Ashley's Aardman Adventure:...finished 2 weeks ago

Dave and Jess at the end of the first week!

Lunch times...that's right...we got a lake!

My little work zone...surprisingly tidy for me.

So 2 weeks ago we all said our good-byes to Aardman...but only for a short time hopefully! It was one of the most awesome experiences and if anyone who I know in the UK animation community is reading this then I would urge them to give some serious thought to dropping everything and applying.

It was definitely worth it and I'm gonna do my best to keep in touch with all my fellow crustees...apparently we have upgraded to crusto-maniacs. I hope they're all having a relaxing time and looking forward to whatever they've got planned next.

As for me I don't really know where I'm off to next. I have no immediate work lined up and have been relaxing for the last 2 weeks...unwinding from the 8 weeks of relentless (the drink, not the work) and getting back into some animating...I finally figured out how to do hand drawn animation in photoshop! and it ain't half bad either if you treat it like paper and don't expect a computer to have anything to do with the outcome. Maybe I'll stick a post up so everyone can learn cos Adobe sure as hell don't cover it with they're tutorials or help files...they seem to think animation is about doing one drawing and then have the computer tween it. Technically it is animation, but where is the fun in having the computer do the work? Granted, Fosters Home is all Flash, but I'm gonna guess that those guys put a serious amount of work into making the computer do stuff right, which is why it looks so good.

and now my laptop battery is dead... I will edit with pictures later

Take care all,

Shlee out


Ashleys Aardman Adventure: 1 week left!!

Final pitches are over...bitch'n...lets get drunk.

And for anyone who doesn't know...this site is awesome - www.ultimateirongiant.com


Ashley's Aardman adventure: The final hurdle.

Jeez....into the 7th week already. Where did it all go? And I got lazy and didn't blog...surprisingly.

The last 7 weeks really has been a blur. Frank, Christian, Bruce, Steve, Some improv bloke whose name escapes me, and many others have all blasted so much story info at us, it really has been one of those periods where if you stop for a second then you'll miss something. And to think its all over next Friday. I think I'll have to write a eulogy.

Oh...and tomorrow I get to meet Richard Williams before he sets off to Annecy. I almost got to share a cab with him a few days ago but it was not to be. Alas...