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Monday, 24 December 2012

Phil Kiddys Cover

Most recently finished is my cover for Jesse Perretts 'Phil kiddies' A spoof detective novel with surreal elements. I thoroughly enjoyed this project. My client really liked the final outcome though i was a little skeptical. He asked for a minimal cover with a figure (preferably the detective himself) he also wanted the inclusion of a canine side-kick.
This was my first mock.

And this is how it turned out in the end::

In the end I really wanted to express the street lamp look but not too obviously, I used a gradient for a subtle representation of this. For the figure I went for a hard shadow, I used some reference to get the shadows in the right place. The dog was a  merging of several reverence shots that I actually went out in the street and set up my self.

YarnStorm Event

As I went for a stroll around town I came across this interesting little display.

This was the work lovely work of some people from PSAZZ. Which is a support group for those with Psoriatic Arthritis. The piece which I have found to be called 'Yarmstorm' is a great exuberant contrast to usual city life, it very much brings attention to the building and lulls you in to take a closer look.

What I find very inspiring about this is how colourful it is, it instantly brightens your spirits and is used to a good effect (not too over powering). What I also like is how thin threads connect each little creations into one piece, tying it all together. This has given me lots of ideas for the project i'm working on now which is about peace and positivism.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Koi No Yokan

Deftones, One of my oldest favourites have now released an album! Their seventh one so far. Its definitely different from the others. The overall feeling is darker and more solemn. As I listened to the other albums again getting back into the Deftones mood, I realised they are all similar obviously the same band, but also very different. Each album has its own sound, the way the instruments are played, or the theme of the lyrics. In this one the sound of Chino's voice is very different, clearer. There's also some really old drum loops I could hear in there.
I find this a great quality. In a lot bands I listen to they either go completely different, or exactly the same. It certainly hard to change your style and be recognizable that's what I appreciate most about Deftones, and why they will forever be one of my favourites. 
I think the best track has got to be 'Rosemary' great mix between calm and chaotic with a really nice bass line. Great to draw to as well.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Psyop Twinings Advert

I normally find adverts unbearable to watch. and quickly mute or leave the room if a particularly annoying one appears, but as I sat watching Doomsday Preppers (great show) waiting for Sunday roast, I came across this lovely little gem. Created by Psyop Studio this animation is short, has nice tweening effects and overall theme.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Photo Noir!

Did a little photo-shoot for a book cover I am working on for a friend. The book is spoof detective Noir with some surreal edges and great leading character.

Working in Lightroom for these photos still getting the hang of it. Raw files are the way forward!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Zen Pencils :: This is just a ride.

Zenpencils is an amazing comic site run by Gavin Aung Than. Its premise is illustrating great quotes/passages from comedians, poets and writers. The style is comfortable and the words are inspiring.
Here I present a new one and one of my favourites.

And another one! This time words are by Ira Glass

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Macro Lens on Olypmus OM10

Hello! My film has finally been processed and printed it only took like 5 five years!
The long wait has really encouraged me to set up my own dark room, though I definitely do not have the space at the moment.
Anyway this is about 8 pictures out 36 that actually came out alright the rest was really blurry. For various reasons my shutter speed was too low or I didn't have a tripod. Anyway love the effect of the film and lens and will definitely shoot with this again!

/No theme just everyday sites :P/

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Not Frequent Posting

I've realised I only post like once a month. which isn't as frequent as I might like. Its odd trying to get into a blogging state of mind though. I never really think 'oh I'll do this and put it on my blog' there's probably a lot of work I've made that I haven't thought to put up yet, just drifting out there, so cold and alone.

I will try to post more often from now on!
Also started making a Color and Reference library!

Short Comic :: Lemonade Stand

Hey ya'll. Been busy with a few things like my new teaching assistant job, and a few commissions which i will put up later.

Anyway here is a comic I managed to finally finish. No words, I like those sort of ones.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Tony Moore - Great Comic Artist

Tony Moore

Moore has got a great style, his facial expressions are varied and deep. his lines have a nice rigidity in places. which emphasizes a cartoonish overall look. One of the biggest reasons I like cartoons/comics are the great charaterizations and exagerations that are used, and Moore pulls this off very well.

