Monday, 30 January 2012

La Queue de la Souris (A Mouse's Tale)

This is an excellent example in how a limited colour palette, when rendering the final 3D animation, and violin music, can make an effective mis-en-scene for such a simple premise for an animated short. This is stellar stuff.

23-30th January 2012- More Figure Studies from Loomis and Action Man figure

I'm starting to find the photographs having more volume and depth to the figure then my actual pencilled studies of them... oh well...

Saturday, 28 January 2012

In Fact - They Might Be Giants (official video)

I couldn't resist reading the news that They Might Be Giants have been going on for 30 years... so here's some jazzy goodness from them to mark the occasion.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Within Temptation - The Howling

I have enjoyed melodic metal for quite a while, and whilst everyone will praise the likes of Nightwish and- ahem- Evanescence, I don't note much love for this group. Shame on them. Within Temptation are an excellent group of this superb sub-genre, and I can thoroughly recommend their 2005 album, The Silent Force.
This track is one of their later tracks, in my working knowledge of their music, and whilst I'm not big on the fantasy-video-game music video, I just adore the song as a song.

Friday, 20 January 2012

How (and why) to rescue HMV | Blog | Design Week

How (and why) to rescue HMV | Blog | Design Week

From someone who has, and always will, enjoy going through music shops for the sake of physical browsing, I agree with this excellent article addressing that HMV's existence on the high street should be saved by all means necessary. So, whilst the Internet is good for selective preferences based on your tastes and choices (Google, Facebook, Amazon, et al), there is still a need to be able to explore other options as well, which you cannot achieve on the World Wide Web, and must be achieved in a physical environment. HMV is the only high-street entertainment chain store left in the UK, that offers the opportunity to browse to your heart's entertainment for all things film and music.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Graphic Design Blog | The Design Oven | Ministry of Sound Animation

Graphic Design Blog | The Design Oven | Ministry of Sound Animation

Although my skills on 3D animation packages was at best limited, it is not everyday that I find something that wants me to start playing with all the tools you get in those programs. This breakdown is a fascinating look into how this designer/animator works, and is pretty inspirational work for anyone that has dabbled in 3D animation.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Loomis' Fun with A Pencil Studies- Doohinkus Manikin and Action Figure Studies

Just to explain why there are photographs, drawings that look like, and do not look like, the figures in these photographs, I am currently at the chapter in the book, which encourages me to learn from a movable figure. Hence, why there are shots of an Action Man figure in those positions, and a live drawing of that figure, to understand this position the other manikin- the one with the moustache and markings on their torso and hips- has been placed. All of these drawing were done between December 2011,up to the present day, being January 2012, and I was encourage to start posting again on a Facebook group that encourages you to draw something everyday. So this post will keep me up to date with that for now.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

#The50 Things Every Creative Should Know

This is some of the most valuable, simplistic, and efficient nuggets of weath that every creative person must read.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Comics, illustrations and music | Blog | Design Week

I can't help that this is history repeatng when a graphic artist collaborates with making album art for a musician, but I can't resist not getting curious to hear of this musician's work, as this graphic artist's work gives a grim, and edgy, impression to their music. So can anyone, who has listened to their music, concur with such an artistic assumption?

Monday, 9 January 2012

Tony Benn -- The issue is Thatcher

When people bang on about British politics, they go on about the prime ministers over the years, rather then the Members of Parliament that never got to the top, but has had enough of an influence to make him a household name. Tony Benn is one of the MPs that has made his mark to make him a living legend. Enjoy this speech before you go and check out The Iron Lady in cinemas, and think why no one has made a film about him instead.

Graphic Design Blog | The Design Oven | Pencil v Camera Part 2

Graphic Design Blog | The Design Oven | Pencil v Camera Part 2

This is a really creative and imaginative way of using two mediums to make one image. I'm inspired, and impressed too.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Bamboleo - Gipsy Kings

Here is a catchy classic tune to get you in Latin American mood, whilst the weather outside is primarily European- well, for where I live, it is certainly the case.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Imagery done in AS Art (2003-2004)- Object Photographs

Your guesses are as good as mine into why I was taking photographs of random objects during my time at college. All I can guess was that there was some 'homework' which involved trying to draw objects. So perhaps I took these shots on my now-rather-rubbish camera I have at the time to use to make some art out of it. At least you can see the actual sketchbook, in which I probably did this in it on one of the pages. 

Imagery done in AS Art (2003-2004)- Pieces Done on the Theme of 'Home'

These are some of the pieces, done digitally and traditionally, that I did whilst on the theme of 'home'.
These two are just two classic examples of how not to use a simple filter facility in Photoshop .
This is only page I have scanned from my submitted sketchbook for assessment. It just show some photocopied images with some colour slapped on with some paint.
So from trying to make art out of photocopies, here is an actual painting, based on studying the works of Tracey Emin. So I really wasn't making that much original art during my time at college.

Imagery done in AS Art (2003-2004)- Lego Parody Poster

Have you ever wondered how to obtain an Advanced Subsidary (AS) in Art? Well doing this kind of work was one way of doing it.

This parody poster was actually done as part of my studies at college, based on the theme of figures, and finding out that the Little Artists were doing stuff like this at the time. So I thought I might give it a go.

I tried out all kinds of layers in a new program for me at the time- was it really nine years ago that I started using Photoshop?- to try and recreate the actual poster for the film The Matrix. I thought I was able to pull it off, even thou I tried several methods of capturing the Lego figure.
I ended up scanning the figure as I was able to get the necessary detail into the final poster.

 Recreating the numbered background was fun, but not as challenging as adding a cape to my Neo figure.

 Another method of capturing that Lego figure was trying to take a picture of the figure.

But as the actual camera wasn't giving me the detail I needed to render my figure into the final poster.