Bookworm

March 14th, 2013

Bookworm from bitsOfBobs on Vimeo.

This is quite old now, the little one had just mastered walking so thought I would make a little movie. Poppy loves books and this is her favourite hangout, we swapped out the bottom 2 shelves of the bookshelf just for her books. Chances are if she gone for a wander this is where you will find her.

Con Air

March 14th, 2013

Cyrus "The virus"

The Cage

Some doodles while enjoying the ultimate guilty pleasure that is con air.

Labyrinth

December 7th, 2012

I love Labyrinth, I own it on DVD and have actually watched it to death and need to buy another copy. The characters are perfect, all of them…and you even see new ones EVERY time you watch it.

Since starting back into full time employment from freelancing I now find myself with a lunch hour to play with, a whole hour! So this week i’ve been collectively doodling Labyrinth, just the good guys. I would quite like to get all these characters together for a poster but there’s been a bit of twitter banter this week regarding copyright infringement on characters and the line between fan art and commercial art for sale which has scared me off a bit…but i’ve decided to ignore it all and go ahead until it becomes an issue. All of next week I’ll be working on background and layout of the poster.

Doodled to death

October 31st, 2012

Halloween again!? that’s crept round quick. I’ve been busy and not even had time this year to carve a pumpkin…gutted. I’ve made a Halloween wallpaper for you to do what you want with, you can find a massive version here.

I also made an Alternative Halloween Spotify playlist a few years back, it’s still epic

Night Vs Day | Episode 1

September 6th, 2012

Night Vs Day | Episode 1 from bitsOfBobs on Vimeo.

My everyday job is animation and illustration but rarely do the two fields meet, It’s either my static illustrations or animating someone else’s illustrations/designs. I took it upon myself to make a self initiated animation project that would show all aspects of what I do.

Growing up I loved nothing better than rifling through the far side, short, sharp, surreal but ultimately hilarious cartoons. I wanted to make something which had the same impact but animated.

I had the idea walking to work one day, nocturnal animals…what do thy do during the day? Now I know the answer is sleep, but that’s not funny. I wanted to show the truth about what Britain’s wildlife gets up to while you think it’s sleeping, so Night Vs Day was born. What will be a series of short animations by myself.

All the line work is hand drawn and and animated using combinations of photoshop, flash and after effects. This has been a long time in the making and made between various other commitments and work.

Everything you see/hear was made by myself Rob Johnson, you can see more examples of my work at bitsofbobs.co.uk

Doodle gif: Pogo squirrel

July 25th, 2012

There’s nothing more fun than a squirrel on a pogo stick…

Doodle gif: Donkey cycle!

July 20th, 2012

It’s Friday HOORAH!I’ve been working on a rather large animation so all my time has been chewed up. Been playing around with some new processes really enjoying doodling up gifs in photoshop. So…here’s a donkey on a unicycle. Have a good weekend.

Heatwave!

May 30th, 2012

What a week it was last week, hopefully that wasn’t summer over. Much of last week was spent where I could in the sunshine working my way through this lot, in an attempt to get away from the computer as much as possible I took to everything non digital. Outlines done with 0.4 uni pin fineliner and colour blocked in with letraset promarkers. It bled a little but just looks like it’s melting. I’ve put a bigger one up on flickr. I’m working through a digital colour repeat that’s looking lush! might get this framed up in something special and sell it. I’ve loads of original drawings gathering dust..hmm.

Also below is an eclectic mash of audible sunshine…if you’re missing it.

csbl x bitsOfBobs

May 13th, 2012

I am very excited to announce I have been made a featured artist over on caseable. After getting my Laptop case made up I entered it into a competition they were running over on their facebook page…IT WON! The lovely people over at caseable returned my money (that was the prize) and we got to talking as I had a few other designs they might be interested in. A few weeks passed and a few more doodles later and now I’m a featured artist.

If you don’t know about caseable it’s a great service that takes your designs and turns them into all sorts of cases & covers that you can fully customise. I ordered my lego laptop case for my macbook and as you can see it came out awesome. The build quality was perfect, I’m very proud to be part of something so fun and unique. I’ve a few more designs you might not have seen yet as well as a few others arriving soon, head on over and see what’s happening. You can find my artist page here.

Laptops covered

April 18th, 2012

It’s with a rather large amount of excitement I can introduce a little something I’ve been working on, Laptop/device cases. Much more practical than that laptop case actually made of lego. For a while now I’ve been looking into all sorts of avenues to apply some of my designs to, this is one I’ve wanted to do for a while. None of these are repeat patterns they are all hand drawn in all their lovely shoogly/squiffyness.

This was ordered from caseable.com which is a Brooklyn based company as I couldn’t find anywhere else closer to home that made them to the quality finish I wanted. Brooklyn as you can imagine is quite a bit over the water so this turned out to be quite an expensive exercise, it did arrive in a 17″ “freshly baked in Brooklyn” pizza box which I can reveal nearly pushed me over the edge.

Now I have a product I’m looking to have some made here in the uk also using social media will hopefully drum up some useful contacts/exposure to make it happen. So it’s a bit of a call out really, are their any product designers or such that could recommend the next steps? I’m looking into materials and realise there is still quite a lot more cost involved before this becomes a reality but it’s the internet…anything can happen…right?

I’ve put some bigger pictures up on my flickr for the geeks.