Tarnished Studios are a full service high end creative led independent animation production company based in the heart of South Yorkshire. Our primary focus is to deliver state of the art digital media at a consistently high quality that is creative, thought provoking and utilises character, storytelling and design to convey our message through personal connection, humour and emotion.
Our services include animation feature direction, 2D and 3D animation, CGI and compositing for TV adverts, idents, bumpers, computer games, features and shorts. Our work includes the creation of concept art, illustration, storyboarding, 3D modelling and texturing, rigging, 3D effects and rendering.
Tarnished was established in 2012 and our experienced and creative animation team have undertaken work for the NHS, Junction 15 and Stoke-on-Trent Council, and have participated in large scale feature projects that include animations and shorts.
Our core members are;
Jonathan Preston: Jonathan is the Animation Director here at Tarnished. He studied fine art before moving on to Staffordshire University to focus on animation – in particular CGI character animation. After graduating, he has since worked on a number of short films and advertisements for several companies: most notably the Staffordshire Regeneration Project with Junction 15, an anti-smoking promotional short for the NHS, and a short film for Stars & Heroes aimed at animation festivals.
Liz Patton: Liz trained in classical art and design before taking an Honour’s degree in animation at Staffordshire University. She also worked at SMA animation studios in Stoke, best known for their work on the Famous Grouse and Fairy commercials. On graduating she became a freelance animator and VFX artist working on a wide range of projects and companies, from award winning video production house Junction 15 to charitable foundation New Directions Rugby. Liz is the Creative Director at Tarnished.
Amanda Evans: Mandy is the Operational Director of Tarnished Studios and is responsible for ensuring that our projects get delivered on time, to budget and to the highest quality standard. Mandy’s background is in delivering multi-media projects, installations and large exhibitions across the UK – with very significant experience in designing, storyboarding and implementing educational experiences.
Adrian Preston: Adrian has 25 years’ experience in senior and executive management roles for companies developing and managing enterprise media, media software and media delivery platforms. From 2006 to 2011, Adrian was COO of Prospects – a publishing organisation that provided web, print and video media to the University sector. Previously, Adrian also worked in the SME consulting division of Ernst and Young in the USA – providing business and technology expertise to media and web organisations. Adrian is responsible for Business Development at Tarnished.