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 (how I will ever manage having children, or finding Home Remedies for Worms in Dogs, I do not know), I love her to bits. She makes me laugh every day, and we love our walks together in the Bristol countryside.
With the madness of moving house, getting a new puppy, finding him the best pet insurance I could afford and having quite a few other commissions, 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:
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
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.
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!
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
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.
Lucy & Laura Wedding Gift
I created this artwork as a wedding gift for two of my close friends. View full project HERE.
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.
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.
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!
‘We’re having a baby’, released today, is a powerful animation that focuses on a new mother as she hears the news all parents dread … that her child will die before her. Using inspiration from real stories the film has an emotional resonance demonstrating why families need specialist support from services like Together for Short Lives; the leading UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.
I had the pleasure of working with production and content marketing agency Hurricane Media back in June this year. At least once a year they do some charitable work, and this year had taken it upon themselves to create an animation for Together For Short Lives – a fantastic charity who support, love and care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.
Hurricane Media contacted me as they thought my illustration/animation style was well suited to the project. I went to their office and we discussed mood boards and the storyboards that they had written. They wanted a emotional and engaging piece, aiming to raise the profile and fundraising potential of Together for Short Lives, and to connect emotionally with the target end-users – parents, carers and health workers.
Hurricane MD, Jon Mowat interviewed a number of families about their experiences of receiving their child’s diagnosis and coping with the news that their child has a life-limiting condition. A common thread began to appear – from “being cast adrift” when parents heard this news, to feeling “grounded” and supported by children’s hospice and palliative care services and by calling the Together for Short Lives family helpline.
Creative Director, John Lanyon turned these experiences into a poignant, yet uplifting script vividly delivered by Bristol actor, Jessica Macdonald. I was then given the task to design characters, backgrounds and to start creating the short hand-drawn film! I regularly updated Hurricane Media with my progress and we discussed style and script ideas along the way.
“What Together for Short Lives do is incredibly special. In the creative process for this animation we focussed heavily on making sure it would feel as unique as the amazing work they do. We really hope this film helps them to raise awareness and get their message out to more people.”
Barbara Gelb, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives said:
“We are thrilled with the We’re having a baby animation, which was very generously produced for us free of charge by Hurricane Media. We worked very closely with their team, drawing on our experience of working with families and the children’s palliative care sector to create a moving film which tells a difficult story. A story that is often hard to put into words.
It provides a brand new way to raise awareness of the reality many families face when they hear the news that their child may not live to reach adulthood. We want families to know that they are not alone and that there are some fantastic children’s hospice and palliative care services out there.”
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