I rarely back Kickstarters but couldn’t resist a recently when Creative Beast studios began one for a series of different raptor species sculptures.
The first one off the block caught my eye because it looked familiar, clearly drawing inspiration form the same source as my reconstruction of Linheraptor a few years ago. So I knew I had to have one!
The Kickstarter is done but I think you can still make orders/support the project.
In a shock development I’m posting on my blog!
Thought I’d drop a quick dinosaur picture here commissioned by Stanford University Magazine. They approached me asking for a blue whale, a minke whale, a dreadnoughtus and a person for size comparison.
Go read the story about the efficiencies of being a gigantic whale and eating all your meals in a single giant gulp online here!
The large wattle on Dreadnoughtus is very much stolen from the brilliant Brian Enge’s concept of large display features on sauropods.
Meanwhile, here’s my version of the Stanford uni image with ‘enormous aquarium effect’!
Sort of wondering now if my Dreadnoughtus is a bit on the small side… hmm.
A little bit of Christmas animation for the season!
The new video from my animation company Small Island Studio!
Mixture of 2D and 3D animation, created in Flash, After Effects and Lightwave 3D.
Music & Sound FX by Nick Storr, Narrated by Matt Hunt.
More journeys in TV land.
I thought it would be nice to post the first animation by Small Island Studio here, with character design by Paul Newell, animation and props by Stefan Le Mottee and yours truly. The music and sound effects are by Nick Storr. Narration is performed by Susanne Schantz.
Optimistic Painter has been a bit quiet lately as I have been working hard to launch our new business venture: Small Island Studio
Small Island Studio originated as a desire in me to connect ideas and education with people using images and animation. As an animator I’m aware of the power of the visual to help people understand the complex.
Thankfully I met my business partner, Susanne Schantz, who saw the value in what I was trying to do and felt that it was both worthwhile and that there was a market for this service.
I’m very lucky to be surrounded by talented people, among them people like David Orr, who bridge the scientific and illustrative fields. I saw many of these people being under utilised, and really wanted to show off what they can do and reward them too!
Of course I know quite a few scientists as well, so there are lots of opportunities for collaboration. In fact, we’re hoping to produce something very soon along those lines.
So please visit Small Island Studio to see our first Explainer Animation and visit the gallery, I hope you enjoy it!