I’m thrilled to have won a Platinum Award at the Muse Creative Awards this year, with my RSA Brené Brown animation “Blame”.
“The Muse Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals who possess the unique ability to inspire with concept, writing or design whether through traditional materials or electronic media. More than paycheques drive a creative people to perfect their craft. They follow the spark of an inner muse, lighting the path to success with deep knowledge and shining originality.”
I’ve also received the fantastic news that two of my films, “How Mindfulness Empowers Us” for Happify and “Blame” for the RSA have both been accepted into the Animated Commercials competition category at this years Supertoon – International Animation Festival in Croatia.
I have teamed up with illustrator-extraordinaire Billmund to form Superdoodle, a cracking little creative production company based in Bristol. We aim to help people bring their stories to glorious technicolour through illustration, animation and design.
Superdoodle will initially be available for illustration work only; I’m afraid the animation department will be on hiatus for a while as I’m on maternity leave – the birth of my first child is expected in just under a week. I’ll be taking time away from my work and learning how to look after a teeny human!
Although Superdoodle will have a team of talented animators in the future, we won’t be taking on projects until I can afford the time to oversee any work completed.
Here’s a showreel to show you examples of what we can create!
Finding out that I was pregnant was a magically happy moment and I’m so excited for the adventures ahead. It is however, a very strange time for me – stopping work just as my career is at a high! I really really love my job and feel a funny mixture of emotions about winding down for maternity leave. I already feel like I’m ‘missing out’ as I’ve had to turn down numerous interesting job offers – projects that would’ve been amazing for my career and projects covering subjects that I feel really passionate about. It’s frustrating having to write the reply-email saying “thanks but no”. Aaaaaargh!!
But… I’m having a baby!!! And I’m more than excited about being a mum.
Are you a parent? How have you coped with the balance of working life and mum-dad-dom?
I wanted to apologise in advance to all the new ‘followers’ on my social media sites *hello!* and my lovely long-time supporters: I’m going to be a bit more of a silent Gobblynne in the coming months – certainly no new animations for a while.
For the next few weeks I’m concentrating on getting Superdoodle up and running. Billmund and I are creating a new creative company and aim to have a team of illustrators and animators working for us in the future (which will hopefully help me to juggle the load as a ‘working mum’ when the small human arrives). We’re building the website at the moment and are very excited about our plans.
I’ve also recently invested in some scrummy new watercolour bits so I can continue to feed my creative hunger while I’m not doing commercial work. I really want to create some more mixed media illustrations and bring those textures back!
Happy times ♥
I’ve been very busy for the last month on a super secret project, and I’m excited to say that I can share it with you this week.
I was contacted by director Maura Axelrod, who has made a documentary about the artist Maurizio Cattelan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurizio_Cattelan). Maura needed a few snippets of animation for the documentary, to bring to life some of the stories that were never documented/filmed.
I got some of the Superdoodle team on board for this project; initial illustrations/designs/ideas by me, about 5 minutes of animation by the brill Kim Alexander and myself, and some extra character design work from Bill Mund. It’s been really fun!
The information about the documentary is at the Tribeca website here: https://tribecafilm.com/stories/tribeca-film-festival-2016-lineup-midnight-spotlight-special-screenings and reads as follows:
Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back, directed and written by Maura Axelrod (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. An art world upstart, provocative and elusive artist Maurizio Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that send up the artistic establishment, until a retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2011 finally solidified his place in the contemporary art canon. Axelrod’s equally playful profile leaves no stone unturned in trying tofigure out: who is Maurizio Cattelan?
You can see a trailer for the film here:
I heard that the nomination results were out for the Royal Television Society West Of England Awards this morning, so I thought I’d have a peek. And there it was… I’ve only gone and got myself a nomination for ‘Best Animation’ with my series of Happify animations!
You’ll see from the above image that it’s lil’ old me up against the big boys of the South West, Aardman Animations and Arthur Cox. This is somewhat astounding/hilarious, as these guys are big production companies with huge budgets and teams of people working on each animation. It would seem that there’s practically no chance of winning the award, however I’m absolutely THRILLED to see my name up there with such well-esteemed companies. What an absolutely amazing honour!
Huge thanks to Kim Alexander (http://www.kimalexander.co.uk/) who did heaps of work on this project (and helped me progress through some horrendous weeks of morning sickness!), and also to Lucy Izzard (http://www.lucyizzard.co.uk/) for her support too.
I’m having a pause on Happify work for now… I’m just starting work on a completely different kind of project – more info soon.
Hope you enjoy this one!