'The Adventures of Abney and Teal' is a BBC animated children's TV series produced by Ragdoll Productions Ltd. and directed by Joel Stewart.
The fifty-two episodes tell simple stories of the inhabitants of a forgotten island in the middle of a city park. Abney lives in a makeshift hut under a tree while Teal sleeps above on one of the branches. Neep is a turnip-like creature that can travel underground, the Poc Pocs are six wooden birds and Bop is a kind of otter/bear that lives in the lake and blows big bubbles. Toby Dog plays music in the background.
The world of Abney and Teal is inspired, among other things, by the work of Finnish-Swedish writer and artist Tove Jansson.Entirely produced in 3D Maya the show emulates stop-frame animation techniques as
used for example in old classic animations such as 'The Hedgehog in the Fog' by Yuriy Norshteyn.
On the production of the animated series, I had the pleasure of contributing to many aspects of production such as the development of animatics, characters, animation of multiple 2D and 3D characters in Maya.
After the animation was finished I took on the opportunity to collaborate with Walker Books on the publication of the series' books. With Walker, I illustrated a wide range of titles that include picture, flap, pop in slots, coloring and stickers books.