Hi, I’m Tom Sylvan. Pardon me while I get the hang of this blogging thing. I’m a freelance animator and illustrator. I make a living (such as it is) primarily by animating forensic reconstructions for litigation, and by illustrating products such as toys, medical devices, kitchen accessories, stuff like that.
While I may mention my professional work occasionally, my intention for this blog is to share and show off the development of my own animation projects. These are few and far-between, unfortunately, the necessities of life being what they are, but they refuse to disappear entirely.
My current endeavor is Bad Reflection, a comedy, a farce starring a mild-mannered misfit robot working in a mirror factory where he has trouble telling the difference between his own reflection and his malevolent doppelgänger. It’s a new, expanded, and vastly improved version of my experimental 3D animation Bad Reflection from 2001. (Experimental for me, that is, being largely self-taught.)
The old Bad Reflection was an attempt at a quick comic interlude, but never quite finished, never quite refined enough. Now, eleven years later, I think it’s time I finished what I started. And after years of animation experience, now that I know what I’m doing (pretty much), I want to turn Bad Reflection into a little masterpiece of comic relief.