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Digital Producer | Artist | Animator

Animation Classic No.1

I’ve been thinking about resurrecting this bit for a little while now. When I first started out using twitter for my company Evans & Finch I posted a daily feed of animation classics, both for my own amusement in tracking down great forgotten films and to provide a bit of light entertainment to anyone following our stream. I recently found this list of animated gems that I posted and I’m feeling saucy, so I’m bringing them back! It won’t be daily as before, but certainly regular. So to kick things off I’m going to start with my 3 top favourites of all time – the first being, ‘The Cat Came Back‘ – by Cordell Barker

I remember vividly the very first time I ever saw this cartoon. I used to religiously watch ‘Rolf Harris‘ cartoon time’ as a kid in the 80’s. I absolutely loved it. My dad even built me a drawing board just like Rolf’s, took me to WHSmith’s in Boston 10 miles away to track down some big fat marker pens and I used to draw along with Rolf!  Read on…

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Life Drawing 07_10_10

When Life Drawing goes bad!  Looks like this blog is going to be a warts and all type affair… so be it. I’m knackered, got a stinking cold that won’t quit and too much work to do to be able to take any time off to recover. boo hoo, wah, wah.

I suppose its the way things have always been with Life Class, sometimes it goes great, sometimes its like drinking sick. So fill your boots and read on to see what happens when things don’t go to plan. There’s a perverse kind of pleasure posting up drawings that I think are fundamentally a bit shit… so lets go with it

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The Man from Del Cropley… he say Yes!

Its Sunday (day of rest?) and I’ve been at work all day (sigh… again.) so lets wind up with a cup of tea, a chocolate hobnob and some classic photoshop sillyness…

The Man from Del Cropley... he say Yes!

I created this in early 2000 on my 1st PC, a Pentium 3 500MHz beast utilising a cutting edge 1 Megapixel digital camera (which was the size of a small housebrick). Nearly 11 years later and the processor in my new phone is twice as powerful as that PC. Had loads of fun taking ridiculous pictures of myself and grafting them onto a composite of the apple tree in my then garden. Lets call it an homage to the crappy Del Monte Orange juice ads of yesteryear…

Life Drawing 30_09_10

What a fantastic evening for head worms! 2 Extraordinary events, one never before captured on paper. We have a revelatory sighting of a rare spiral head worm, and a world first glimpse of a leatherback marine head worm returning to the sea from its spawning grounds.

Extremely rare spiral headworm

To top off an already landmark evening, we also see the return of spaghetti tendroligy. Noodley appendages once again point to the heavens in memory of his noodley goodness. Full spaghetti radiology still appears to be a distant hope, but in these rapidly changing times who can tell whether the durum wheat radio waves will remain silent. Again, good volume of images tonight, lots of 5 min poses. Read on for a collection of very silly pictures…

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Cat-Like Creature Attacks Aircraft over Clifton Suspension Bridge

Cronch, Cronch, Cronch… Miaow! Neeeeeooowwwng dakka-dakka-dakka FOOOOOOOM! Look at him play, look at him play! Awwww… so cute. bat bat bat – kitty paw!

Giant Dave-Cat attacks light aircraft over Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Monty Python fans report disturbance in the force as dim memory of ‘Killer Cars‘ forms in squeegied third eye. Vague Memories of Monster Atomic Cats swirl and billow, dissipating through a meat grinder into the Venus de Milo dancing a jig to squeaky wartime jazz… read on.

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2 Large Cat-like Creatures seen Near Clifton Suspension Bridge

It appears there must be a breeding pair located somewhere between Somerset and Mid-Wales, possibly at the Hereford Border. Initial reports confirm one large adult and one kitten, apparently hunting cars on the Avon Portway…

Residents were in a state of confusion. Mr T. Bumberclutz, Clifton said “I was out oiling my gerbils when I looked back towards the wife Marjorie and saw these two Gert Stonkers, I almost dropped my Marsupial grease…” Fascinating.

Big Cat Sightings in Brecon Beacons National Park

New just in: Large cat-like creatures seen roaming the wilds of Wales

 

AAAaaaaarrggghh!

 

Heh heh heh, I used to love photoshopping my head on to all sorts of things for shits and giggles… particularly cats – hours of fun! I have loads of these things kicking around from back in the day when I was learning photoshop. I’ll post more up as time goes on.

Beermat Challenge New Animation Prep Sketch

I just thought I’d post up this image as this cheeky little big cat character I sketched made me chuckle. It will form the key frames for a new ‘bad’ animation in EvansFinch’s Beermat Challenges

Beermat Challenge Lion Artwork

Can’t wait to actually get back to some animation again. The Beermat Challenges provide an excellent platform to create some nice funny little vignettes aimed at the student population, and a chance for me to flex my Flash animation muscles.

Squidgy Blobs – a heads up

I’ve been posting a few images up to twitpic over the last few weeks for my own personal amusement, I wanted to share those here for posterity as some of them are quite chuckle worthy…! click here to check them out: http://twitpic.com/photos/dmcropley

Innovation for Entrepreneurs

I tend to draw these things in response to conversations I have online, or just for fun! I’ve always loved the little doodles that people sometimes make when they’re on the phone, in slack periods during meetings or just for the shear hell of it… read on for more

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Life Drawing 23_09_10

2 Head worms and a full body worm! That’s a good haul for a Thursday evening. What better way to wind down after a long hard day at the digital coalface than drawing poor unsuspecting life models mashed up in a Dave’s eye view.

A small psychic head worm

Lots of 5 minute poses this session so the volume is quite large this week. I’m going to keep posting up every single drawing, good bad or/and ugly for the time being, so read on for more sillyness…

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