I'm an Australian animator from Melbourne living and working in Halifax, Canada.

Currently Animation Supervisor for Copernicus Studio Inc., I amuse myself by terrifying the locals with ukulele fuelled spontaneous sing-alongs and using snow as shaving equipment.

If you want to see more you can check out webbot15.com, and we've also got a nice bunch of links below that'll take you wherever you want to go.

Nov 30, 2010

Balloon Test

I've been thinking for a little while now that animating a balloon character would be fun. It'd really let you concentrate on expression and line of movement.
I quickly animated this during lunchtime and did a batch process with photoshop on the balloon layer. Compositing had to wait till after work.



What I found surprisingly emotive was the silly little knot at the end of the balloon.

On a slightly related but kinda not note, the RMIT BA-AIM graduate screening was tonight. (that link is to the graduation of a couple of years back. But you get the idea.)
Holy crap-spackle! Some of the animators coming up through that place have me worried for my future employment.
If I can ever find some of the animations I saw tonight on the internet, you can be sure I'll post them here. There was one where a character fluidly did her makeup and fixed her hair WITH HER FEET! It blew my tiny little mind.

Hope everyone's having a great evening,
-Daniel

Nov 29, 2010

Manly

A friend of mine, Tim Merks, started a bit of a competition to see how manly a poster we could come up with.

This is my manly poster.



A few of you may recognise him. Most of you will not. He's appeared one other time in my work...



...urgg... Issues...

Hope everyone's having a great evening!
-Daniel

The Gordon Recognises Geelong

Yay! Three weeks of bumpy train travel and food court office space and it's finally done!
I was approached by the Gordon Insitiute of TAFE late October to create a 30-60 second animation promoting getting your skills assessed and certified. The Geelong Advertiser was also a media partner in this endeavour.



It was really fun to get back and do some frame-by-framing, though I forgot how much longer it takes. (and how much more the result is effected by bumpy train travel)
I even had a go at some effects animation!

My little brother helped my out big time by supplying some wicked circus beats for the music (which I butchered with my dodgy half-learned accordion and recorder playing)

You can expect more frequent posts now that this little chestnut is completed.
Hope everyone's having a great evening,
-Daniel

Nov 23, 2010

IF: Sneaky

*Edit: Sorry for the double post on Illustration Friday. One of the links doesn't work. Congratulations on clicking the live one! Hooray!

Like an idiot, I forgot my wacom stylus at home yesterday. So for this weeks Illustration Friday I whacked out the 'ol sketchpad and scrounged up whatever markers I could find in the bottom of my bag on the way home last night.



Each of the colors is a different sheet of paper, because I still wanted to be able to play with the colors and layers in photoshop. The window of the train made an excellent lightbox.



But it didn't make much sence without a background, so I made a couple of extra layers this morning.



She's sneaking all the chocolate out of the firdge.

Hope everyone's had a great start to the week,
-Daniel

Nov 15, 2010

Tracey and the cat

Tracey has a cat. The cat's name is Gil.
He's a very proud cat. Some say looks quite regal.
That's why it was so funny when Tracey glomped him from behind one day. The expression on his face was priceless!



The cat also has a facebook page. Trace's gunning for 40 fans for him (because it's a round number apparently) So go ahead and 'like' him, if you feel so inclined.

Nov 14, 2010

IF: Burning



My submission for Illustration Friday. This week's topic's 'Burning'.
Hope everyone's had a great weekend!
-Daniel

Nov 12, 2010

Starry Blanket



Another lunchtime Kuler themed pic.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you're weekend're gonna be great!
-Daniel

Nov 9, 2010

Tracey cooking Bolognese!

Another kuler themed illustration.Tracey cooking Bolognese!



Roughed out on the train, finished up at lunch.
Hope everyone's having a great day,
-Daniel

Nov 8, 2010

Lightning

Breaking in my new Wacom Bamboo with a Flash Illustration.



I've just read all the Scott Pilgrim comics (WHICH"RE FRIGGEN AWESOME!) so I think it came outta that.
'Twas also fun to use the 'kuler' extention in CS5. Limited pallets really make you think about how you use color.

The bamboo's not bad. Not as fancy as an intuos, bust still pretty damn good!
Also doubles as a trackpad, which is good since I'm used to my laptop.

Anyhoo...
It's late, and I gots me work later this morning,
Hope everyone's having a good one!
-Daniel

Nov 6, 2010

Portrait of Tracey

A portrait of my sweet wonderful girlfriend, Tracey, based off her current Facebook profile pic.



We've been going out for almost 5 years now (5 years exactly later this month actually) and she's just the greatest!
She was one of the main characters in my first real aniamtion back in highschool, and has been there with me though thick and thin, good and bad, yummy chocolate and the dodgy kind.

She's great, and I love her! Just wanted to say that.

Nov 4, 2010

More face de-fuzzying

I'm trying not to make this blog about my beards, but I accidentally let it grow again.
And then I couldn't NOT try another video thing. But then I couldn't think of anything, so it got bigger....
Bottom line is, I've got a new beard video to share. I think this one looks more discomfortable than the previous.
Discomfortable? Surely that's not a word. -shrug-



BONUS DRIVEL! Me being an idiot in front of the camera! Hooray!



Hope you're all having a great evening,
-Daniel