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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.

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.”

    Exhibition attention for Amy’s piece 2016

 

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.

zombie-harrietZombie – Harriet [2016] © Jake D Wright. 

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.

20161109_113559Jake D Wright at West Studios, Chesterfield.

Year Zero – Article in The Sheffield Star about Our ‘Spellbound’ Art Exhibition & The Archer Project

Wow How Exciting!  Our Art Exhibition was given some column space in The Sheffield Star on Tuesday 8th November 2016.

Follow this Link to their website. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/homeless-charity-s-inspired-exhibition-1-8223777

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Year Zero – First Art Exhibition October 2016

It’s been a while since I wrote on here but lots has happened over the last few months.  I wanted to share the Studio’s new event…

Amongst the recent projects that Sparky Ink Studio has been working on in the first few months of business, was the chance to work closely with Eisner Nominated Graphic Novelist Russell Wall.  Together we have put on an Art Exhibition at West Studio’s in Chesterfield.  We have 32 Pieces of work showing within the theme of “Spellbound – Myths & Legends”.  Running from the 31st October to 3rd December 2016. 

Some of the artists come from difficult backgrounds and have taken time out to enjoy working with different mediums and creating pieces that for some has taken enormous commitment.  Last Wednesday (26th October) I got the chance to collect some of the work and actually have a look at some of the pieces.  It was amazing, very humbling and more than inspiring to hold a piece of work created by someone who had slept on the street the night before or someone with a profound disability.  These heartfelt pieces of artwork created with such grace and determination made me think about the stress of being alive and how for some this is measured. 

The exhibition is named “Spellbound” a word meaning different things to different people.  For me this exhibition is a reflection on what fascinates and intrigues people.  How I read the fairy tale, book or comic, examine the anti-hero and make excuses for the villain.  The distance between myself, the world I live in and the world that is created in our imaginations from the imaginations and influences of others.

Over the next few weeks I will be using this space to showcase as many of the artists as possible, with their pieces, to find out what inspired them and what they feel about exhibiting their work.

I am writing this in the early hours of “All Saints Day” which is a very special day to me.  A day that still dawns after the darkness of Halloween  bringing hope and light.

If you are in the area and would like to visit the Exhibition the details are below on the flyer.  Alternatively if you’d like to know more about the project or the studio please use the contact form at http://www.sparkyink.co.uk or email ginger@sparkyink.co.uk for further details.

If you would like to support Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project for Vulnerable People please check out their website at http://www.archerproject.org.uk

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