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Pappy's University Animation Blog

Welcome to PappyWorld Blog - My latest University Animation work. + some extras.

http://www.PappyWorld.com
pappyworld@live.com
Apr 19 '14

PappyWorld Business Cards

Introducing a design I did for my own business cards which I will be using after university to advertise myself as a freelance animator.

I thought I’d share them here as it’s a part of my University work to design them. The QR code links directly to my website. PappyWorld.com

- Alex Papanicola

Apr 7 '14

PappyWorld - My Website [Update 2014]

At university they really care about helping us get into the industry and showcasing our work, so we’ve got a module all about our online persona.

Ladies and Gents, this is where it all started - PappyWorld.com

PappyWorld dates back to 2006, although I don’t have those versions or even a screenshot to show, (probably for the best too) As you can see from the pictures the earliest version I have is from late 2009. Enjoy the history.

As for tonight, I’ve updated the site to this new green edition with simplicity and smooth animations in mind for a more professional feel.

Please feel free to let me know what you think here on Tumblr or on Facebook.

Mar 22 '14

Client Work - YouTube Channel Design

Other than character animation, I sometimes get asked to work for YouTubers who want new channel designs, such as the one above.

The client Mollie, wanted to brand her channel “GameOfMollie” - A reference to the Game of Thrones series.

Above is a banner, followed by an animated intro and outro for her videos.

The animations and design can be seen here on her channel.

- Alex Papanicola (Pappy)

Mar 14 '14

My Pet Rock - [Screenshot Updates]

I’m working on a project called “My Pet Rock” (A third year university film). I am a lead animator on the project.

Here are some screenshots of some of the crazy shots I’ve been animating recently. I am thoroughly enjoying working on this project and I can’t wait to see how the final film turns out.

"My Pet Rock" is due: end of May 2014

If you have any queries or questions to do with the project, feel free to leave a comment.

- Alex Papanicola (Pappy)

Mar 14 '14

I’m Back!

I’ve had a long break - but I’m back.

I was away for a long time due to a long term illness that greatly affected my life called Hyperparathyroidism. Long story short I had a tumour for 10 years, and didn’t find out about it until it was almost too late. After many years of pain, including numerous near death experiences in hospital, I’m finally on the mend, as I recently had the tumour removed over the X-mas holidays. :) 

Eventually my body will recover to an 100% status. As of now I’m back at university and enjoying working hard on my degree in Digital Animation and Visual Effects.

I’m going to try to post much more often on here, as I feel that it really helps me keep track of how much I’m achieving each week. 

It’s good to be back. 

- Alex Papanicola (Pappy) 

Nov 25 '13

My Pet Rock - (University Client Work) - Post 3

Me, Josh, and Freddie have recently been working hard on some concept artwork. This is a portrayal of the quality we want the final animation to look.

I’d like to think we want it to be as close standard to what is broadcast on TV today as possible.

Nov 25 '13
My Pet Rock - (University Client Work) - Post 2
After days and nights of hard work, I finally finished the animatic for “My Pet Rock”, based on Joshua Smyth’s storyboards. Although since then we have worked hard together on adding much more to the Animatic to make it even funnier.
Click Here to see the Animatic! :]
The animatic has been updated 10 times since the original handed in one, over time I’ve slowly added more animations, sound effects, and most recently music!
In the most recent animatic certain scenes were removed to replace them with more humorous and perhaps, better timed jokes. This was purely down to our lecturers feedback telling us their dislikes and criticisms towards it. So even though some has been unfortunately scrapped, we feel that we have worked very hard to make it even better.

My Pet Rock - (University Client Work) - Post 2

After days and nights of hard work, I finally finished the animatic for “My Pet Rock”, based on Joshua Smyth’s storyboards. Although since then we have worked hard together on adding much more to the Animatic to make it even funnier.

Click Here to see the Animatic! :]

The animatic has been updated 10 times since the original handed in one, over time I’ve slowly added more animations, sound effects, and most recently music!

In the most recent animatic certain scenes were removed to replace them with more humorous and perhaps, better timed jokes. This was purely down to our lecturers feedback telling us their dislikes and criticisms towards it. So even though some has been unfortunately scrapped, we feel that we have worked very hard to make it even better.

Nov 25 '13

My Pet Rock - (University Client Work) - Post 1

I can’t believe this is my first post about “My Pet Rock”, a very strong project this year in Animation. It went straight through the “big pitch” stage, as the judges ‘green-lit’ the project.

Shortly after that, Joshua Smyth the creator of the project, hired me to work alongside him as a lead animator, sound designer, and eventually I ended up helping co-write the short-film as the weeks have progressed.

It’s been an incredible experience so far.

Update: As you can see, I also made a project folder icon, just for organisation.

