Weird Few Weeks

Phew!  Been a dashing around and getting well after a lengthy period of illness for the ‘Sparky Inkers’.  Not only were we all taken down with a horrible flu but we also had umpteen hardware failures on our studio laptop (which has been sent off for repair) the laptop was purchased when we opened the studio in August 2016 and we got it specifically for our editing and special effects suite.  It went bang a few weeks ago and we’ve been left with my old little Samsung plug in baby which is now in its 7th year.  Unfortunately whilst its great for running old adobe programs and Unity 5 it can’t run much else.  Therefore came the decision to raid the bank account and now we are awaiting delivery of a new gaming PC and i-pad in the next few days to help alleviate all these issues.  It’s left the bank account in the red but if we want to work then this is what we’ve had to do.

Despite all of this we remain very optimistic in our ‘starting from nothing’ year zero and with the new equipment on order we are encouraged that we will finally be able to get on with work again.  To celebrate we got a new white board and pens so we can now see all our game planning at a glance.  We’re steaming a head, now after what seems like the worse few months ever which we know is probably a big exaggeration we are hopefully back on track.

Thanks to everyone who has offered words of support, sympathy and encouragement during our first 7 months of life…we so appreciate it and you know who you are.

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Team Yellow Banana complete Test Filming for stop-motion animation ‘BANANA WARS’

Team Yellow Banana completed test filming today for an upcoming stop-motion animation.  Completed without any story-boarding and just using items knocking around the studio, the test animation became more of a brainstorming session played out on the table top with a camera as a witness.

This funky little test shoot will be made into a short stop-motion animation with special FX to turn up the heat a little.

The stars of the show are a miniature Star Wars ATAT, his loyal pilot and a clay-made creature from Planet X (the legendary ‘not sure if it exists’ Planet that is doomed to hit Planet Earth).  With the situation showing the Doomsday Clock as at 3 minutes to midnight; lust for fresh fruit – mainly Banana’s is rife.

 Watch this space for the progress and announcement of the finished animation.

‘Starting From Nothing’ 2017 Taster Sessions

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Sparky Ink Studio will be presenting our ‘Starting from Nothing’ Saturday Taster Sessions once a month.  The first one will be held on Saturday 18th February 2017.  Places are by appointment only and there are several slots still available.

Each Taster lasts around 20 to 30 minutes and there is a choice of Stop-motion Animation or Games Design & Development.  Each taster is designed to give an insight into some of the workshops we run.

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Want to know more? Please contact Jane on 07790 723738

email: ginger@sparkyink.co.uk or contact us through the website at http://www.sparkyink.co.uk

Taster Session with Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group At Monkey Park.

Sparky Ink were delighted to be invited to meet with a new group of ‘inkers and thinkers’ in Chesterfield on Friday 13th January.  Local group Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group; who meet monthly at the Social Enterprise Monkey Park which is based in Chesterfield, invited us to meet the group and run a taster session.  So we grabbed our gear and went over.  We were met by a warm reception of lively individuals who wanted to know more about what Sparky Ink Studio was about, the workshops we run and our involvement within the Autism community.

As part of the taster session we made a human animation with the whole of the group, which involved a chain of participants creating a ‘Abbey Road’ inspired crossing of the whole of the cafe, right in the heart of Monkey Park.  The group had no stage fright and worked well together responding to the camera in-between bouts of laughter as they created the animation.  The roars of laughter at the end of filming while watching the footage demonstrated the fun and enjoyment of participating in the taster. Over coffee and jaffa cakes our team helped share some of our skills and helped to make a ‘Mario’ inspired table top stop-motion animation with a few of the younger members.

The Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group is a fairly new group and was started up to help support people with Autism and their families in the area.  As a Studio who is positive about Autism we were really pleased to have been asked to run the taster.  Not only is it a chance to meet new people but also to do something fun and take people out of their comfort zones to work together and participate is a group activity.  It was also good for us as a studio to get out and about and meet new people in the area.

