Written on Sep 16th by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

Did you know it was Gas Safe Week this week? I’ve been working on a really fun animation to celebrate and educate people about being Gas Safe Aware.

For Gas Safety Week 2014, Gas Safe Register ran a competition called ‘My Gas Safe Hero’ and called upon registered engineers to get their family involved!

Children aged between 4-12 who had a relative or family friend that was Gas Safe registered were invited to submit a picture or short story that depicted their relative or family friend helping to keep the community, or a particular family, gas safe.

They received over 40 fantastic and adorable entries. You can see them all HERE!

Four pictures/short stories were shortlisted, and were turned into comic strips by the fantastically talented illustrator Billmund.








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.


Script: Poppy Worthington Harris (age 10)

Comic illustration: Billmund

Animation: Katy Davis


Read more about being gas safe:

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Written on May 27th by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

After the success of my last RSA animation (Dr Brené Brown, “The Power of Empathy”), I was thrilled to be asked to create another one.

The audio of this RSA short is of Jody Williams. Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner, firmly believes that each and every one of us can and should contribute to creating a better world. In this short Jody explains why it is so important that strive to make a difference.

And here it is! RSA Shorts: Jody Williams, “Anyone Can Change The World”:

I wanted to do something different for this animation. We had discussed about whether to focus on land mines and issues relevant to Jody but decided to be more liberal with the ideas so as to encourage people to think about what they can do to better the World.

As well as thinking about the script for the animation, I also wanted to do something different visually. This time, I decided to make a miniature set for my characters to ‘live’ in.

Little things!

I bought lots of little bits of furniture from doll’s house shops and then created backdrops in Photoshop, which I printed out. I shot the scenes, and did some stop motion photography of the mud, for when the little dogs start digging.

Set shoot

The next task was to create the animated characters, which I did by drawing pen on paper, scanning my illustrations in and colouring them in Photoshop. I composited the whole piece together using After Effects.

Colour tests

Final charactersAfter Effects work

“OMG, I love it!” Jodie Williams.


Animation still

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Written on Mar 12th by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

Woohooo! Here’s my latest animation lovely people!

If your mutual fund’s not #FossilFuelFree, you’re likely funding climate change. Extract carbon from your IRA:

Please please please share this video and help preserve our fantastic world!

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Written on Jan 21st by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

I’ve just finished this cover for a “Mindful Attention Training” programme for a secondary school in Perth, Australia

MAT illustration


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Written on Jan 6th by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

Gobblynne 2013 Animation and Illustration Round Up!

Phew! 2013 was a busy year for me. I spent January in Australia visiting family and friends, but once I was back in the UK I jumped into work-life with a splash.


I made two animations for John Tesh’s “Intelligence For Your Life” program, which consisted of quick ‘life tips’. View the full project here.

Archie & Ollie gallery trail

I was thrilled to be asked to work for the Wiltshire Museum on their new gallery. I was asked to develop a child-friendly character in collaboration with the Museum’s youth panel. We ended up creating two characters, a worm and a mole named Archie & Ollie, who now appear in a family friendly trail including gallery activity sheets and interactive interpretation panels around the museum. View the full project here.

Li’l Indie Productions, a small independent production company, commissioned me to design their branding including logo, business cards and a short sting (to be used as an intro for all of their films). The client was initially unsure of exactly what he wanted. We chatted everything through thoroughly and narrowed down style and colours and it was great to hear how much the client loved the final outcome. View the full project here.

Two of the projects that I worked on were sadly contractually ‘secret’ so I am unable to share the illustration and animation with you all. I made video for Raw Productions, helping to promote Live Nation, and I also made an animation for BDA Creative for an internal video for Barclays’ staff.

My final commission of the year was from the RSA. I was given a snippet of Brene Brown’s TED talk on “The Power Of Vulnerability” and was asked to animate it. I wrote a script for the animation and discussed it with the RSA. I think we made one little adjustment, then I cracked on with the animation. This project took 30 days to complete and exploded when it was uploaded to YouTube, gaining over 1.25 million views in just 10 days. View the full project here.

Personal Work:

In between commissions I decided to make another 1 second long animation for Animade’s fun “Full Secs” collection (this was my second entry). I made “The Popcorn Trick”. I shall say no more.

I helped wonder-illustrator Billmund by editing three of his illustration process videos. You can see two of them on his YouTube channel here.

I was part of the adrenaline-pumping 0117 competition organised by Encounters, which was an insane challenge to produce a video in 0117 hours. I animated mine (I must be mad!) and ended up in the top 5 of the competition. View the full project here.

Another great accolade for me in 2013 was the sting that I made for e4 for their estings competition, in which I won runners up place. My animated short will be played regularly between programs on e4 for the next year and a half. View the full project here.


I had my work written about in ‘L’Art Du Pop up’ by Jean-Charles Trebbi, a French author who was creating a book about pop up books. Read more here.

Image Publishing asked me to write two Photoshop tutorials for their magazine Photoshop Creative.


Here are a few of the personal illustrations that I completed in 2013:

Rosie RabbitsKleenex designJulia and Ben illustration Young Guns Kitty Cowgirl Drunk Santa 1 As well as all of this, I was selling prints via Objets De Désir, which is a gorgeous online boutique representing a handpicked selection of designers and artists from across the world. The collection includes a wide variety of lifestyle products from fashion and jewellery design to homeware and accessories. You can see my profile on the Objets De Désir website here.

For four months up to Christmas, Objets De Désir set up a fabulous pop-up shop in Cabots Circus in Bristol, and it was a huge success. Read more here. The pop-up shop plans to re-open for Easter.

Stay tuned for news of more exciting projects in 2014. Happy New Year!

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Written on Dec 11th by Katy Davis | Post a comment!

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (the RSA) is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.

As part of that mission, the RSA public events programme has launched RSA Shorts.  This new series provides a snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA public events programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world. It responds to the ever-increasing need for new ideas and inspiration in our busy lives and acts as a shot of ‘mental espresso’ to awaken the curiosity in all of us.

The audio of this RSA short is of Dr Brené Brown who spoke at the RSA on The Power of Vulnerability. She talks about the difference between sympathy and empathy and argues that to be truly empathetic you have to be vulnerable by connecting with someone’s pain in yourself.

The animation was created by illustrating on paper and then using After Effects to composite elements together.

Below are some stills from the animation and a photograph of some of my illustrations:

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The animation was launched today (10/12/13) at midday and has already accumulated over 25,000 views on The RSA’s Youtube channel in 12 hours. I’m thrilled that it’s received such a positive response, and that Brene is pleased too!

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