All images © Dale Newton 2011 unless specified otherwise.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Trinity-sur-Mer Lady

So. Finally on holiday with my family. Been aching to do a little painting just for the exercise. Then this lady appears at the campsite pool. Aisling later points out how wierd this was of me later on, but I surreptitiously take a few pics of her. she reminded me of how women used to dress poolside when I was a kid. Thought she'd make a cool subject for a character study painting.

Got these back to my tablet and did a preliminary sketch in ArtRage. Mostly based on one photo but drawing a hand detail from another.

Working against a neutral grey for this study, I drew colours straight off the photos. A little lazy I know but it helped to quickly establish the temperature of the skin tone, especially given the cool light from the pool below. First pass went under the line drawing.

I knew I did not want an outlined illustration, so I worked over this embellishing details in a very rough way, painting over the drawn lines and erasing them, adding rim lit edges and tonal edges that worked better against the neutral background. Added some context which I eventually pushed back.

To photoshop where I added a little grain and gradient to the grey. First stab as seen below is always too much. Slept on it and knocked it right back to the study as it stands image at at the top of the page. Took about fours in total.

Saturday, 28 June 2014


Guess who's coming to the cinemas later this year? I did these very enthusiastically during development, I was not actually on the show, and these weren't at all used - but keen to do some sketches. Kudos to Pablo and team at Framestore on such a great job.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Festive Feline Mayhem

Well here we are again. Another Christmas is upon us. The last few years have been busy now working in film vfx full time, it's been hard to find time to make pictures. Perhaps one day I can cross doing this pencil and paper stuff with film animation which is now becoming my waking life focus. So I managed to squeeze one out before I squeeze my family into our Volvo for an cross country drive and spend the festive season in Ireland.

Scout and Boo are new additions to our household. They are six month old Bengal cross breed kittens. I noticed Scout giving the Christmas tree angel a hard time one night and thus the inspiration for this.

Friday, 19 July 2013

celebrating 95 years.

A wip photoshop painting.

In honour of the great man. Happy birthday Madiba.

This is very serious and sombre. And I suppose reflects my feelings right now while he's in hospital. I'd like to do a joyous one later - something that reflects the emotions he stirs in me and many others, reflecting the way he's affected peoples lives.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Mclaren letter racers

A little high speed car concept I did the other day.  I was pitching an idea I had where cars that were also letters were racing around a track and formed a logo. It was for these folks:

They didn't like the idea and went for something more cartoony. But hey. It was fun turning around an idea in a day!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Home Territories

I have started a new blog. It is called Home Territories and its a junkshop for a personal project. It's intended as a short film, a sort-of-semi-auto-biographical story which exists all of the place and I will be using the blog to collate bits of artwork and references. 

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Rabbit Madonna

Thought I would update with a strange old picture I did between jobs in 2004. It was a personal thing and as I recall I had a thing for rabbits back then.

Sunday, 2 October 2011


My wife and I have long associated each of our children with animals. Kinda silly I know. My second son Ruairi, adorable as he is can be quite a contrary little bugger. Magnanimous and cuddly, but do not cross him when he's grumpy - like a bear! When he was a baby he had a cute lil bear eared hoodie. And so he was Ruairi Bear.

Now Finn, our eldest son seems like a fox. Wily, smart and lithe, his cunning intellect will leave you wondering. He likes to play on the edges where he constructs fantastic worlds. And also, he is a bright shining light with a heart of gold. There ya go - above is my vision of this Fox, perhaps there will be more.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

2011 sketchbook pages part 1

Ok. Some sketchbook pages from earlier in the year, I think around May or June.
A little concept sketch (just realised how much he looks like the Fat Bastard from Austin Powers "Ooooh eeeeh, ah got a turtle 'ed comin'" something like that :) )

some guy in the park while my boys played tennis one Saturday afternoon:

my lovely, watching telly:

and there's always a sprinkling of these:

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Self Portrait sketch

Have been wanting to do one these for years. It's my first stab at a self portrait painting. Used the computers' camera rather than a mirror - which, if you'll excuse the pun, upon reflection, was not a great idea. Colour values kept shifting which made me constantly second guess observations - and the auto-exposure did the same for tones. Still, I enjoyed the exercise. Did this in ArtRage and took around an hour.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

new toys...

...which I am very excited about. Thanks James Gurney for letting me look "what's in your bag". I thought those fill-able brush pens looked nifty and they are! Here they are and some late Friday afternoon doodles in my sketchbook. There's some animators from Framestore (Arda, Vincent and Karl) - a doodle reminiscent of my son Ruairi who has a very cute little form right now - and a fellow from the train on the way home.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Animators vs Earthquakes

This is a 290 x 260mm watercolour, colour pencil and acrylic painting on watercolour paper painting that I made to contribute to the "Animators Vs Earthquakes" exhibition organized by: Paul Nicholson & Sylvain Marc in aid of 'Artists Help Japan', a charity created by Pixar's Dice Tsutsumi.  It is being hosted at Cafeand in Shoreditch. 07 - 22 May 2011 Cafeand 77 Redchurch St London E2 7Dj OPEN 10am-7pm, Wed-Sun. Closed Mon/Tues.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Monday, 11 April 2011

ancient spider god

A rather dark drawing around my current insect obsession that emerged while playblasting turned into something even darker...

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Insect Life

Well, some spaces have finally opened up in my work schedule and for the first time in many years, I'm able to do some constructive work in a loose sketchbook! Hoorah! We'll see how long this lasts though...

Here's one from the train journey this morning. A very amenable subject who never glanced up from his paper in 15 mins!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Three Brothers animation. Death's design.

The Three Brothers animation was directed by Ben Hibon and executed with the Framestore London commercials team. I worked with Ben and supervised the project for Framestore. Ben Hibon, concept artist Alexis Liddel, and myself brought designs to the table. Here's the Framestore PR.

Here's a progression of designs for the Death character. The three explorations below are quite different in their fundamental parameters. Bony and gaunt hands found even at this early stage.

The following drawings found the overall idea - how his robe would work, a little about his transparency / ethereality and facial structure and detail ideas.

and there was something about this one that we liked that spoke loads about his character. He became even creepier than this in the end. We took him far away from human characterization, he was a much more primal creature than this image suggests.

Here I tried to nail down more of the specifics, the hood etc. and started to touch on the all important look.

These were the final concepts which laid out in more detail the lighting and look, textures etc. Also how exactly shadows were to suggested and create forms.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Three Brothers animation. Colour Keys.

I guess 'tone keys' rather than 'colour keys' would be a better way to describe these. I made for them as a spring board for the compositors on the show, Adam Rowland and Russell Dodgeson, to build on. They did a beautiful job compositing on the film and their work oozes the sort of subtle tonal work we were after.