Fantastic encouragement for all in involved!

‘Mario’ inspired Table Top Stop-Motion Animation.

Thank you to all at Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group and Monkey Park for your kind hospitality, fantastic coffee and your warm welcome.

If you would like to find out more about the Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group check out their face book page at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/166474650472022/

For more information about the Social Enterprise Monkey Park check out their website at: http://www.monkeypark.org.uk/  or email simon@monkeypark.org.uk

 

Welcome 2017!! Happy New Year Inkers & Thinkers!

Wow…how fast did that go? 

We are still in year Zero but at last a year with a 7 in it!  2017 has been plugged in and ready to go…….  We’ve lots lined up over the next few months and will really need to hang onto our hats!  Can’t wait to get started. 

Back in the Studio tomorrow for our first proper day of 2017, where we will be working on editing and some new ideas for a game we are developing. 

Watch this space and thanks for all your support and input over the last few months!

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Merry Christmas Inkers & Thinkers

Phew!!! It’s been a busy last few weeks at Sparky Ink Studio with the majority of the work being out and about away from the Studio.  The team is completing editing on a few of the projects which we hope to air in the very near future.

There’s a lot to look forward to in the New Year which we are keeping under our woolly hats at the moment. We are looking forward to 2017 with loads of projects planned, it is going to be a very creative time at the studio and in the community.  We will enjoy a few days off to recharge our batteries.  All that remains to say is Everyone have a fantastic time and we’ll see you in the New Year!!!

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Inking Corner – Sparky Ink Studio Presents Art & Design Student Amy Susan Hannah

When Art & Design Student Amy Susan Hannah first showed me the beginnings of her picture, I didn’t realise the treat I was to be in for a few weeks later, when she unveiled the final piece for our current Art Exhibition ‘Spellbound – Myths & Legends’ now in its final week at West Studios in Chesterfield.

Amy has been a budding artist for a while, studying GCSE Art at school and then moving onto a Level 3 Art & Design UAL Extended Diploma at Sheffield Colleges.  Her work, some of which she has shared with the studio in the past, is an exciting representation of various genres and textures and shows real development, aptitude and a fiery passion for all things Art.  She is a keen photographer and has the amazing ability to create some fantastic, grotesque and believable wounds, disguises and character replications using make-up. 

Amy demonstrates her make-up skills with her Halloween 2016 disguise.

Although really busy with her course work Amy was keen to offer a picture for the exhibition.  Her creation was developed from her love of the Grimm fairy tales. 

     “I mainly choose the Snow White piece as I’ve always loved Grimm fairytales and their art styles.”  She shared.  “However, I chose to change the way she looked and base her looks more on me instead of the original Snow White…but keep the poison apple concept.”

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Fairest Destiny by Amy Susan Hannah copyright 2016 – Gouache on Paper

Her picture; finished in gouache, depicts Snow White with the poison apple with vacant yet pleading eyes which follow you around the room.  The piece has had a lot of attention at the exhibition and has become a real talking point for the audience.  Comments have ranged from how people have been drawn to the creation and cannot decide whether they think that it is demise or regeneration from the bite of the apple.  At age 16 Amy has shown incredible perception and flair in her young years to develop this piece. She is an artist to definitely watch out for in the future.

     “Sparky Ink Studio has been more than delighted and proud that Amy chose to exhibit such an important piece into our Year Zero Art Exhibition.”

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Inking Corner – Sparky Ink Studio Presents: Concept Artist & Animator Jake Daniel Wright – for the ‘Spellbound Myth’s and Legends’ Art Exhibition

 

 

The studio was thrilled when Concept Artist and Animator Jake D Wright took up the request to exhibit three of his pieces in our Spellbound – Myths and Legends Art Exhibition; currently on display at West Studios Gallery in Chesterfield.

