I often get asked where my inspiration and ideas come from. Of course there is no magical formula - although I love to tell people that the ideas are all conceived while "concentrating" in my magical reclining chair - some ideas are conceived spontaneously while doing everyday things like driving in the car, kissing the kids goodnight or day dreaming over a cup of tea.
But from there the idea has to be thoroughly developed to a point where it becomes a cohesive story that can be executed.
My first goal is to tell a story that is not only beautiful to witness but will also ultimately bring home the message the sender was hoping to deliver.
From Storyboard To Canvas
To avoid too much unnecessary revision, the story is roughly sketched out on storyboards and the major elements created. Some are hand painted, my preference is for watercolor which provides a very story book illustrated look and feel, then scanned and edited as necessary. Other elements are created either directly in Flash or another illustration program such as Adobe Illustrator, which allow for the greatest flexibility in terms of editing and animation.