3 December 2010

New website

My old flash site, although extremely cool and slick, has had it's day. Difficult to update, small on the screen and not very SEO friendly I decided it was time for a change. The new site (pictured below) is 'proudly powered by WordPress', has more room for expansion and is (hopefully) a better projection of my style and where I want to go with my business.

Please have a click around and provide some feedback; http://www.albinal.com

30 November 2010

Planet Culture flyer

I did the illustration work on a flyer for 'Planet Culture' in Brighton. Planet Culture is a charity fundraiser event which aims to raise money and awareness for the poverty situation in Africa. They've got support from Oxfam, Africa Now and Water Aid. See the event page on facebook for more information:

20 October 2010

Epiphany Flyer - December 2010

I've finished the illustration and design work on another Epiphany Flyer. Epiphany is a regular drum and base club night in Bristol. Enjoy...

Here's the original drawing. I messed up a bit on the middle Kings mouth so had to get the Tipp-Ex out!

19 October 2010

Jingle Bells, Batman Smells...

The other day I read about a Charity Christmas Card Competition on the LCS. I just couldn't stop myself from entering a card based on this adaptation of Jingle Bells... it's a classic!

10 October 2010

The road to £100

I've completed work on another animation for Bristol City Council... this time it's an introduction to the Keep Your Wheels project and an explanation of how participants can get their hands on £100.

Keep Your Wheels aims to encourage safer riding and reduce the number of road collisions involving young riders of powered two-wheelers.

Here's the animation, some screen-shots and storyboard images... enjoy.

22 September 2010

The Graphic Canon - Candide by Voltaire

I while ago I was asked by Russ Kick if I would be able to contribute illustrations to The Graphic Canon: The Definitive Anthology of the World's Great Literature as Comics and Visuals. The book is being published by Seven Stories Press, a respected independent press specialising in literature and politics.

Russ was looking for a sequential adaptation or one or more full-page stand-alone illustrations for several literary works including poetry, novels and plays... many I'd never even heard of! With that in mind I needed a bit of guidance and Russ decided that my style would lend a really interesting dimension to Candide by Voltaire.

I didn't have much free time to invest in actually sitting down and reading the book but luckily I found LibriVox - acoustical liberation of books in the public domain. So, I just downloaded the mp3s and enjoyed Ted Delorme reading it to me. In fact, I feel as though I've struck up a bit of a personal friendship with Ted having listened to his relaxing voice over the course of several weeks.

In the end I did a piece on the syphilis passage from Chapter Four and a scene from Chapter Five; A Tempest, a Shipwreck, an Earthquake...
Since Voltaire wrote Candide in 1759 I wanted to do something on old paper with gothic lettering. I tried staining some white paper with tea but this didn't work out very well so I ended up drawing everything on brown envelopes.

1 September 2010

Show me the animation

Last night I attended another one of the "show me the animation" nights at the glorious Hen and Chicken. I thought it was worth sticking up a post highlighting some of the great films that were on show including, ahem, Brenda's Poisonous Pastime...

The Eagleman Stag (http://www.mikeyplease.co.uk)

Isaac and Quincy (http://www.teaandcheese.com)

Brenda's Poisonous Pastime (http://www.albinal.com)

Modern Martin (http://www.matinai.com)

One of a kind (http://www.aardman.com)

There was also an episode of Grime City by the Evil Genius, which I can't find on-line. And an episode of HorseCat.

4 August 2010

Jostens Ad Campaign

Over the past few weeks and months I've been working on illustrating (and animating) an ad campaign for Jostens. The work is being used to help promote their high school products (class rings, yearbooks etc).

The brief was initially for 10 posters but this extended to a few extra pieces and lots and lots of clip art! They were really keen to have the flexibility to move things around and include illustrations in catalogues etc... so mutli-layered Photoshop files were the order of the day.

The project then turned to animation when they asked if I could "bring my characters to life". So I dug out my Dr Frankenstein electrodes and got to work. The scripts, voice-overs and editing were all taken care of by Multimedia Inc so I literally just provided animated scenes.

I haven't actually seen any of the final videos and they may not be released on-line so I've put together a little promo that shows some of the scenes. Comments and feedback are welcome as always.

