Illustrated short story - Grey House by ciro correia

Grey House, my illustrated short story/novelette is now available at my estore on this site for £1. Yeah, if you like short stories and illustrations - enjoy dark fantasy or horror stories why not give Grey House a try. Lefthand Studios plans to release the comic version of Grey House and the serial comic books that will make up the Graphic Novel of 'Summertown' over a few months (to be announced at a future date). Grey House is the prologue to Summertown. Grey House- the comic book is currently in production, but you can get and read the illustrated short story by buying it here: http://www.cirocorreia.com/store/grey-house

The cover for Grey House

The cover for Grey House

Monster coffee - animation 'pencil test' by ciro correia

It's been a while since my last post, too long. The political state of things has had me in an obsessive state and I've had to bite back on my pencil a few times to stop myself from churning out political parodies of the events and people on the news. Heather still worries about a 'soviet' style assassin taking me out for my recent political illustration of Putin. So no ... not yet anyway.

Today I've got lighter subject matter for you. An animation asset I'm creating about 'Monster Coffee"! Before working on the final animation sequence its common practice to run an animation test or 'animation pencil test' - you know, to make sure things are going the way you want them to. Now, whatever you do after reading this don't go google 'pencil test' because you won't come up with the same results of which I'm talking about here. Apparently the term 'pencil test' - outside of animation circles - is used to determine whether women need to wear a bra or not. Yes, that's right - if the pencil stays ... You won't be finding any animation under that test.

I've always loved classic horror (b-rate or not) imagery. Wolf man, the mummy, Frankenstein, and the creature from black lagoon. It's been cool to work on this sequence for that reason, amongst others. So here's my animation pencil test for a monster cup of coffee. Next stage is clean up and working on the final version. It's all still very beginning stages but fun to share. Hope you like it ;)

Creature from Black Lagoon enjoying a cup of black Americano :p

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