Animated Inspiration After completing my A’ levels, I went to a careers fair with the intention of studying product design at University. But after looking into it, the idea of spending three years designing a toilet brush didn't appeal! A Southampton University stand was promoting a degree in animation and that really excited me. I loved cartoons as a child and the prospect of a career in animation appealed to me. The animation course involved sketching hundreds of pictures every day and this required discipline. But I enjoyed it, particularly the story boarding process. It was interesting to learn about various styles of animation and it gave me great admiration for cartoonists, particularly Pixar films, which are incredible detailed.
An Emotional Year My final year at University was tough. My dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer, so I had to try and balance my home life with education. He encouraged me to commit to my university course and I’d come home as often as possible to care for him and make as many memories as I could. I completed an animated film for my final project. There was then a special screening of all the students’ work at a cinema in Southampton. My film was about three minutes long, which equated to 2,000 individual drawings spliced together. It was about a date in a restaurant that goes disastrously wrong and the central character ends up with somebody else in the restaurant.
Each character was based on a different suit in a deck of cards. The main character was Jack and the girl he ends up with is heart-shaped, whilst the shallow, materialistic woman he first meets is the diamond. My dad went to a chemotherapy session at hospital in his suit and immediately travelled to Southampton for the screening. That made working for 42-hours non-stop to finish the project worthwhile for me!
Sleeping with the Fishes Whilst at university, a lecturer offered several students some extra work. We were adding colour to drawings after the line work had already been created, for a project ambiguously titled ‘fish.’ Sleeping with the Fishes later won the
AAH July 2017 featuring WiFiFo, Jack Dunckley's last Nursery, Joanna Wenczka, Robert Arbuthnott, Ballet Teacher Michael Kosinski, QM Studios...