December 13, 2007

Last scene on Brendan

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a few key drawings from my very last scene on Brendan and the secret of Kells, with brother Aidan looking at how one of the precioussss berries turns into ink.

Finito!
A few days ago Alf and I packed and sent our last sequence on Brendan. It's been a very busy month, but all went good and we happily celebrate with a relaxing weekend in Paris, enjoying good museums, a little shopping and walking around with old friends.
Still have to clean up the paper mess in the studio though.. :)

November 15, 2007

there you go..bigger!

For those who asked for a bigger version of the "storyboard to screen" video, I finally managed to upload a swf on my website.. :)


Now back to my scenes...ciao!

October 22, 2007

Happy Ale

I'm finally settled in my new apartment in Turin! Yay!!
Italy is lovely these days, gorgeous autumn colours and a fantastic weather exactly as I expected. Winter is coming though, the air is getting cooler and the chestnut men have already taken their strategic spots in the city centre :)
Alfredo and I started animating on the feature again, working from home is very comfortable and I totally love the studio room we organized.. it's so cosy and there's all the equipment and supplies we need - italian coffee machine included, of course!
Quiz: ...who remembers who's the happy fella on the top? ;)

October 21, 2007

Skunk Fu - STORYBOARD TO SCREEN comparison



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A few sequences from an episode I boarded for the tv show "Skunk Fu" at Cartoon Saloon.
It's all done with Flash.
Too bad the video viewer is so small...ah well!

October 07, 2007

Heading south

So just a quick post for friends to say that I'm still alive and happy and so so busy :)
I came back only a couple of weeks ago from my trip to the States, which was awesome!! Thanks to our friends Armand Serrano, Marcelo Vignali, Marcos Mateu, Paul Lasaine, Evan Smith, Mike Nguyen and all the lovely people we met at Sony, Pixar and July Films, we had a really fantastic time.
Back home I had to sort out immediately my moving to Italy.. I flew there to sign contracts and whatnot, back to Ireland again to pack everything and start my new freelance job....Nuts!! :D
It's almost all done, the car is exploding but ready to go and I hope our cute evil hamster Filippo will enjoy the roadtrip. We are leaving tomorrow morning!
It's a very strange feeling to leave after these years, but I am so excited about the chance of spending a while in my hometown. I've been missing the sunshine so much lately and the idea of staying close to my family and friends again after so much time makes me feel all warm and smiley :)
The broadband in the new apartment should be ready by the end of next week, so I hope I'll be able to post some drawings very soon!

The picture on the top was taken while I was in San Francisco, it's been on my desktop during these messy weeks as a reminder to stay relaxed..!

Have a lovely weekend and.. talk to you later ;)

August 21, 2007

Viking sequence







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Some still frames from one of the flash sequences in "Brendan and the Secret of Kells".
I animated those scenes with Alfredo a few months ago, just after we finished working on our endless 2d-traditional sequence :)
It was a lot of fun, especially playing with the shapes of the vikings, which were made of ink so basically all frame by frame animation.
Just brush strokes for the crows in the background as well, while the scared monks are made with symbols.
Concept design by Adrien Merigeau

August 08, 2007

Skunk Fu Website!


After successfully airing on BBC this summer, "Skunk Fu" has got his own website!!
Check it out!
You can watch the first 26 episodes on weekdays at 3.45/3.50 on BBC1 and on Saturdays at 6pm on the CBBC Channel. It has already premiered on ABC Australia. Yay!

Here's the SKUNK FU Title Sequence. Click play and enjoy! There's a few of my animations here and there... :)



August 02, 2007

Turin sketches

I'm finally back from my very relaxing holidays! I've spent about one month travelling across my beloved Italy and visiting some other gorgeous towns in Europe on our way back to Ireland. But it's in Turin, my hometown, that I always find my peace of mind. I've been missing it so much. The weather was so pleasantly warm even in the night and we had delicious gelato and soft, really tasty pizza like I haven't eaten in ages. :)


Top: old picture of Turin, Via Pietro Micca

Bottom: a couple of study sketches from different views.

