Animation Drawing

Bee Detective

Recently I’ve finished work on a series of animations for a live theatre production called Bee Detective, which is produced by Tin Bath‘s Gemma Fairlee, and Sophie Woolley. Gemma directed, and Sophie wrote the script, and performs the main character.

I’m really pleased with the work I did for Bee Detective. It was all bit of a blurry forced march towards the end, but, with much relief. the deadline was made.

While I was lost in a sleepless world of animated bees, somehow squeezed into the narrow gaps in space-time,¬†between my dad duties, my full-time job at SquintOpera, and fighting off a persistant cold/flu bug; it was hard to be aware of what else was going on around me. One of the things that happened was that Sophie had managed to injure herself in a cycling accident, and hence had to swap roles with Gemma. I’m sure lots of other things were happening too, but it was all a bit of a blur.

I haven’t been able to see the live production yet, I’m hearing really good things about it, and the photos look fantastic. I can’t wait to see it when it comes to London in the Autumn. In the meantime, here are some portraits of the main characters.

Sophie Bee, flying around with a magnifying glassHRH Queen Bee, flying, accompanied by 6 drone bees

General Destructor, wearing a military uniform, and looking very pompous


Bee Detective Trailer

I’ve just finished work on the new teaser-trailer animation, for Bee Detective. Bee Detective is a new Cultural Olympiad funded interactive performance for children, written by Sophie Woolley, and directed by Gemma Fairlie.

This is just a practice run though really. The real work starts now, for the animation to be included as part of the actual show. Watch this space!

In the meantime, here is an exploded diagram of a very important bee.

Exploded diagram of Sophie Bee's animatable elements
Exploded diagram of Sophie Bee's animatable elements
After Effects Animation Wacom

Using a Wacom as a 2nd Monitor

A Wacom Cintiq works well as a makeshift 2nd monitor, when animating on a teeny-tiny laptop.

Using After Effects on an ancient Macbook Pro, with a Cintiq as a 2nd monitor

Animation Photoshop

Rotoscoping in Photoshop

Super rough test animation; My first attempt at rotoscoping in Photoshop. So far, my initial thoughts are that animating in Photoshop is nice, and works better than I thought it would. Who knew?

Rough rotoscope animation test of man running