Monday, 24 December 2012
Sunday, 16 December 2012
OK, bad joke, but every line of the above scribble was delivered with a fondness associated with those whose memory make up the fibre of one's past. Can't imagine someone of his English eccentricities being allowed a break in front of the BBC's cameras today. Heard a magnificent poem on the radio this evening by the great Murray Lachlan Young, eulogising Patrick Moore. Very funny. If I discover a link to it then I'll post it here...
Friday, 14 December 2012
Patterns in photoshop are great to add time saving details and effects. I pulled this old drawing from the virtual sketchpad to try some pattern making in the shirt, face, hat and neckerchief. Also added a bit of shadow to help create some volume...good fun.
Friday, 30 November 2012
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Saturday, 24 November 2012
Friday, 16 November 2012
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
(Acrylic on canvas board)
Am doing a bit of old school painting...yeah, with real paints! - remember those? Two reasons: one; because real paints rock, and two; I'm only just coming out of a serious slump of technical issues with hardware and software. Aaaaaargh!
However, the above process of paintings is not recent, but was completed a while ago for my sister-in-law, as a memento of a departed pet. Painting pet pooches or pussy-cats is always to stray into a dangerous arena. I'm thinking of those kitsch pet portraits you can see propped up in a garage sale which only serves to remind you how a rash idea can turn into an offense against humanity... and somehow one that is more easily made than when painting human portraits or landscapes. I hope I've managed to avoid that crime here, but maybe it can't ever be totally avoided. Perhaps the transgression's already made with the choice of the subject matter, before one's painted the initial stroke...ach, move on!
Monday, 22 October 2012
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Anyways - when it comes to the uniform, I've always preferred the big flared lid. Don't know where I saw it first but that's how I prefer to draw it...
Thursday, 11 October 2012
After holding off for a dang long while I've re-activated my twitter account as I found it was the only way I could communicate with certain people who weren't active elsewhere. So if you're not a regular blog-checker yourself but are just plain silly about twitter and you want to be informed if a new morsel of art has been loosed upon the virtual world then sign up here - you'll now be welcomed with open wings. I hereby promise no meditations on what I've had for breakfast...
Just a quick heads-up for all you who are looking for further online sites to promote yourselves and your artwork. The online magazine site called 'Artists & Illustrators' is offering free profiles, albeit with the limitation of only three pieces of work and no opportunity to sell originals. You can improve your lot with them by paying a smallish sum where you can have unlimited uploads, sell your originals and write your own blog, all for the sum of £2.49 per month or £24.99 per annum. To find out more, click this link which'll take you to the relevant page. Your first thought is probably 'why pay for a premium profile when I can get those services for free elsewhere?' and it's a fair question. A&I obviously feel they have a greater reach than your average free site so I can only suggest creating a free, limited profile with them to start with and then try the paid version for a few months for the purposes of selling your originals. If after that it doesn't pay then quit it. See ya there and good luck!
Hutch was around at the beginning of the craze of posting first-person shooter gameplay onto YouTube - mainly Call of Duty - with live and post-dubbed commentary to quickly acquire a large following. His vids amply showcased his prodigious gaming skills but were made superior to his fellow gamers' uploads by his great commentary which were shot through with intelligence, humour and well-positioned silliness. After a short and well publicised break from the internet he's back posting gameplay, but this time also uploading vlogs for the purpose of helping many of his subscribers with their personal issues, by giving advice all drawn from Hutch's own experiences. The topics he covers are suggested by his subscribers and due to his fans being mainly of the young adult demographic the subjects he covers typically reflect this. His advice ranges on everything from depression, addiction, online copyright and excessive fapping (yeah, I had to look that one up too).
The fact that he's got over half a million YT subscribers is all testament to the above. So, being one of the good guys he gets 'cooked'.
Btw: If you're a gamer who is fed up with trawling the offensive and the moronic (when it comes to online gameplay) then check out Hutch's channel by clicking here and hopefully you'll find an enjoyable alternative...
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Thursday, 13 September 2012
I visit family down south west in Torquay throughout the year and usually take a camera if I wander the country lanes that divide up the countryside. Always end up snapping rusting railings, delapidated outhouses and collapsing barns along with various farming implements seemingly abandoned and in various states of decay. The above image was drawn from a photo taken in a semi-failed road close to my parent's house which seemed to be populated with all the above examples.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Monday, 10 September 2012
Thursday, 6 September 2012
Friday, 31 August 2012
A totally organic experiment hence there being no sense to this whatsoever other than the mangled narrative I've suggested above. If he's got ginger hair, how come he's got a 5 o'clock shadow? Oh well...
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Discovered this in the vaults, about 9/10ths done - so I dusted it down, tarted it up and shoved it out the front door.
Friday, 24 August 2012
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Monday, 20 August 2012
Sunday, 19 August 2012
in Photoshop on PC
Changed the brush settings and went for a more dip pen approach with this one. Why? Anthony Burgess had a wild head.
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Due to other important non-art based distractions, it's been a long time since any posts. While I get round to finding time to remedy this, you may want to read a little online interview I had with Jeffrey Hyatt who writes and curates a Blog/site dedicated to Miles Davis. As well as Jeff's knowledgeable and comprehensive input, his site is a great resource for interviews with writers, musicians, artists and others, all linked to Miles Davis in some way. So if you're interested in Miles, Jazz or just want to find out a little about the caricature of Miles Davis I recently drew then take a look here. Some answers I've given before elsewhere on the web but I'm hoping it still makes for a good read...