Me and Louise are getting married in April. As a 'creative' I wanted to do something for the invite rather than just buying something. I did this drawing from a photograph with the intention of having it on the front.
I got lots of help from my friend Carrie with the design and tried a load of different things, but it just wasn't working. Eventually Louise found a make-your-own kit in Confetti and the drawing found a home inside, opposite the details.
This was a difficult drawing to do because I hadn't tried to draw a 'realistic' likeness of anyone for years, and I'm used to drawing rough sketchy scribbles that noone apart from myself needs to get.
It's difficult to be objective but I like it. Carrie said it looks kind of like the Posy Simmonds strip in the Guardian which is is fine by me.
A couple of years ago a friend sent me a copy of the book Flips 7. It basically gives a profile on about a dozen studios and creators and the things they're working on. It also had a free DVD with some clips and by far the best animation on it was by an Irish company called Cartoon Saloon.
Basically these guys are the best. If it weren't for a couple of really frustrating reasons (well, a two bedroom flat shaped frustrating reason anyway) I'd be over there, happy as a sandboy working on their Flash series Skunk Fu: http://skunkfu.blogspot.com/
It takes so much money, talent and resources to make even a half watchable feature animation that it always surprises me how keen everyone seems to be to keep doing it. It seems to me that 5-30 minutes is the ideal length for animation, giving you a much better chance of getting more things right than wrong. But this project looks like the absolute bees knees and I can't wait to see it.
So, in the petty, childish words of the Cranberries; Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We.
I've been meaning to do this for ages, but when it comes to actually doing it it's difficult to come up with drawings that I think are going to impress people. I've become quite a lazy drawer because I know I can clean things up and change proportions etc when I come to draw it up in Flash.