Hello Internet. I have been busy. I think it might be spring, or something. So again I will give you a medley of my latest produce.
Firstly though, I read in the The Week today that it is a myth that television can harm your eyes. So that is good. It comes from the early days of televisions when the sets actually emitted a small amount of radiation but tests done on modern children and modern sets show no damage. So ignore my last post. ALL WRONG.
In other news:
Here is that painting I mentioned. It's from a drawing I did ages ago. I have also been priming some new canvases today which is exciting. Infinite possibilities! It's my mum, she's looking a bit more worried or is it suspect (?) than before.
I sent this reel on spec to a local animation studio. I don't know if the email will get through though or if they have any work to throw my way. It can't hurt to ask though.
I have been doing a lot of digital painting lately which I just love. It is so immediate and gets me involved every time. Lets see, I will chose the highlights and pick out my favourite for you which is always the final destination (ie when I get there I stop). The first is called Hunter and I worked this out on Saturday:
Yes, well, you can see some of my process by the precursors, and I spend far too long trying to decide which I like better. It depends on scale of course and mood. It is a lot of fun and a recommend it to anyone to get free with their computer. I am beginning to realise it truly is a tool like any other; As valid as a paintbrush and far more versatile. The problem is scale. You draw it at one size but can zoom in and out at will, and how it would look as a piece of art depends completely on how it was printed. There would be another 20 permutations right there. (There are 20 permutations in my file for this. I saved you from them =). In a way it is a shame to put them next to each other because they inform your reading of them. If you saw them on their own for the first time about 1 or 2 meters wide, I think they'd be really quite different from one another despite being relatives.
If you'll indulge me further I now take you back to Thursday when I worked on this series called SW. I know this one should come first but chronology is not everything. To my mind these are a bit stronger than Saturdays'.
I love the two details above but this one below is the favourite I think. As you can see its pretty graph inspired which relates to my last post when I doddled some graphiti like shapes when on the train. I like graph, but it interests me more the way they draw the shapes rather than it being an actual word. It's the style that counts. I also like the way their fonts are politically subversive while being intrinsically likable. They are very good cartoons in their own genre. So many graph artists would blow most graphic designers (the generic crew not you frustrated artists of cool) out the water if they had the right connections etc.
Hum, So. I am sorry about this I hope you're not tired, but there is still some more work I did. I just like to share you know. Be glad I am not telling you everything that goes on in my life or listing my shopping wishlist or something. Some people manage to talk about such things and make it interesting so I will press on and hope my soul on screen is enough. Clearly souls are not for everyone though, especially not barefaced and cheeky ones. Boku Maru everyone. This last set is called Concrete levels. I drew some bricks and was surprised to find fairies living there.
You know what? I think it might be coffee. I started drinking coffee again. Its powerful stuff, especially if your body is a temple like mine... (what!?). So were you wondering if I'd forgotten about Catonip Towers? Of course not, with three cats to boss me around I haven't got a chance to forget! I have to go make the supper now. If you happen to like any of these pictures you could always ask me to get one printed nice and big on some archival paper(?) I found this very cool place in Dalston that does it very well. They printed a poster for me already so I would go there again for any requests. Clearly you have to come to me though - I am an artist I need the money. People forget.