Sunday, 21 February 2010

Xiao Xi shortlisted for BAA 2010



I am extremely excited to announce that my graduation film Xiao Xi has been shortlisted at the British Animation Awards 2010 under the 'Best Student Film' category. The three finalists will be announced soon, wish me luck! ^-^

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Secret of Kells

One of the nominees for the best animated film at the Oscars this year is an Irish film called The Secret of Kells.



"Brendan, a 12-year-old Irish boy, has spent his young life living among monks in an abbey. When a new monk, Brother Aidan, and his unusual cat help Brendan discover his hidden talents as an illustrator, the boy soon finds himself on a dangerous quest to complete the legendary Book of Kells."

I only just heard about this film this week. I think I must have been living in a box as there are tons of things online about it. It looks absolutely amazing. Above is the US trailer but I recommend you visit the official website to see another trailer and have a look at the gallery, it contains some stunning images.






It was never released at UK cinemas but I found it available to buy through amazon.co.uk. This is definitely a must see for me!

For more info you can check out this Empire Online article thanks to Chris for posting this on good old facebook.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Heart shaped cakes and Tiger eyes

First for some bad news... Since my last post I am sad to announce that Plec has died! :( I am quite tramatised by this as I was really starting to love the little fella. >.< Another one of my fish also died and we had to get rid of one little aggressive tiger barb as he was attacking all the others in the tank. So we are now 3 fish down. :(

Now for something on a more positive side! :) This weekend I decided to try my hand at baking. After 23 years of never having baked a cake myself I had good old Mumsy over to show me how to make some of her delicious cupcakes. As it was Valentines Day on Sunday I decided to make some cute heart shaped ones. They are so delicious! I am going to try and make some chocolate brownies next! ^-^


So it was the Lunar New Year over this weekend and I went out for a yummy family meal to celebrate! :) We had some really delicious food, my favourite being the sea bass. I find you just can't go wrong with some good steamed fish! :) It is now the Year of the Tiger! RAWR! This is my year! Hopefully this means good things. ^-^

After watching a video on You Tube by Michelle Phan I decided to try out her tiger inspired make up for my new year celebration.

I never used to bother that much with make up but I have always LOVED fancy dress! Michelle Phan first caught my eye with her dressing up videos, the Sailor Moon Transformation being one of the coolest. It also turned out that she did some great DIY skincare on a budget and fancy make up tutorials which I have now ended up watching religiously.

Over the weekend I also discovered the new 'pages' feature on blogger. I have now added a nav bar to the top of my blog. I finally have a home button! hooray! I am planning on adding some more pages to help organise the content on my blog in the near future so keep a look out.

Anyway today is Tuesday which means Two for Tuesday at Dominos Pizza! So I'm heading off now to order an extremely unhealthy but very delicious dinner. :)

Friday, 12 February 2010

February for Fishes

Hello Everyone!! Sorry for my recent absence. Since the 1st of Feb I have been settling into the real world of full time work. ^-^ After over a year of working from home in my pyjamas and munching on food all day my body seems to be slowly slowly adjusting. :)

So what have I been up to since my last post!?

Well as I just mentioned I have started a full time Artist position working using Flash at a local company that creates online educational content for children. I really have enjoyed my first couple of weeks! So far so good! :)

The Adrenaline Alley project is temporarily on hold as the deadline has been moved to May. *phew* This gives us a lot more time so we are all quite relieved. Andy E and a few others from the group visited the park last week and managed to get some great footage and photos of the park in full use during a special event. Looking forward to seeing those! We'll be having another meeting soon I'm sure.

I thought I would also use this post to show you all my new inhabited fish tank! ta-da! We now have 16 little fishes swimming around.

The Tank

A closer look

Plec

Above is Plec, he's our little Algae eater. He's so funny, I love his little sucking mouth! At first we were worried he wasn't getting enough to eat so we bought some special plec food. However since he's been getting these yummy treats the tank is now filling up with algae :( what a fail... looks like we will have to give the tank a good clean next week. I never realised keeping tropical fish took so much work. It's totally worth it though! ^-^ I love watching them swim around, its sooo relaxing.

Anyway I will be off for now but will hopefully update again soon. I have a couple more book posts in the works although I can't say when they will be up. I did finally buy myself that gorgeous Disney Animation Archive book though ♥. That will be getting a post all to itself! :)

If I don't post again before the weekend is out 新年快乐! 2010 will be a good year as its my year, year of the Tiger! RAWR!