tashanimation
tashanimation
Tash Animation
29, Scottish, Animation Graduate Interested in freelance opportunities. Illustration, character and creature design. Email: natasha.moore.art@gmail.com
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tashanimation · 214 days ago
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A roc for the mythical birds project. I wanted to illustrate the size of my roc’s with a poor young hippogriff that strayed too far away from the herd.

I imagine they swoop down on larger prey with incredible force. Knocking them over, breaking bones and causing internal injuries. They only target lone wanderers and stragglers though. As they’re vulnerable on the ground and it can be an effort to get back in the air again.    

Cold press fabriano artistico, a5.
Roman Szmal watercolours. Poster colour for highlights.

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tashanimation · 310 days ago
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Wip for the mythical birds project. I wanted to illustrate the size of my roc’s with a poor young hippogriff that strayed too far away from the herd. So not quite the elephant carrying size from the myths but definitely bigger than any living eagle.  

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tashanimation · 2 years ago
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tashgoose:

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas/holiday despite covid! Some good and bad things so let’s get the bad over first-

The lockdowns in the uk were pretty sudden so me and my sister couldn’t spend Christmas or New Years with my parents. I was looking forward to seeing them again but its just not worth risking it especially with the new strain. It sucks but on the bright side I had a lovely Christmas with my boyfriend instead and I’ll be spending New Years with him too!

My mum can’t get the vaccine. Until this is figured out, hopefully. In the uk the nhs has been told not to give the vaccine to anyone who has a significant allergy as some folk with allergies have been having bad reactions to the vaccine. My mum has a lethal allergy to peanuts and latex. She’s understandably worried as am I. So guys, please, even when the vaccines roll out please continue to be mindful for the safety of others not so fortunate.  

Brexit. Along with all the other shit it’s going to cause, Brexit might screw with my shop because of the new taxes. Shipping will me more expensive at the very least. So cheers to anyone who voted for that.

Now to the good news! That’s me finished my temp job since the lockdowns kind of ended it early. It was tough at some points but honestly the staff were so nice and the manager’s just the sweetest person. Everyone just worked really well together, and I appreciate how hard that is to find in retail. Especially now!

Still, I’m going to enjoy a bit of a rest for a few days and then I’ll get back to focusing on my projects!

I’m itching to try some new supplies out. I got some roman szmal watercolours from my boyfriend that I’m eager to try out. And during the black Friday sales I got some more etchr sketchbooks and brushes. Including the fancy signature sketchbook with fabriano paper. Anyone else get nice art supply hauls this Christmas?

Still thinking of opening small commissions in a couple of weeks. Like small-ish watercolours. Something with full colour that isn’t going to be too expensive or time consuming. Would folk be interested in that?

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tashanimation · 2 years ago
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Roc Concepts

I got a big a4 etchr sketchbook to do spreads of sketchy paintings to try and dive into ideas a bit more. Though I got a bit carried away and overworked these. I’m also gonna have to be easier with the eraser cause I mushed up the texture a bit in some areas.
These are for the next mythical birds piece, the Roc. I don’t want them to be as big as they are in the myths, going for more of a Haast’s eagle size but a bit bigger.

Artwork’s been so slow while I’ve been working again, sorry about that. Though my temp placement’s been cut short because of the lockdown’s so my last day is Christmas eve! I’ll be giving myself a few day’s holiday and then I’ll get back into drawing and painting!

Schmincke/daniel smith watercolours
White postercolour for highlights
A4 etchr cold press watercolour sketchbook

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tashanimation · 3 years ago
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Sneak peak from my watercolour sketchbook!
Will be painted… slowly in between work which starts again tomorrow.

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tashanimation · 3 years ago
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Shop update! Shop will go on holiday on the 16th of December!!
Aiming to reopen early to mid January.
If you want to grab anything do it now! Also big thanks to anyone who got something. The shop’s been doing great these past couple of months and its really helping me c:

Closing because I’ll be working in the evenings in my temp job closer to Christmas and I just don’t think I’ll have the time or energy to juggle the two. Also, after that I want to chill and spend some time with my parents.

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tashanimation · 3 years ago
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tashgoose:

Mini Resi’s for fun! And to test out some derwent graphitint watercolours from scrawlrbox.
Mixed with graphite, they don’t act like usual watercolours, which made them a bit harder to control at times. But I love the subtle earthy tones and the cool granulating effects.
Used them to experiment with different hues for Resi.

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tashanimation · 3 years ago
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tashgoose:

Mini Resi’s for fun and to test out some watercolours from scrawlrbox later!
Though it was semi intentional I kinda exaggerated her beak a bit much in the top ones, woops. These are just the different forms I draw her in but it looks like a pokemon evolving ha

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tashanimation · 4 years ago
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Collared Dove Study

I really need to make more of a habit of studying from real life/photos. I often look at references and do quick sketches to figure out anatomy for my creatures but that’s not the same as a long in depth study. I did this one to practice rendering as its something I want to build up confidence in. Also a couple of these doves hang out in my parents garden, not seen them in a good while cause of covid. Can’t wait to see them and my parents again after all this.

