Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Music from Simon Ashton and Silverback

I've been pretty busy in the man-cave of late, the fruits of my labour being the release of 'Blow Fly' and 'Umoja', available now for digital sale on all your favourite sites: Itunes, Amazon, Nokia Music, Spotify, etc. So check it out and add them to your playlists. Hope you enjoy.


Simon Ashton: Blow Fly
Simon Ashton: Umoja

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Bio.

After completing a 4 year Bachelor of design at UTS, majoring in Industrial Design, I eventually turned my hand to Animation.

In 1994 I was accepted into the selective Animation Training Program at DisneyToon Studios Australia (then Walt Disney Animation Australia) and quickly gained status as senior animator. After animating on the television series Timon and Pumbaa and 101 Dalmations, I was soon busy working on the many direct-to-video releases the studio produced over the next 10 years. Of those productions, I animated on such titles as The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride, An Extremely Goofy Movie, Peter Pan in Return to Never Land, Jungle Book 2, Lilo and Stitch 2 and Bambi and The Great Prince of the Forest. For a full list of credits click here.

The closure of DisneyToon studios in 2006 allowed me to develop my skills as a Storyboard Artist at Funnyazhell Animation. A studio specialising in the pre-production and animation of children's television series. 

From there I deployed my skills in the same role at Tui Studios, where I worked on several episodes of Huntik:Secrets and Seekers, an action series with Manga sensibilities.

In 2007 I began working as Storyboard Artist on several children's television series for Southern Star Animation, namely Sea Princesses and Classic tales.

I am currently employed at Animal Logic, based at Sydney's Fox Studios. I was fortunate enough to be highly involved as Storyboard Artist, Animator and Character Pose Artist for the recently released Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. After completing Animal Logic's CG animation training program I was able to use my 2d animation skillset within the 3D realm, producing character animation that I am very proud of. To see CG/2D reel click here.

Since the completion of LOTG, I have worked on storyboards for various television commercials and animation pitches, and as character animator on Star Wars Lego:The Padawan Menace.

Recently I have completed storyboards and animation on the new cinematic  production of Walking With Dinosaurs 3D. Currently animating on The new Lego Movie due for release 2014.

For contact details click here.

Thank you.


Version 01
Variation on the theme


What happens when you stare at the mirror for too long.

Some character concepts for Rams commercial


Children's Book Designs

All images Copyright 2008
All images Copyright 2008
All images Copyright 2008
All images Copyright 2008

All images Copyright 2008

Pencil Sketches/ Studies

Gorilla studies in photoshop 

'Bernie makes it back for happy-hour'. My submission for the 'Beastly' Exhibition at Kinokuniya Bookstore, 2015.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Showreel. DisneyToon Studios, Australia

Shot Breakdown

Show              Shot No.     Character                                     

Cinderella III          1           Anastasia.                    
                                 2           Anastasia,  Godmother.                                                                                     
                                 3           Fairy Godmother.
                                 4           Bishop.
                                 5           Bishop only.
                                 6           Anastasia.
                                 7           Anastasia only.
                                 8           Anastasia.
                                 9           Fairy Godmother.
                                 10         Anastasia, Drizella.

Bambi II                  11         Great Prince only.
                                 12         Great Prince only.
                                 13         Great Prince.
                                 14         Great Prince.
                                 15         Great Prince.
                                 16         Great Prince.
                                 17         Great Prince only.

Lilo and Stitch II     18         Jumba only.
                                 19         Jumba only.
                                 20         Jumba only.
                                 21         Jumba only.
                                 22         Jumba only.
                                 23         Jumba only.
                                 24         All characters.
                                 25         Jumba run.

Brother Bear II        26         Koda.
                                 27         Koda(human), Nita.
                                 28         Koda, Nita.
                                 29         Koda.
                                 30         Koda run.

The Three
Musketeers              31         Mickey only.
                                 32         Mickey.
                                 33         Mickey.
                                 34         Mickey walk.