Sojo doodles iMessage App

sojo doodles promo screen shot

I’m so very excited to announce that the Sojo Doodles Sticker App is now available in the App Store.

Here’s a little preview…

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Big Bad Wolf

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My latest Sojo animation ‘Big Bad Wolf’ has gone a little nuts over on our Sojo Facebook page, with over 30,000 views!  For a post that hasn’t been sponsored, that’s pretty BRILLIANT!   Well done to Amahrya, the little girl who created such a fabulous ending for the story, that everybody felt compelled to share it.

 

Many of you have been asking about the process and how the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ became the animation it is.  I promise I will write a blog post explaining all… but for now, you could have a peek at this lovely Cameo Launch article all about Sojo Animation! Eeeeeek!  I gave away quite a lot of secrets, so check it out 🙂

Did you come along to Nottingham Lakeside Arts for the children’s animation workshop? Well here is our finished film!

no headed monster

Here it is, all of your amazing creations in one lovely animation.

I just want to say how much I enjoyed working with all of you.  To think that our youngest animator was only 4 years old and our oldest was 12 years old!  You all worked so brilliantly together, and the characters you created were awesome.

I hope you all feel super proud.

 

Also I’d like to say thank you to Nottingham Lakeside Arts.  It is always such gorgeous place to work, building wise, but also staff wise.  You’re all lovely!

 

‘Big Bad Wolf’ is a new Sojo animation created mostly by a 4 year old girl.

big bad wolf original doodle by a four year old girl

I can’t tell you how excited I am about sharing this Sojo animation with all of you.  It’s coming very soon and will be uploaded to the Sojo Animation YouTube Channel, where you can see all of my personal work in the same place, plus a selection of my favourite commissioned pieces.

The ‘Big Bad Wolf’ is particularly brilliant because all of the audio was taken from a one to one play session I was lucky to run, with a little girl called Amahrya.  Both the wolf and the little girl who feature in this animation are voiced by Amahrya, as she wanted to switch roles multiple times so I was able to chop and paste her two little characters together.

She is such a funny little creative genius and I can’t wait to share the finished film.

Not long now 🙂

 

‘The Creative Indian Garden’ with Sojo and The Spark Arts

  

 I absolutely LOVE receiving emails from The Spark Arts asking for me to join them for an event, and I shall tell you why.  

The Spark Arts are, firstly, a wonderfully enthusiastic and positive team of creative people who are open to infinite possibilities when it comes to fresh ways to bringing the arts to children; giving visual artists, like me, the opportunity to have a lovely flexible brief to work with.  And secondly they are fully tapped into the creative scene in Leicester, with strong links to the community.  The Spark Arts rely on teams of, quite frankly, brilliant volunteers who help with many of their events and I would like to say a gigantic thank you to the team of volunteers I had with me on Monday.  They were AWESOME! 
This was my pet rhino for the day. We grabbed a quick photo before the event kicked off.

   
   
Ok…so it was rainy. When I say rainy, I mean it! But the crazy weather didn’t stop our Sojo marquee from bursting with beautiful balloon flowers, snakes and headdresses all created by the hundreds of wonderful families who braved the sogginess into Leicester City Centre. 

   
    
    
   

The Spark Arts festival @The Curve… ‘Hop Island’ Gallery

Yesterday it was all happening at The Curve in Leicester!  

You can be sure, if The Spark Arts are putting on a event, then it’s going to be pretty special, and yesterday was just that.  From the moment the doors opened at The Curve, the whole space was filled with the sound of little feet, giggles and excitement.

I sat, with a team of awesome Spark volunteers, on the mezzanine with my ‘Hop Island’ workshop all ready to go and waited for the the happy noises to reach my part of the building and then all of a sudden…WHOOSH! It happened!  Hop Island suddenly became a very exciting place indeed.

   
   No longer were there just two people trapped on a rather empty looking island.  Now there were volcanoes with magma pumping stations, talking trees, tigers, pirates, play parks, acid flame pits, monsters and princesses in castles.

Hop Island was transformed by the brilliant imaginations of the children and their families in Leicester, and I would like to share with you some of the pictures I took of their wonderful creations.  Enjoy!

Hop Island Gallery