Friday, December 7, 2007


Been listening to Water by Thrice, specifically The Whaler and Open Water (both of which are so great) and wanted to do something wet.

I like this technique of copying an image and using it as my paint stroke... i duplicate the bottom layer/image, move it and then mask it all out and paint back in lines.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


I wanted to do some kind of illustration or painting last night, so i used a random word generator and it gave me the word "consumption". This is what i came up with for that.

I enjoy the painting and doodling aspects of this a lot so i neglect some aspects which would make it a better piece overall (such as working more on the character design, adding more elements, not using a computer), so maybe next time i'll be a bit more disciplined with that.

Oh and he's not meant to be Shrek! I wanted something pasty and a bit repulsive so i used a greenish skintone but forgot to make it less shrekky at the end (maybe i'll come back to it tomorrow or something).

Thursday, November 22, 2007

mixed media

this is a closeup from a canvas i filled with random junk just to experiment, and it's yielded a lot of great textures for me to use.
i drew over bits in photoshop and chucked in a few other photos. I was going to add more collage elements but didn't.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Who's avoiding their work?

I did this as a quick, thoughtless collage painting thing. I want to try new things like colors i dont like or things that look messy/crap.

Then I played with different arrangements of hiding or transforming layers to come up with a few different results from the same layers (not adding new stuff).

2 little asides - the "first" illustration (the one i was actually working on is the bottom one, the other two are the variations).
also, you will notice i used that moon thingy i did a while ago in this - it was one of 3 or 4 images i quickly grabbed to add color/texture.


Unfortunately this looks like every teenager expressing their inner darkness with the haxx0red photoshop they downloaded. If you want an argument against illegal downloading, the 'art' these teenagers create is all you'll need. I'll be putting it up onto DeviantArt in just a moment. (no, not really).

I took a photo to show how long my hair is now and then i just mucked around with it... i like the idea of the 'displace' filter (used on mah face, but you cant really see it much under the black scribble stuff) but can't see many ways it's actually USEFUL.

Saturday, October 6, 2007


Was feeling crusty after doing some uni work so thought i'd relax with a bit of enjoyable imagemaking. But then it was all coming out crap too!

this is actually just 2 photos and a paint layer blended.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Pears I

I bought some beurre bosch pears recently which are delicious and also look very nice - they are lumpy and odd shaped, which is what i like about pears.

I have done some watercolors of them which i will upload at some point, but here's a digital painting i did this morning.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Weird dancers

I always liked illustration thats got a distinct style. I naturally try to copy what i see, and even when i'm stylizing illustration it still ends up looking like i TRIED to be realistic and just suck :P

So i felt inspired to do something geometric-ish and very blocky.
I like the idea of this but not necessarily how i've executed it so i've saved the .psd and i may revisit it sometime.

Friday, September 21, 2007


I drew this on Adrian Hogan's graffiti wall at Facebook.
I'm not "into" facebook, lets make that very clear.

although, i did say i wasn't "into" blogging yet here i am providing voluntary posts on one of my 4 blogs (yes that number is misrepresentative as i only really use 2 of them, and i won't use one of those after uni).

anyway, the graffiti wall is a very crude paint thing.
And i painted a watermelon car.
Oh i do hope he likes it.

Sculpture plan

This is a rough sketch for a sculpture I hope to make tomorrow - I'm going to a day class. I have no idea what it'll be like, we are told to come with an idea but i have no clue if the block of "hemel" will be easy to carve, or what size, or ANYTHING really! I've planned to keep with simple, stylized forms which should make it easier and more flexible depending on how the hemel reacts. But i'll probably come back with something way different.

It's also tricky to conceptualise a 3d sculpture. Hmm.

I'll post what I end up with :)

What the smeg is hemel...? time for a g00gle.

Samson - Regina Spektor

Already started putting other people's work in this blog, hah.

but i liked aspects of this very much. I found the editing quite clunky actually but the stop motion and some of the animated bits were really nice.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

There's no place like home

Been listening to a lot of new The Receiving End of Sirens, and the last song "Pale Blue Dot" repeats this line throughout. It's a reference to Carl someone-or-other who talks about Earth as a pale blue dot...

So this response is pretty straightforwardly derived from that (and i guess the liner art a little too...?) but was quick and fun.

Monday, September 17, 2007


mucking round with color... choosing, blending, making crappy digi-paint.

I wouldn't post this anywhere. but that's kind of the point. Doing stuff that isn't actually good. but still is somehow useful for development, who knows how.


This blog is a no-rules creative outlet for me - hopefully a motivation to keep experimenting and churning out little bits and pieces that don't fit within uni stuff.

This first one is a painting i just did. It's not 'finished' and it's not that inspiring, just a copy of a photo, but it seems like as good a place as any to start.

Comments and critique are welcome on this blog but I may not pay much notice to them, as it's not really that kind of place, it's mainly for my own sanity. (though i will still read them, so if you feel the urge, go ahead!).