Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Happy Christmas everyone, and New Years Greetings. Turkey time!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

WIP at the moment. Teaching myself how to paint properly digitally, time consuming, but I gotta lotta time!! Ha ha! The bird is part of the rough stages of my first pinup. There's a thread on the drawing board away from caricature for a change for me. The other is a piece I'll probably end up using as my ecard for christmas.

Friday, December 05, 2008

For a Bjork thread on the drawing board. There are some amazin pieces up there already, well worth the gander. Adjusted thanks to pointers from Board colleagues. Think it works better. Her jaw in the original was more Grace Jones than Bjork.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Therese in her raincoat WIP. Have to get back into this one and get it framed before Christmas. Laters. And cheers for all the comments, some of my older posts are still getting a few notes. Much appreciated. Photo taken with my mobi, sorry about the blurriness. Her teeth have to go in and stuff, shit I could make excuses for it for a while, I'll hold off until I have the final version to post.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Started this this afternoon for my other niece Sophie. It's fun painting with oil on canvas board beats the wacom. Still a long way to go though. I'll let it dry a tad over might before I go in and refine it a bit tomorrow sometime. Laters......

The Amazing Adventures of Kid Cole & Klay from Stephane coedel on Vimeo
I hadn't checked my google reader thing there for a couple of days and I happily and delightedly came across this pilot. It's absolutely fantastic and I wanna see more! Check it out now!!!!!!!!! Come on Cartoon Network you gotta go with this show!!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Great new Tommy Lee Jones thread just kicked off on the Drawing Board, well worth checking out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

couple of pics from a christmas present I'm doing for my niece.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Typical Dublin suburban scene

I have loads of reference for the Got Your Nose short I laid out. Below are a couple of inspirational or style doodling that Ragnar provided so we could tackle the short with some gusto and enthusiasm, I loved the work.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday night. I'm on anti-biotics after havin a tooth out, so off the drink for the weekend. Decided to have a prick around with a bit of the painting after a days boarding. It's painful work for a non-painterly person!

Quick Obama sketch. I did a couple but I over-cooked them. Anyone who wants to see a great Wolverine/Jackman caricature click here, it's by Neil Davies, unbelievable work.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Newman's Best mate

Well maybe not... but they were both SPEED DEMONS

'nother Newman

another Newman... I know I know this is turning into a Paul Newman stalker site ... well it's not! I'm learning through the talented heads on the DrawingBoard that you don't give up if you think you've gotten close enough to your chosen subject... you keep plugging away. I like this piece more than my others, it's more fun and not so serious. I got the photo reference from IMDB again.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Update on the painting. This takes me an age, but I'm gonna keep plugging.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Another Audrey attempt.. and a stab at Diana Rigg

Monday, September 29, 2008

Tribute to a legend

Sad news this weekend with the passing of a great. He was three of my top ten film characters Butch Cassidy, Henry Gondorff (The Sting), and Frank Galvin (The Verdict - no relation! ha ha!). Anyway real shame, he was one of the best.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I had a wee stab at Audrey Hepburn, there's a thread goin with great stuff on the drawing board at the moment. I'm tryin out these new brush-pens I got from Fran and Mooney's mate Christian's shop on Thomas Street, well worth the browse in there.

-edit on this one. I tried another one because the first didn't look like her at all. Think I'm gettin worse. The second one looks like a Disney villain on about sixty fags a day. Still the blog is still alive!! ha ha

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

just doodlin; a common time for bed scene..

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I found this site the other day and just did up a real quick (two hours or so) animatic on the current assignment, the site has loads of great animation and interpretation of the audio files, well worth checking out 11 Second Challenge. Mine is a bit ropey. After spending a year and a half up to now, without the audio for the shows I've boarded, it presented something completely different. I hope there was enough time to read the biscuit getting dropped into the cup gag. Anyways all fun and games, back to the real job now.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The future of air-travel with the ever-present oil crisis. As hot air goes we have plenty of people running our country to keep the traffic in the skies going for the next year alone! ha ha!

mornin' warm up

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Cheers for reminding me Colin, the scene in Strangers on a Train as seen in the reflection of the victim's bifocals. Great filmmaking and one shot out of a shedload from that one particular fim. I unfortunately flicked on a movie channel last night to find Van Sant's Psycho remake. What a tool! Shit film. Where did execs Universal see the merit in giving a lesser filmmaker, with inferior acting talent, the opportunity to recreate an all time classic. Soul destroying.

Anyway I got the link to this site a while ago, thanks to the John Nevarez blog, from where I sourced the screenshots, well worth checking out for filmmakers, storyboarders, whomever. Misenscene101 Enjoy!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

An homage to Hitchcock for creating one of my favourite films of all time. Dialogue, photography, story, has it all, brilliant! Forgive the brutal linework. I find drawing directly onto the computer with the tablet annoying, bringing me back to when I was eighteen in school and none of my drawings looked or turned out the way I'd hoped. I was gonna clean it up with illustrator but it'd've taken all night and I have work tomorrow. Laters..

