Arlene Claddagh

Arlene Claddagh, an Irish archeologist, who’s on a quest to find her Viking ancestors. Her family is under the burden of a curse that makes all the women in the family die young. This is because a long time ago, Arlene’s great great grandmother, Clidhna Claddagh, was forced into marrying a Viking prince to restore peace to their land. She betrayed him, however, by setting fire to the Viking settlement on their wedding night. Before her death, the prince’s mother cast a curse on Clidhna’s wedding ring, that all women from her line should die before they turn thirty.

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 Gram Glueypaws


Once upon a time there was a mouse named Gram Glueypaws who lived in the manor house of a rich granny, Beatrice Sparklington. Every day Gram would leave his burrow, from under the mahogany staircase, to steal some shiny jewels granny Beatrice left around the house…

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Abstract Mark

Mark is self-isolating. In the silence of his home his mind becomes abstract, as thoughts soar for a brighter future. Mark feels empty. Pieces of himself vanish day by day. Light will soon shine through the emptiness he once knew and loneliness will become a distant memory.

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 Narly the Sound Narwhal

Narly is a pre-raphaelite narwhal who likes sounds. He enjoys acapella music and is fascinated by the resonance of words from the human world. His movements vary depending on the melody he’s hearing. In the deep blue sea Narly listens carefully. Nothing is without meaning to him, as all the noise out there becomes beautiful music to our little narwhal.

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Narly the Sound Narwhal (Autodesk Maya, hand-painted textures)

 Spacey the Adventurer

Spacey was modelled by following Justin’n Marshalls tutorial on creating your first character (Pluralsight course). Alec the Alien resulted from experimenting with Maya modelling tools.

Spacey the Adventurer meets Alec the Alien (Maya)

 Teddy the Dreamer

Teddy’s Dream (Maya)

Snails and Blobs

 Tippy Tappy

Tippy is a tap dancer and is moving to the big city of Shuffelsville for his studies. You can follow his story in the storyboards section here. Now I’m working on modelling, rigging and animating a few of his moves in Maya. Here he is taking his first steps with his controllers on top.

Tippy Tappy’s First Steps (Neutral Walk) from Anamaria Ciucanu on Vimeo.