June 10, 2007

Little summer thingies


Oh my, it has been a while! I've been working with Alfredo on the flash sequences of the film, which I have to say are a lot of fun to animate.
Some of them are very different from each others, in terms of graphic style and animation timing.. my favourite one is probably the 'white chalk on a blackboard' sequence. It's basically frame by frame animation and childish drawings that come from Brendan's hand. I think it came up pretty cute and I can't wait to see the final texture effect that the oversea studio is adding to it.
Two more weeks of work and I'll see myself saying goodbye to the Cartoon Saloon studio and Kilkenny after all this time.. it feels so weird! But after that, a long well deserved holiday in my sunny Italy!!! :D

The sketch on the top is an early study for a little story I'm developing for the Cartoon Saloon Anthology. The book should come out in Autumn, I'm very curious to see what everyone here is sneakily working on!!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

April 15, 2007

Last scene on Kells


Today was a bit of a nostalgic one as I was animating my very last scene from The Secret of Kells.
I just can't believe it is actually going to an end after all these months..
I've been working mostly on Aisling, the little fairy. She's a very nice character to animate, I thing I'm going to miss her :)
The film is looking beautiful and the background design is just lovely. I really can't wait to see how it'll look on the big screen!

So I had to say goodbye to my messy lightbox, at least during the working hours in the studio. From next week I'll start animating with Alfredo the flash sequence of the film!
It will be about four minutes of 'traditional animation on wacom', as I use to call it.. I am actually very excited about this, even if to me the warmth of pencil and paper is irreplaceable, sometimes it feels so free doing the same thing on flash, and the immediate feedback thing is just amazing ;)

Have a nice weekend everybody and take care,
Ale

March 24, 2007

A few days in Turin

I've taken a break to recharge my batteries in Turin and it was really worth it.. Sunny days, awesome food, hanging up with old friends again and having long pleasant walks in the city centre.. Eating gelato... I missed all that so much! :)

Every time I come back to Italy I wish I could stay there for good, it's just so beautiful..
But work calls and so on, and now I'm back to Ireland and back to my coat!

February 22, 2007

Rainplace

Rainy, rainy, rainy days here in Kilkenny...

But this post is not to curse the irish weather (well, not this time..)!

It is to introduce you to a very talented artist who is also one of the nicest persons I've ever known. His name is Mike Nguyen and he has just made a new personal website called "Rainplace". Yay!

Here is the link: www.rainplace.net

Above: illustration by Mike Nguyen

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And here is the link of "My Little World", the feature film he's directing at July Films. http://www.julyfilms.com/

Have a look, you'll find amazing things :)

Enjoy the rest of the week, and me..I'll hopefully come back soon..

ciao-ciao

January 28, 2007

Sleepy Sunday

Some other Skunk Fu storyboard panels.
The first one is from "The Art of Darkness", the others are from my first board, "The Art of Monkey Launching". I can't wait to see the final look of the episodes.

January 06, 2007

Buon 2007!

I'm finally back from my holidays in Italy...it was really a great time, very quiet and relaxing as I wished..my mother is a fantastic sicilian chef and every single meal was a joy for the senses ;) I could enjoy sleeping till late as I love to, chatting with my sister and I had also the time to knit a scarf for Alfredo.. :)
The weather was pleasantly warm, especially in Rome, where I spent the first of the year..that city is just amazing, so full of beauty and history..
And now back to reality, with a terrible cold caused by the temperature difference! Yay!
So, since I'm not getting out of bed, I decided to upload "Marla" on the blog. I haven't watch it for ages and it looks sooo old to me...well, it was actually 2004 when the short was completed and the three little girls graduated...:) But I still love the style and the atmosphere we created, it brings me a lot of memories.
Here is the Link:

Hope you'll enjoy it and wish you all a lovely new year!
Ale