September 20, 2017


These drawings are experiments and sketches I have done to get more of an idea of the route I want to go down for my minor project. I have tried designing a few characters roughly, and just doodling so that something about my story and ideas can come to me as I am designing, as I am not too sure about my story at the moment. I am designing different characters at the moment to see which ones I could see working in my story.
Crab Illustrations made using masking tape and acrylic paints

August 29, 2017

Early Idea Drawings

Here are some sketchbook/digital drawings I did based on the artist (Edmund Dulac) that was recommended to me by Phil.
Digitally coloured drawing
Interpretation of my above drawing by Thomas Smith
Original Sketchbook Drawing
Digital Colours

August 26, 2017



For my third year ideas so far, I have been focused on an underwater, mythical/whimsical setting,  and I would be interested to explore a myth such as Atlantis, or that of a lost city under the sea. If I would pursue this theme I would like to make an animation about the main character finding Atlantis or this lost city somehow. I am undecided on what creature I would have as a main character, whether it be a fish/sea creature, mermaid/mythical creature or a diver. as I do not know much about what I want the story to be, but I would like it to be an animation filled with many underwater creatures throughout, and have 'Atlantis' to be a very detailed, epic palace and city full of artefacts and things to explore. Within these underwater myths I could also explore some more stories about Poseidon and other Gods and stories of the sea.
Another idea I had is to adapt a poem, such as Herman Scheffauer's Atlantis from the 1800's. This way I could explore designing a world, characters and stories from this poem and be a little more abstract in terms of exploring the undersea world, and also have a structured narration throughout my animation.

Influence Map

Concept Art

Another early idea that I had was about exploring creatures in rock pools. This animation will be very whimsical and charming, and full of interesting scenery and creatures. My ideas for the story so far are not very developed and are very rough, but I would like it to be about a character (fish/ small cute sea creature) that gets washed up away from home into a rock pool, and eventually explores their surroundings and maybe meets new creatures (other species of fish, starfish, small turtles, maybe humans exploring the rockpool), and eventually ends up going back to the sea happier, more adventurous and maybe with new friends. The story is not very fleshed out yet but it is a simple basic structure I could work upon and change.
I like this idea because I am very fascinated with rock pools and sea creatures and would like to design a world in which I have so much interest, as I feel it would keep me interested in my project throughout year 3.

Influence Map
More ideas to come!

May 31, 2017


I created this type of mist effect using turbulence displace in After Effects.

This effect is more swirling compared to the last, and I created it using the Fractal Noise settings in After Effects.

May 30, 2017


For the first task of my internship at Butch Auntie I looked at creating stars in Maya, which I firstly created by using the space brush presets and creating stars over my scene at different depths. This is just a test to see if I could create the feeling of moving upwards through the stars and if this method would work well.