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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Sketch Dailies' 'Aquaman'...


Hello all! Apologies for my lack of presence here; I'll give you a great excuse on the next post (which has been in 'draft' mode for the past couple months) ;) Anyway, here's an 'Aquaman' piece I did as a fun first time contribution to the Sketch Dailies community. [line-art version below]

I've been off sick the past couple days, so got a chance to put a little more time & effort into the rendering... Working on 'Mr Bean: the animated series' is certainly keeping me busy (more news there in the next post, so stay tuned)... I think this is actually the first painted piece I've done this year, so felt good! Hope you like & feel free to share. [More to come]































































-M-

Saturday, 4 January 2014

New Year, New Beginnings...


Happy 2014 everyone! Oh how time flies... Feels like only yesterday I was writing my annual list of "Things to do/ Achieve in 2013", yet here I am again, now compiling a new one.

Last year really was one of the most exciting, pro-active & eventful years I've had... Industry-wise, at several stages I was actually having to turn down other freelance work as I was far too busy to take on any more (crazy!). Just to share some of the highlights with you; I had the pleasure of working for Aardman on a short commercial job for 'Swatch' watches (which I'll post up as soon as I get a copy of the masters). Worked for a great studio called ETC (Electric Theatre Collective) as an animator & character designer on a series of idents for 'Talk Talk' which featured on the X-Factor TV show. I was there for about 5 months, & it was a great experience as I got to work with old friends of mine I hadn't seen in years, plus make some new ones too. Best of all, I learnt a lot! Thanks to these two "superstars", Daniela Negrin Ochoa & Margot Tsakiri-Scanatovits (who were animators also), I now know how to animate in Photoshop (Thanks ladies x)! I attended two epic weddings of good friends of mine; one in Serbia & the other here in London... 

And lastly, as of late December, I moved into my very own brand new apartment! All these things I have God solely to be thankful for. I still have a whole bunch of picture frames to put up, but for now, here a snap of my studio corner.









In other news (which I really should've mentioned above), back sometime in December, I was contacted by a producer from 'Tiger Aspect' (a British TV production company here in London) with an invite to interview for a job as an animator on the 'Mr Bean animated series' (now entering it's 2nd season). Admittedly, I initially wasn't looking for such a role, as I've been freelance for the past 6-7 years & have been fairly comfortable; but from walking through the doors of the studio, being greeted by a very jovial receptionist, observing that all the employees had smiles on their faces- seeming genuinely happy to be there; lastly, to the fact that the interview was one of the most fun & informal I've ever had... I got the general vibe that this would be a great place to work. I accepted the offer a few days later.


So as of the 27th of this month, this'll be my new 'industry home' for the first half of 2014.
Here's to a happy, healthy & prosperous new year for us all!

-M-

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Four Weddings & an Animator...

Hi everyone! Been quite a while since my last post; so much has been happening these past few months, it's crazy! It's wedding season here so I've been attending stag doos, engagement parties, suit fittings, dance rehearsals & weddings both in London & abroad! One of which was the wedding of my good friends Danny & Milana, who had theirs in Serbia. Was really an amazing event & trip, & I couldn't be more thrilled for them both!

I actually stopped off in Croatia for three nights before hand, just as a bit of a holiday. I stayed in the city of Split, which is right on the coast & has some of the most gorgeous scenery!

The other was that of my very close friend, David. Congrats again, bro! Here's a vid of what went down at the reception...




Aside from weddings etc, I've also been working pretty full on at a cool little studio called Electric Theatre Collective. Been there for about 3 months now developing a series of animated idents for "Talk Talk", who are currently sponsors of the X-Factor TV show. I'm also working with these most talented bunch of peeps: the guys from The Line, Stephen Vuillemin, Carlos de faria, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Aya Suzuki, Daniela Negrin, Marie-Margaux and James Hately; most of whom are friends of mine + others I have worked with on past jobs, so was a pleasant surprise seeing them all the first day I started. Shout out to Wesley Lewis & James Duveen for referring me on the job.
Here's the team...
It's been a huge honour working with such an amazingly talented & lovely bunch of people. I've learnt lots, made new friends & caught up with some old ones too.








The guys from The Line have gone on to work on their next short film (which I'm looking forward to seeing), but a few of us are still here working on the remaining spots. I'll post up some designs I did for the ad later, but for now here's the first batch of idents I worked on which are now being aired. I animated the "chalk board" spot at the end & also the little girl in the first seq.

Talk Talk "Idents" from Electric Theatre Collective on Vimeo.