Head over to his site to see his extensive gallery very neatly arranged i might add.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Riven Phoenix's Human Figure from Your Mind.

Lately I have been in a researching mood, look for new techniques and artists. I have also been thinking about fundamentals, as you know a good base is the sinew of an endeavor.

Learn To Drawn The Human Anatomy From The Mind (nice catchy title) is a series of tutorial web videos that I have found interesting and useful. I love drawing straight from my mind even though past tutors have always gone on about having primary sources and secondary material.

This collection goes further than just going on about arbitrary construction lines (Like in a lot how to draw books I've read). It goes into his thought process, as well how you have to help you brain turn formula into function by looking at things like negative space.He also goes into looking at Da Vinci's artwork and relates it to his own theories and techniques. Heres the first video if your want to take a look.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Old songs

Found a song i produced ages ago. Defiently going to pick up making stuff like this again one day.

JIMP Page 2

In this comic series i want to go for a monochromatic and misty theme. the style may vary a tad as i experiment with every page.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Restarting JIMP Comic

Decided to restart JIMP as i really didn't like how the other one looked. I want something with more detail and accurate anatomy.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Sharing is Caring

Today, i'm uploading a few bits and bobs. a 30 minute painting because i want to do more timed stuff. also 
my friends birthday card i draw for him, i draw all the cards i give to people. and a quick comic i came up with a few weeks back, now that i look at it, its not very funny.

30 minute painting.

Friends Birthday Card.

LA Noire

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Digital Drawing

Just couple of more digital drawing haven't been updating much because i'm working on this animation which is taking up much of my time.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Birthday Drawings

I recieved a lot of pens and inks, both in colour and various shades of grey. I felt i should upload some drawings with the new equipment. I am pleased with these to a degree, and i have also realized i need to stem away from drawing too much without referential material. I find i produce better work when i have sources to work off.

So next I will trying to expand my horizons possibly do a bit of abstract, or landscape, or abstract landscape.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Photography and Effects

Playing around with some some photos on Photoshop. I love taking photos and getting a nice composition, but I don't into editing them on Photoshop. I like to try and get a photo right without having to go into any editing software to fix anything. But when you want to create something that's not within the usual dynamics, you need
some good old Photoshop.

In these two i have tried to achieve a old but stylized effect. with high pass filters and some channel arranging. also adding noise for a grain effect.

In the next one, I've tried something I've been wanting to play with. A animation looking photo.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Page 4 :: Jimp

My fourth page and with it some more ideas. More solid pastel colours, less wash grey... maybe just a bit.
I want to choose limited colours and reflect the situation/environment.
Another note, not happy with anatomy. Going to have to go back to using reference. I'm sure most great comic artists do anyway, but i like to draw straight from imagination. Oh well until my muscle memory gets better, back to the digicam!

Like the drop shadow for narration box though :p

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

New Mixtape

Set 'em Up,
     Kock 'em Up
New Mix recorded the other night enjoy!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Jimp Page 3

Next page got a lot of ideas for the story so hold on.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Jimp Can't Jump

Little comic I've started sort of dystopian sci-fi with connotations to the present day.

Working the same sort of style as sellouts, but i'm going to try and push more of contrasting shades in the this one. Possibly go into colour further along.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Joshua Middleton
    Supergirl Galore

Middleton started his career as penciler for CrossGens 'Meridian' and has since gone on to do great things, such as win the Eisner Award for 'Best Cover Artist' with his work NYX, X-Men Unlimited and New Mutants. He has also gotten work with giants Marvel, DC, Disney and Warner Brothers.

The reason for his impressive references is his portfolio. There is no doubt he can create whimsical scenes as well as fiery concepts. His style is sunny, light, cartoon-like yet not. It does have a playful surreal feel do it. I think he realizes the trick is not to be as realistic as possible, but to exacerbate the imagination.

You Can Find More of Middletons Work At

Monday, 12 March 2012

Sellouts :: Comic Project

Hello! Been very busy drawing up this 5-page preview for 'The Sellouts'

The Sellouts is written by Jesse Perrett
and is about the journey of an awkward individual (Norman) and a cynical drifter (Ruby).
Their adventure is full of mysterious and bizarre happenings, filled with philosophical and humorous elements.

Note: The artwork of these pages and the pages thereafter are of different styles purposefully.