Photo reference credit to Rob Gipman. Photo link

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tashanimation · 4 years ago
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Postcard sized peryton painting for the mythical birds project.
Smaller and faster than thier hyppogriff cousins, speed is the main defense of these nimble creatures. Their wings have some gliding ability to help them escape danger. If caught, their sharp hooves and spurs can be a painful last resort.

Schmincke/daniel smith watercolours
White postercolour for highlights
etchr cold press watercolour postcard

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tashanimation · 4 years ago
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An adult version of the peryton. Original sketch plus the transferred version, ready to be painted tomorrow!
Smaller and faster than the tough hippogriffs these guys best defense is to flee. Their wings have some gliding ability to help them escape danger.

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tashanimation · 4 years ago
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Little peryton and Tobi Kadatchi large stickers are now available on my etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/tashcrow

These are 10cm (approx 4 inches) wide, eco friendly and waterproof!

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tashanimation · 4 years ago
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Watercolour Plant Dragon

I originally planned to paint this little guy digitally but work ramped up my hours. I struggle to make anything decent with just little scraps of time in between work so I’m leaving finished digital paintings until my contract ends in January. I’ll still try to just do practice paintings and small studies but I probs won’t be uploading them. I’ll still draw and do small watercolours like this on days off though. It helps me stay sane in amongst Christmas retail!

Cold press fabriano artistico 5 by 7 inches.
Schmincke/daniel smith watercolours. Poster colour for highlights.

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tashanimation · 4 years ago
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So my part time job is now a full time job with pretty irregular working days. So I’m gonna have to change my art plans again. 

Trying to do longer digital paintings is absolutely not working. I can maybe get a 1 to 2 hours block of working in a night and i’m pretty tired from standing up all day so my concentration and decision making is …not great. I might try to do studies and little practice paintings after work but I probs wont upload these. And watercolours on my days off. So I don’t get too rusty but yeah art updates are really going to slow down until the contract ends in January.

I usually try to get etsy orders out twice every week but depending on my schedule it’ll likely only be once per week.

Not gonna lie, if I knew it would end up like this I wouldn’t have taken the job. But because of covid lock-downs the company is unlikely to take on more staff so I doubt I’ll be kept on. So I’ll just have to power through this and get paid while I can. Feeling rough cause I hate retail. I’m a slow working introvert so Christmas retail is hell but there isn’t anything else I can do. But Its not the worst thing all things considering. I’m lucky I got this position in the first place! Plus, once its over I’ll have some savings so I can relax and concentrate on my portfolio. 

Ps. This isn’t a dig at the manager. I’m really grateful for the employment and they can’t control the situation with multiple staff off sick. Plus me being employed at the absolute worst time.

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tashanimation · 5 years ago
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Plant Dragon Sketch
Not very obvious yet but hopefully it’ll look a bit more plant like once its painted!

Christmas temp job has a lot more hours than I thought and its pretty exhausting. I’ll keep working on my projects but art is going to slow down a lot for these two months.

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tashanimation · 5 years ago
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Hippogriff watercolour for the fantasy birds project. I want these to be the big tough herbivores in comparison to the smaller, dainty dear like peryton’s.
Wings are too small for even gliding and are instead used for threat displays, body language and attracting mates.  

Cold press fabriano artistico 5 by 7 inches.
Schmincke/daniel smith watercolours.

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tashanimation · 6 years ago
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These horse sized hyena relatives are seen as an omen of death. Both as a cruel curse or as a friendly guide into the afterlife, depending on who you talk to. They stalk the weary and injured in deserts and plains. Waiting for its quarry to finally collapse. Their size and long forelimbs help them to scan thier wide open territories. But they also make them slow moving and ungainly so they make for poor hunters. They avoid injury as much as possible but if food is scarce and their cubs need feeding they might hurry their prey along into the afterlife.  

Yay its done! I was trying a different technique for this so it was a bit of a learning process.
Mostly based on brown hyena’s with a bit of vulture for the mostly hairless head.  

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tashanimation · 6 years ago
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Wip! Big learning curve since I’ve not done a digital painting of a more detailed creature in a good while. Trying to paint the values first, then colour over it.

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tashanimation · 6 years ago
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Creature concept to be digitally painted soon!
Its a big, horse sized scavenger, which scans the open desert and grassland with the help of its long forelimbs.
Wanted to go for something unsettling but believable and natural. Mostly based on brown hyena’s with a bit of vulture for the mostly hairless head.  

Traditional pencil with some digital edits.

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tashanimation · 6 years ago
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I forgot how much fun col erase pencils are!
Wont use them for commissions since they don’t erase quite as well as normal pencils. But I think I’ll use them more for personal things.

This guy will be used for some digital inking practice.

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