Wednesday, 26 April 2017

New Website! and Draft Dummy: Little Arthur and the Big Moon

So after a big rethink and another draft of the whole book together this is the third draft of the collection. I now know what layout and sizing I like and I've reworked the compositions to fit these sizes. I'm still not fully set on text placement, I might experiment with being more playful with it. I'm looking forward to actually starting the illustrations rather than thinking I can, it has helped to have some time off from this to look at it again with fresh eyes and I'm very happy with the updates :) All comments welcome!

In other news I now have a website up and running! the domain name is bought but I haven't linked it yet .... If you would like to see what I've been up to head over to:

Draft Dummy 3 by Rosalyn Fenton on Scribd

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Layout: Little Arthur and the Big Moon

I have been working on this story for quite some time now and I thought I would share some of the steps that have been put into it. Writing this I have learnt a lot about what is 'appropriate' language and structure to be classed as a childrens book. I do find myself wanting to be more descriptive and express more details in the scene or action but when you have text with images and the audiences age range is so young the majority of the time it is unnecessary. This was a challenge as my first few drafts weren't 'child-friendly' in the sense the words were too long or too mature for young children, having said that it is still enjoyable and nowhere near finished so I best crack on with the illustrations!

After working out the story and following Brian Mcdonalds 'story-steps' I needed to work out the layout of the book. I have too many thumbnails to share to say the least but below is me trying to work out if there are any layouts that look too similar to each other in close proximity.

I dont think they are impressed...

Below are some some rough sketches I'm thinking of developing for the final spreads.

I'm still playing with layout, font, word placement etc but thought I'd share the story which you can read below.
NOTE: In my photoshop it keeps cropping the images/pdf after saving, if anyone knows why it would be a great help, thanks.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Freelancing Work January

Since the middle of January I have been working with an advertising studio called Schuiller & Heise.

You can find out more about who they are through their website:

For the past two weeks I have been working in-house part time on a 2D animation project. I'm not under NDA but I'm not sure how happy the client would be if too much information were revealed so I'll keep it short and sweet. 

The studio is great and the landlord is eccentric enough to own pet goats so I get to say hello to them each morning too!

I hadn't used After Effects in such a long time let alone animated anything for even longer so admittedly I was a little concerned about under performing but they simply wanted a sweet, informative, no fuss animation and were very happy with the results. 

The project is about the differences in fireplaces and whats more efficient and environmentally friendly etc.  It doesn't sound exciting but as I couldn't understand the voice over it just sounded like noise to me rather than sciencey facts, and it includes a cute dog so I was made up.

Below I'm sharing some stills of the first video:

The first video has been sent to the client today, so after we hear feedback we'll know if it is complete or not or if it meets the clients standards. Hopefully, it does and I can get cracking with the next video, all in all the client has asked for 8-9 videos depending on how much they need to say.

Overall, I really enjoyed doing this, it was mostly easy with a few challenges and I was able to do it quickly as all the assets were pre-made for me, and I can now say fireplace in German so all is well!

I'm not sure if this video is going only on the clients site or the studios but when it is up for viewing I will link it.

In other news I think I may be finished with the writing part of my story 'Little Arthur and the Big Moon' I'm sure I'll churn out another draft or two but I'm pretty happy with the story and I'm now diving into the paints to make some illustrations!

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Now living in Vienna for almost three months, the novelty of bratwurst and gluhwien still hasn't quite worn off but before it does I thought I would share what I have been up to and ask a favour.

The jobs I have been applying for haven't gone well and most have a requirement that I speak German, who knew!?  But all of that will change in January as I will be working alongside a small studio called Schuller & Heise... more of that to come later :)!

So since being jobless I decided to delve into my own interests in stories and childrens book illustration and give it a go. This test run has completely opened my eyes to what I want to do now and in the future, I had always liked stories and illustration but not having that background made me cautious of ever trying it.

In my previous posts I have shared some spreads that I was doing digitally for some stories, however, with my current set up I couldn't even digitally paint, so I got out the watercolours and pencils and went to town; drawing cute and colourful pictures.

I have been more socially active lately on instagram: rjfenton and twitter @Rosalyn_Fenton
With posting often a small opportunity occurred...

I'm not too sure how much I'm allowed to say but I may be included in a illustrators book that may or may not be released in March next year. Exciting stuff!

I was approached by 'them' through one of my instagram posts and they have asked me to send them three images that will be published in the book. This said book will be sent out to other studios in various countries. This book covers all genres and categories of illustration, from clean cut graphics to greeting cards to book spreads.

Below is a collection of some of the things I have been creating, feel free to comment which you think are illustrations that should be considered for the book, it would be greatly appreciated :)

NOTE* Apologies for the low quality in some of the images, some are scanned others are just taken with a phone. I'll spruce them up before sending the three to the book.

The Biscuiteers!

Brolly Sailors

I am also continuing to write one of my own stories, will blog with more updates soon!

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Story Design Conference 2016!

