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Written on Apr 1st by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

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A few days ago I launched my very first kickstarter campaign with Superdoodle – a project called “Big Up My Boobs”, which is an animated comedy song about breastfeeding. But it’s so much more than that too… we’re breaking down the stigma of breastfeeding and empowering women by sharing what’s normal in a fun way.

There are four different verses to the song which will feature four different characters, each mum having a different ‘story’ to tell; latching and position difficulties (including baby poking you in the eye/nose), nip pain (and cabbages?!), feeding in public (maybe squirting a stranger with milk, yikes), accidentally answering the front door with your boob hanging out… you know, #mumlife.

The video’s aim is to reassure mums that they’re not alone in their worries and trials and tribulations, and that they’re doing a great job.

Link for more info: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/superdoodle/big-up-my-boobs

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If you have some spare coins and would like to donate to the project – THANK YOU! There’s some really cool rewards for pledging, including T-shirts, badges, art prints, and even a featuring role in the animation itself! Please take a look on the kickstarter page to find out more.

If you don’t have any spare coins but would still like to help support the project, we would really appreciate it if you could share the link far and wide! It would be fantastic to raise awareness to the project and consequently raise the funds to get it into production. We would love to be able to make mums everywhere smile and feel proud of themselves.

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Written on Apr 18th by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

And here we are! Here’s the fifth in the series of animations I’ve been making for Happify. This one is called “How To Defeat Negative Thinking” and has been voiced by positive psychology coach Derrick Carpenter.

Thanks to Kim Alexander (http://www.kimalexander.co.uk/) who came on board to help animate for a week. And huge thanks too, to Happify who have been such an amazing client – always so positive and excited about my ideas and work. Let’s hope there’s some more Happify animations in the future!

Hope you enjoy this one!

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Written on Jun 28th by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

Muse Creative AwardI’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.

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Written on Jun 22nd by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

Superdoodle

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.

In the meantime, check out the website at www.superdoodle.co and read about our work process.

Here’s a showreel to show you examples of what we can create!

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Written on Apr 7th by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

Supermum#27weekspregnant – Look, I climbed a mountain!

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 ♥

Watercolour set

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Written on Mar 9th by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

Be Right Back

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.

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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!

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This week has been especially exciting as we’ve had the great news that the documentary will be premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, screening at the Guggenheim Museum in New York this April.

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?

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You can see a trailer for the film here:

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