Nov 25 '13
Mass Sound Design! (For University Clients)
I currently am the sound designer for the majority of the running projects on the Animation course. With: The Boer, Slither Of Silver, Crocodile Tears, Friends Are Like Umbrellas, and My Pet Rock!
So far I’ve found all the sound effects and even some music tracks for these projects. Although only the Animatics have been made currently, so I’ll be finding and sending a lot more sound effects soon!
The huge variety of sound effects goes from Birds singing, to Flesh being torn from the surface of your eyeballs! It’s a job in the production I always look forward to being a part of. 

Mass Sound Design! (For University Clients)

I currently am the sound designer for the majority of the running projects on the Animation course. With: The Boer, Slither Of Silver, Crocodile Tears, Friends Are Like Umbrellas, and My Pet Rock!

So far I’ve found all the sound effects and even some music tracks for these projects. Although only the Animatics have been made currently, so I’ll be finding and sending a lot more sound effects soon!

The huge variety of sound effects goes from Birds singing, to Flesh being torn from the surface of your eyeballs! It’s a job in the production I always look forward to being a part of. 

Nov 25 '13
"The Boer" (University Client Work) - Post 1
I recently started working on "The Boer", a project created by Alex Beadle, who asked me to help work on the Animatic stage of the film.
Since then I have worked on the opening scene, in which I used his storyboard drawings within Adobe Flash to make a basic Animatic. I couldn’t work on the whole animatic though, as I had, and still do have a lot of work to do on other projects.
He has been working hard on perfecting the Animatic very recently. My lecturers have asked me to offer my advice and help in order to perfect it for the animation stage.

"The Boer" (University Client Work) - Post 1

I recently started working on "The Boer", a project created by Alex Beadle, who asked me to help work on the Animatic stage of the film.

Since then I have worked on the opening scene, in which I used his storyboard drawings within Adobe Flash to make a basic Animatic. I couldn’t work on the whole animatic though, as I had, and still do have a lot of work to do on other projects.

He has been working hard on perfecting the Animatic very recently. My lecturers have asked me to offer my advice and help in order to perfect it for the animation stage.

Nov 25 '13
"Through The Gift Shop" (University Client Work)
Earlier this year I was working on character designs for Alex Watkins, who was making a 3D CGI animated short called “Through The Gift Shop”, but unfortunately it didn’t make it past the “Big Pitch” stage either, as the story didn’t appeal to the judges.
Alex chose not to use my character designs for the pitch anyway, as they weren’t what he was looking for. 
The character design here was for the main character, a young boy 8-10 years old looking, who goes on an “Indiana Jones” styled quest through his imagination.

"Through The Gift Shop" (University Client Work)

Earlier this year I was working on character designs for Alex Watkins, who was making a 3D CGI animated short called “Through The Gift Shop”, but unfortunately it didn’t make it past the “Big Pitch” stage either, as the story didn’t appeal to the judges.

Alex chose not to use my character designs for the pitch anyway, as they weren’t what he was looking for. 

The character design here was for the main character, a young boy 8-10 years old looking, who goes on an “Indiana Jones” styled quest through his imagination.

Nov 25 '13

"A Handful of Barrels" (University Client Work) - Post 4

It’s been a long time since I made this concept art for "A Handful of Barrels" - Ben Bromely’s animated short idea.

Unfortunately Ben’s project was cancelled after the big pitch, as the judges found problems with the story. Obviously this was, and still is a big shame as I really enjoyed working in this style, and I personally had a lot of faith in the outcome too.

Oct 6 '13
"A Handful of Barrels" University Client Work - (Post 3)
So far so good, Ben Bromley (The owner of the project) has liked all of the work I’ve done so far, and has asked me to do the Lizards too. And behold my first attempt at them.
I’m not entirely sure they are what he was going for, I’m trying to make them look as friendly as possible but still retain a ‘lizardly’ look.
Animals are definitely not something I draw enough of, so I think I’ll probably be practicing at that soon enough.

"A Handful of Barrels" University Client Work - (Post 3)

So far so good, Ben Bromley (The owner of the project) has liked all of the work I’ve done so far, and has asked me to do the Lizards too. And behold my first attempt at them.

I’m not entirely sure they are what he was going for, I’m trying to make them look as friendly as possible but still retain a ‘lizardly’ look.

Animals are definitely not something I draw enough of, so I think I’ll probably be practicing at that soon enough.

Oct 6 '13

"A Handful of Barrels" (University Client Work) - Post 2

I’ve just finished the character designs of ‘The Hero’, as you can see in the comparison shot above both characters are very similar although I have specifically designed each to have features that suggest personality.

Features such as pointed knees, boots, and fingers on the Bad Sheriff, and by contrast curvy, bold, and confident linework on the Hero.

Oct 6 '13
New YouTube Layout.
I just updated my YouTube channel with a new cover image. It’s much more colourful and contains many more drawings of mine.

New YouTube Layout.

I just updated my YouTube channel with a new cover image. It’s much more colourful and contains many more drawings of mine.