I art directed, designed, storyboarded and animated titles, credits and establishing shots for Ben Elton's BBC sitcom, 'Upstart Crow'.
I had a lot of fun finding original Tudor woodcut reference materials. Many thanks to The Bishopsgate Institute for letting me use some of their archive free of charge. Once I'd created a storyboard and layouts, I worked with Martin Davey to create new background elements.
I then combined his new background artwork with original 16th century landscapes and buildings that I'd tinkered with in Photoshop.
Lots of the characters are original Tudor woodcuts. Some I drew from scratch. Finally, I animated the lot in After Effects. A colour grade was added in the online by Rob Grainger. I like to think that even though the artwork was drawn by Martin, myself and a lot of different Tudor folk, the artwork works as a whole.
I hope you also think the typeface works. I can't take credit for designing it, but did select it for the show.
Please click here if you want to see more artwork from the show:
Martin is an incredibly talented artist and I can highly recommend working with him.
You can see some of his work here: