Friday, 31 July 2015

World Of GANTO: Background Characters Galore!

Here ye here ye Peeps, it is I once again with even more GANTO related news! Now what will this month's update be about I hear you say? Well remember last year I posted this image of two random background characters I created?
And you may recall this little quote I wrote about it:

"Whilst they're only generic background characters and thus play NO part in this story whatsoever, I still wanted them to look interesting in a "they have their own story going on which we're not going to see" way, just like real life really. The amount of times I've walked past people in the streets, my nosey self have often wondered what their lives and daily routines must be like? Also because GANTO is set in a fictional version of London, the amount of interesting characters you see in real life amongst London life surely it'll be a waste not to take advantage of that? Don't get me wrong I'm not planning on spending my entire project JUST to create background characters, but neither do I want them to look like a half-arsed effort." 

Well, that's what this month's update is going to be all about, time to showcase some background characters you will be seeing in GANTO!
Starting with the Comic-Con/Anime cosplaying folks! As a Comic-Con/Anime fanatic myself I can not tell you how much I love these cosplayers! The many costumes, imagination and hard work they's put into making them, it's like entering a new fantasy world of it's own where folks can really let their hairs down and truly be themselves! I myself have never cosplayed, in fact the image below is this closet I have ever been in a "Costume"...
And even then I wouldn't even call it a costume haha! I'd love to cosplay eventually, especially as the Pin-Cushion Man or a Ghostbuster or the Mad-Hatter etc. you name it! But for now I'll just leave the other cosplayers to it. Anyways enough about cosplayers moving on!

As well as cosplayers here are the many other eccentricities I always tend to see around London...
From the hipster types to the ones who are perfectly comfortable being themselves and don't give a damn what others think of them! These are the very people who help make London an even more interesting place to be. Not forgetting the inclusion of the Scotsman here, trust me you'll find many Scottish folks living amongst the many diversity of London life.

Speaking of diversity I figured why not include that too?
From ethnic to religious, London truly can't get anymore exciting and interesting than that can it?

Sadly I began to run out of ideas with whom else to include so I then started to draw people I actually know in real life!
Yup, these four are based on people I actually know, I haven't shown them these and I also know for a fact they're unlikely going to ever be looking at my blog anytime soon, so let's just keep this little secret to ourselves mm'kay?

And these are the wonderful background characters you will be seeing in GANTO! Whether I'll be animating them is another matter but for now they'll just be standing there looking "fabulous". 

And before I bring this latest update to a close I have created more animation tests by the way but I've decided to save them for next month's update so be sure to tune in for that!

Well, that's all for now folks and until next time...

See ya later Navigators! :D

Noor "Red Eye" Mula

Monday, 29 June 2015

Behold...Ze Brand New GANTO Animation Tests HUZZAH!

Greetings Peeps! It is I once again showcasing brand new animation tests for GANTO (finally)!

Yup I've kept my promise from last month! To completely honest this is going to be a very short update, not because I don't enjoy talking to you wonderful folks but to be frank what else is there to say? Well I suppose I COULD say "Are you excited about GANTO yet?!!!!!" but even then that's just annoying! Surely the animation tests should speak for themselves and I don't really have to say anything right? Anyways enough blablaling, here are the tests, enjoy and please don't be shy to let me know what you all think...
Incredibly sorry for the short update but hey in my defence I am so busy making this short I am pretty much lost for words right now. Hopefully next month's update should be much better. Who knows what it'll be next month?
Oh! Looks like the wonderful Jonathan has an idea what's happening next month! What is it Jonathan? Whaaaaa that is something I have to discover for myself?! Dammit Jonathan stop being such a tease!

OK now I'm just being silly so I'll stop right here and end it now.

Well that's all for now folks and until next time...

See ya later Navigators! :D

Noor "Red Eye" Mula

Saturday, 30 May 2015

All Hail Thy King Fritz!

Hallo Peeps! It is I once again with a relatively short update but with good reason.

