Over the Garden Wall


I recently finished watching Over the Garden Wall, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Created by Patrick McHale, it’s a ten part miniseries made for Cartoon Network. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this entranced by an animated series, and I’m still trying to pinpoint what exactly it is about this show that keeps it rolling around in my head.


Above is my favourite character called Greg, and his pet frog that changes name several times through the series. Each episode is only ten minutes long yet for me encompasses the perfect blend of quality illustration and ridiculous, whimsical storylines that I adore. The backgrounds are insanely beautiful and according to wikipedia are digitally painted to resemble grisaille paintings.



Some backgrounds designed and painted by Nick Cross, the art directer for Over the Garden Wall
Backgrounds designed and painted by Nick Cross, art directer for Over the Garden Wall

As Greg and his brother Wert wander through the woods, each episode introduces a new array of characters and creatures.

Auntie Whispers, one of the most terrifying characters I've seen, who seems to bulge in every way
Auntie Whispers, a most terrifying character, who seems to bulge in every way.
These pumpkin creatures feature in Episode Two
These pumpkin creatures feature in episode two, Wert is to the right.
The Woodsman, and to the right the gleaming eyes of The Beast.

The show has this underlying menacing tone; for the entire breadth of it the children are being stalked by a creature called The Beast who is constantly seen in shadow and feared by everyone in the woods.

Yet in every episode there is also some sort of nonsensical musical feature like Greg below singing about Potatoes and Molasses (which will get stuck in your head I promise).

It’s this bizarre concoction of whimsy and horror and beauty and laughter. I love love love it and I can see it being a repeat place for me to come back to as inspiration.

Images found on Over the Garden Wall official tumblr which can be found here, and check out Art Director Nick Cross’s blog here

Tv Paint

Some screenshots of the ball & string task this week. It’s my first time using tv paint and I’m really liking it!

I started off with the ball and string simple animation, which honestly took  much longer than I expected, just getting into the swing of a new programme. I scribbled a quick vague silhouette of my fox character using the ball as his rear, before going back over it on another layer in blue line and tiding up/adjusting his shape and features. Then I coloured him in (there were too many brush options not to try it). I wanted him to be pretty bristly and brush-like so I’m happy with his final texture.

Things I learned: I will save a lot of time by having a clear clarified design of a character planned out before jumping into animating. I only had a vague idea going in and ended up spending most of my time working on figuring out how the fox would look with each movement and going back and correcting myself with every change.

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I moved here on the 17th of September so it’s all still a bit new. People seem nice and my flatmates aren’t insane. I studied Textile Art & Artefact in NCAD for four years, and somehow ended up making my work move so now I’m here. Central Saint Martins seems vast; I’m a bit overwhelmed by the amount of facilities available and wondering if the textile people will let me on a loom in the evenings.

My work has always dealt with the narratives bodies carry around with them. Even just with this notion it seems obvious that animation was the way to go, but I’m happy I got to explore other pathways and arrived here organically.

I’m not sure if this blog can host gifs yet, because it like everything else is new, so here’s a still from one of my favourite bits of animation with a link to the piece.



I’ve been trying to find out who made this for ages with no luck. I know it’s made by painting frame by frame onto glass and I could watch it for hours.