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.

A Cormorant

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A little sneak peek at a comp element from an upcoming project by PP’s Eimhin, featuring animation by Ciara Nolan

Animation Art Show!

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by Carol Freeman

 

 

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Carol & Eimhin‘s submissions for this year’s Animation Art Show!
Come along to the Animation Art Show Opening to see them in person along with a whole lot more!
As part of the upcoming Animation Art Show PP’s Pádraig is also hosting a series of workshops:

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.

The Ark Event Guide Commission

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:

A rough sketchy version

 

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Design wise, Eimhin was influenced by Roman Muradov’s work for this piece.You can view Roman’s work here: http://www.bluebed.net/

 

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A little rough animation using the above poses, showing them in situ

 

From here we provided another option, including animation drawings from Carol‘s film The Bird & the Whale:

 

 

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Animation drawings by Manuel Galiana, character design by Eimhin & Carol
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And here’s some of the scene moving

 

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

Cave Canem, a recent cut-out illustration piece by Eimhin.

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Some process:

Details of the piece:

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Tea with Bear Art Swap

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A piece created by Eimhin for a recent art swap project, organised by Áine McGuinness, created using card, watercolour & glue.
The recipient was the very talented Melissa Malone. And Eimhin in turn got an excellent piece from animator/sculptor Karen Rohde Johansson.

Enjoy!

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Character Design Demo

Some excerpts from a recent class Eimhin hosted with the second year animation students at the National FIlm School IADT-DL
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Hosted another Character Design demo with Coláiste Dhúlaigh’s 2nd & 3rd years this month.
Here are some drawings from it, demonstrating simplification, and the effects of costuming with an semi-abstract everyman:

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year!
Thanks again for following our work over the past year, we hope to have much more to show you in the coming months!

Pop-up Dogmas

 

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Here’s a little family portrait made by Eimhin over the past few weeks

Process

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It began with this rough sketch. I ended up flipping Chaloupa, and adding in a little tree topper to help the composition

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Then the illustration was built up with vectors

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A quick colour & layering test to make sure overlap and overhang is working

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It was then broken up and outputted to our die cutter.

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Chaloupa

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Tree & Eimhin

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