Among the pieces was ‘Beast Rider in the Desert’ which Jake explained was a piece inspired by  Mike Ploog an American storyboard and comic book artist, and a visual designer for movies.  To make the piece more personal Jake made changes and had one of his own concept art characters riding through the desert on the Beast.

“I sketched on paper and then digitalised for the ink and colour on photoshop. I’ve recently sort of really got into using photoshop.”  Jake shared.  “I like the quality and how it gives a really nice animated finish.  This picture was printed onto high quality photographic paper and it certainly made the difference creating much more depth.”

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                                                                           Beast Rider in the Desert [2016] © Jake D Wright.

Jake explained that he first started drawing at a young age when he decided he had characters in his head which he wanted to bring alive.  As a self taught artist he has used his creativity to alleviate the frustration of having Asperger’s Syndrome; a condition which makes it difficult for Jake to express and communicate his thoughts and feelings.  He found that the more he drew, the more he was able to use the characters to help him understand the things happening around him.  His style has evolved since the early days where, he says, he was heavily influenced by Manga, Anime and gaming characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario.  Practicing drawing these characters really helped him.

“I was able to put the characters into situations I feared in real life.” 

To most people some of the simple tasks each day are not even thought about, like catching a bus or making a meal, but for Jake these can sometimes be the most challenging when he can struggle to get organised and make decisions. Jake said.

“…Over the years with help from my family, friends and support worker Thom, I have managed to develop the confidence and courage to now ask questions and to show my thoughts through my drawings.”  

It’s clear that Jake is now comfortable and happy to show off his work and for this particular exhibition he had created two brand new pieces to exhibit the “Beast in the Desert” and “Zombie – Harriet”  both pieces use Jake’s own characters which demonstrate his interest in anthropomorphic creatures.

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In addition there was a third piece that has recently been in The Art House Elephant Exhibition in Sheffield over the Summer.

“Back in 2013 I first met Russ (Wall) by attending one of his sequential art classes.  He has taught me so much about Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Films and Scripts the list is endless.  Russ exploded my passion for enjoying all these methods of building adventures and communicating the story to the audience.  During the Summer Russ roped me into the Elephant exhibition at The Art House in Sheffield.  It was the first time I had exhibited a piece in a professional capacity.  So I am really proud of this piece.”

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In addition Jake has a talent in Animation and has just finished a collaboration, soon to be aired on YouTube called ‘Kaiju’ which stars Donkey Kong and Bowser in a B.Movie Spectacular.  By Christmas a collaboration with his brother Josh, especially for Sparky Ink Studio, using simple table top stop motion Ink and Card will be débuted on YouTube.

“Animation is an amazing way of seeing ideas materialise into adventures.”  Jake described.  “The recent animation I have been involved in used armatures, special effects and lots of patience.  I love the history of animation and concept art, right back to Disney’s first to their latest, the cartoons I watched as a child such as Sonic the Hedgehog all inspire me to this day.”

Jake has also been involved in a Graphic Novel named ‘StarBotz’ where he was one of the main artists. This is due to be published online in the future.

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8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Night

We’d only just begun but due to unforeseen circumstances Sparky Ink Studio’s Autism Friendly Gaming Night ‘8-Bit Evolved’ will not take place as planned this Saturday 19th November.  We have a Christmas clash in December so our next one will be on 21st January 2017.  As a special offer the first one back will be at a reduced rate of £5.00 so if you would like to be a part of this please give us a shout and we’ll put your names down.

In the meantime please follow us on Facebook on our new 8-bit evolved dedicated page. @8BitEvolvedAutismGaming

…Long Live the Gamer!
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BIG MOON MONDAY 2016

To Celebrate the largest moon since 1948, apparently at its biggest around 2pmGMT in the UK.  Studio Artist – Jinksy has done a quick Photoshop ‘BIG MOON’ over Chesterfield Crooked Spire.

Enjoy your BIG MOON MONDAY!

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