Concept art portfolio

Matte painting of the world –


kalama watching over her land – 


Kalama and the lakes heart – 


Lost In Thought – 


Edge of the forest and to the highlands – 


On the edge of tomorrow – 


Grave dear friend – 


Compilation video – 


The concept project with Samantha was a fun one, honestly it was what distressed me from the pen drive incident and i hope that i have somehow pulled my way back to a decent level before hand in.

Me and Samantha had also agreed and were saddened by the lack of time we got to focus on this project due to the high demand from the BBC project and all the time we had to put into it instead of this but i digress, we did awesome i feel. Honestly check out Samantha’s stuff she made such progress with her painting and its lovely seeing how far we have came together nearly a decade on pursuing our goals as Artists!



Paintings and Final Outcomes

With the little time i had to catch up and the BBC project holding me down i felt i did pretty damn good for what i have to show here! Hope you enjoy~


For the starting of my concepts i wanted to do some quick sketched out thumbnails before setting stone down on what theme i wanted to go towards, i really liked the top left thumbnail as it looked very much like a Scottish highland, i also like the top right image of the dense forest with the one eyed pillars in the distance, i seemed very eerie with an ominous appeal to it.


I recommended to Samantha that even though we were to doing a simplistic style of the paintings before adding a parallax to them that we should try going out of our comfort zones, mine being one layered paintings on Photoshop. I attempted to make some rocks and a cliff with an entrance to a cave but i feel it came off too soft looking for rocks though i noticed in a tutorial i came across the Artists rocks had also looked rather soft, perhaps in some cases this is okay when the rocks are further away to indicate a depth blur?

I felt these tutorials will come in handy in future so i will leave them here for reference.


I prefer these three images above as they stay true to the Limbo appeal, some from class made comments that the Limbo aesthetic was not very tasteful but hey im calling that as just states of opinion since i absolutely love it!

My first attempt of the parallax effect.

Following this tutorial like religion i create the above parallax which in honesty was a breeze, it was also very fun to decide which way what image went and how it zoomed in or out. If i were to fix this i would make not make the movements as drastic.

My second parallax went alot smoother i felt, it had a point of interest (the character) and the layer work was easier to make the depth of the painting show better this time. I feel with the stress of getting as many done as possible is causing my paintings to suffer as the clean up of my work could be better when you really look at this piece.

With the evaluation of the last parallax i decided to really sit down, calm myself and spend some actual time connecting with my work and boy did it work! I am so happy with how this piece came out, i decided to add a very personal character of mine who is called Kalama – she is a canine hare creature i created back in 2011 and she has stuck with me ever since. The value of this painting is sentimental to myself as an Artist as i create my character through representations of me, Kalama being the happier side of me. In some ways you could think i have a character for each mood or emotion a person can think.

I wanted this parallax to have a point of interest and a subject looking at it to indicate to the audience that this is the objective of the painting.

This is the photo bash concept piece i create using the Pexel free stock images i downloaded from the internet, from liking the painting before i wanted to refine my Scottish highland inspired piece by allowing people see kalama and her world in a more photo realistic way.

One thing that completely past my mind when my tutor Alec looked at it he had mentioned it felt empty on the lake area and it hit me that i forgot to add the tree island in the middle of the lake! I will defiantly have to come back to this and update the piece as it does seem lacking not to mention the parallax seems to be moving too fast for my liking, i think this maybe because i tried out a new render setting so my renders would complete quicker.

Matte Painting – 


I uploaded this part to facebook for feedback and this is what i was given regarding the mountains.

  • too flat
  • too smooth
  • make more ridges on the edges


scenic views1.jpg

Alec also suggested i could do a matte painting as its a quick process that concept artists use to visually express their ideas also, so with that i wanted to refine my highlands even further and show how big the world is past the highlands, there are dense forests and mountain ranges!

If you wish to see what the mountain areas look like go look at Samantha’s blog for her pieces of her part of our world concept!

I found this technique awesome to work with but with spending so much time on it with detailing and rendering light cause the file unable to be given a parallax without it looking off – i also spoke with Samantha on this and she recommended keeping it flat too.


The great corruption…

So today… something truly “amazing” happened regarding my pen drive with all my animations for our BBC short, my personal project and creative enterprise project… It got corrupted whilst someone was transferring files to a mac in our class room.

May i add that i am not the only one to have this happen to their equipment whilst using the same mac computer in class.

I had spoken with my lecture Alec about the situation regarding my lost files and i was recommended to go to a tech shop which i did as soon as it had been mentioned to me, there is a tech shop in Glengormley i have been going to for fixes and additional parts for computers in the past called The Tech Stop. They took my pen drive in yesterday and i was told they would try their best to get me my files back as much as they could, this gave me some relieve.



Today i got the drive back and i got the files back, all of them really but i cannot open any of them anymore sadly.

The technician told me something may had rendered the files useless now and even my lecture Alec took one of my maya files in an attempt to recover what i lost but even he had no luck so i am at a cross roads now.

Do i either,

A) Give up and let this huge set back take over me

B) Nut up, get as much done and hope i pass

Im gonna go with (B), i cant let my team down and hell ill even have to sacrifice marks on the concept project in terms to get this BBC short done as i feel it has a higher demand right now.

I cant let this get to me too much so once this blog is posted im forgetting the whole thing happened, if i dwell ill not get anything done at this rate. I want to say thank you to The Tech Shop, Alec Parkin and my group for helping me in everything they did in hope to get my files back – it truly means alot that you guys stuck your necks out for me.


