Pencil, digital painting.

I made the sketch for this on a lunch break and then decided I would like to turn it into a painting. I would like to re-do the drawing from scratch at some point, but I am happy with aspects of the painting such as the fur and the shine on the kaiju's candy cane tentacles.

More to come in this series!

Candy Kaiju #1 by Squibble

One of my favourite films as a child was Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal. I bought a DVD of the movie a little while back, and just got around to watching it on Sunday. Produced by the Jim Henson Company and released in 1982, the fantasy film utilised puppetry and a small amount of live-action. The concept art for the film was created by Brian Froud.

One of the special features on the DVD is the made for TV behind-the-scenes documentary called The World of the Dark Crystal. I could not find this documentary available anywhere online, so unfortunately it looks as if the only way to see it is by purchasing the DVD or blu-ray. Also available is Brian Froud's book The World of the Dark Crystal, which has now been re-published with new material.

If you have not seen The Dark Crystal I thoroughly recommend it, the amount or work and detail that went into creating every aspect of this film is amazing.These were the days before CGI was run-of-the-mill; the world of the Dark Crystal and every character that you see on-screen has been designed, sculpted, painted, and brought to life by a massive team of artists and craftspeople.

Cicada in the Autumn SunshineAutumn is here but this little guy was determined to make the most of the last of the summer sun this morning.

I finally have been able to start tidying up the blog. There is still a bit of work to do, so please excuse any images in the wrong place or layout issues while I finish the re-design!

Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World

On my summer break I visited Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland. I have visited the aquarium now and then since its opening in 1985. Kelly Tarlton's was one of the first aquariums in the world to use conveyer belts. The engineers also pioneered new techniques for bending acrylic so that visitors could pass through the fish tanks and view them from below.

Unfortunately this was just the day before I was able to get a new camera so some of the footage in darker areas is a little grainy. Everything was filmed on my iPhone.

For this video I had fun learning how to use Apple Motion 5, which seems like it will be a good replacement for some of the missing features in the recent update of iMovie. It is also much more powerful so I am expecting I will have some fun with animated effects for my Vlogs once I learn how to use the software.

To make the new opening and ending credits, all I did was to make a copy of an existing template called 'Swarm', and then edit the assets in photoshop to get a different background and change the shape of the animated particles from square to round.

This is also the first video I have added to my Vimeo profile! I finally switched to Vimeo last night after Youtube refused to process the video. I will gradually be moving over videos from my Youtube channel to my new Vimeo profile over the next few weeks.

Vlog #4 - Auckland Travel Log - Squibble Visits Kelly Tarlton's from Squibble Design on Vimeo. 

I loved the penguin display and seeing a sea turtle so close was a real kick. A cute end to the tour was finding both Nemo and Dory happily cohabiting in a sea anemone tank.

Happy New Year!

It's been a while since my last post as I have been very busy. If you have not been following along on Twitter or Instagram, here's a quick summary of what's been going on in the last couple of months here at Squibble Design:

* Took part in the Illustrate exhibition and sold a canvas print of my Deathly Tea Party Sketch!

* Taught a polymer clay Sculpting class at Matchbox Studios

* Produced my first large wholesale order for... Mighty Ape!

I am very excited to have my jewellery and clothing designs in stock at Mighty Ape. It was a lot of hard work producing and packaging the order but it was a great way to end 2013!

In other news, I will be reverting this website to a place where I can work on and showcase more of my personal projects. I have felt that I have neglected the blog a bit over the past few months. This is because I have had so much to do, but I am aiming to make the website a bigger priority in 2014 with a complete re-design and more updates. I am also looking forward to sharing the odd personal update with photo posts and more information about my favourite software finds. I already have a few projects ready to move off the back burner and am excited to focus more on illustration and animation projects in the coming months.

Thank you so much to everyone for your support in 2013 - here's to 2014!

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