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.

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.”

img_0180Don’t Ask [2016] © Jake D Wright.

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 -Artists Visit Our Art Exhibition from Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project Charity.

Wednesday 9 November 2016 Russell Wall and Sparky Ink Studio welcomed contributing Artists from Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project Charity when they dropped by to see their work exhibited at West Studios, Chesterfield.  It was so good to hear the stories behind the creative pieces the artists had produced.  Of further inspiration was to hear about the new projects from crafts to singing in the choir that some of these guys were becoming involved in.  It was clear that some good friendships and support networks have been made between with the people that access this charity.

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The Studio had the chance to talk candidly with the artists and we will be releasing a show reel in the next week or so.    The Exhibition has so far been really successful with a steady stream of visitors.  If you are in the area please nip in, grab a coffee and have a look at the work.

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More info….

To donate to the Archer Project or find out more about this fantastic charity please check out their website at: http://www.archerproject.org.uk

If you would like to know more about the Studio or Russell Wall please check out http://www.sparkyink.co.uk or email ginger@sparkyink.co.uk

 

 

 

A Russell Wall & Sparky Ink Studio Event. ‘Spellbound Myths & Legends’

ART EXHIBTION: SPELLBOUND – MYTHS & LEGENDS

VENUE: West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield S41 7LL

EXHIBTION DATES: 31st October – 3rd December 2016

FREE ADMISSION

 

“This exhibition offers seasonal chills and thrills alongside genuine Christmas delights”.

 

Bridging the gap between spooky Halloween and the promise of Christmas is an inspiring exhibition from artists based in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the region offering both fantasy and traditional subjects.

A RUSSELL WALL & SPARKY INK STUDIO EVENT

 

Fresh local talent is on show at West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield in a new Art Exhibition entitled: SPELLBOUND – MYTHS & LEGENDS. 

The event has been organised by Eisner Award nominee Russell Wall in association with Sparky Ink Studios a Chesterfield based community media and educational provider.  SPELLBOUND presents 32 new works from many first time artists who have attended community art classes based across the region including the Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project, Crisis Skylight South Yorkshire and the Workers’ Educational Association Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

“This exhibition offers seasonal chills and thrills alongside genuine Christmas delights.  When we challenged community based artists to create new works for the project we knew they would rise to the occasion but the organisers are really impressed by the high standard of the work on show and we would like to thank everyone who took part” says Graphic Novelist and Filmmaker Russell Wall.  “The canvasses have been inspired by classic fiction such as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Arabian Nights and Comic Book Art, but also feature uplifting personal interpretations of traditional subjects such as landscapes and portraits there is literally something for everyone”.

“Being a part of this collaboration has been amazing, especially when you understand the lives behind the pictures.” says Jane-marie Wright, the Creative Director at Sparky Ink Studio.  This new venture offers workshops in Games Design Animation and Sequential Art.  We are working with people with Autism and Special Needs across Derbyshire.  “Sparky Ink Studio is dedicated to supporting people facing personal challenges in their lives, helping them to become more enterprising and feel confident about taking charge of their own destiny through Art Production.”

 

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