Thursday, 28 February 2013

Light and Dark Art Uploads- Paintings, Illustrations, and Wire Woman Studies

This is a batch of pieces done along the theme of light and dark. The paintings were based on scenes, and emotions, that I want to include inside my mask- and I won't be revealing my concepts behind this mask design just yet. The same can be said for the illustration of me on an exercise bike. The drawings all came from a still life drawing of this wire figure.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

David Bowie - The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

You know when you seen a classic music video for the first time (Weapon of Choice, Thriller, et al), well the latest David Bowie will be certainly remember fondly for that very reason. An instant classic, and probably Bowie's best screen performance since popping up in The Prestige.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Oscar-Winning Animator Bob Godfrey Dies at 91

Oscar-Winning Animator Bob Godfrey Dies at 91

If you were to ask me to list some of the animators that have influenced my work, both personally and professionally, along with some contemporary figures (Nick Park, Bill Plympton), Bob Godfrey might not  be an obvious choice in my repertoire. But with his work in children's programming (Roobarb, Skylark), his more adult work (Bio Woman, Instant Sex), and his involvement with the Beatles films (Yellow Submarine, A Hard Day's Night), you start getting an established picture about the legacy this figure has left in British pop culture. 



This is an excellent film. So if you haven't seen it, and live near this screening of the film, you should definitely check it out. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Rhythm & Hues Filing for Bankruptcy After Deal With Prime Focus Collapses

Rhythm & Hues Filing for Bankruptcy After Deal With Prime Focus Collapses

Monday, 4 February 2013

Protect your art career/ stephen silver

Stephen Silver is a personality that I pay attention to, whether it is his position at teaching others, or from his legacy as a character designer on TV shows such as Clerks and Kim Possible. This video contains some words of wisdom about avoiding doing free work from commercial companies.

Whilst I am currently not fortunate to be in a paid position for doing my creative work, I am seriously considering starting commissioned, freelance work in order to produce work out of my comfort zone, rather then do requests for friends/relatives/whoever wants it.

I have just recently finished a project for a client- and do not ask me who this was, as the work has not been made public yet- through, and I have been able to get confidence in what I can provide to people as an artist. This confidence has made me feel I can apply for work that I would not have even considered, and has encouraged me to work on my portfolio, and website, to promote what I can do to get paid work. This work might have been, at the time of writing this, done for 'free', but I feel potential clients/employers/agencies will want to see what you have done, rather then what you can do. They want to see the 'experience', and if they do not see this, then you are going to keep getting the same generic response of rejection from them.

Whilst I agree with Silver's remarks about doing free work, I feel that you need to get your foot in the door by doing work people will want to see from you, rather then what you want to do. It is something that cannot be taught to you from an establishment, and you need to get the experience of finding out what you are capable of doing by removing yourself from your comfort zone. I would not have produced some of my most prolific projects without doing what clients wanted from me.

Overall, during these financially awkward times, you need to prove others that you can produce work of a profitable quality, nothing says that better then providing proof that you have done this kind of work before. So go out there, find the work you can whether it is paid/unpaid/voluntary/contractual, and get that experience under your belt.