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 ♥
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!
I created this artwork as a wedding gift for two of my close friends.
I included the couple (having a nice glass of wine) and their dog, their house in the background, the Bristol bridge (as we all live in Bristol) and a white tent (just like where they got engaged).
I gave them the gift last night and they seemed super happy… which made me super happy!
Three cheers to love and happiness!
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.
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.
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 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:
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!