Wednesday, December 30, 2009
First of all, thanks for even reading this. I'm glad you're here.
Secondly, I'm doing the (probably ill-advised) move of switching my Blog over to the newly bells-and-whistle-enhanced jpvine.com,
And I would love it if you could join me over there. It will be fun. We'll have a raffle on thursdays. Please, update your links, and sign in as a follower right here. That would make me grateful. And to show my gratitude for you going through the tedium of numerous, potentially dull mouse clicks, I will send you a little something small, and unique to you, when I see you pop up over there.
Does that sound wierd? Hm.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Ahh, Christmas is coming. I would feel christmassy if it was a big deal over here, but it's a regular work day, which in some ways is actually pretty refreshing. I can only handle so much schmaltz and consumerism. We'll make do with a walk on the beach and friends over for mulled wine in the evening :)
As usual, boarding my behind off for Aardman, and still having fun with it.
And: my website has been overhauled and filled with new work lately.
Please check it out, I'd be happy to hear any feedback.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
All quiet, apart from Daft Punk blaring in my headphones. I can't tell you anything about the sets they are building next door, apart from the fact that they are gorgeous. Can't wait to see the animation coming through.
As for me, I'm preparing Beatboards for our personal feature project, getting ready for pitches. Wish me luck:)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I worked like a fevered chimp over the summer on a bunch of projects, one of which was this where's Waldo-style Shaun the Sheep book. And it's on sale now! er- in Germany. But, there are no words, and if you like this kind of thing, it's here on Amazon.
The very simple premise was that Shaun and his buddies bust out of the farm and go on holiday, while Bitzer tries to restrain them. The readers are supposed to find just Shaun, but I had to entertain myself with a few easter eggs, like a UFO breakdown, and extensive bike race, a duck party. That kind of thing.
First I sent the client roughity-roughs like this:
Just to get their buy-in to the angle and subjects.
Once that was done I penciled the illustration at full size. This was important because in Illustrator I would be zooming in so close, I would lose sense of scale pretty fast.
Then into Illustrator; first time I used this programme, and I really enjoyed it. The fun part about using the brush is that it can fill your strokes instantly. Which meant I could ink AND colour at the same time. I had only 2 days for each image, so time saving was crucial. My kids loved how fast a full colour character would appear on screen.
So I made layers in illustrator. The program would often complain due to the amount of vectors. My computer cried.
And finally, comped it in photoshop, added shadows, maybe texture and a bit of lighting. And onto the next one. The question is, where is he?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
It's a lot of fun holding something I worked on in print- and I can imagine it will get dangerously addictive. I enjoyed an evening selling them with mycomrade Oren at the Tel Aviv animation festival yesterday. Trying to decribe the story arc of this series in Hebrew was something of a challenge, but after a couple of hours and a beer it got easier.
Big plans for the series, future editions and live painting demos. So I'll keep you posted. :)
About the comic;
Only animals have survived the last nuclear conflict, but they have been mutated by the devasting effects of the war. Duck and cover roam the chaotic earth in a mysterious mechanical egg. They are pursued by the cohorts of -er- a megalomaniac chicken, desperate to lay his hands on the egg- a miracle of human engineering. But they are yet to discover what it is capable of...
It's epic. And needless to say, a bit silly.
Concept/Script: Oren and Mysh
Interior art: Mysh
Got to get back to boarding. Have a great day, jp
Monday, August 17, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
At Aardman, where amazingly for the UK, the sun is wafting through the windows. A big break from Israel where the sun hammers incessantly on your head. Miss the family though.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I'm enjoying a celebratory gin and tonic. Finally completed 8 huge illustrations for a book involving a lot of sheep, which I'll show you as soon as I'm allowed: maybe I'll give you a peek:
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
THIS IS A SCREENGRAB from last night, a little sneak preview of my current project- I hope I can tell you more soon. I think I'm going nuts with drawing tiny little sheep.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Piggy, Ink, charcoal, PS.
What's not to love about pigs? Good to draw and good to eat.
This is in honour of my 3 year old. Last night I told the kids to choose the books they wanted me to read. My son chose a children's book, whereas my daughter chose Muybridge's 'Horses and other animals in motion'.