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

2014 has been such a fantastic year for me. In September I became a real grown up and bought my first house with my main man Billmund.

And after just a week in our new house, we decided to share our lovely home with a rescue pup, Gypsy. I have wanted a dog FOREVER and although she makes it difficult to have uninterrupted work-time, I love her to bits. She makes me laugh every day, and we love our walks together in the Bristol countryside.

Gypsy-pup

This year I have been taken on by two agencies, The Gate Films (I am a member of their new animation wing, Pen Animation) and The Crewing Company.

With the madness of moving house, getting a new puppy, I’ve actually been too busy to work with my new agencies, however I hope to complete some successful projects with them in 2015.

Here’s a look back at the work that I completed in 2014:

Animation commissions

Green Century – Fossil Fuel Free Funding

I was commissioned by Fenton, a social change communications agency based in New York, to create an animation for Green Century. The animation was designed to promote Fossil Fuel Free Funding. Read more about this project HERE.

RSA Shorts: Jody Williams, “Anyone Can Change The World”

In April of this year the RSA got back in touch with me, asking me to create another animation – this time bringing to life an audio snippet from Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams. View full project HERE and read a write-up from Open Culture HERE.

Together For Short Lives

I designed and animated a video (working alongside Hurricane Media) for Together For Short Lives. View full project HERE.

Gas Safety Aware

This was a fun project to work on as I was asked to bring Billmund’s illustrations to life.

For Gas Safety Week 2014, Gas Safe Register ran a competition called ‘My Gas Safe Hero’ and the overall winner, Poppy, had had her entry made into a short animation (by me!) which was shown at the Gas Safety Week launch event at the House of Commons.

View full project HERE.

Vision Sting

Bristol Media asked me to create a quick sting for their Vision Bristol event in November.

The Vision event gives the public two days to soak up ideas, inspiration and creativity via talks and social gatherings. For the video, they wanted their logo, a slogan and then the sponsor logos to repeat in a loop. I kept with the creative theme and used these ideas to create each element appear and disappear; brush strokes, scalpel, graffiti paint spray, etc.

RSA Brene Brown ‘Blame’

*Just finished animating!* I’m excited to announce that I’ve just finished a new RSA/Brene Brown animation, which should be launching in the waking days of 2015. Keep an eye out!

Illustration commissions

Mindful Attention Training

I designed and illustrated this cover for a “Mindful Attention Training” programme for a secondary school in Perth, Australia www.mindfulness-seed.com.au

MAT illustration

Wiltshire Heritage Museum board game

After working with the Willtshire Museum in 2013 on their children’s displays and family friendly trail (view full project HERE), they contacted me again to ask if I would design a board game for them. It was great fun to create.

Wiltshire Museum board game

Personal Illustration

Lucy & Laura Wedding Gift

I created this artwork as a wedding gift for two of my close friends. View full project HERE.

Lucy & Laura

Awards

I had completed and published my animation ‘RSA Shorts: Dr Brené Brown, “The Power of Empathy”’ in December 2013, and 2014 was the year to push it out into the big wide world and share it with as many people as possible.

The video had gained over 1.25 million views in just 10 days when it was first shared, and a year later has pushed to over three million views. The RSA and myself have been blown away by the fantastic feedback, and people are still emailing me today saying how much they love the animation and message.

The video was screened at a number of Film Festivals across the world, and it was highly received. In fact, it did so well that I received some extraordinary accolades…

Webby honoree. Read about this HERE.

Webby honoree

Industry Award winner at the SheSays Awards. Read about this HERE.

SheSays Award

Triple award winner at the BrandYou AwardsAdvertising, Animation & FX, and Viral Content. Read about this HERE.

BrandYou Awards

I was shortlisted for the AOI awards, and my animation was selected to be part of the AOI Illustration exhibition at Somerset House in London from 2 October – 2 November 2014. You can read more about this HERE.

The Power Of Empathy at AOI

Other

In November, I was invited to have a Skype chat with the students at THINK Global School in Auckland, New Zealand. One of the students has just sent me a link to a blog she’s written about our chat. Read it HERE.

I’m thrilled to say that I’m going to be part of Showcase 100, “a juried exhibition and publication of 100 illustrations from some of the best professional illustrators working in the industry today.” The exhibition will be held from 7-11 April 2015 at The Framer’s Gallery in central London. The final 100 artworks will be on display and available to purchase at the show, as will the accompanying book. See their Facebook event HERE.

Stay tuned for news of more exciting projects in 2015 like this blog i have planned. Happy New Year!

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