After the beep...

The animator and illustrator Katy Davis - AKA Gobblynne Animation - has come up with a novel idea for a self-initiated creative project. She's inviting members of the public to leave messages on her phone, and will then create animations to accompany the most interesting ones. The project's called After the Beep and by calling 07513 315164 you can take part.

The idea came to her after someone left an odd message on her phone. "I won't mention any names, but I recently received a voicemail from a professional woman that was about four minutes of stuttery and nonsensical madness and I found it so funny," she explains. "I played it to my brother and said how brilliant it would be as an animation. He then said, 'Well, why not do this as a big project?' I love hearing people's awkward warbles and think it's so interesting to find out what people consider to be funny or worthy of a call."

No doubt some people will be rubbing their hands together thinking of what kind of weird messages they could leave. With the phone hacking scandal and the issue of stalkers out there, we wondered if certain darker themes might arise. But the Bristol-based animator doesn't want to pre-empt or steer the kind of messages people leave. Anything goes.

"I love to see how people interpret opportunities on their own. I've already received numerous awesome voicemails including a 10-second long 'YAY'. Each one differs from the next, which is brilliant," she continues. "I don't want this to hold people back in being obscene or abusive - in fact I would love to experiment with animating the dark side."

The Whores of Horus - an illustration by Katy Davis.

The Whores of Horus - an illustration by Katy Davis.

The creative work will get under way soon and Davis, who loves textures and often generates a hand-made aesthetic in her work, hopes to experiment with different styles of animation for each piece. Not every voicemail will be animated, but you should start seeing the ones that inspire her most appearing online soon. Watch for a heady mix of hand drawn animation, After Effects, Flash, paper cut outs, puppetry, and so on.

Other work by the animator include a recent promotional piece for Samsung's Galaxy Tablet, several pop promos, and a series of Sofa Surfer animations for a CBBC documentary, highlighting the plight of homeless children (above).

What Part Deux - another illustration from her portfolio.

What Part Deux - another illustration from her portfolio.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

The Creative Bloq team is made up of a group of design fans, and has changed and evolved since Creative Bloq began back in 2012. The current website team consists of eight full-time members of staff: Editor Georgia Coggan, Deputy Editor Rosie Hilder, Deals Editor Beren Neale, Senior News Editor Daniel Piper, Digital Arts and Design Editor Ian Dean, Tech Reviews Editor Erlingur Einarsson and Ecommerce Writer Beth Nicholls and Staff Writer Natalie Fear, as well as a roster of freelancers from around the world. The 3D World and ImagineFX magazine teams also pitch in, ensuring that content from 3D World and ImagineFX is represented on Creative Bloq.