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

train carriage doodle

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Our fearless new Taoiseach, about to lead us into another recession. Really ruff

Saturday, July 05, 2008

another hurling one I left the pencil layer over this one because it looked better and a bit meaner.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

watched some of glastonbury the other night, thought I'd post this video. Elbow are f***ing good!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Had 'President's Men' playing while I was working earlier, brilliant flick. Love the sequence where Redford doodles on his pad while trying to get Howard Hunt on the phone for a comment. He ends up talking to a secretary in the Committee for Re-election offices and his hand, armed with pen, hovers over a freshly drawn picture of a bad-guy (Dick Tracy style). As the secretary, at the other end of the phone, informs him that Hunt was also a spy-novelist, Redford proceeds to draw sunglasses over his bad-guy face. Brilliant touch. That's only one nugget out of hundreds in that film. Pakula kicked ass on it. Anyway finished work around 10.30 and doodled this from an image on the net.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008

Arshavin? Arsin' around! There was only one winner in the battle of the number 10's last night. Arsenal midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

You're know you've lost your witness when the cameras are above you.

Above is a ruff, really ruff breakdown of Paul Newman losing the credibilty of his witness in 'The Verdict'.

I hope it's readable, but it's fairly straight foward. It's at shot eight, where the judge intervenes that Newman becomes the hunted (as it were). He's the smallest man in court, or basically by the use of the camera he's made to feel that way. At shot 14 he's finally beaten. Anyway I was just going thru it and thought I'd post. But I love the staging. It's probably not clear from my ruffs how well the dp/director use the background elements with perspective, the backgrounds are practically a character in themselves. The shots of the witness on his own in the dock use three point perspective brilliantly.

Hope it makes sense.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hands and fingers are ken-ackered, been workin non stop for weeks now it seems, really lookin foward to a holiday; this was done loosely after I found a great photo of him, took about fifteen minutes. Don't know if it works or not. When I was drawin it I noticed there's something very Kennedy-like about his features. Anyways...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

My niece Therese up in the air, one of her favourite ways of keepin us fit.


I'm workin through the weekend again, had the dvd player on in the background until the early hours of this morning and found a hidden gem, or well, just something I hadn't noticed before. One of my all time favorites, Lumet's 'The Verdict' was playing and I hadn't realised there was a commentary. Anyway, rather than dig out another dvd, I hit play again. Lumet spoke in detail about storytelling, shot composition, acting, editing, lighting the whole nine yards all the way through. It's by far the most educational breakdown of a movie I've ever sat through. At that stage it was pencils down, and I was riveted. When I have some free time I'll sketch out some of the shot breakdowns, just to show how he used the camera to tell the story. This is goin back to my rant about that brutal film 'Rendition' a while ago, and how directors an DP's aren't getting it currently, bar only a few shining lights. But for anyone who visits this blog with an interest in story, to watch this movie with the commentary and listen to Lumet talk about the production with the passion he had for filmmaking it is a must see!


Thursday, June 19, 2008

It was a common operation, back in the day. The patient would have a 'keye' removed from his head. Usually, or from what I can gather, it was an operation performed in an effort to stave off madness, or a way to treat a patient deemed mad. The patient being operated on here had his 'keye' removed from his head with considerable success. I know this because there is an inscription, not included in this reproduction, when translated says; "Master, cut away the stone – my name is Lubbert Das." Here's a link to his blog, still alive and not quite so mad, now speaking with a Northern Irish accent and going under the pseudonym Colin Lorimer. Living far away from Bosch's hellish depictions of 16th century Netherlands, in Vancouver; making a decent living in the animation industry.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pyjama Madness!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spent an hour or so this mornin gettin my glasses replaced and my eyes re-tested after my niece therese got at them one too many times. To my disdain some ol' one came into the shop and paraded around trying on glasses dressed in her pajamas, complete with rabbit-eared slippers. At least she had the decency to wear a pair of knickers - I added the top of the pantyline. But her arse, her belly, her unsupported tits, Jayzus, were all hanging out. I love women as much as the next guy, but this is getting ridiculous. Pajamas are NOT an exterior fashion accessory. I've seen 'em bend over wearing thongs in tescos .... shite! look, I don't mean to bitch but I feel physically ill when I see bellys hanging out. Maybe the eye test will open her eyes hopefully! But look, how can this be healthy, the godawful smells that must be following these people downwind must be godawful! UUUUUUUUUggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Adding a p.s. to this post; I just got my copy of the Kung Foo Panda art of book in the mail there, really nice stuff. Anyone who hasn't seen it the opening sequence is great. Maybe it's cause at heart I'm a traditionalist and 2d was my television dessert, but it blew me away. I would have killed to have been a fly on the wall watching boarders pitch their ideas for that sequence. Shite it was good!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008

warm up doodle of Sophie learnin to get used to the water,,,

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sketches from the park opposite the Gallery on Sunday. Good day, hopefully we'll start to attract a few more heads. It was a bad weekend with the bank holiday and all of that. But we enjoyed it.

Friday, April 25, 2008

My 200th post wahaay!