Wednesday, December 14, 2005

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

This was a poster i produced for the Philharmonia Orchestra to promote their Stepping Stones project . The idea was to create character orchestra members playing their various instruments to inspire children to get interested in music . ( the conductor is called Phil Harmonia ......its genius !!) The poster was displayed in schools across the country and apparently it was a successful scheme . Applications to join the orchestra went up by some 38%.............well they might have done's possible !

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

more bloated !!

My ain't he grand!

A whole mess o' monkeys

Sit back in your tree, peel a banana and have a look at all things Tarzany .These were drawn for the first version of the movie . Yes ,we boarded the film twice . So its good to get a chance to show people stuff that would ordinarily not see the light of day

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

bloated man

These were my designs for the bloated man ! A man who had died on the beach at Brighton after going for a quick dip and got caught by the tide and was washed up weeks later and found by a bunch of chavs who poked his bloated body with sticks !
He was a character from the Corpse Bride film that never featured , unfortunately . I think the budget for new puppets had run out and so was never made . It was a shame really because he would have been an interesting character and a bit different from the usual zombie/skeleton type . He was going to have water squirting out of him every time he moved . i think the animation dept saw it as a lot of work ......they were probably right !!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

More Tarzan 2 design work

A variety of stuff here . All drawn in pencil and then accented using Photoshop . I like organic shapes . My friend and fellow artist, Richard Dolan once said to me that when he draws trees he thinks of them as bits of human anatomy such as the muscles of the arm . I always have that in my mind when thinking about natural shapes . So thanks for that Rich .( I am certain he won't remember ever saying that to me - He's a vegetarian and can barely remember what he had for lunch let alone something he told me over a decade ago !)

Saturday, November 05, 2005

tarzan 2 conceptwork

these are some of the beat boards and location ideas i did for tarzan 2- i had great fun . more to come . ( i still don't get the blogger layout thing )

Thursday, November 03, 2005


I've just visited Harold siepermann's blog ( which is fab by the way ) not only did he work on Tarzan and he has a link to the thief and the cobbler, ( which I worked on for two years ) but he has just posted a great picture of a jellyfish . So to keep our symbiotic relationship in harmony I thought I would post the jellyfish I drew one evening for a pitch for a commercial . Apparently they didn't use my designs !!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Happy Halloween

We made a pumpkin lantern this weekend . I said to my little boy ," would you like to design it first ?" . These are the faces he came up with . Children's drawings are just the best .
( ruined by me in photoshop - sorry Edwin )

Friday, October 28, 2005

wallop - stitch that !

well tomororrorrrorroww is saturday and that means football day . so lets hope this doesn't happen to me ....again !
it was my own fault really . i looked at him . i was asking for it really!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

family photo

I thought you might like to see a picture of me and my little boy ( who is now four ) thanks to Gary Dunn for the stirling photoshop work !

shave and a hair cut- 2 bits ....fall off !

A few more Corpse Bride boards . The two above are of Victor's attempt to escape the Land of the Dead but to no avail .
Early boards of victor staggering into the land of the dead barber shop .There was no specific script for these scenes which allowed myself and the other board artists freedom to come up with ideas and to stage things how we saw it . A lot of fun .

Monday, October 24, 2005



I am not officially entered for the eurovision art contest but i wanted to do a picture for fun . I kind of drew the beasties freeform to see what would happen, then I worked over the top .
Please view these storyboards from the bottom to the top. I published them in reverse order just to add confusion and mystery . I'm new to this game .Come on give me a chance . I'll get there... eventually !

corpse bride storyboards

Here is a little selection of the boards i drew for Corpse Bride . As you can appreciate posting a whole sequence would be time consuming for me as i can't work out how to post them on mass ( i tried last night for 3 hours and couldn't get them to run in sequence - they shouldn't let me near computers !) . it would also be a bit tedious to look at after you've viewed the first few.
Anyhoo , i've picked out some early ones that i subsequently redrew many times . this sequence snippet is when victor arrives in the land of the dead ( in the town square and not in the pub as he does in the film )

Friday, October 21, 2005

Corpse bride

Hi to everyone,
well its been a long time coming but I have finally got my act together and posted stuff on my blog. All my friends seem to have turned into blogaholics . Matt Jones is a blogaholic and Uli is definitely a blogaholic. So its my round . But they always say that!

for nearly two years I worked as one of about six storyboard artists on Tim Burton's corpse bride film . That may seem a long time to spend boarding a 77 minute film .....and it was .
Story development never goes in a straight line but I think it is safe to say this went through a particularly twisty ,curly ,Tim Burtony route before we ended up with the film you see in the cinema today .During a six week period early in the production 'story' was halted whilst rewrites took place . So the art dept. asked whether we could paint some portraits and landscapes that could be used on the model sets. So I jumped at the chance . Some were used in the film and some weren't .

Thanks for looking at my blog and don't forget to go and see the corpse bride so that we can make more movies in London !


Thursday, September 22, 2005

howdy everyone

welcome to my blog