Old Stuff: Gnoms

Because my recent site update cleared any record of this project, and because I enjoy tirelessly flogging old work , I re-present to you one of my most ambitious endeavours of 2013-2014; Gnoms:
A cartoon I created with my 1 year old daughter as a result of my frustration with some very average children’s TV.

As the YouTube video description will attest, I created this to prove a couple of things to myself; first of all, that it’s actually quite easy to think of kid’s show ideas. I’ve sat in on numerous meetings during which a table of adults rack their brains to find an answer to that million dollar question; “what do kids like?” For me the answer has always been obvious: Most of the same things adults like. If I find something funny (e.g. a character getting annoyed at something that won’t be quiet) then chances are it’s not going to take much effort to make that funny for a kid as well.

I had one simple target to hit: My own personal preference. If I made something I thought was fun, cute and interesting, chances are someone else will find it fun, cute and interesting too.  Are my tastes are so avant-garde that they run the risk of transcending the appreciation of the YouTube bourgeoisie? If you could see my list of favourited videos, you’d realise that the answer to that question is a resounding “no.”

I may have fluked it this time, but I’ve been quite encouraged by several comments on both my YouTube channel and Reddit post:

“The 19 year stoner me thinks this is awesome. The 37 year old sober father of two would watch this with his kids… “

- Dalebssr

“As an asshole, an animator and father of a 1 year old I was so ready to hate on this, but it was actually very enjoyable.”



- Perfect-Panda-Puke

“My son keeps asking when the next ones will follow. He’s still watching Red every day… But he wants more :-)”

- karma_means_nothing-

“Great work Brendan! My son made me watch it 10 or more times in a row.”

- michael cooper

“I’m 20 years old and i would like more of this please :D”

- Omar S

“I’m 24 years old… and must agree with Omar :D”

- Stockwell Haines

The second thing I wanted to prove was this: In theory, If you’re willing to put the work in, it’s possible to create something TV worthy entirely on your own. It’s a myth that to successfully create something appealing, you require large teams and a big budget. I made this entirely with programs that cost me no more than $50 a month.

Is this state of the art animation? No. Does it have mindblowing FX? No. Does it need to? No.

Having said all this, it’s  quite possible that what I made here is both a bad idea as well as being poorly produced. I’ll let you be the judge:




Fruit Ninja Origins Trailers: Concept Art

As promised, below is a small selection of my concept art from the Fruit Ninja Origins Trailers (see previous post to view trailers).

As you can see, the project required concept art on a number of different subjets including character design, prop and environment design, and my favorite; weapon design.


Fruit Ninja Origins Trailers: Complete

Here is the full set of Fruit Ninja trailers I worked on for most of 2013 with the People’s Republic of Animation and Halfbrick. As far as I can remember, this was the first time in my career where I took on a role that was not exclusively art related (though I did also produce much of the concept art for these – I plan to post some of this soon).

I co-wrote and co-directed the first trailer, “Ninjas in training,”  with the director of the 2 year anniversary trailer from the previous year. When it came time to tackle the other three, I was given the opportunity to write the stories mostly on my own, under the guidance of the Halfbrick team.

Thanks to a great team of artists and animators who had my back the whole time, it seems as though I managed not to mangle these too badly. Judge for yourself.



New Site!

Yes, it’s true. I have a new site.

In the same way that nobody can ever think of anything decent to draw when they buy a new sketchbook (or is it just me?) I feel I’ve not yet got anything ready to post here that is of any substantial interest. Please accept this lacklustre announcement in the meantime.

For quite a while now I’ve found myself rather dissatisfied with having my homepage and blog hosted separately, which is why over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on a new setup that allows me to quickly and easily post on the front page. From this point on, my Blogger blog is now decomissioned; all updates, sketches, works in progress and any other nonsense will be posted here instead.

Thanks to everyone who viewed and commented on my blog over the last seven years. I’m fairly sure that some of those views even came from people who are not me.