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Creative influence map

Loads more I wanted to include but decided to stick with the grid ‘rules’ on the bottom of the template instead.

I mainly included artists that have influenced my work and technique directly rather than just a bunch that I loved but didn’t consciously take anything from, hence no James Jean, Da Vinci or Watterson.

I'm always interested to find out the creative origins of artists I admire, so have been checking out a whole bunch of these things online lately.  A few highlights are those of Sam Nielson (surprising how similar my own influences are to his, unfortunately I left off Monkey Island but I haven't been able to draw clouds without including a spiral since playing MI3!), and Sebastien gallego.

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Lighthouse aerial scene

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A background painting for an animated short.

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A room with a view...

This is the opening shot of a five minute limited animation that I storyboarded and produced the assets for.  The animation itself was handled by the talented fellows over at Gizmo Animation and features Tatty Teddy and his Blue Nose Friends enjoying a day out in the park.

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Had fun with the lighting on this one, and it's always nice to work on some environments.

Here's the full short for your viewing pleasure;


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