Well it has been a while since I updated my blog, and I thought I'd just do an update on what has actually been keeping me busy.
With the exception of getting married and the obligatory honeymoon, I have had my nose firmly to the grind since my last post in November.
I should do this more often! I didn't feel like I'd been up to much but when I went back through my calendar I reminded myself how much I fit into my time.
I've been mainly spreading myself between these agencies:
- Urban Circus
- Fizz Farm
- Dirty Puppet
And I've been working on:
- A visual identity for video work on the upcoming Western distributor infrastructure project. (also a little UI design for this project)
- Previz for fly-over graphics on a property development promo.
- An animated explainer video for Citylink featuring lots of illustrative animation of cars, people, machinery, etc.
- I have designed and executed a chalk mural at La Trobe University's Bundora campus, which was a little left of center for me, but quite fun!
- I've contributed a number of illustrations to a video pitch for La Trobe University, celebrating their 50 year anniversary.
- I've worked on animated explainer videos for NAB on how to set up their new VISA cards.
- I have done 2 conference openers for GSK.
- I am just finishing a very fun piece for BHP Billiton, which involves a lot of bright abstract geometry and expressive movement.
I've also been working of some personal projects when I've had time. I completed 'Game of Telephone' a little short I came up with to try out some character rigging techniques. I've also been practising hand drawn animation in After Effects with the Paint & Stick' plug in. And I've been playing with the Stardust plug-in, which is a node based particle generator in After Effects.
I am in talks with Deloitte Digital to take a long contract (6 months) and work as essentially a staff animator, which should be a nice sea change. I look forward to being a little more involved in projects and hopefully being able to invest a little more of my self in the work, Which I found in my past work for them.
Also, my friend Matthew Kelly and I have challenged each other to learn Blender before we see each other in London in July. We have pledged each other a 'portfolio-worthy piece' by then or forfeit £100. So hopefully I'll be getting into the world of open-source 3D very soon!