Thought I'd have a go of making another card in a similar fashion to the St. Patrick's Day card I made last year. The idea started very simple and then got complicated, and quite cheeky. The reason it did was I was making more educational motion graphic animations in January and wanted to make something a bit more fun. I also wrote the music on this one as well, something I need to do more of.
So we end on December with a render of a Gretsch Electromatic Bass that I had started earlier in the year but had left neglected in a folder on my PC. There are so many projects like this that need to be finished!
Also to close off the year I decided to make another card to send around to my friends and studios. It was to be a full 2D animation at one point but I opted for a 3D character instead.
In October I was still working on Newsbag but was also asked to make another promo for the 8th Kinopolis film festival. I like doing these promos because I tend to get given a poster with some sort of theme and palette already established and it's up to myself to create a whole bunch of motion graphics to fit into the overall aesthetic. I've done 3 now so far and they style and animation in them is completely different, which makes for a broad range of skills on display.
So in September I went about fixing up my 2013 showreel. I started it as some point in April but I swapped out and added in some more stuff. I hadn't made one since 2010. I'm glad to say I've improved a lot since then but sure for old times sake here it is.
BEHOLD, the naïveté
And here's the new one, which I've updated again over the last few months to swap out some stuff.
Following this Irish Sketch Society ran a week where the topic was mythological creatures, for which I made a Zbrush sculpt of a yeti.
Then the month took an odd turn where I managed to get work on a show called NewsBag, Ireland's first animation for an adult audience. The show was created by Irish Film maker called Gerard Barrett and directed by Maurice Joyce. I did some compositing work with After Effects for 6 weeks since I was coming in at the end of production. Would be delighted to do more of this sort of thing!
August saw me return to using Zbrush for a bit of fan-art and a self portrait. The Irish Sketch society ran an Earthworm Jim theme to which I made an image of my favourite villain from the series! Evil the Cat!
Then, a random experiment with Zbrush lead me to making a self portrait of myself. Which has been described as terrifying by only my closest friends.
So after seemingly a 3 month gap where I was working on a music video (which I'm still waiting to show off), doing some freelance work, working in an awesome VFX studio making educational motion graphic videos (which I also can't show off), and some random 3D models, I re-watched the short-lived animated series, Megas XLR. A fantastic and funny show about a lazy geek who has the good fortune of getting himself a giant robot from the future. What's not to love?
There was a particular scene in one of the episodes where an Alien Gun-ship activates a big lazer which takes about 20 seconds to extent and assemble itself in an overly complicated fashion. I always loved this joke whenever I saw it in a show and wanted to give it a go myself.