Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pacific Rim Challenge

Did this over a few lunchtimes. Check out the unofficial Nerdcorps  Monthly Challenge Blog.
Bit slow with entries for the first round but keep visiting and commenting and maybe some more of the crew will dust themselves down and get drawing! My entry's pretty shit, I had better ideas than what I ended up with! Ha Ha!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Joggin in Vancouver

Moved to Vancouver to work with Nerdcorps in-house. Quit smoking not too long ago and started adding a bit of weight. Here's from last night...... my start at beating the bulge. did a superman doodle a while ago aswell with my nephew holding him responsible on the off chance the movie sucks!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jonny Sexton

Good luck Jonny hope it goes successfully in France! Hope to see you back in Leinster colours in a few seasons!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday after work doodle. Woody and Buzz vs The Rankor. ha ha!

Friday, November 16, 2012

When I was cleaning up my roughs earlier on the board I had a half decent action pose. So I shoved Indiana Jones's costume on it and drew a dodgy boulder behind him.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

I got permission from Boulder to put up some concept work I did for 'Carter and Son'. I did the work about two years ago now. The working title was changed to 'Ethan Darklight'. I'm up to my neck in exciting storyboard work and don't have much time to do my own stuff, so thanks to the permission I can keep the blog updated. If you visit the Boulder website you'll find I think the trailer up there.

Friday, June 01, 2012

quick doodle, goin to see prometheus!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Doggie Dentist

Our family dog Coco had four teeth pulled yesterday. Not too impressed today! Ha ha!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Citadel Trailer

Cool stuff found out through Fran Johnston that Ciaran Foy's live action feature Citadel won the Midnighter Audience Award after it's premiere screening, at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. I was lucky enough to have had an opportunity to storyboard for him on a short he's soon to film. Congratulations and plaudits well deserved.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Random doodles

added a couple of shots of the new office. Same building a couple of floors lower, and I have this one all to myself. Great spot to work in.

Sunday, December 04, 2011


Dyin' with a cold all weekend, so shut myself up at home. Watched a pile of Hitchcock's best and came up with a fun poster idea when I was watching Psycho. Somethin' different anyways! On other news I handed in my notice to Boulder Media and start back to freelancing at the very end of January. Lookin' forward to the work.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

iPad doodle

Haven't done many background sketches or paintings recently. iPad doodling is fun.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Wire

Doodlin' watching the Wire. Very rusty, but it's cool not having anything to do in the evenings. Looking like it mightn't last for long though.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Been a while, been busy. Boarded first ever live action board (samples below) for a short directed by Ciaran Foy, filming starts in January, lookin forward to seeing how it all works. We finished a fifteen minute cut down episode (from twenty minutes), a trailer, and a 1 minute intro for a television series pitch in-house, ....and we had a time boarding an up and coming kids straight to dvd feature, not as excitin but it was fun to work on, and that was all since August. And we just started a brand new t.v. show for Disney. Recession me arse! .....Although still broke!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another i Pad sketch

Used one of the Dr Sketchy's pics from Saturday as a reference. Don't bother blowin it up it's still pretty rough.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

i Pad sketch

My first ipad drawing with the bamboo stylus. Pretty rough but I guess it'll take a bit of time to get used to the hovering hand. Used a reference photo from the Machiniac site.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Peter Falk

Sad news on Friday hearing of the passing of Peter Falk, easily my favourite t.v. actor. The image above was from a pitch I tried to push in here a few years ago called Kid Columbo. In short the apple didn't fall far from the tree and the detective's grandchild had inherited Columbo's detection skills.

Below is part one of a video from the Dick Cavett show a fair few years ago. Falk, Cassavettes and Gazzara wind the host up into a frenzy, refusing to play along and just simply answer the host's questions. Although if you stick around until the very end of the three clips all three characters reveal some really insightful and inspiring words about their craft and their lives.

This clip below is from Dean Martin's old celebrity roast show with Falk's Columbo roasting Frank Sinatra.

I'm not that crazy about tributes to people I don't know personally, I'm finding the facebook thing pretty annoying. Every couple of months everyone has some form of an RIP status on thir walls. I am however gonna use this blog for once and indulge in a little hero worship.

From my armchair, Falk's Columbo character has never been bettered. You can take the Murder She Wrote shows, Magnum, The Rockford Files, Ironside or any of them, they never matched the class and the acting chops displayed by Falk and the immense talents he attracted to play the villains. Jack Cassidy, Vera Miles(in the itchy hand episode), Ray Milland, Roddy McDowell, John Cassavettes, Patrick McGoohan, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Faye Dunaway... and the list goes on.

I don't mean to belittle shows like Murder She Wrote (also penned by the creators of Columbo; Link and Levinson). Lansbury's Jessica Fletcher is recognised as one of the best television detectives there has been. I always thought though that she was fighting valiantly to get through scripts with incredibly ludicrous plot twists, unrevealed family histories or relationships, that would unravel in the last two minutes of each show. She always seemed to be supported in her efforts by a hodge podge cast of z list soap actors and actresses, who seemed more interested in looking their parts than acting them out. To me the shows felt more like watching the lottery (if you were trying to solve the murder yourself) than the whodunnits they claimed to be.

Columbo was all about acting. You knew who the murderer was straight off the bat, you knew why the victim has been killed, yet you were glued to your seat as Falk broke the suspects down bit by bit over and hour and a half. I think with a lot of detective shows, when the villain was caught you're almost spitting at the screen and pumping your fist into the air with the joy that there's one less murderer out there in t.v. land to worry about. What stood Columbo apart from these other shows was that the murderers were portrayed sympathetically. There are only one or two shows that I can think of off the top of my head in which the murderer was dragged away kicking, screaming or shouting. I'd nearly go as far as saying that the Columbo character nearly regretted the final showdown with his suspects, as over the course of his cases he would get to know and respect many of them, where on another show the protagonist would be revelling in revealing a string of nonsense that the viewer wasn't privvy to before the finger was finally pointed, and you nearly felt the other suspects all wanted an opportunity to kick the villain in the arse, because during the course of any investigation all their dirty laundry ended up hanging out for all to see.

That's my two cents worth, for what it's worth. I've spent plenty of Sunday afternoons sitting in front of the box loving every minute of any given Columbo episode. This might sound like an odd thing to say, about a show that thrived on murder, but it was relaxing, funny, easy going, and intelligent television and it was all down to Falk.