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Pickles - Animator Specialising In Hand-Drawn Animation - London, England, UK

Martin Pickles

London, England, UK


Animator Specialising In Hand-Drawn Animation


I am a 2D animator, specialising in hand-drawn animation in Flash.

I work as a commercial animator specialising in 2D, hand-drawn animation for TV ads, corporates, medical films, TV documentaries and displays (see

In parallel with this I produce my own animated and live-action films for film festival and gallery exhibition. I have had work funded by Film London, Westminster Arts and the Hayward Gallery and exhibited at the NFT, the Hayward Gallery and in the touring One Minute programmes of artists' film and video (see

I created London Animation Club in 2009 as a meeting point, social event and screening opportunity for animators in the capital. We recently had our first event in Hong Kong (see

Work History

Animation lecturer

South Bank University

January 2012 - May 2012

I taught Animation to first year Moving Image students. I specialised in scripting, adapting, generating ideas, development through to producing finished films. The students specialised in hand-drawn animation.

Part-time lecturer in Animation

Anglia Ruskin University/Cambridge Art School

October 2012 - April 2013

I teach animation to second year Animation and Illustration students. I specialise in scripting, adapting, generating ideas and development.

Animator and editor


From August 2007

Animator for various clients

A freelance Final Cut Pro editor

Jongleurs Comedy Ltd

A freelance Final Cut Pro editor of video clips for upload on the 3 mobile phone network

Designer and animator in Flash and PhotoShop


Freelance Flash designer and Animator (for,, Laughing Stock and PA Consulting etc.).


Animal sentience animation for WSPA

World Society for the Protection of Animals
2004 - 2005
I co-wrote and directed this animated film which stresses the native intelligences of farm animals, who, in this film, save a number of humans from an imminent earthquake. The films was used as a teaching aid in South East Asia, Africa and South America. It stars the vocal talents of Andrew Sachs, Miranda Richardson, Graham Norton, Robin Ince and Harry Bolt. It was co-written and produced by Adela Pickles and animated by Fumio Obata, Sumito Sakakibara and Gaku Kinoshita.

Editor and designer

Jongleurs Comedy Ltd
February 2002 – December 2004
I directed video shoots of comedy gigs and edited and prepared the material for upload on the 3 mobile phone network. I also did occasional animation work.

Humorous animations for mobile phones

December 2004 – August 2006
I created Flash lip-synch animations for a mobile phone project for Laughing Stock Productions. The animations were all based upon recordings of stand-up comedians.

Curator and director

London Animation Club
March 2009 – Present

I founded and organise London Animation Club, a monthly meeting point, social event and screening opportunity for animators in London. The events feature guest speakers and an improvised screening of films which audience members bring along on the night. We recently presented an hour-long programme of members' films at the Hong Kong Contemporay 13 art fair.

Part-time University lecturing and teaching

2012 - 2013: teaching Animation to second-year Animation & Illustration students at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

2012: teaching a module in Animation to the first-year Moving Image degree students at London South Bank University. I also delivered master-classes to the second-year Multimedia students.

2011: masterclasses in Animation and Creative Industries for degree students at University of West London.

Freelance animation projects

Freelance animator, designer and editor
July 2007 – Present
I am a freelance animator and film director, working mainly in hand-drawn animation. I work in Flash, PhotoShop, AfterEffects, Final Cut Pro and DreamWeaver on TV ads, sequences for documentaries, title sequences, animated factual videos and presentations. I also created the animatics for an animated children's TV series.

My clients include:

Angel Eye Media
Channel 4
Sky Atlantic
The Open University
Big Red Button
Skaramoosh London Ltd
Focused Films

Please see my showreel for examples:

Animation Lecturer

I have been teaching the second-year Animation & Illustration students at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge

Hayward Gallery

I created the film-loop which is appearing in Rod Dickson's and Tom McCarthy's exhibition at the Project Space at the Hayward Gallery in London

Remembering John Halas (2012)

A documentary about John Halas, the Hungarian-Jewish emigre who became the father of British Animation. I co-directed, edited and filmed most of the interviews for Vivien Halas of Halas & Batchelor.

When I Am 18 (2009)

An educational animation which I animated from drawings made by my nieces who were eight and five at the time. It was directed by my sister and made as an entry for the 1 Minute To Save The World online short film competition and won in the Film Made By A Professional category.

Original drawings and voices by Maja (aged 8) and Lily (aged 5) Pickles
Flash animation and Final Cut Pro editing by Martin Pickles
Written, directed and produced by Adela Pickles
Production Company: Pickles Films


A comic "infomercial" I animated from existing designs for Karbon Interactive and narrated by David Mitchell. I animated in Flash from existing assets.

Just A Minute Reloaded (2009)

The animation created using Flash, drawing on paper and photomontage. The film was commissioned by Angel Eye Media for "Just A Minute Reloaded" for BBC online.

The Petrol Age (2012)

Commercial animations for the Sky Atlantic TV series The Petrol Age. The series was produced by Bigger Pictures and the graphics produced through Skaramoosh London Ltd. The cartoons are hand-drawn in Flash and the photographs manipulated in AfterEffects.

Like Me, Only Better (2007)

'Like Me, Only Better' is a laconic comedy about Neuroses, Catholicism and Prozac.
A man called Clive tries to become a better person and to overcome his various Obsessive Compulsive disorders. The film establishes a link between his Catholic upbringing, his childhood imagination and his adult phobias and compulsions.
I treat a serious subject with sympathy and humour to try to make a film that is both pertinent and entertaining.

A hand-drawn animation in pencil, it moves between the inner and outer worlds of the main character Clive. 'Like Me, Only Better' is also my graduation film from the MA Animation Course at the Royal College of Art in London.

Highly Commended at Scottish Mental Health Art and Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK, 2008
Jury Prize at Zlin Dog Film Festival, Zlin, Czech Republic, 2008
Best Animation Award at Chashama Film Festival, New York, USA, 2008
Jury's First Prize at Kimera Film Festival, Campobassa, Italy, 2008
Audience Award at Black & White Festival, Porto, Portugal, 2008

Qualifications & Certifications

BA in Classics

The Queen's College, Oxford University

MA Animation

Royal College of Art

MA Computing in Art and Design

Middlesex University

Foundation in Fine Art

Chelsea College of Art and Design

Ampleforth College

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