Also, here's the "making of" of the production... Ps: That's my arm at 1:30... Enjoy!


-M-

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Planet Pulp Gallery Show #1

Hi guys!

Hope you're all well & have had a good weekend? It's been a buys few months here with lots happening; one of which is potentially moving into a new apartment. I won't bore you with the details, but there's been a lot of non-exciting paper work involved! Off that & onto more interesting news, I'm excited to announce Planet Pulp are officially launching their 1st Gallery Show, "RED"!!
































I've been a member of the PP online-artist community for a little while now, contributing every now & again to the monthly themes, & I'm pleased to say I'll be exhibiting in this it's 1st PHYSICAL gallery show also! There are an amazing bunch of artists contributing to the show (my good buddy Shaun Bryant being one of them). We have a secrete online forum which we've been using to share our WIPs to each other, & I can honestly say the show is going to ROCK! I'd like to say a big well done & thank you to Jayson Weidel (PP's founder) for having the vision for this show & seeing it through to it's reality! A lot of effort has gone into putting this together & I'm sure I speak for all the PP artists when I say it's very much appreciated.

I'll be submitting 3 pieces to this show, all of which I've themed around an early Buster Crabbe "Flash Gordon". Directly below is a cropped sneak peak teaser of my 1st completed piece. I've had so much fun working this up & can't wait to show you the finished thing.  I'd also like to thank my pal Alex for providing a great added inspiration for the colour theme ;)









Below are my three pieces in line-work stage. I've always been interested in Flash Gordon as a character, so this was a great opportunity to explore him even more while creating my own rendition.
 

I hope those of you over in the Los Angeles side will be able to make the show! (more to come...)

-M-

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

"Final Frontier" Star Trek Art-Show!


Hey all! If anyone's in Paris right now (or will be within this month) & fancies going to an awesome art show, head over to the Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde & check out the "Final Frontier" Star Trek Art show I'm a part of, hosted by the good folks at Geek-Art.net. My "Survivors of Cheron" piece is being exhibited there among some other cool artists! The show premiered just yesterday & will be running until the 30th of June!
There will be a limited print run of x20 only of my piece, which you can pre-order (only at the show) OR wait till after the show has ended to order directly off the Geek-Art online store (yet to be updated for this exhibit).








Hope some of you guys will be able to catch the show!


Live long & prosper, y'all _\\//
-M-

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

***JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS*** PRINTS!!!


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270grm Archival Satin Fuji paper. For orders/ enquiries drop me a direct message, or Email me at: max@maximajination.com 
or call/ text: +44 778 626 0953

Thank you!
-M-

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

"Survivors of Cheron" (Bele & Lokai).

Here's a piece I just just wrapped up last night for this months Planet Pulp monthly themed show... This months theme (I'm sure some of you super cool geeks out there will have guessed) was "Star Trek"

Those who know me well will know I'm an Original Series man, so naturally, that's where I went.

These two characters are redesigns of "Bele" & "Lokai", from the episode #15, season 3 show: "Let that be your Last Battle field"... Originally titled "A Portrait in Black & White", (which I prefer),  Bele & Lokai are two alien beings from the war-torn planet "Cheron"... Bele, a law enforcer (who is played by the ever animated Frank Gorshin), has been in pursuit of Lokai (Lou Antonio), a refugee/ rebel on the run from oppression, for 50,000 years (Earth years, to be precise), for "political crimes"... The episode ends with the two being completely consumed by their unending feud of racial ignorance & mutual hate towards one another.

Watch the full episode here.




-M-

*** Interview with the Insider ***

Hi everyone. Sorry it's been a little while since I've posted here; as always commercial work eating into most of my free time... No complaints though, good to keep busy!

I meant to post this here sooner, but here's my recent interview with the awesome Animation insider.
I'd like to thank Mike Milo for reaching out with the invitation; was a lot of fun to do! I hope you guys enjoy reading it & find some of it helpful.































-M-

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Interview with the "Animation Insider"

I was recently invited by 'Animation Insider' to do an interview. Just wrapped it up lastnight, so should be up on the site next couple of days! Will let you all know once it is, but in the meantime, do go check out some of the other great artist interviews ;)











-M-

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Pitch Work...

Here's a bit of artwork I did last year which contributed towards a pitch for something for HBO... I don't think it was used though, so hopefully no one will come after me. Can't say too much about it, but if I had time, & it was part of the brief, I'd have loved to have added some typographic treatment to this.

-M-