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Shark’s Big Surprise

A selection of my most recent hardback books that can be found on Amazon

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Illustator – Animation

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Working closely with Twist 360 a Nottingham based digital marketing agency, I created all the illustrations for an online animation marketing campaign.

A departure from my normal line of illustration work, this honed my vector skills, working mainly in Adobe illustrator. The brief was firstly to create a caricature of Monica Wilde, the MD of Napier’s. Once approved, the original pencil roughs would be worked up in Photoshop – an array of arm/hand gestures together with different mouth positions would allow the animator the freedom to create a simple but effective working figure that moved in sync with the narration.

The next step was to generate the illustrations for the product that was being promoted, Lowerol, which lowers cholesterol levels. The visual analogy was to use a city scene (the body) with a river running through it (the blood vessels) to show the workings of this natural product on a micro scale within the vessels. Sailing boats, ships of varying size/design and a submarine all represented elements within the vessels and these were animated, showing the potential benefits of using Lowerol.

Online videos are a great way to market products, reach wider audiences and increase search rankings so having the knowledge and skill to work within this media is very useful and the potential for future work is only going to increase.

Check out the finished animations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASrSWj0_SWI

2014 Gold Winner in Children’s Picture Books

Early Bird gets the Worm

A new twist to Childrens’s Book Publishing – I was commissioned by Bruce Lansky of Meadowbrook Press to create a series of three wordless picture books – an unusual concept, but one that allows very young readers to create their own narrative while looking at the pictures – The images were constructed rather like a comic strip, each page moves the story on one step at the time in a simple logical way, so the young reader stays engaged with the simple plot.

Three titles were created: Early Bird Gets the Worm. Polar Brrr’s Big Adventure. Monkey See, Monkey Do. They are all available as ebooks and hardcover editions.

Early Birdy Gets the Worm has been named a 2014 GOLD winner in Children’s Picture Books from the Mom’s Choice Awards and a SILVER winner in the Education category of the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Parenting Resources competition.

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