An interesting take on a zoetrope...

Legs Media

This is an incredible 12ft high zoetrope made by legs media. I cannot imagine the time and effort that went into making this. Once again showing that you don't have to be a 3dDgraphics genius to make an incredible animation!

We created a 12-foot-tall zoetrope to showcase Temperley London’s Spring 2010 collection. It was unveiled at New York Fashion Week and is now in London for London Fashion week.

More info on its creation is here​legszoetrope.html

The history of animation...

In 1892 Reynaud signed an agreement with the Musée Grevin in Paris to present the 'Pantomimes Lumineuses'; the first animated pictures shown publicly on a screen by means of long, transparent bands of images, and on 28 October gave the first show. The apparatus was set up behind a translucent screen and Reynaud apparently gave most of the presentations himself, deftly manipulating the picture bands to-and-fro to extend the sequences, creating a twelve or fifteen minute performance from the 500 frames of Pauvre Pierrot. - Reynaud

More Zoetropes

found this on You can find more info on the guy who made it at


blow fish!

Dark side of the lens



Weiden and Kennedy!

Wallace and Gramit - classic train chase.




eatPES - Home of the Twisted Films of PES

PES is on a tonne of websites i've been looking through lately, so chance are you might have seen his stuff.
But that's no reason for me not to post it. Check out this, and the rest!


Recently i've been looking into building a zoetrope. I find it pretty fascinating how something so simple has stood the test of time. A modern day example of this would be Pixars toy story zoetrope - which i'll link at the bottom. They have ventured away from the original shape and size of a zoetrope, but the principle is the same. Once i get done with my current animation i'll get on this zoetrope business. exciting stuff!

The zoetrope was invented in 1834 in England by William Horner. He called it the 'Daedalum' ('the wheel of the devil). It didn't become popular until the 1860s, when it was patented by makers in both England and America. The American developer, William F. Lincoln, named his toy the 'zoetrope', which means 'wheel of life'.

The zoetrope worked on the same principles as the phenakistiscope, but the pictures were drawn on a strip which could be set around the bottom third of a metal drum, with the slits now cut in the upper section of the drum. The drum was mounted on a spindle so that it could be spun, and viewers looking through the slits would see the cartoon strip form a moving image. The faster the drum is spun, the smoother the image that is produced.

You can learn more about the zoetrope at

One more development of this kind of toy happened in the nineteenth century. Click on to the next page to find out about it.



To .... check it out.


Imagery. 35mm.


"The Face and Feet of Schuh"

So i work at Schuh. Actually this coming friday is my last shift, because i also work at Monsterbike and Vue cinema. Too many jobs, and the cinema shifts are a bit easier to work with. Anyway, recently in Aberdeen they did this "face and feet of Schuh Aberdeen" thing. The staff were encouraged to upload photo's to the Facebook page. Little did i know they would actually use one from the staff! Here is the layout for the poster, im hoping someone has taken a photo of it on a phonebox, when i get it, i'll post it up here.


Work. Sketch. 24hrs.

A0 pencil. Click to ENLARGE!

Work. Sketch. Shazam.


Imagery. 35mm.

There's something pleasing about having a print in your hand even with all its imperfections. Here are some shots i took on a 35mm SLR, i'll pop more up once i get my prints back.
Quite enjoying taking these out of focus, small depth of field type photos at the moment.
*click to enlarge.


Work. Alice.

So the last project of the semester was to re-illustrate the book cover for the alice in wonderland puffin books. I was not best pleased with my final pieces, but there was some development work i enjoyed. Here:

Mosaic with a selection of characters from the book/story.