Saturday, 10 December 2011


Our latest project is complete!

Promo film for Random House and their book  DarkMarket by Misha Glenny. The story is focused on cybercrime and it's increasing threat on our internet reliant society.

The film follows police Detective Dawson and his struggle to understand this new type of untouchable criminal.

Theo Nunn - Director
Phoebe Halstead - Producer
Stephen Middelton - Animator
Nuno Neves - technician

We am the Kestrel

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Visual diary pages of two most excellent Halloween parties.

North Yorkshire

Day of escape to the Yorkshire dales. During busy filming in Scunthorpe for Dark Market, I stole my group away to Pen Hill to draw in the sun. It was blissful.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Dark Market

Here is the concept art from collaborative summer project with Hannah Simpson. We had a wild time coming up with a mad story inspired by Misha Glenny's new book Dark Market.

Thursday, 22 September 2011


This August I spent interning at Knifedge. I had an absolutely brilliant time. Lots of varied work from designing Gilliam style characters for an animated Christmas E-card for the charity Crisis, which meant visiting Pollocks toy theatre museum searching for pantomime images.

I designed for a music app called Rigoletto, based on an operatic hunchback. 

I also got taken to the opera at Glyndebourne to see the Turning of the Screw which was a tremendous treat. 

Below is the thank you card I drew them as a parting present which I hear is now hanging in their meeting room which is a great honor. It was inspired by the fantastic characters in the audience at the opera. I popped the people I worked with at Knifedge in. It was fun to see them spotting themselves.
Thankyou Knifedge!


This summer has been a very good summer indeed. I spent a couple of weeks interning, working on  the fantastic Graham Chapman Project at Trunk.

Click here for a good article about the project in general. The project has lots of animation studios making short clips spanning the different periods in Monty Python's Graham Chapman's life. I can't wait to see the finished film! Follow the film blog here.

Trunk is a super studio. There's Ruffles the dog running round excellent people and lovely music. Thanks for having me Trunk!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Changing Faces


Today we got onsies and I responded to Judy Brown's excellent Changes Faces of Illustration project. We had to produce a digital self portrait and a traditional self portrait. The peice is centered around the happiness induced by a onesie. by doing JUMPING self portrait! GIFs don't work on facebook and i only just realised this.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Fare well Damien

Here's a farewell portrait for Damien Gascoigne as he leaves Kingston University after 100 years.

Street Pianos 2

Bird Man in Jubilee Park in Canary Warf!

Film to follow!

Street Pianos

As part of the City of London Festival Hannah Simpson and I have been partaking in a spot of street piano painting! Here's mine which is in Hamstead heath.

Here's it on the Street Pianos website which has some nice accounts of people enjoying the pianos.

Monday, 4 July 2011


Here's a monoprint i did in response to news on the wireless a few weeks ago about the crisis in Syria. As you can see it's a terrifying and confusing state of affairs.

Psychedelic Eagle Birthday

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Here are some pages from my journeys to and from work experience at TRUNK.

Why do persons on trains always turn out looking like displaced refugees?
This man was talking into a dictaphone (Dianne?) and looked as if he had walked straight out of mine and Rosanna's Lip Sync project.


Sunday, 19 June 2011

Under the Sea

For my twenty first birthday I received the most beautiful leather bound book from Rome. It's got a refillable middle so I am going to use this as my visual diary for ever more.  I draw what happens to me everyday. I've been doing this for two years and eight months now. 

Thankyou to my brother Sam Halstead and Phoebe Stannard.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Onion skinning continued...

I'm working on flash for my final major project. It's highly frustrating but sometimes, like magnificent sun rays bursting through rain clouds of frustration you get moments like this!
and this

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Powerful Women

Dark times

Sometimes we all dwell in dark places. These drawings are from our experimental life drawing days. Days of manic drawing to opera music. Heavenly days.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Happy Accidents

Playing whilst working whilst playing whilst working

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Punched paper

Animation paper rising up like mountains. Animation paper making rainbow colours.

Onion skinning

Work in progress on my final project for second year, I am excited to begin animating.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

let's go!

In anticipation of cornwall, a birthday card for my mum.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Happy Birthday Elly

The brilliant Eleanor Gay ran the london marathon and turned 21 in the same week, so i made her gingerbread marathon runners to celebrate.

Look at her work here

Sponsor her here

Cornwall in Colour