Origin story

Yes, Commissioner? is animator and artist Martin Bell. Martin has been a freelance animator since 2011, a digital media artist for over 20 years, and a professional digital artist since 2006. Martin currently works as a previsualisation animator and shot creator in the UK film industry. 

Martin has a wide range of skills, merging artistic disciplines of traditional art and animation with the scientific and technical disciplines of complex computer-generated imagery. He  has been interviewed on multiple podcasts, including Rusty Animator Podcast and Rubber Onion Animation Podcast, as well as magazines and blogs, about his life as an independent artist. 

Skills

  • a keen eye for detail
  • traditional and tradigital drawing skills
  • working with motion capture
  • general secondary CGI skillset, including:
    • modelling & sculpting
    • rigging & deformation
    • rigid body, cloth & fluid simulation
    • lighting & rendering
    • compositing & editing
    • basic MEL scripting & expressions
  • Animation: 
    • creature
    • character
    • camera
  • visual storytelling and narrative
  • shot creation and composition
  • strong sense of timing and comedy

    Education

    Martin earned a BSc (Hons) degree in Visualisation from the University of Teesside in 2006. Prior to that he achieved a GNVQ in Advanced IT, and a HNC in Computing. These qualifications contributed to his technical knowledge of CGI. Martin then graduated from the Animation Mentor programme in 2011, and continues to maintain a personal culture of continuous professional development, including completing an Animation Mentor Animals & Creatures Masterclass and maintaining subscriptions to Digital Tutors, Cartoon Smart, Skillshare and Creature Art Teacher.

    Technical skills

    Autodesk Maya, Sketchbook Pro, Mudbox, 3DS Max, XSI; Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop, After Effects, Animate/Flash, Illustrator, Premiere, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Fuse; Apple OSX, Final Cut Pro/X, Quicktime Pro; Mental Ray, VRay; Microsoft Windows.

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    Personal interests

    Martin plays guitar and bass, and is credited on two published albums (one of which, "Where's Your Messiah Now?" by The Lagan is still on Spotify), and has played live to large audiences at festivals and stadiums. He likes to draw and paint, mostly digitally using a Wacom Cintiq; hiking with his dogs, Brody and Molly; and shooting wildlife and landscape photography on his DSLR. His favourite films are Jaws, The Godfather and The Iron Giant. His dog Brody is named for the protagonist in Jaws.

    Previous clients

    Animagine Studios, Animation Mentor, Atomic Arts, Atticus Finch, Bandoola Productions, Brickyard VFX, Curiscope, Debneyink, Drive Productions, Finger Industries, Flipbook, Flock, four55, Greensplash, Hamilton+Kidd, The House of Curves, Ingelby, Kazoo Creative, Kingston University, Moving Image Exchange, Outbound, Pipedreams Productions, Proof Inc., Seed Animation, Square Zero, Taylor James, Trinity College Dublin, Trunk Animation, Unit Media, Universal Everything, Valtech, XPI Simulation, Zero VFX.