Dear Santa

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Last week I shared a teaser for something I was very excited to share; and it's finally here! The first of many videos with music by the wonderful Ruth Butler! For the next six months, Ruth and I will be releasing a new original video every month, which are all just that little bit different! 

This is my last post of the year; so I just want to say thank you so much to everyone for your incredible support. Every like and share and follow really helps me out a lot! Looking forward to seeing you all in the new year, and for now; I hope you all have an incredible Christmas! 

Dear Santa - Teaser

Next week I'll be sharing my last post for 2015, and it's going to be a good one! Ruth Butler has written a brilliant new song in time for the holidays, and I've made a simple kinetic text video to match! (The images above are a teaser!) We can't wait to release it; and I promise it's worth seeing and listening to! So be sure to check back here next Tuesday to see and hear how it all came together! 

Virtual Plein Air - Roches Point, Cork - SpeedPainting

After the VFX Summit last week, I was chatting with a new friend who had volunteered at the event (check out his work here!). He told me about Virtual Plein Air; drawing or painting a real scene - as though you were there - using photography or Google Maps as reference. The idea appealed to me, and I immediately wanted to give it a go! All throughout my childhood, my family would go for a walk on Sundays, and when I'm not too busy, I still like to go on little adventures like that. These days, I don't have a lot of free time to go exploring, so I figured I'd draw one of the places I've explored many times before; Roches Point, in Cork (with some artistic license). It's a speedpainting, but it's definitely a project I want to do again! 

In other news, I have some really, really exciting projects in the pipeline that I can't wait to share here soon! Remember The Chicken Song, I mentioned back in August? Myself, Ruth Butler, and others have been working tirelessly, and the final video and song is almost done! Myself and Ruth are also working on something special for Christmas, which we plan to release on the 15th of December! So keep an eye out! 

The VR Smile | VFX and DesignFest

The Virtual Reality Smile. After this weekend, my brain is exploding with new thoughts about the power of VR. The potential is HUGE. 

Just a quick doodle today, because I really wanted to talk about the incredible weekend that I've had! Beginning with DesignFest in Clonmel on Friday, and continuing with Saturday and Sunday spent in the Google building in Dublin for the VFX Summit; I've had an astonishingly inspiring, insightful, and thought provoking weekend.

I didn't take any decent photos at DesignFest... I did help out though, so here's a t-shirt... It'll have to do. :)

I didn't take any decent photos at DesignFest... I did help out though, so here's a t-shirt... It'll have to do. :)

DesignFest is a new festival which was launched by my college, Limerick School of Art and Design, this year. The organizers put a LOT of work in, and there were some incredible speakers and events taking place all around Clonmel. It was amazing to see so many incredible people and projects from the games and animation industries, but the highlight for me was definitely listening to Patrick O'Callaghan's discussion on storyboarding. Inspiring, energetic, and motivating; Patrick really made working in the industry sound like fun!

Jim Morris, the president of Pixar, discussing the technological advances that Pixar has made.

Jim Morris, the president of Pixar, discussing the technological advances that Pixar has made.

On Saturday morning, I hopped on a bus to Dublin with a few other students from LSAD and headed straight for The Foundry. Google were hosting VFX, an incredible event which brought some of the most talented minds in the VFX, film, games, and animation industries to Ireland from all over the world. I left that building at the end of each day with an entirely new outlook, a sea of new thoughts and ideas, and an ever greater respect and admiration for the amazing people who are working in these industries. Entertaining, awe-inspiring, and hugely motivating; I really couldn't ask for a better way to spend the weekend. Highlights included the screening of Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, listening to Jim Morris discuss the history and development of VFX in relation to his own experiences and the films that Pixar has produced, hearing about the progress and potential of Virtual Reality, and Graham Gallagher talking about his transition from traditional 2D animation to the world of 3D. 


Overall, I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to listen to so many incredibly creative and innovative people in the past few days! So thank you to everyone who worked hard to make DesignFest and VFX happen, to those who encouraged me to attend those events, and to everyone I spoke with afterwards (because you've all put up with my rambling thoughts and opinions about everything)!