The Hour: Animation to promote new art prints by Neil Wyatt at The Handmade Cyclist

I was commissioned recently to animate five art prints by graphic artist Neil Wyatt at The Handmade Cyclist. The Hour record was broken most recently by Bradley Wiggins.


The purest test of a rider and machine, the hardest ride of them all.

A series of five artworks by The Handmade Cyclist, exclusively available from and


Here’s how the Handmade Cyclist website tells the story behind the prints:


The Hour Record. The purest test of a rider and machine, the hardest ride of them all.

The story of The Hour is one of drama and intrigue disproportionate to the simplicity of the challenge. From the great Eddy Merckx’s shattering of the record in 1972 to Bradley Wiggins’s awesome fusion of fitness and technology in 2015. This series of prints illustrates the great and sometimes controversial record-breaking rides that defined their eras.

The Hour strips aside every outside influence on the rider. One rider, on the track. No wind, no hills, no drafting.  Just the rider and the bike.

The man-machine.



If you want to buy the prints there are two sources.

They can be purchased directly from The Handmade Cyclist


Signed copies are available from Rouleur Magazine.

Here’s their take on the story of The Hour:

The Hour Record, one of the most gruelling events in cycling; the purest of tests and most prestigious of records – one hour, one bike, one rider

Five screen prints, commissioned from artist Neil Wyatt, celebrating 40 years of Hour Record history. The achievements of Merckx, Moser, Obree, Boardman and most recently Wiggins are commemorated as A2 prints. These seven-colour hand-pulled screen prints are exclusive to Rouleur, each one numbered and signed by the artist, limited to 100 of each edit.

Nature Magazine animation

I recently animated a couple of sequences for Nature Magazine, which can be seen here at the 3:30 point as well as 8:00:

The brief was to animate Lego bricks, but virtual ones as opposed to actual bricks. I created these in Photoshop then animated them in After Effects.

TV Pilot

I’m excited to announce that I have been asked to participate in a friend’s TV project.   Jenny Muncaster is an artist, based at The Colour Factory in Winchester, who is about to embark on a brand new TV series (title TBC) in which she encourages members of the public to create their own art using a variety of techniques.  I have been invited to create some animated sequences as well as some voice overs (possibly).

Here is the sequence that I created fore the pilot episode.  A second version was used in the version that was taken to the Cannes TV festival and won a distribution deal after a bidding war.

A Day At Scout Camp

I recently led three cut-out stop-motion sessions with a scout group in Basingstoke around the theme of A Day At Scout Camp.  The troop enjoyed the whole process of devising their scenes as well as creating the sound effects, dialogue, art work and animation.  Here are the results…

Pom-Pom Plays The Game

Here are some excerpts from my latest film with City of Westminster Archives.  The film is called ‘Pom-pom’ Plays The Game and tells the story of Robert Pom-pom Whiting, who was a footballer and soldier during World War I.

The film combines archive stills (from the Westminster Archives collection as well as some of Pom-pom’s family photos, courtesy of his grand-daughter Julia Haydock); stop-motion animation and After Effects animation of artwork created by attendees of Diwali in the Square, which took place in Trafalgar Square in October 2014.

The sequences here were filmed at College Park School in London and were animated by students there.

The animation and editing is nearing completion and I look forward to sharing the finished  film with you soon.