Visual image research


The Scottish Highlands – 

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The Cliffs Of Moher –

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The Aokigahara Forest – 

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Environment research

Before me and Samantha are to start painting we wanted to establish a style of painting, so i began to bring together some inspiration from YouTube.

Inside is a game make by the same creators that make the hit platform game, Limbo. Play dead’s style for this game is very monotone and little saturation with colour – seeing as my colouring is a little rusty i felt it would be safer to work with darker tones, greyscale if anything.

I had to add Limbo, another game made by playdead studios its grayscale but the layered imagery makes me think that it would work perfectly with the parallax effect.

Ori And The Blind Forest created by Moon Studios

I think if i were to add colour to the pieces it would be in the style of Ori and the blind forest, the developers were inspired by Limbo but wanted to have a bigger depth of field and most importantly of all, colour!

Deadmau5, Ultra Records, EMI. Official Music Video produced by Qudos Animations.

Director – Manroop Takhar
Producer – Warren Green
Coordinator – Hernán Weisz
Art Director – Matias Perez
Head of Animation- Santiago Trillini
Composition – Pablo Penchansky & Rodrigo Reinoso
3D Department – Alexis Fioretti & Agustín Giannitti

Got to love the style of the Veldt, a music video in memory of a friend and the visuals really convey a lovely conncection between the two characters!

Caravan Palace – Lone Digger – Animated by Jérémie Balais and Jeff le Bars

Studio Killers wrote, produced and performed “Jenny”, with additional songwriting done by Rob Davis. Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink made the instrumental beat, while Chubby Cherry wrote the melody and lyrics and performed the vocals. According to Chubby Cherry, this was one of the songs she wrote before forming Studio Killers. It was inspired by a crush Cherry had on a person named Jenny. She said the lyrics “sort of changed along the way because [Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink] added some of their feelings with my feelings and it became kind of intriguing.” About the song having to do with lesbian relationships, the most discussed topic in Finland at the time the song was released, the group thought “it should be nothing to shy away from.” Lyrically the song describes a relationship with two women, in which one of them, Jenny, has a boyfriend. According to Popmatters writer Ryan Lathan, “it appears her dearest pal is stealing things out of her room and sleeping with her shirt as if it were a pillowcase. [The narrator] then is suggesting Jenny “forget those amigos” and shack up with her.”





Further research into concept art

Today myself and Samantha went onto YouTube to look into more parallax for inspiration toward what we would like to make as a team.

Accessed – 07 – 11 -16

Renaissance is a personal project I did using some renaissance arts. This is a montage of 2.5D animations created for CEADE LEONARDO college.
This is not a commercial project.

Created by an Artist called Koke he make the Renaissance into a parallax which is just mesmerising to look at!

Accessed – 07 – 11 – 16

This is the 2.5D parallax effect. Created by Binks, this video was made using Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and Final Cut Pro X. Blending multi-layer photo editing, video editing and motion graphics, this piece of art is a symbolization of evolution, “A duck fly’s and is brought to life, is it a dream?, is it a nightmare? or is it evolution?”-Jonathan Zrout

A little different than your usual parallax videos that tend to be slow motioned but this one breaks tradition and is quite fast, perhaps we could make this work in some way depending what sort of things we will be painting.

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All of the Mortal Kombat X video game has the parallax video technique, i chose these two character as who does not want to see the predator and alien fight in Mortal Kombat?

Accessed – 07 – 11 -16

Had to throw this into the research as its probably the slowest parallax you will ever see, but the movement is there if you look away for a moment then look back. Halo Reach is such a sentimental video game for myself and Samantha firstly because it was our first halo game we played together back in the 360 days and for its fun matchmaking…!

If you wish to see some additional research we make, have a look at Samantha’s blog!

The start of a new project!

Now that we have moved on from the scene narrative project i am now moving onto my next assignment – which is a self project or it could be in pairs, i chose to to do the project in a pair. I asked around the class and the majority of the class seemed to want to do the sculpting project but to my relieve Samantha was also looking to do the Concept assignment.

We went to Alec to talk about how we could go about doing our project and he suggested we could look into a past student called Natasha Crowley and her concept art project, upon looking at her stuff Alec had mentioned about using a Parallax effect to create our motion for the brief – i love parallax effects whether it be in short films, games or movies its such a fun looking motion to convey the narrative of something.

“Parallax Effect [Slideshow] After Effects Tutorial” – Accessed – 08 – 11 – 16

“Parallax Effect” – Accessed – 08 – 11 – 16

Wedding photography using the 2D to 3D Parallax Conversion effect.

Company: Diamond Dreams S.A.

“WWF PARALLAX SEQUENCE” – Accessed – 08 – 11 – 16

This is a montage of 2.5D animations created for AD Hoc Films
By manipulating still photos we created these stunning slow motion shots. Some shots were not used in the original seen here
Produced by Ad Hoc Films
Producer: Daniel Glynn
Parallax Animation:
Client: Ad Hoc Films
photographic credits:
Music: Snow Patrol “What If This Storm Ends?” (Aaron Static Remix)

“Parallax Effect Tutorial: Bring 2D to 3D | After Effects TUTORIAL” – Accessed – 08 – 11 – 16

“How to Create Parallax Effect in Photoshop” – Accessed – 08 – 11 – 16

“How To Animate A Photo With Parallax Effect Tutorial” – Accessed – 08 – 11 – 16