ANDREW DODD entered the comic book market professionally as adult humour comics became all the rage during the nineties.
His many cartoons were to be seen regularly in newsstand sold titles such as Ziggy and Pulp (both published by Big Mags Ltd) and Sweet F.A. His work also appeared in the children's comic Triffik (from Communications Innovations Ltd).
As the bubble burst on those humour comics' sales and newsstand comics were sidelined to make way for ever more copies of O.K.and Hello! - resulting in poor distribution and one of the reasons a mega-sales publishing industry all but died.
Andrew cannily diversified and quite literally took his work direct to the people by becoming a caricaturist.
The cartoonist drew funny pictures of the great unwashed British public at various functions and promotional venues and working direct for the likes of the Scania Coach Company, K.P. Nuts, the South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire County Council.
Continuing to diversify, he also did educational promotion material as an animator for Huddersfield University. In fact, he is also now studying there too, as he delves further into multimedia.
Since the launch of the British Internal Comics Show (BICS) punters have noticed Andrew has also returned to the world of comics.
As one half of the publishing team on Time Bomb Comics, he and Steve Tanner released the one-shot Ragamuffins that was launched at BIC’s debut show at The Custard Factory. The collaborative have appeared at subsequent shows and began producing books such as Dick Turpin and the Restless Dead, The Furies and Mother's Milk.
He and Steve also did the First Kill strip that appeared in Accent UK's Predators anthology, and working with writer Jim Alexander he was artist for 2012: Final Prayer on Manchester, and he also produced Bum Run for Giovanni Spinella's anthology title Atrox.
Paul H Birch spotted his digital colouring work, showed it to his daughter who gave it her editorial approval, and invited Andrew to work on Carter's Column, a comic strip that can be seen every Sunday at The Birmingham Mail newspaper’s online comic section, Speech Balloons. Following on from that he digitally coloured a Dr Phibes story for Vincent Price Presents, published in the USA by Bluewater Comics.
During my time in Multimedia at University I discovered that you can’t suddenly learn 20 plus years of information in just 3 years, so as part of my ongoing training and research into the subject of animation I decided to get on with making an animation of my own, the first step for me is the walk cycle. Take the first frame of your animation, draw the last one and fill in the middle frame. From that point you always have a complete animation that improves as you add more and more frames and detail, once this works you can then go on to ink and paint.
During the struggling time of the recession it has been increasingly difficult to get work in that pays the bills, with this in mind there are still a number of film and animation creators trying to break into the industry. I have put here a small selection of the more recent storyboards to give you all a taste of what is to come…
This month I was invited to the Experience Barnsley Museum at the Gerald Scarfe exhibition and spent a number of days doing caricatures of the locals. A wonderful day out that brought one surprise after another with visits from friends and family old and new. The customers and staff were amazing.
I think it’s time to show everyone that give’s you some idea of what my work looked like more than four years ago. Young, fresh and thrown together like it was the most important thing going.
Well this one is a short story from another student, who came over to my place and gave me direction to what they wanted on the final storyboard. As they were only going to be marked on the actual film, we did okay. Not all of the students were that honest and they were almost expelled for getting me to do their storyboard, which incidentally would have meant me too for doing it. So let that be a lesson to you lot who try dodging hard work.
Do you ever have one of those projects where everyone involved just gets on your nerves and think that you would never find any respect for them at all after that? Well here is mine and I sincerely apologise for my stressed and bad tempered attitude throughout the entire project. It’s a easier to work with me now but sometimes you bang heads with other people when your career and livelihood are at stake when all they are doing is playing at being a film maker.
Overall I think everyone on this project is wonderful now and glad you all found your feet at last.
Evolve is the title of a 3D animation I never completed way back when I was doing Multimedia at University. The reason I wanted to show you this is because I loved the idea of pre-visualisation and the freedom it gave you to improve on your final ideas. Giving all involved the full, rounded, version of the entire film and leaving nothing to chance. The possibility of adding more and more detail to the final project is and was used throughout the history of film making.
Here is “A Father For The Dead” by Damian Morter. A very talented Directed just round the corner of my side of the world who I decided to work with. He had the script and I was very impressed with his other work, considering they were doing it for next to nothing, and put this storyboard together to help them bring some life to the film. As it’s only a guide and things have been moving on very quickly since I thought it time to show you what we all did…here is my version. I must add though that this does not appear in the final film and there is a completely different version coming up as soon as the film is shown.
As you can imagine the filming of a white service with shiny pens and a white background does look better if lit correctly so take this example as something to consider when doing you version of this simple animation technique.
This third animation covers the Prescriptions service and during this one I found the cartoons I did on the wipe board insane in some areas. As I got the details a little late to go through them, I had to make this one up on the spot. Booking camera equipment and lighting a wipeboard for this is not as easy as you think.