Here are some of the early versions and spec work. As you can see, I gave them as much as I could!
Here's some of the animation:

Cobey Rouse, Jostens Brand Experience Manager, said; "Working with Ian on our 2011 High School brand campaign has been amazing. From helping us realize our vision in small and large format print collateral to bringing the campaign literally to life in video animation, Ian has consistently gone above and beyond to produce brilliant work in a highly professional manner. We can always rely on Ian to bring creative flair to our direction and to deliver his work on time, even under some extremely tight deadlines. We can't wait to continue working with Ian as our campaign evolves over the next couple years."

21 July 2010

Futuristic Fish for my Facebook Friends

I've been doing a lot of computer work recently and I'm starting to stare with a pair of square eyes. So, I've been making more of an effort to ditch the digital and do drawings.

Keep an eye on my Facebook page for more of the same and if you're interested in purchasing some of this pleasant paperwork then pop along to my shop.

10 June 2010

Epiphany Flyer - July 2010

Another Epiphany Flyer... this time for the St Pauls Carnival after party. Comments and feedback welcome.

6 May 2010

Keep Your Wheels Flyer and Bike Tag

I've just finished polishing off a flyer design and a bike tag (which, I'm told, the council will attach to parked scooters). The work is to promote the Keep Your Wheels website/scheme which I've done a few bits and pieces for now.

17 April 2010

Epiphany Flyer - May 2010

Another flyer design for the popular Bristol club night. Find out more about Epiphany here:http://www.myspace.com/bristol_epiphany

6 April 2010

Doodle Swap #5

I've finished off my swapsies for round 5 of the Doodle Swap Project. The theme was hand-drawn lettering and typography.

My first thought was Graffiti... so I drew little train carriages with my name on the side. But remember kids; Criminal Damage is a crime!

I also plotted the destination of my trains on a map... just because it seemed like a good nerdy thing to do! Enjoy...

View Doodle Swap #5 in a larger map

11 March 2010

Octopus King Thing

A few weeks back I checked in on Shapeways and discovered they were now printing coloured models! This is a seriously cool development so I had to give it a try.

I quickly knocked up this strange eight-legged object for the purposes of testing the new material. I put some small detail on the legs and back, the legs are reasonably thin and the crown is quite low-poly (a sixteen-sided circle).

The material it's printed in is called full colour sandstone which is said to be quite brittle. Now that I've got the model (which is 5cm tall) it actually feels quite tough... even the legs/tentacles.

The texture map has come-out reasonably well but it is quite fuzzy looking and the real-small detail like the web address on the back is not great. The colours are quite dull too but I just sent RGB textures instead of CMYK ones. I guess it might be better if you just stick to pure CMYK too. I also had shadowy effects baked onto the texture which was probably not a good idea... I always like that look-on screen but don't like it on this print.

The only other thing I don't like is that it's quite a rough surface and still has very small bits of the powder still on it... but maybe I'm just being picky.

I wanted to send a smaller model but Shapeways have a minimum order of $25 (£17)... so I had to up-scale him a bit.

All-in-all it was a worthwhile exercise as 3D printing is only going to improve and the possibilities for making custom stuff are infinite.

I've provided some images which show what it looks like on-screen and in the real world.

17 February 2010

Keep Your Wheels InfoGraphic

I was asked by Bristol City Council to design an InfoGraphic that represents the Keep Your Wheels project. The scheme offers young moped/motorbike riders the chance to earn £100. In exchange they have to learn a bit about road safety and keep a clean licence for 12 months. Bargain or what?

Here you can see the InfoGraphic in all its glory and close ups of some of the characters and rough drawings. Enjoy.

7 January 2010

Wayne's Worse For Wear

I've made a new animation aimed at young moped/motorbike riders who don't dress correctly for the conditions. The animation was commissioned by the Bristol City Council Keep Your Wheels project.

Wayne wears next to nothing so coming a cropper isn't going to be pleasant. Enjoy!

As part of this project I was also asked to redesign the keep your wheels website (www.keepyourwheels.com) - I did the front-end/HTML work while the guys at Sandbox Media hooked it up with Wordpress etc. I'm also working on promotional illustrations for the site and made the "make a mint moped" game. Hell, I even recorded a radio ad for them that can be heard on Kiss FM!