Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Wednesday 30th May 2012 - Even angels will fall..?

Yeah, have been spitballing a new body of work to undertake - my A-Z showed me that I need to spend a LOT more time painting skin; nice skin, smooth skin. Not skin scarred by battle or covered in shit and mud.

I also have a bit of a pining to draw some pin ups, and some angels, and some plain weird shit.

As well as this, I also need to look at expanding the ways I combine traditional and digital media.

So, I may well combine all of this into a body of work. Even Angels Will Fall... A title which has been rattling around. Something which all this work can fall under. And be tied together by.

Above is the first potential image: spawned from a conversation about Jack the Ripper, and his left handedness, and the fact that me and the other half of the conversation were also left handed... And yeah. Was fairly happy with the face! Sure there will be problems with it tomorrow.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Tuesday 29th May 2012 - A mystery box appears!

A little late to the party in terms of updating this, as my mystery parcel arrived close to two months ago, but hey, whatever.

Not much explaining needed really!
All this was courtesy of the lovely folks at


Monday, 28 May 2012

Monday 28th May 2012 - Screen Printing Ahoy!

So yeah, being a loose cannon who plays by nobody's rules except my own, I totally disregarded my last 3 week assignment and wanted to screen print instead.

Okay, that may be overplaying it a bit, I just didn't really go into too much depth with my last assignment - after painting 26 images in 2 months, the last thing I wanted to do was any more painting. What I really wanted to do was print t-shirts.

My main aim was to have the design on a jacket, it's something i've been spitballing for a while, and my thoughts were; if I can screenprint the design onto a number of t-shirts, and some thick fabric, I can then trasnfer the fabric to my jacket, attatch, and voila!

When i've screen printed before, I've got the design printed onto acetate via printer. But, as I'm now a stereotypical poor student, and as I am unwilling to wade through shoulder high photographers, graphics and fashion design students to get to the printer, I decided to hand paint it onto acetate.

I used Posca liquid chalk pens, these were wonderful on such smooth acetate - just gliding across the surface.

The problem I faced, however, was the unsightly weather the U.K currently has, and the inks I applied one day had cracked and bubbled in the heat by the next, so by the end of it each area had been inked at least three times. Fun!

Having each part cut out separately meant I could easily position to my desired measurements - This is what I currently do as a living on football shirts (yuck), but, leaves me in a position where this is no problem, and I kind of have an eye for it now!

Aha! Exposure! This went a lot smoother than my last screen print, where my design got washed off  before I could even use it. I was the only person in the print room at this time, it was lovely, nice and quiet, and the coolest room in the illustration block.

It also meant I got to use the best print bed! This esoteric monster, which has more metal knobs, arms and gadgets than Terminator was a right pain in the arse to set up to get a nice print, but once I did, it was a totally smooth ride.

Unfortunately, once you get going with screen printing you can't stop to take photos - one must keep printing, else the ink will dry and the screen will need to be totally washed and reregistered. But, the mix I made of medium and white turned out to be a pretty nice balance, and even the test prints on black paper turned out well!

The thick denim style kind of fabric, carelessley hung on my wardrobe door to stop creasing/errant cats sleeping on it.

And finally! The T-shirts came out awesome, and everyone who has been presented with one has been pretty happy with it - I just have one person's left in my posession.

But, even though that's done, the original reason for me screen printing has just begun! Embroidery, well, it's very... Time consuming. About an hour per letter, give or take, so roughly estimating about 25 - 30 hours of embroidery in this design - using a Satin Stitch for block filling. The 'E''s a little rough around the edges - I started it when drunk - but the 'I' is far more acceptable in my opinion!

More craftable blogs on their way also! Wax Seals, Postcards, Business Cards! I have a backlog of photos to blog about!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Sunday 20th May 2012 - Personalised Trading Cards

Yess, my trading cards. These were done like a week ago(?) but I was too lazy and too distracted to share them. Naughty naughty me.

I wish I had enough patience to glue the cards all the way around, but the paper stock was too thin to handle that amount of glue, and sticking 52 pieces of paper together can send you a little stir crazy. The idea is sound though, and when thumbed through, they look pretty good!

I want to next bind the images into a book of sorts, or get it published through - I can then post it to people/companies!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wednesday 16th May 2012 - SketchUP

I'm still not too sure what to make of it. I set myself a three week project to investigate its possibilities, and, well, I investigated. It's pretty good making a model of what you want to paint - It makes you consider things not necessarily in the imagined painting, but which are crucial to the believeability of the scene as a whole. However, I currently find it hard to overlay paints onto the model without them looking pasted on... There's a freedom with painting which can be stifled, but I used to find this with pencils, so I can assume it's merely a matter of time before using sketchup becomes a little more natural.

 These are the models - The things that actually look rendered are from Google Warehouse, which is useful, especially for fast conceptual work, because it's used as a pre-vis idea to set the scene.

And the three finished paintings. They took around 2 hours each, which is a pretty decent rate, especially for some of the totally dodgy angles I chose to paint.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Monday 7th May 2012 - Wallpapers!

For some reason Blogger hates actually having 1920x1080 images uploaded on it's interface, so  need to use a 3rd party download/cloud hoster to link viewers to full size wallpapers.

I've just had to change from 4Shared to Mediafire, because, little did I know, you need to sign up just to download images from 4Shared now. Boo!

If you follow the download link on the right there are links where these can be downloaded. Soon enough, all 26 will be available in a wallpaper format! A - Y can be viewed here... With 'Z' hopefully being finished today!