Blackrock whiteboard animation

I often work in partnership with London-based video production company Shoot You, who produced this whiteboard animation – one of a series for Blackrock Inc. Actually it was drawn on paper rather than a whiteboard with animation added later. I Iike to draw these ‘live’ as I think filming an actual had drawing the images is more engaging and authentic than adding a composited hand later. However if the client needs subsequent changes it’s not always possible or cost-effective to go back to the studio, so on this occasion some of the shots include an added-in hand.


Android UK: Santa

This is an advert for Android UK which I worked on late last year for Passion Pictures in London. If you were in London at the time you probably saw adverts from this campaign all over the tube stations. I was part of a large team at Passion Pictures so several people worked on this at one point or another, but most of the animation in this one is my own. Passion Pictures is one of the UK’s leading commercial animation studios, so it was great to be able to work with them on this project.

Whiteboard animation

This is one of a series of telestrations (aka whiteboard animation) I did for AQA. These were drawn in marker pen on a large sheet of paper – so unlike doing all the work on a computer, the client could take the artwork away as a souvenir. No room for mistakes though, so these projects have to be carefully worked out in advance. I start by creating a storyboard to the client’s script, then they provide me with a voice track for the narration. I combine this with the storyboard to create an animatic, or rough draft of the finished film. One that’s approved I do a ‘dry run’ of the finished artwork in my own studio on a large sheet of paper, exactly as the finished drawing will appear, except for any last-minute revisions on the day. I take this drawing along to the photography studio then draw a copy of it under a camera that records the procedure in time-lapse. This is a highly-focused few hours as the artwork must all be drawn in the correct order, and any mistakes are tricky to correct in post-production. An alternative to creating one large drawing for a film of several minutes is of course to do several smaller ones. This is more cost-effective as it can be done in a smaller space and easily revised if necessary. Studio facilities for this series were provided by Touchdown Studios of Teddington. Photography by Jonathan Palmer. Produced by TwoFour Digital.

Irn Bru advert

Here’s an advert for Irn Bru that I worked on as animation director for London studio Sherbet. This was very popular in Scotland when it came out, even if a lot of parents complained about how it upset their children!  I was mainly directing on this job, but I also did some of the animation, including the final shot. Most of the drawing was by three of London’s leading traditional animators – Paul Stone, Peter Dodd and Teddy Hall. Paul Stone has worked on most of the traditionally-animated film and TV productions make in London in the last 30 years. Peter Dodd is currently working on Raymond Briggs’s “Ethel and Ernest”, and Teddy Hall worked on Disney’s “Hercules”. Laurie J Proud did the character designs, and the producer for Sherbet was Jonathan Bairstow. 

IrnBru – Animals from Sherbet on Vimeo.

Following the success and popularity of the multi award winning Irn Bru – Phenomenal Xmas, The Leith Agency commissioned Sherbet to produce a follow up ad.

The agency and their client AG Barr, needed hand drawn, traditionally cute and cuddly cartoon animals, to maximize the ad’s punchy and outrageous humour.
directed by Dennis Sisterson – animation by Sherbet!/weareSherbet