From September 28th - October 2nd myself and Anthony attended the Story Design Conference in Rome, Italy. Presented by professionals Chris Oatley, Brian McDonald, Jen Ely and Claire Keane, we were able to listen, learn and chat to each individual. Admittedly, I havent been apart of the Oatley community for very long but the conference was deliberately only 150 strong attendees  and this was great, making it easier to talk to other folks, look at their work and understand what part of the industry they were interested in.

The atmosphere was amazing! Everyone was constantly scrooling down every speck of advice given and reading/watching recommendations mentioned. We got to see a live painting demo from Jen Ely, discussing the struggles of making your art as an income and a soft pastel portrait demo from Claire Keane, telling her path to Disney and how to juggle the work and family life healthily.

Brian McDonald was very passionate and informative with the topics he shared, giving lectures in different areas of storytelling aspects, story structure and how unexpected jobs might find you and how you might discover a new love for the different role. Chris Oatley (the host) led varying discussions on colour theory, composition, 'finding the magic', and how to tell a story through one image.

By the end of the conference my brain was very achey but also enlightened! The questions proposed to us have had me thinking even now after the event and have helped me understand what I actually want to do, rather than convincing myself what I want. I would recommend the podcasts again and Brian McDonald has his own book on film theory and storytelling in film - 'Invisible Ink'.
Other books that were mentioned for some reasons I can't remember are below:

Books -

Picture This: How Pictures Work - Molly Bang
Invisible Ink - Brian McDonald
Framed Ink - Marcos Mateu-Mestre
The Golden Theme - Brian McDonald

A book that wasn't mentioned but we find great is : Movement and Form: The Youssef Drawing Syllabus - Samantha Youseff. Its a life drawing book for animators.

Videos/Lesson/Lectures - 

The Long Game - Adam Westbrook
Jim Hensons Storyteller
The Desert Island Discs

Artists/Animators/Authors/Directors -

Freddy Moore (search Freddy Moore Disney)
Ryan Carlson
Jon Klassen
Lou Ramano
Wes Aderson
Norman Rockwell
Chuck Jones
Joe Sorin
Wayne Tebow
Howard Pyle
Franklin Booth
Arthur Rackham
Windsor Mccay
Charley Harper
Sherman Alexie
Glen Vilppu
Richard Schmid
Rowena Reed Kostellow
Mary Blair
Bruce Block
Ryan Green ( Search Ryan Green Story Artist )

I'm aware that some people are going to Rome next February here are some restaurants we visited which were tasty ( warning some don't speak English or have a translated menu, it was very difficult to find a restaurant suited for large groups, you want to get in early too, the doors open about 7 and most of them will have ques out the door by half 8)

- Sora Lucia (pasta)
- Trattoria Melo (pasta - great bruschetta and carbonara)
- La Carbonara (pasta - great Amatriciana)
- Luzzi (cheap pizza)
- Li Rioni (cheap pizza - great buffalo mozzarela and sausage pizza)

We would also recommend visiting as many different cathedrals and churches as you can, we really liked the Church of Illusions, very beautiful art inside.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

5 More Sleeps: Spread and Rhyme Drafts

I have been playing with the idea of encouraging children to sleep in a book format. This came about with a conversation from a recruiter at New Designers.
So, everything is still in draft and I have been in touch with her a few times but the book is becoming more personal the longer I work on it.

5 More Sleeps:

Little Lissy can't wait to be a big girl and each night dreams of all the things she will do as a big girl. In this plot I'm playing with the idea that a 'sleep' is a representation of time, if she sleeps each night, when she wakes she will be one day closer to being a big girl.

Here are some spreads I'm working on at the moment:

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Little Faun Collaboration: Torso Unclothed

After much experimentation of how to make the mesh more accomodating to the rig and movement this is the current state of the body mesh so far. What I learnt from making plump characters last year was without the knowledge they are pretty limited, though she is much thinner than Sally and Snod I don't want to make the same mistake again. The mesh flow will probably change again and I'm looking at putting some extra fur on the elbows too.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Little Faun Collaboration: Furry Feet

I've actually had to start earning now so personal work has been put aside so just a fur update for now. I don't want to use Maya fur I want her to be characterful so I've been experimenting with modelling fur. The left was how it was originally but it looks like its been gelled and not very friendly so after some partner feedback and brainstorming the idea of chunkier fur shapes came around. I've also changed the geometry a little from the last post as the flow was very straight, it's now more accommodating to her shape. I'm now attempting to add similar bits of fur to her knees and ankle but it's proving a little difficult trying to feed all the extra edges back into the model.

All comments are welcome :)

Friday, 15 July 2016

Little Fauna Collaboration: Modelling Progress

This is the body model for Little Fauna so far. I'm modelling her as base shapes first without clothes and fur, just trying to get the creases and deformations in the right places around the calf and ankles.
Just need to figure out how to put extra bits of hair on the knees, ankles and across the hooves.