Saturday, 11 October 2014

Royal Blood - Figure It Out [Official Video]


Whilst the video to this instant classic from Royal Blood is fun, but something that is going to be easily parodied down the line, the song has a riff that just doesn't leave you. The song is destined to become a milestone in rock music with great justification in doing so.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Trigger Word- After- 31st August 2014










It has been nearly one and half years since I last found some time to do a trigger word; although I had this on fruition for a few months, but never had the time to become orientated from it until now.
So this models the preposition 'after', meaning later than. So the example I used was I watched the news on TV after I put the rubbish out. I'm pleased that I was able to depict the newsreaders of my local news presenters- British local news fans may want a guess at my region and those personalities. I was also able to depict our food waste bin, and trying to get the hand gestures right of what my hand is doing when placing the food waste into that bin.
I had problems trying to take shots of the of the figures, but I'm pleased with my third attempt of my figure watching TV, my first attempt at the figure putting rubbish into a bin with his face in shot, and my last attempt at depicting the entire situation with my figure putting waste into the bin.
I'm quite pleased with the setup, although I may want to lower my base down to avoid those corners sticking out of my fabric layer like that. I'm glad I found time to do this, and I want to find time again to do another one, but my schedule is a bit thrown off with potential work commitments at the moment; so I can't gurantee new trigger word models anytime soon.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Various Artwork (Dec 2013- April 2014)

 First things first, I am aware that I haven't updated my blog since last year; but as you would have noticed from the blog that I haven't been slacking in the art department throughout a period of nearly 5 months.
I have been working on a lot of material for a local art group, using different mediums including pastels, pencils, and watercolour. A lot of it is on the theme of journey, whether it is personal, sensual, or however you would experience a journey. And whilst I have exhibited some of these pieces just this week, several have went down well with the general public. I have even exhibited the sketchbooks to sample some of the other pieces I have been doing too.
Hope you enjoy, and I'll try my best to bring commentary on those that deserve talking about.


The piece below, on the left, was inspired by the Depeche Mode track Higher Love. The initial sketch of it is shown on the right.  

This abstract painting was based on my recollection of the layouts of all the rooms in my childhood home in Plymouth. The notes, and initial sketches, are displayed beneath the piece.




 This pastel drawing was inspired by the recent flooding, whilst seeing these wire mast submerged in the flooded river banks. The initial sketches, and colour imprints, are included along with the finalised piece.



 This figurative painting was inspired by the Winter Olympics, and it chronicles the journey of those snowboarders that were in action during those games. 
 

 This comic strip cartoon is based on a film project, and how I visualised what the final outcome was going to be like. It sort of turned out like this, but without the anatomy-breaking poses being pulled off in this piece. An initial sketch is included.

This is an abstract self-portrait, using objects to signify me, rather then painting myself. An initial sketch is included.


 This figurative painting is based off of some my personal highlights from last year, including some moments from my family holiday, and highlights from the concerts I have been to that year. My scribbled notes are included for your viewing pleasure- if you can read them!


This illustrative was created to depict what a hard I was having with my web browser when it came to checking my emails. I do have this problem, but it wasn't as bad as it was back then- who've thought that the Flash plug-in would be so unresponsive!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Velvet Underground-"Pale Blue Eyes" from "The Velvet Underground" LP


I'll be honest, despite having listened to a lot of the late Lou Reed's solo material, I rarely listened to much of his influential band, the Velvet Underground. So I stumbled on Pale Blue Eyes, a beautiful song with its simple arrangement echoing sheer volume in terms of emotion and melody. So enjoy this whilst I seriously reconsidering listening to more Velvet Underground.

Friday, 28 June 2013

How Can I Go On (La Nit performance, 1988) - Freddie Mercury & Montserra...


Ever since watching that Great Pretender documentary about Freddie Mercury's solo work, I have become interested in checking out his solo work, particularly his Barcelona album with Monsterrat Caballe. And hearing this excellent performance of How Can I Go On, it makes good justification to hear the rest of the album beyond that popular title track.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Uriah Heep- Illusion


There are some bands that I really should spend more time listening to them.
And with the recent passing of the bassist, Trevor Bolder, and having just heard this excellent track from such a die-hard classic rock fan of a friend, I think Uriah Heep have just become one of those bands I really need to hear more from.
I've only really heard Easy Livin', from them, on some cheap rock compilation many years ago, and only heard Bolder's work on the classic Hunky Dory album, from David Bowie .

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Sonic 2 'Acapella'


Although I would argue this as merely a sample of just a vocalist rather then an acapella of several vocalists, this made my day, being such a fan of this particular video game sequel, and that very piece of level music.