More machines, this time witches on motorbikes from “How to Cook Children”

HARLEY WITCHSCOOTER WITCHESMELIA'S HOUSE

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Some of the flying machine sketches I produced a while ago….

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Esmelia Sniff, star of the witches’ recipe book “How to Cook Children”, recently purchased a computer in order to write her own blog (or bog as she puts it). As fate has it she was almost immediately offered a three book deal so she is now too busy to write down her daily twitters. Esmelia and her author friend Martin Howard are now hard at work on the series of novels. She has already completed the first story entitled “Witches at War – The Wickedest Witch”, it’s due out in October 2009. The story follows Sam, Esmelia’s young apprentice as she trains to become a fully fledged witch. It’s both funny and charming and I recommend it 100%!

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One of the things I like about working in animation is having to change styles for each movie. Sheepish was a movie being developed by Starz animation in 2006. I enjoyed doing some visual development on it for a short time before it was put on hold. Here are some of my sketches that illustrate the simple graphic style they were heading towards.

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Sometime after the release of “The Emperor’s New Groove” Disney produced a sequel. I worked from England as a freelance production designer for over a year. Here are a couple of my designs; Kronk’s house and his father’s beach hut.

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We painted dozens of colour keys for each sequence. Here is a selection of the thumbnail sketches I painted in gouache.

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The Emperor’s New Groove was the last production I worked on where we used traditional paint and brushes. These early visual development sketches were painted in gouache. Unfortunately I only have zerox copies, hence the grainy quality.

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