Kentish Town experienced a moment of snowfall. This is that moment.
I was the editor and post-production artist on this comedy music video for Danny Robins. Danny wrote and performed this rap for his bride Eva as a surprise wedding day treat. Shot by Peter Velluet, music remixed and produced by Ben Walker, original rap lyrics written and performed by Danny Robins. "The Look" by Roxette is heavily sampled.
Follow the Legs is a music visual designed, directed and animated by me for the song of the same name – composed, arranged and produced by osymyso. The film explores the concept of collage in the medium of animation. Winner of the 2009 Bitfilm Award and official selection at 2010 Encounters Short Film Festival.
Faulty Choirs is a music visual designed, directed and animated by me for the song of the same name – composed, arranged and produced by OSYMYSO. The film has been described as having a playful feel with lively characters, bright colours and psychedelic interpretations of the music. The hand drawn characters are animated frame by frame, digitally manipulated using a combination of After Effects, Photoshop and Painter. The music visual combines photography and illustration with original cartoon characters. The final film was completed in After Effects and Premiere. The characters I designed for the video were commended at the 2009 Digital Artist Awards.
The Apple is a short film about Arthur, a painter struggling to complete a still life. Animated and directed by Rafi, The Apple is an exercise in story-telling with a single character, no spoken dialogue and a time restriction of 60 seconds. The story was written with hand drawn storyboards which then developed into an animatic. The final film is animated in Maya.
The Apple began as a final term project at Animation Mentor (Summer 2006) with mentorship from Brett Coderre. The film was completed after graduation (Winter 2006).
I recently completed a series of illustrations for Distributables - a site aimed at democratising charitable service by connecting people who wish to share services and distribute knowledge between each other. Distributables hired me to design eight characters that visually represent the diversity of the people using the website. Each design had to feature an umbrella (a key part of the brand) and every character had to be distinct with their specific skill and profession depicted clearly.I was responsible for coming up with the characters, their professions and all their unique quirks and specific talents as well as developing the art direction and establishing the illustration style for the brand.
Elizabeth Avenue is a picture book for children aged 6 - 8 years. I was employed as Art Director and Illustrator on this project and created these character designs during the visual development stage. All drawings were made with Prismacolor and Albrecht Durer coloured pencils on textured paper.
Eagle Contracting approached me to create an animated commercial to promote their accounting and payroll services. IT contractors are their primary target audience, so I created IT Man and his trusty sidekick Eagle who helps IT Man overcome his admin dilemmas so he can focus on what he does best - rescuing computers!
With the client's limited time and budget in mind I conceived the scenario in storyboard, wrote and designed the characters, directed the voice cast, illustrated and animated the commercial in 3 weeks. The commercial features on the Eagle Contracting website and illustrations of the key characters are the main visual element of the campaign.
Character designs based on Mowbli (property of Carphone Warehouse). The existing Mowbli asset was adapted for the theme of "fashion". The full suite of illustrated characters includes catwalk models, fashion photographers, media darlings and luvvies of the fashion world.
For the launch of a range of high-end mobile handsets from Nokia,
London ad agency JWT approached me to design the inhabitants of
Super Mobile Land - a world filled with colourful, diverse characters.This global advertising campaign features over eighty unique characters designed, illustrated and named by your’s truly.
I developed an art style inspired by vintage computer game “sprite” graphics whereby characters are grouped into eight distinct species identified by their pixel and colour count. Every character has a unique personality, and several like to associate themselves with specific device features and services such as music, gaming, maps, email, social networking, video, photos, sms/mms and ovi.
All characters began as a rough pencil sketch and evolved into their final look in Illustrator.
Animated teaser commissioned by BBC Radio 4 for their comedy programme Danny Robins Music Therapy.
For the "Comes with Music" campaign, Nokia commissioned digital storyboards for an above-the-line advert showing the experience of using their digital music store. These high-end storyboards illustrate aspects of the service and establish a clear direction for the aesthetic. A visual guide for the production team created in Photoshop and Illustrator.
Concepts for the "Surf's Up" web campaign.
The first style presents the band as a unit. The characters are almost indistinguishable in design except for their hairdos and instruments. The unified designs reflect the close bond between the lads and their mad hairdos! These were hand drawn on paper then digitally inked and coloured in Photoshop. The second style elaborates on the mad hair and offers more variation in design between characters, reflecting their personalities as individuals within a group. This version sheds the cutesy image in favour of a look that caricatures the band’s on-stage presence. These characters were hand drawn on paper then digitally inked and coloured in Painter.
Animated to dialogue sourced from an uncredited sample found at the end of Red Telephone by Love.
Action Man vs. Ken
Less than half a minute of pseudo stop motion nonsense featuring shining symbols from the world of anatomically ambiguous figurines. Shot, animated & edited in an afternoon, this was used as a viral by a toy company some time ago...
This is an animation test from Term 3 at Animation Mentor, September 2005. "Lydia": acting with dialogue. All animation by Rafi. Audio source: Groucho Marx in "The Marx Bros. at the Circus".
This is an animation test from Term 3 at Animation Mentor, October 2005. "Bottom Line": acting with dialogue. All animation by Rafi. Audio source: Phil Hartman in "CB4"
I am an independent Animator, Director and Character Designer based in London, UK. I freelance in the Television, Advertising, Web, Music and Entertainment sectors with clients based all around the world. I develop programmes for Television and Web working directly with BBC, Sky and Sony Pictures UK as well as production companies in London. An alumnus of Animation Mentor, I also have a background in commercial Graphic Design and Illustration; having worked professionally as an Art Director and Designer in London since 1997. My music videos for OSYMYSO's "Follow The Legs" and "Faulty Choirs" - both designed, directed and animated by me, won awards at British and International festivals in 2009.