For this month I was really hoping to post a couple of new animation tests for GANTO but sadly due to unforeseen circumstances I've had to delay it for the time being. Hopefully I should be able to post the animation tests for next month's update but for now I'll just show what else I've been up to...

Remember the client based work I did back in January for a lovely German woman by the name of Valeria Coots of her sister's Dog named Fritz? Well, after much feedback, constructive criticism and a couple of tweaks here and there I have finally finished it!
Viola here is ze result! I tried to keep the actual colouring within the Bavarian German culture scheme as close as possible whilst still making the image about King Fritz only. So much so I've even done one version with King Fritz on his own without Heidi the cross-eyed Possum...
I've even taken the liberty to write "Mit Liebe Von Fritz" in which from German to English translates to  "With Love From Fritz".

All in all after sending these final imagery to Valeria Coots let's just say I've had one happy customer as a result.

Once again apologises for not being able to post the GANTO animation tests this month but hopefully I should be able to post them up by next months update.

Well, that's all for now folks and until next time...

See ya later Navigators! :D

Noor "Red Eye" Mula

Thursday, 30 April 2015

La magical, beautiful, electrifying adventures of Stockholm Sid & Kitty Kev!

Ahoy there my loyal Peeps! It is I once again bringing forth more illustration work I have created within the far off Galaxy from within my very mind!

For this months update I shall be talking about another illustration competition I have entered on Talent House. As you can see we've had to create original character/s to be the new Mascot for Viber Stickers. So, what did I did I create for this entry? Well ladies and gentlemen feast your eyes and meet Stocholm Sid & Kitty Kev!
Look at them aren't they the most cutest widdle things you've ever seen?! What is their story and how did they meet? Well allow moi to tell the  most greatest, beautiful buddy story ever told...

Stockholm Sid, a Cat loving, 5 eyed winged Neptunian Alien born and raised in Sweden, was flying around the world one day when he set his eyes on an Irish Cat by the name of Kitty Kev and immediately fell in love with his new found pet...
Being a very cuddly person, Stockholm Sid always made damn sure he hugged Kitty Kev. In fact he never, ever let's Kitty Kev go, like, EVER! With 24/7 cuddles Kitty Kev is always in Stockholm Sid's arms being shown love...
They do so many fun activities together but the most fun of all is watching Stockholm Sid's most favourite guilty pleasure. Watching incredibly bad movies, what tremendous fun...
Stockholm Sid loves his pet Kitty Kev so much, he would fight to the death in order to keep him forever! Many have claimed to be animal rescuers coming to save Kitty Kev but Stockholm Sid knew they were just a bunch of meanies coming to deprave him of his only friend. Having none of that, Stockholm Sid always fought back against these so-called "animal rescuers" and won every single time, he's unstoppable dammit, watch him go...
As well as love and cuddles, Stockholm Sid always entered Kitty Kev into constant competitions which he had won every single time, thanks to the help of Stockholm Sid "taking care" of the competition. And so Stockholm Sid and Kitty Kev lived happily ever after for all eternity...Well, Stockholm Sid sure as hell did anyway, not quite sure Kitty Kev feels the same but quite frankly my dears I don't give a damn, he was no choice but to stay with Stockholm Sid forever!
And there you have it folks, this is my illustration entry. And before I bring this latest update to a close here's where you guys come in.

As well as the judging process, another I could win this competition is to "Like" & "Share" this entry via various Social Media platforms! So if you wonderful folks could just do that for me, I'd be eternally grateful thank you.

Well, that's all for now folks and until next time...

See ya later Navigators! :D

Noor "Red Eye" Mula

Monday, 30 March 2015

Dragon Cat Says: "#SaveIdeasTap DAMMIT!"

Hello there Peeps! It is I once again with a slightly more serious update more closer to my heart.

Unless you've been living under a rock within this month, many of you folks should by now know that IdeasTap, an incredibly awesome Arts charity is closing down and I'm not going to lie it saddened me to hear. At first I didn't want to believe it and even joked at the time "isn't it one month too early for April Fool's"? But alas it wasn't, it was true whether I liked it or not.

