Saturday, March 23, 2013

Story portfolio

I can't do anything outside of Photoshop so I'm inordinately pleased with myself for making this from scratch.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Ideas for the paintwork of the rocket mentioned in this post.


Different stages of some visual development I did for Natalie Ni Chléirígh's graduation film where (spoiler alert?) woodland animals cobble together a deadly cannon from a crashed rocket ship, with a squirrel in charge of the trigger - hence the "squirrel throne" in one of the drawings, a detail I'm forever disappointed won't be making it into the final film.

Friday, January 25, 2013

"Looks more like Brad Storch"

Today at Digital Biscuit (a great new film and technology event organised by the Screen Director Guild of Ireland) I picked up the DVD of the past year's Irish Film Board-funded short films, which includes Pet Hate, the film I worked on in 2011. As a packaging nerd, it is awesome to see my first "proper" film housed in such a nicely put together set.

Anyway, I'm doing a Bart Simpson and pointing out my name in the credits. It's my first screen credit, so I'm allowed. In exchange for indulging me, here's some UNSEEN! concept art from the film (click to embiggen):

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

THE HOUR character colours #2: Marnie

Previous posts:

In this same episode, Marnie (Oona Castilla Chaplin), the neglected wife of Hector Madden, also has a colour palette specific to her. Marnie's main colours are pastel pinks and purples. (Unfortunately, these delicate colours become muddied on film, resulting in a somewhat desaturated swatch.)

Monday, December 3, 2012

THE HOUR character colours #1: Hector

While I was writing the post about the colour palette of the opening scene from The Hour season premiere (here), I noticed the colour red, otherwise absent from the scene, showed up whenever Hector Madden (Dominic West) was around. Studying the rest of the episode, this kind of colour-coding seems to happen with at least two more characters. But first, Hector:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

PET HATE character design "Little Girl" early sketches

All of the initial sketches done to get some idea of where to go with the design for the little girl in Pet Hate. If I recall correctly, the director asked something that combined qualities from 7 and 8. (Three of these are based on real people, but you'll have to guess which.)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Palette study: THE HOUR S02E01 Opening scene

I really like Jordie Bellaire's palette studies on her Tumblr, and suddenly had to do one of my own after watching The Hour the other day, a TV show that pays more attention to the art direction than the script.

In this post I'm concentrating on the opening scene of Episode 1, Series 2, which sticks to the following palette: 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

PET HATE character design "Tortoise"

This guy was not a main character, so I don't know why there was this much work done on him. Free fun fact: although he is clearly a tortoise (and when doing these I had in mind a tortoise I happen to know personally) my original files say "Turtle" in the corner.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

PET HATE character design "Little Girl"

There were more early sketches like the ones on the upper left, I might post them another time. Again, these are all from over a year ago.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

PET HATE set design/lighting study

I did some work over a year ago on a CG short called Pet Hate, directed by Andy Clarke. Blog's been a bit neglected lately, so up it goes...

The director had very specific ideas about how the film would be litthe script mentions "a shaft of light" in the dimly lit shop that "shows up the dust"so this set design doubled as a lighting study.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Really liked the shape of this outfit Mary Portas wore on her last show. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Brenda Chapman Storyboard Assignment

So a few weeks ago we had classes with Brenda Chapman, which was pretty awesome, but even more awesome was doing the storyboard assignment she gave us and having her look at it, make notes and suggestions and even scribble over some of it. 

From the assignment:

"Please storyboard a scene using the 11 lines of dialogue you have been given. The character names are purposefully ambiguous so that you may choose the sex of your characters… or not.
Other than the dialogue, there are no limitations. You are your own director."

I ended up doing something along the lines of "Top Gun with wizards". Storyboard (revised according to Brenda's notes) after the jump:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

June 2011

I did Star Trek fan art on the walls of an old FÁS building for the Cork Midsummer Arts Festival last year. I do stuff like this from time to time and just realised I've never blogged any of it. More some other time.

(Installation pieces by Gillian Fitzpatrick, photos by Lou Walker.)

I don't even like cats

Original version of current blog header, visual development for college assignment.