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Hey guys, just a quick post to say I’m still chipping away at the Sigur Ros video I mentioned in my previous post.  Thought I’d give you a look at an early clip from it.

This is only one shot and definitely not close to finished, so think of it as a concept/teaser video…If you want to, you don’t have to.  No one’s here to tell you how to think, but if you’re taking issue with me suggesting on how to approach this video, then you’ve got some problems, just sayin’.

I’ll be back with more soon!


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WIP 01 from Jon Asquith on Vimeo.


I’ve been so busy with things that I haven’t had a chance to post an update for a while.  This is largely due to me leaving my full time job and starting two new part-time positions, both of which I’m really excited about!!  I’ll be able to post some more info on them soon.

I have been slowly chipping away at LIS when I’ve had the time and I’ve also started some pre visual work on a music video for the AMAZING band Sigur Ros.  They’ve given an open invitation to filmmakers from all over the world to chose ANY track from their latest album – Valtari – and create a video for it.  It’s all a part of their awesome mystery film experiment that I suggest you check out. I’ll have a full post about this very soon.

Things are simmering down and I’m getting back into a little routine, so there are more frequent posts on the horizon.

In the meantime, here’s one of the first pieces of concept art I created for the Sigur Ros video.

The short film I’m working on – LOVE IS STUPID – grew out of the desire to work with an artist/writer friend of mine Christian White.  We’ve been friends for many years and worked on various bits and pieces together (most of which never saw the light of day for one reason or another), but never really on an animation.

Whilst I’ve been in love with animation for a long time, I’ve only started learning the craft properly (see:  Things they should have taught us in university) within the past year or so – studying character animation over at which is an AMAZING place to learn from animators in the industry. It’s quite affordable compared to other online schools too.

So, in saying all of this, I feel like I’m at a stage with my mad skillz (sarcasm) where I’m comfortable working on some simple character animation.

Christian was keen to work on something and came up with the concept – which I’ll share at a later date – and sketched the basic character designs, leaving the production stuff for me.
And so LOVE IS STUPID was born, along with it’s hero BIRD (we’re super creative with names):

I said ‘simple’ animation, remember?

We decided that we wanted the short to aesthetically resemble line drawings on textured paper.  This would be both visually appealing if done correctly and minimize complexity in the character animation.  Christian’s work naturally has a very appealing ‘rough outline’ look, so it was a perfect fit.

After a few short tests, I was convinced that this design would work well for our purposes and aside from a few small changes in his wing placement and leg-length, Birdy Boy here should look pretty much exactly the same in the final short – along with a nice sketchy/hand-drawn outline.

I’m considering adding a tuft of feathers to his head (‘tuft’ is a thing, right?) to get some nice overlapping action in there, but this is a decision I can leave till towards the end of animating…hopefully.

So there’s a little background on the project and our main character.  I hope it wasn’t too boring…if it was, try reading all of this again after loading up some porn in a different tab and playing it softly in the background.

– Jon

Here’s a rough look at how Bird should appear in the final short, fully coloured and textured.

Looking pretty happy there.

Hi there, my name is Jon Asquith and I love animation.

I’ll be using this blog to give an insight into my process – and hopefully motivate myself – as I work on an animated short.

I’d also like to upload the occasional piece of artwork or animation, as well as some animation related musings.

Have I said ‘animation’ enough? …Animation.

– Jon