Being kept busy Art Directing the latest Lego Movie - Ninjago. Stay tuned for awesome mechs, cool Kung Fu action with stunning natural landscapes.
As part of the art department on Avengers: Age of Ultron I designed the Jarvis Vs Ultron lab scenes. Animal Logic VFX Supervisor Paul Butterworth and Producer Jason Bath foster a collaborative creative environment and many of us threw ideas into the ring for the look of both Jarvis and Ultron.
In these scenes Banner and Stark are trying solve the enigma of Ultron and Jarvis is attempting to decode and communicate with this new energy force.
When we receive the shots we have to retro fit the holograms and graphics to Stark's motion. Robert Downey Jr basically waves his arms around gesturing and moving things that are not there. Working this way, in the end gives a really natural look, not overly choreographed.
Our group show opens this weekend - personal works from some of the great artists I work with at Animal Logic. Nice to see some of what they do outside of feature film. The cover image I've used on the poster is the exhibition piece by uber talented Vivienne To who is currently art directing the Lego Batman movie.
I'm submitting two pieces: It's all about the Bucks - based on my series of beasts at their most awkward,
and the second is 100% Recycled Biblical Beasts - a play on the old sticker books using some of the crazy assed beasts that appear in biblical art.
Visual identity and marketing design for Monopole, Bentley & Yellow - the three award winning Sydney restaurants of the Bentley Boys: Chef Brent Savage and Sommelier Nick Hildebrandt.
Logos, signage, menus, web sites, promo and marketing materials.
Luc explained to me that for him, numbers, letters, names and words have their own colour. But a word will have a different colour depending on whether it is in English or French, and whether it is spoken or written, and even how it is pronounced! I think he may even experience them as taste too?
He also experiences the world according to his health and body temperature, his synaesthesia serving as a visual thermometer. The closer to fever he gets, the 'greyer' the world becomes. We spoke often about his sensory experiences, and a group of us, fascinated, and pleased for the distraction from our production schedule, would ask him to draw his synesthetic experience. The flavour of Gruyere was a soft white, rounded wedge shape that fit in the mouth and the more piquant blue cheese was a stringy stream that he felt around his forehead. He also had a special colour for each of us according to our name, how long he'd known us, the sound of our voice, and how he liked us! It changed over time.
After many conversations I felt I could ask a most personal question. "How do you experience orgasm?" To my complete envy he described a fantasia of exploding colour and shapes. Damn! He is one lucky guy, and I'm sure there are many out there who literally experience what we only can metaphorically.
I'm grateful for Luc's patience with my obsession. He is an awesome painter with a phenomenal sense of colour and light. To drive around in his brain for just a day would be a dream.
Read more on my encounters on my Synesthesia Envy blog.
Legend of the Guardians, The Owls of Ga'Hoole - credit sequence designed and directed by Felicity Coonan
The Art of Legend of the Guardians is finally here, printed and fabulous. Worth waiting for. An extremely limited edition, but can be bought through the Animal Logic web site www.animallogic.com
Ceremonial banner designs for the good guys - 'Samurai Dreamtime' featuring the graphic language developed for the film.
So, I mapped the position of my cat napping on my page - traced around her every time she moved.. Curiously it ended up looking kind of cat like.
Further proof cats really are secretly ruling the world.