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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 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. People often try to over complicate answers to the question “what do kids like?” I find the answer is fairly obvious: Most of the same things adults like.

If I made something I thought was fun, cute and interesting, chances are that others – regardless of age –  would find it fun, cute and interesting too.

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.”

-SandS5000

“PLEASE MAKE MORE I LOVED IT I COULDN’T STOP LAUGHING. (male age 20)”

- 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 executed, but I’ll let you be the judge:

 

 

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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.

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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 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 directed these trailers with the team at Halfbrick. Check ‘em out below:

 

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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 of any interest. Please accept this lacklustre announcement in the meantime.

For a while I’ve found it less than satisfying 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 decommissioned; 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.

 

 

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