A Soul Cleansing in Bath

Just back from a well over due holiday. So much so, the urge to hulk out and punch the moon has subsided. Now I just want to frolic in fields and hug the world, well, not literally, but I feel that I’m pepped full of motivation that I can positively take on any challenge at the moment. Its amazing what a few days break can do for someone. I say a few days break, but it was hardly that, more of a few days adventuring accompanied by the lovely Sharon.

The adventure was as follows:

Fly into Bristol, pick up a hire car, drive to Bath and set up base. Bath is an amazing city, steeped in so much history and has many nooks and crannies to explore. We stayed in the Old Mill just outside the city, and on the banks of the River Avon. A gorgeous location for adventuring in the countryside. The Old Mill itself was average, nice but I expected more bang for my buck considering the price of the place per night.

Back to the positives, the city itself demonstrated so many different periods in history, from the Roman Baths, to the Palladian architecture that the city is built on. It is also an arts and craft hub which immediately transformed me into a kid in a candy store

01_bathWe spent the day exploring the city and went to many museums, craft shops, cathedrals, the circus, the Jane Austin Centre, and the Assembly Rooms. We also spent a lot of time in Cafes chilling and chatting. A comfort I haven’t seen in a long time.

The next day, we had an early start heading to Stone Henge:

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My attitude approaching Stonehenge was average, I was looking forward to it, but I wasn’t overly excited about going there. That all changed when I was directly in front of the monument. It is awe inspiring. The history behind it, the size of it, the divinity that goes with it. Completely awe inspiring.  It also magnifies that Spinal Tap moment 100 times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPjpl5_aXxI

Next up was Old Sarum, savage ruins with history dating from Neolithic times  – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Sarum

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 The ariel shot looked much better than my photo here. Also exploring the ruins were much exciting than the pic can explain.

We also visited Wardour Castle in the same day, so lots of driving. Wardour Castle is situated up an insane hill by a massive beautiful lake in the middle of nowhere. Stressful getting there but well worth the find in the end.

06_old_wardour_cThat evening we went to a tasty Nepalese restaurant Yak Yeti Yak – http://www.yakyetiyak.co.uk/ which has some savage vegan delights.

The next day, the history adventures continued. By this time we had well established ourselves as ‘Team Anorak’. We continued our adventures to Glastonbury, which we hit Tor, just outside the town. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glastonbury_Tor 

I had the iPad with me on the trip so Sharon and myself could play board games nd what not in the evenings, so I was sketching doodles on the way. Here is a quick sketch/digital painting of Tor made on the proCreate app.06_TorAfter Glastonbury,  we popped over to Wells. Wells……….I mean Sanford, the set of Hot Fuzz. This was on the ‘Team Anorak’ hit list. Sadly the Hot Fuzz tour wasn’t on, but that didn’t matter because every where you looked there was another part of the film.


We also hit the Wells Cathedral whilst there, to which the architecture was insanely technical and detailed.

Back in Bath the following day, we visited the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herschel_Museum_of_Astronomy. There we learned how Caroline Herschel really got put down at every turn in her life. From being told she was too ugly to ever achieve a husband all the way to being made a joke of when her work was excelling as an astronomer. In fairness she did receive a lot of recognition but not nearly as much as she should have – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Herschel - Here is a bit of a degrading comic made about Caroline smelling the comets a mile away.

11_Caroline_HerschelLast but not least was our time spent in Bristol. Bristol is an awesome city from what I experienced. Lots of art, lots of good food, so thats two of my favourite things down. There is currently an exhibition of 80 Gromits unleashed around Bristol. Check it out, its deadly – http://www.gromitunleashed.org.uk/news/ - Other than that, we hit the City museum and art galleries. Got to see some great dino skeletons, an Irish Elk, and some art work around the galleries. The artwork included Aardman, Banksy and paintings from the Bristol School of Art.


One Direct

An advert we were working on all the way up until my holidays –

Produced within 4 weeks with the talented Paddy and Mark. By the end of it, we worked day and night to get this one through.

Full credits as follows

Client: One Direct

Agency: Target McConnells

Director- Dan Spencer
Animation Director – Patrick Semple
Producer – Dan Spencer
Designer – Alex Sherwood
Editor – Patrick Semple
Character TD – Mark Fisher
Character Animation – Patrick Semple and Mark Fisher
Lighting and Rendering – Sean Mullen
Compositing – Patrick Semple
Additional Modelling- Darragh Herlihy
Texturing- Sam Sherwood
Production Assistant – Caroline Kealy


This week was a tough one. Several tasks which ended up in Paddy, Mark and myself doing silly and exhausting hours. Started this sketch in work whilst waiting for renders and then started colours tonight when I got home. But now its time to chill and watch Batman the Animated series


Its only a work in progress as I want to start putting a layout in foreground and background, another layer of paint fixes and a total lighting finish to the piece depending on the BG……..but………..I’m on HOLIDAY!!!!!! first one in 2 years!!!!! So hope to be sketching whilst relaxing throughout the next week and then when I get back I’ll give this a run over.

I was going through an old hard drive and found some photos, so I put them up on 500px – http://500px.com/dannyGiant There are some whopper photographers on 500px, and you can find great images for reference.