Secret Santa

It was Secret Santa in the office today.  There were some great gifts involving Super Mario, unicorns and food.  We definitely like to lean on the side of unconventional!  Everyone was very happy with what they received - especially me as I got a lot of chocolate.

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Hmm, now which to eat first?!

Thoughts by,
Sian

Get More Out of Giving

I saw this advert for 'Very' earlier this week. It obviously caught my eye because of the 3D animation.  It follows a girl named Anna as she tried to get a present to Father Christmas as she's worried he'll miss out.

So far I've been unable to discover which animation studio is behind the work but I do know that it took more than 30 people 12 months to create!

Thoughts by,
Sian

The Return of Kevin the Carrot

Kevin the Carrot is back!  I'm far too excited about this than I should be.  For those that don't know what I'm on about, Kevin was the star of Aldi's Christmas advert last year.  He's a plucky young carrot who wanted to see Santa.  Here's last years video in case you missed it -

Well this year he's back running across someone else's dinner table where he discovers Katie, an attractive female carrot.  When peas end up flying around the room Kevin bravely jumps in to shield Katie from the splatter. 

As they fly off into the sky on a magical train I wonder if they'll be back again next year.

Thoughts by,
Sian

Fancy Frame

Ash decided to revisit one of his earlier pieces and add an elaborate border.

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Art by,
Ash

Crow

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Art by,
Ash

Logo Animation

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One of our main pieces of software for 2D animation is After Effects.  Using this we can create logos, indents, infographics, full animations amongst many other things.

Jeff Hurd is an artist who has created several logos over the years.  In a Digital Arts tutorial he shows off his own work as well as listing top tips to help you create your own artwork.

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Thoughts by,
Sian

Totoro

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Art by,
Sidd

Underwater

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Sidd has been practicing his skills with quick thumbnail sketches in his notepad, using 'underwater' as his theme.

Art by,
Sidd

Had To Start Somewhere!

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Now we're not going to name who this was but they clearly struggle staying in the lines.  Someone brought in their past work to show us.  Lets just say it was from a very long time ago.  All creativity has to start somewhere!

Art by,
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Animated TV Shows

The News & Observer have done a great article about how animation is changing.  It's becoming more universally accepted to create animations aimed adults.  This is even more obvious when looking into animated series from the likes of Netflix and Adult Swim - Cartoon Networks adult division.

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Read the article here.

Thoughts by,
Sian

Theme Parks

Theme Parks are now looking at more advanced ways to get their riders to feel immersed into new worlds. Augmented Reality tries to blur the line between CGI and the real world.  An example of this that has been around a while already is the 'Galactic' roller coaster at 'Alton Towers' in Staffordshire. This was opened in 2016 and requires riders to wear a headset which screens 360 video of CGI virtual environments.

Another newer example of this is 'Thorpe Park' and their updated ride 'Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon' that opened this year.  Watch this video about Figment Productions involvement in this attraction.

Thoughts by,
Sian

Woody Woodpecker

Did you ever used to watch Woody Woodpecker and remember his famous laugh?

Well he's back but this time in Brazil!  Universal Pictures have created a live-action / cgi hybrid named 'Pica-Pau: O Filme'.

The CGI woodpecker was created by Bulgarian vfx company 'Cinemotion'.

Watch the trailer below:

Thoughts by,
Sian

Purple Sky

We're creating a lot of concept art at the moment so I've been practising drawing different types of clouds.  This one is from a purple sky sunset.

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Art by,
Ash

Inktober

This month is known as 'Inktober' in the creative arts communities.  Some people in the office have been taking part so we've decided we're going to spend this month showcasing their sketches!

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Shattered by Sidd

Inktober

This month is known as 'Inktober' in the creative arts communities.  Some people in the office have been taking part so we've decided we're going to spend this month showcasing their sketches!

Run by Sidd

Inktober

This month is known as 'Inktober' in the creative arts communities.  Some people in the office have been taking part so we've decided we're going to spend this month showcasing their sketches!

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Teeming by Sidd

Inktober

This month is known as 'Inktober' in the creative arts communities.  Some people in the office have been taking part so we've decided we're going to spend this month showcasing their sketches!

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Dragon by Ash