Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Collaborating by moonlight, collaborating by daylight

So at the end of last year and the beginning of this year I was lucky enough to take part in two different animation collaborations. I've always enjoyed seeing my work alongside other peoples and being introduced to a tonne of talented artists through it, so these were a complete blast.

The first one is "Art-Imation," which was organised by Erin Humiston. Erin animated a short scene and handed each individual drawing out to 255 different artsits, who then had to re-draw it in their own style. The result is a collage of fantastic work.

See if you can spot my frame in there!
The second collab was a little something called "Moon Animate Make-Up," organized by the ever awesome Kaitlin Sullivan. This is actually the second time Moon Animate has been done and from what I've seen it promises to be just as awesome as the first.
Basically Kaitlin hands out shots from an episode of the anime Sailor Moon and the artist has to animate that shot in their own style. Now because I've been so busy I was only able to do a short piece (2 seconds long) of the Wiseman. It's fairly straightforward, but I had a done of fun adding more movement and expression into those few seconds.

 Below you can see the original shot and what I did.

I hope you enjoy, guys!

The next post will be an important update regarding something I am currently working on.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Good news and bad news

So m'dears, this is a rather mixed bag when it comes to updates.

Unfortunately, the collaboration that I have been working on fell through (for numerous reasons I shall not ellaborate on, it's unnecessary). It's a real shame, as I know a lot of people who followed me on the Youtubes were keen to see the finished product, but sometimes this is how things go.

Still, I'm going to pull a Pollyanna and look on the bright side of things. My animation skills improved greatly whilst I was working on this (as did my art in general) and now that I know for certain what's going on, I can move forward and do what I want to do without hanging around in a void of uncertainty. This means I can animate my own things, more often at that (even if it is just little tests and such) draw more, and I can update more frequently.

I'm working on a couple of things right now, I have a list of animations I have wanted to do for a long time written out and the biggest worry I have now is which one I'm going to do first (maybe I'll do two at once, because sleep is for the weak!)

So what of the animation I did for this? Well, it will still see the light of day, but it will not be for a while, I don't want my channel to be a complete FNAF explosion, so I'll probably either sneak it in after a few newer animations or just throw the whole thing in with the audio the director gave me so people can see what it would have looked like.

For now, I give you this, my animation for the final shot featuring audio from the exceptionally talented MrCreepyPasta.

The next update (which will be coming in the new year) will feature a collaboration I worked on that went ahead beautfully and was an honor to take part in.

Until then, I wish you all the best for 2016 and all the love in the world.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Animatronic antics 2: Electric boogaloo

So after many, many months of trouble and strife, I'm finally back to animating my second Five Nights at Freddy's animation, this one a collaboration with the very talented Adam Powell.

It's still a work in progress, but now that I have some free time I'm happy to be dedicating much more time to it. So for now, sit back, relax and have a look at some more preview shots.

A rough animation of Foxy, peeking behind a curtain as he is known to do

Next, Foxy returning yet again, but this time with the voice of youtuber WellHeyProductions. I tried my hand at perspective here. The results weren't what I was hoping for but are far better than previous attempts.

And finally, a coloured preview featuring Bonnie and Chica, showing what the characters will look like in the final version. I need to fix the shading on Bonnie's ears at one point, but the rest came out pretty well.

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Animatronic antics

So this is what I've been working on recently, a short animation based on the popular horror game "Five Nights at Freddy's."

The animation was done entirely in flash over about 3 weeks (it should have taken no more than 2 but September is the birthday month for the Laver household so staying on a computer was no easy feat) and features one of the games enemies, Foxy, dancing to a song from the Lazytown soundtrack (an oddly appropriate one at that).

Here are the three videos I uploaded, revealing a small insight into my process.


In-betweened rough animation, featuring a planned background 

Final cleanup and colour (now featuring Photoshop-made backgrounds and effects created in After Effects)

This kind of blew up over the internet after it was uploaded (at present it's my most popular animation to date) and I couldn't be more grateful (albeit baffled) about it. I'm incredibly pleased with how it came out, so knowing others are too makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Next time you see an animation from me it'll be a collaboration piece with another animator and some amazing voice-actors (featuring this character and his mascot buddies) and then I'll be doing my own original character animation once again. Next update will more than likely be on the art front.

Until then

Sunday, 21 September 2014


Or is that man-spider? Well it's a mix of both.

Lucas "Legs" McCowl has a (more or less) finished design after all these years, and now that I've uploaded a full-body picture you can finally see what earned him the nickname "Legs."
Considering he's in a universe where humanoid creatures are commonplace, being an animal with multiple limbs wouldn't be anything particularly special. The namesake came about because Lucas was one of the earlier attempts at mutations and, with the process still being experimental, he and the other earlier subjects had defects. Lucas' being that two of his legs didn't develop properly and just hang out from under his shirt twitching occasionally.

Hope you enjoy him...and his bowling shoes

Next time I'll be posting up my most recent animation

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Genie...you're free

This is the drawing I wasn't able to post until recently on other websites; in fact I was unsure about posting it at all when I was able to for fear of opening up wounds for others, but it does need to be spread around.

I drew this genie as part of a huge Robin Williams/Genie tribute piece (made by 90 people) after his tragic passing, the comedian was a huge part of my childhood and he had a huge impact on so many.

I was unsure about spreading this until the actual collab was up (though it has been on DA for about a month), but now that it is I can share it with everybody.

The collab is available here:


and here:


Next time we'll focus on something a little happier, more animals.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Gator got glasses

A quick update on the art front before I bring up my most recent animated project and more drawings of my ever-growing animal crew (which are evolving every day!) as well as a tribute that has been up for a long time but was kept back because it was kind of exclusive to one site for a long time for reasons I will explain.

Though it's not apparent in my other self-caricatures or any photos people may have seen of me, I do wear glasses. They are solely for distance/glare so I only really wear them when necessary as my vision is not utterly terrible yet (give it time, my job involves staring at a screen all day) but I recently got a pair that were a rather extreme shape, and I've thought of worse reasons for a drawing so:

So now you can see me as a bonkers bespectacled basket-case. Not much, but a little something.