What can I say? I love IdeasTap to bits. Thanks to them and the equally amazing The Tommy Fund I am finally able to create my animated short GANTO which I am really hoping to finish by the end of this year! The amount of times this amazing charity has inspired me to keep working towards my dreams and not give up is phenomenal! Even when I've lost their competitions, it was still a fantastic learning experience with something new added towards my growing portfolio. Without IdeasTap many artists, such as myself will now struggle even more than we already do in this ever growing, dog eat dog creative world. 

Remember Dragon Cat folks? As a tribute towards IdeasTap I've decided to colour Dragon Cat using the colours from the IdeasTap logo. It's not much but it is my way of saying thank you.
BUT...And it is a very big but, all hope is not lost why? Because IdeasTap is just too good to lose, many artists and IdeasTap members from all over Britain are rallying around to save it HOORAH! So if you too wouldn't like to see this great organisation go than get involved! Join the Facebook page, join the Save IdeasTap website, sign the Petition etc. Spread the word, no way in hell should we let this go without a fight! Look, even Dragon Cat is joining in now...
See? Do whatever you can, even if it's something as incredibly small as writing #SaveIdeasTap on Twitter, it sure as hell is better than nothing. And if we do manage to succeed who knows? Maybe you will indeed see Dragon Cat come to life after I'm done with GANTO...

Well, that's all for now folks and until next time...

See ya later Navigators and remember, be sure to join in to #SaveIdeasTap! :D

Noor "Red Eye" Mula

Friday, 27 February 2015

Ze Animated CV From Outer Space!

Greetings Peeps! It is I once again bringing forth more creativity from the far depths of the Galaxy A.K.A. my brain! Now here's Professor Green...
Get it? Professor Green? Yeeeeeeah nooooo not very funny is it? So anyways you folks must be wondering why Professor Green is in alien form? Well it was actually an idea for a music video I wanted to create and enter in one of the Talent House competitions some time back but alas due to life I never got round to making it in the end. Not to worry for I may revisit this idea again in future once I've finished making GANTO.

Speaking of aliens it actually gave me an idea to create an entire outer space theme for my creative animation CV! Right now my CV is only in generic form but I figured if I create a more eye pleasing design it might just help improve my chances in this ever growing competitive media world. Although I haven't finished it yet, I decided to use this month's update to provide samples to check what you folks think of it so far.

Here are a couple of different coloured planets I've created so far, each with a sign detailing which animation/media based companies I've worked for so far (in no particular order)...
As you can see I've already got the names of which companies I've worked for so far. I just need to type in the dates, job position and a small synopsis of what my duties entailed. So how is it looking? Yay? Nay? Please don't be share to provide feedback detailing what you think. 

And since I'm going with an outer space theme I felt it was only fitting to create the actual outer space itself for the background. Here are the various different coloured samples I've created so far...
All I need to know now is to see which coloured sample will look the best to use? Once again please don't be shy to let me know.

Not sure if I'll be posting the finished creative CV here, depends on how I feel to be honest but if I do just need to make sure to blank out some personal details about myself.

And before I bring this latest update to a close, here's a quick heads up about GANTO. The good news is I may have finally found all the voice-actors! In fact so much so the part of Cleo has already been cast! The parts for Jonathan and Pubert is all that's left and to be honest it's looking very promising! But just in case I'm going to re-post this anyway for good measure because you'll never know.
(Note: Must be UK based, preferably around the London & 
Surrey areas)

Well that's all for now folks and until next time...

See ya later Navigators! :D

Noor "Red Eye" Mula

Friday, 30 January 2015

Another Happy Late New Year - First Bloggy Update Of 2015!

Happy incredibly late new year Peeps! Here's to the lovely Jonathan drinking away to the new year!

