Tuesday, 17 September 2013

New Reel

So... here's my new showreel :) It's been thrown together pretty quickly so please forgive the lack of polish. I'll continue to tweak and expand upon it

Simon Bean Showreel 2013 from Simon Bean on Vimeo.

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

End of a chapter

Well... Blitz stopped trading yesterday. Alot has been said already, it's an early morning after a late night and I've got job hunting to do... so I'll type up my thoughts on the matter later.
Please ignore the showreel on here as it's well old I'll be throwing a new one up here later today (Friday the 13th*shudders*) gods and PC's permitting.

If the showreel and CV tabs don't appear - click 'greedybean' at the top left (must fix that).

Cheer up - here have a picture :)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Life Drawing


Pretty happy with these - enjoyed Blitz life drawing today and definitely feel like I'm making progress :) Today we were using charcoal and experimenting with some different approaches. Have been trying to concentrate on keeping energy in my line as well as committing to the drawing quickly - Mike Mattesi's Force book has been really helpful.

The work scanner seemed to hate these pics though stupid machine!! Wrinkliest pics evaar

Monday, 11 June 2012


At the beginning of May I was lucky enough to go to Stuttgart to attend FMX for Blitz. I had a great time and learnt alot... the sketchbook took a hammering too so it's all good!

on the flight

the cafe

trying to get the hang of brush pen - and failing!

Some cool french dude


Thanks Steve ;)

random characterrr

Life drawing at work

Recently Blitz have started doing life drawing for all artists during work time - how COOL!

We've all been loving this - it's great to sit down with all the animators and just think about gesture and loosening up. Life drawing afternoons are the BEST afternoons!

I've been really trying to push myself to loosen up recently - I'm trying to use ink more so I need to hit the line first time and push myself to worry about anatomy less and energy more.

Here's a few recent pics


So... *ahem* it's been a while!

Looking down the page I see that my last post was four days before this happened....

which I hope excuses me for having been a bit busy!! 18 months though - what a slacker!

I've never been the most prolific blogger but I find sharing my work helps motivate me to do a little more so I hope to start getting back into blogging a bit more

Monday, 25 October 2010

Spiderbot update

Rig by Ali Tezel
This has been such a nice little side project to work on - full of little challenges in bringing attitude to a character with quite a lot of limitations.
It started out as an exercise in keeping my workflow clean whilst keeping the motion snappy and appealing and I think it was pretty succesful. There's a couple of things I'd like to improve, but for now I'll be moving on...
Crits appreciated!

Monday, 6 September 2010


I plan to whip this one up in 3D soon using Josh Burton's Squirrely rig plan to implement a few changes first. Think I'd prefer it if it took a couple of steps and kind of did a wall run on the third platform before jumping onto the rope. I also plan to put a little tail twitch and wriggle when it's on the first platform before it makes a jump

Animator friends out there - any ideas on how I can improve this? :)

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

life drawing : Arthur

It's been a while so it was ace to get Monday drawing again. We did longer poses than usual which we enjoyed

I'm happy with some aspects of these but there's a lot I want to improve.
5 mins
20 mins
Trying a new approach to faces, working more tonally than usual
20 mins
A couple of things in this worked- the dynamism of the tshirt folds and the hair which kind of happened as an after thought.
20 mins
I want to work more fluidly and use less flat tones and clumsy lines. Particularly start shading around things like on the arms here. Why did I just do the arms like this? To do: start thinking

Monday, 19 October 2009


Here's some drawings I've knocked out whilst Lizzy's been watching X factor
Turns out reality tv's got its uses after all! :D

Something's been nagging at me recently to work on caricatures, so here's my first effort: Hitchcock

A couple of studies taken from a Rubens book - i mainly wanted to look at how i suggest form and attempt to use less straight lines when rendering. Unfortunately the only drawing implement i could find was an architectural type pencil- so it ended up being a bit linear.

Some old dude out of the paper whose face I liked

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

the Malloweevel

My postings' slowed down a bit so I thought I'd chuck something up- here's a little lunchtime doodle I did for my irrepressible friends at Animal Friday :)

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Tuesday, 1 September 2009


Managed to get a few sketches done on my recent holiday to Etretat France. Sitting drawing this first one sipping a grand creme and smoking a cigarette is the most contented I can remember being in a looong time :)

Tuesday, 28 July 2009


Yunno, life drawing can be really draining when it's not going well. Things just haven't been clicking for the last couple of weeks and I was starting to question why I even bother, when... bam! a really good session comes around!
I'm really happy with these results. Who knew all it would take would be getting some new paper, some new pencils, and pulling my fat head out my arse

Concentrating on fluidity
starting to use the side of the pencil more effectively. Messed the hand up a bit


Exploring outline. This was my biggest achievement- the first time in ages I've felt like I was able to capture the figure as one entity if you know what I mean, and in a pretty consistent style too. Bring on next week!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Tuesday, 7 July 2009


I keep making the same mistake of drawing the top and bottom half of the figure separately so they often don't look like they quite 'go'. Think I might make myself a viewing square or something to help see the figure in one piece. Never mind, I feel like I'm slowly improving :)

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Sam's First Animation

I had to put this up- my little boy's first proper animation! Go Sam! :)

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao

This is a trailer for a kick-ass XBLA kung fu game soon to be released by Blitz Games. I can't claim to have contributed much to the awesome in-game animations but had alot of input into the cutscenes and loved every minute of it. Working on this project was the most fun and I hit a real learning curve in terms of the strength of my poses and economy of action.
I was sorry to see this one go but would like to say well done to Ollie, Matt, Aron and the rest of the team and I can't wait to download it on XBox live, you should too!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Monday, 1 June 2009

Monday, 18 May 2009

life drawing

So... it's been a couple of months since me and Owen have managed to set up a life drawing class at work, so I reckon it's about time to start posting some stuff. Hopefully I'll put up a couple of pics from every session. Please feel free to comment if you've got any advice / crit / tourettes