Monday, October 31, 2011


Mick is a man that works himself much harder than he has to. He grew up in a position of privilege and went to the finest schools money can buy. He is a mathematical and engineering genius, almost to a savant level, and yet he spends his days welding on an off-shore oil rig, He purposefully squanders his talents because he fears if he acknowledges them he would feel superior to those around him. To truly earn his place in the world he feels the need to work himself to the brink of exhaustion and feel the ache in his muscles. Even though his work in mathematics has earned him countless accolades in the field once upon a time, he has given up that life for a job that works him harder and pays him less. 

Maybe he found solving impossible equations dull and easy and physical work gives him a constant challenge. Maybe he just feels a connection with his fellow man through hard work and perseverance that he couldn't find elsewhere. Or maybe he resents that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and needs to earn his piece of the american dream. Mick is someone so in love with the Alger-esque rags to riches story he gave up his riches to live it. 

But ultimately he will never work hard enough. He will never feel as though he's dropped down low enough to work his way up because he had an unfair start. In reality he works harder than his co-workers do and from an objective standpoint he's more than proven himself as someone whose lived the rough life, but he can never prove it to himself. 

Charles Foster Kane is a man who also detests his childhood privilege. He is a man set out to prove to the public that he loves them so much that they ought to love him back. He curses his wealth because he feels it cost him humanity. But his humanity was lost before his fortune was given to him. 

Kane: You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man. 
Thatcher: Don't you think you are? 
Kane: I think I did pretty well under the circumstances. 
Thatcher: What would you like to have been? 
Kane: Everything you hate. 

Superman is a character that feels the weight of the world on his shoulders, sometimes literally. He has all the power in the world and can fix any problem but he can't take care of everyone's problems for them because they will come to depend on him. 

The element of Superman that inspires Mick is in his moments of weakness he views his powers not as a gift to help man-kind but as a curse that has taken away his control over his own life. He has the ability to help everyone and he wants to help everyone, but is he obligated to sacrifice his own free will to meet the expectations of the world? Is he selfish for feeling this way? 

And then there's this guy.

Friday, March 18, 2011


This is a drawing I made of my best friend, Kim, who enjoys the company of only the most distinguished cephalopods. It was also an experiment in half-tone shading which I love the look of, but i definitely need more practice.

Here's my swanktastic technicolor energy loop!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stop Motion Reel

Freeform Stop Motion Reel from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

This assignment was a blast. We were given a chance to go nuts and the only requirement was the video had to be 10 seconds minimum, so I cranked out as much stop-motion as I could.

The music is "Dead Right" by Psyche Origami

Mumbler Animatic

Mumbler Animatic from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

The animatic I made for my alter-ego character.

Music by my uncle Jason's old band, Juggernaut.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Mumbler

This is the first draft of my alter-ego character "the mumbler." 
...aaand this is what he ended up looking like. I love lucha masks.

Jethro vs. The Goblin

Jethro vs. Goblin from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

This is what I ended up turning in as my final. It's not finished, and it never will be, I hate drawing that damn farmer.

First Semester Final Progress

Progress 1 from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

This is the work I have done on my first semester final so far.

Brain Shellac

Metamorphosis Remix, “Brain Shellac” from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

Walk Cycle With Character

Walk Cycle With Character from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING!!! I fixed up my thin male walk and put him in a hazmat suit.

Light Walk Cycle

Walking Light from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

Thin male walk cycle

Male Walk Cycle

Walking Male from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

Male walk cycle

Female Walk Cycle

Walking Female from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

female walk cycle

Weight Test

Weight Test from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

Really not happy about this one. I see several things I need to tweak. The feather just sort of stops in it its tracks, it needs more frames. The rock needs to settle longer. I'll work on it and upload an updated version soon.

Ball Bounce

Ball Bounce from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

My third animation assignment. Animating a ball bouncing in an invisible space and using its bouncing to define that space. Took about a week and I'm pretty happy with it even though its sticky in certain places.


Pendulum from Neil Morrissey on Vimeo.

We were told to animate a pendulum and then add our embellishments. I chose a fetus.