But since this is going to be an actual scene from GANTO, here is a biro drawing of Jonathan saying it.
And yes it is I once again bestowing upon you all another monthly update and of course the first update of 2015. To be honest because I've been too busy working on GANTO this won't be a very long update. However figured this would be an awesome time to showcase this!
This very image is for the lovely Valeria Coots who requested me to create a card of her sister's Dog named Fritz for her sister's birthday. Here's what she described for me to work from:

"His name is Fritz, he lives in Munich and has the stoical temperament and appetite that characterises a true Bavarian. Living not far from the Octoberfest venue, he enjoys indulging in leftovers such as pigs knuckles, grilled sausage and chicken and whatever he can scavenge which he seems to greatly prefer over his hand-picked health food. His greatest passion is swimming in alpine rivers and streams."

What's not mentioned here is that she also described Fritz as being very "majestic" hence the whole Game Of Thrones royalty theme too. I'll probably need to colour this too but first I'm going to send this to her for feedback to see what she thinks of it first. Hopefully I've done her proud and given her exactly what she wanted. Oh and in case you're wondering what that weird mermaid hybrid creature is, that's Heidi, the famous cross-eyed German Opossum.

And before I bring this latest update to a close, I'm just posting this again for good measure.
(Note: Must be UK based, preferably around the London & Surrey areas)

Thankfully I'm starting to get more applications for this now but just in case, find me some actors people!

Well that's all for now folks and until next time...

See ya later Navigators and have a very happy, joyous 2015! :D

Noor "Red Eye" Mula

Thursday, 25 December 2014

St. Nicky Wicky: "YOU SHALL NOT PAAAAAASS...Yet!" Merry Chrimbo 2014!

Merry Chrimbo Peeps! It is I once a again bringing you the last update of 2014 before 2015 starts.

As many of you know ever since Christmas of 2010 I have been trying to re-create a Christmas Card as epic as this. 
Which in my opinion is the best I've created. Although it's proving quite hard to do, I decided to keep trying and experimenting anyway and who knows? Maybe I'll surpass this eventually?

In the mean time I decided to focus on the real life Santa Claus St. Nicholas this year for my Christmas Card. Whilst researching many European Christmas folklores surrounding the man, I discovered something quite interesting, that is the mythology of Krampus! How the hell did I miss this guy and why isn't he more well known in the UK?! Seriously of all cartoons and TV christmas specials involving Santa/Nicholas trying to save Christmas you'd think Krampus would be the perfect villain to use? Such a wasted opportunity to be honest.

Anyway according to the Krampus Mythos he is the Anti-Santa/Nicholas, as many of you know Santa/Nicolas provides gifts for the good children who behaved themselves all year, whereas Krampus on the other hand comes after the naughty children, takes them away and...Well the Mythos never actually say what Krampus does to them after he takes them but judging from the various art works that exist based on the Krampus story I don't think I want to know.

There is one issue I have with the Krampus story though (and to be honest it's quite a big one), when you read about the history of St. Nicholas and what a kind, generous man he was, why the hell would he let Krampus take the children away to do God knows what with them? Even if they were naughty, really? I mean really?! This just didn't sit right with me hence why, with pen in hand, I decided to do something about it...
And viola! Here's the Christmas Card of this year and my own take on the story. It's St.Nicholas coming the save to children from Krampus whilst yelling: "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" Gandalf style!  This is what SHOULD happen in my view.

Who knows? After I finish GANTO maybe I'll do a Krampus film next? And make him similar character wise to the Pincushion Man!
I don't care what anyone says! Pincushion Man is the greatest character ever created and I'm just gutted I didn't come up with him first!

Speaking of GANTO here's a quick update before I bring this latest entry to a close. The good news is I may have finally found some voice-actors yay! However, the writing isn't completely on the wall yet so just in case, I'll repost this image again... 
(Note: Must be UK based, preferably around the London & Surrey areas)

Hopefully I'll finally be able to animate the lyp-synching scenes!


Until next time...

See ya later Navigators and see you all in 2015! :D

Noor "Red Eye" Mula