Saturday, August 13, 2011
August Guest – Phillip Vaughan!
Professionally, it was the Full Motion Video (FMV) cutscene for the game Deathtrap Dungeon for Eidos, way back in 1998 whilst I was working as a 3D Animator at Digital Animations in Glasgow. Working at DA at that time was a great experience for me, my first job gave me great exposure to the industry and we had a quick turnaround, so it never became tired. We did lots of cutscenes for Eidos at that time. I also managed to produce quite a few storyboards for the animations, which was nice! Before that I had been published in the small press, a comic strip called Korporal Punishment(!) which I produced whilst I was at Art College in Dundee.
2)Who or what inspires you?
Growing up it would have to be fellow Dundonian Ian Kennedy's work on Dan Dare in the New Eagle. I absolutely loved his technical work on the vehicles, but also liked the consistency of the characters. Once I got a bit older and graduated to 2000ad, it was the other Kennedy, Cam, that I aspired to. His Rogue Trooper work is very under-rated, and his painted colour work is amazing! The Light and Darkness War looked great! And of course Star Wars Dark Empire!! As luck would have it, I was honoured to work with Cam at Digital Animations on a couple of projects.
I would definitely love a crack at a Judge Dredd or Strontium Dog! I would love to illustrate a revival of 80's Eagle stalwart Doomlord, Eric Bradbury style (or maybe just bring back the photo-story, gotta love that smoking jacket Doomie!). A recent game animation commission turned out to be a bit of a dream job, but cannot talk about that until later in the year - the joys of Non Disclosure!
4) Tell us a bit about the illustrations you've sent?
The first is a commission for Zarjaz, Judge Fish written by David Withers, which is featured in the latest issue (Zarjaz 12 with a great cover by Alex Ronald!) I experimented with producing this totally digitally, modelling all the elements in 3D then digitally inking in Manga Studio. I really like the brushes in Manga Studio. I intend to invest in a Wacom Cintiq to speed up my workflow on jobs like this.
The Strontium Dog image is a cover mock up, again produced in Manga Studio and coloured in Photoshop, I'm pretty happy with the pose.
There are a couple of pages from a Dredd sample I did for a previous issue of Zarjaz. These were drawn the traditional way, then tidied up in Manga Studio and coloured in Photoshop.
I am currently working on another strip for Zarjaz, this time a 6 pager which will be published in the new year. I have also set up a Comic Art module at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad where I teach part-time. This will be kicking off in September. I am also working on various freelance 3D animation jobs which are at various secret stages of development ; )
When I was a kid I only ever wanted to be a comic artist or an animator, and I have been lucky enough to end up working in this field for all of my professional career… I cannot imagine doing anything else!
7) Where can we see more of your work (web links)?
www.v14.co.uk and http://twitter.com/#!/phillipbvaughan