Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Self Portrait: 'The Dark Side of the Artist'

10 inch by 12" canvas

As I was bored yesterday evening I did a quick self portrait on one of my smaller canvases I have sitting unused.  I thought it interesting to try to capture just one aspect of my personality.  I did have to change it a tiny bit this morning as I wasn't happy with its original all blood red coloring from last night. that you can see below.

prior to 'fixing' it....

So I changed some of the mid tone areas to a pinkish color and cleaned up a  few edges and it seems to work better.

You'll also notice that the paintings section has been added to the main site, the about page is now edited, changed and more up to date and all the commercial albums I have of music that are currently available are now added.  I've also changed the old ones that were already on the site so they can now be played for free via a Spotify widget. (Because lets face it... your not going to buy them lol.)

Monday, 30 March 2015

Commisions: Boba Fett and Joy Division

Boba Fett

Here are two commissions I did for Neil Hazzard (who works for Autodesk as many of you guys know) in a personal capacity. The first is of Boba Fett and the second is of Joy Division, both designed by me and then approved by Neil before a single brush stroke was laid down.

Joy Division

I'm also in the process of adding stuff tot the main site etc.  So far the abut page has been updated, and I'm in the process of adding paintings and updating the font page to add the other other albums of music I have released the last few months.  So be sure to check the main site regularly.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Help for Heroes Painting Auctioned - and Another Commision

Done for free and auctioned for the Help for heroes charity

This painting I did as a freebie for the Help for heroes charity raised £150 for them at a non art  / general auction last night. Its a worthy charity and I had no problem at all doing this painting for them as a freebie.

While I may be a pacifist (mostly) I see it as vital that people who have literally risked life and limb for the safety of others are looked after correctly when they can no longer do that job, and not just left to fend for themselves on the streets or worse.  So I had no problem doing this painting when I was asked.

Property of the British army

This one above came as a direct result of the help for heroes painting and was a commission.  Its now in the possession of a British Army regiment and I was given permission to finally show it recently (after doing it some weeks back. )  Thus showing that karma exists, and what goes around does indeed come around.

I've got 3 other commissions done and just waiting on permissions to be able to show at some point.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Leviathan Teaser

Short post this one, I did a bit of work for Ruairi Robinson who was director of the film I worked on as 3d Sup The Last Days on Mars what seems like an ice age back.  This teaser for Leviathan surfaced today and I have to admit its looking rather nice. (Wasn't sure if it had been mothballed or not).  I'm not sure if I can say what I did so I'm going to play it safe and not say a damn thing.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

How to Paint Darth Vader..The Hard Way

The Final (still. wet and unsigned) painting

The original 'Inverted painting'

I felt the sudden urge to paint Darth Vader last night when I got in at 11.30pm, I decided to start it as an inverted 'invisible painting (see my Keith Richards one for more details on inverted 'invisible paintings), and then develop this into the final 'proper' version.

So if there is a hard way to do it...this would be it.  I also was requested to do a time lapse of this one...although it was requested when the painting was already at the 'inverted' stage.  So for those banging on about wanting to see a timelapse of me paintings...here you go , last chance as I'm selling my cameras very soon.

...and also here's a few very rare pictures of me painting in my painting room...for once not covered in paint.

the inverted version

Sorting out the mask

Doing the arm folds

thumbs up...all done

Saturday, 14 February 2015

New Paintings, Commission's and doodle

Commission I was asked to paint for a Help for Heroes Auction

Here's a few paintings I can show now , two of them Commissions and one a doodle.  First up is a painting I was asked to do to be auctioned for the Help for Heroes Charity, I took no payment for this one as I don't believe in doing something for charity and getting paid, plus it is a very worthy cause.  I did take a couple of 'in progress' shots during the painting of it that I have put below.
Progress of the help for Heroes Painting Commission
The 2nd commission was from my good friend Cris Robson (no relation), of his wife Amanda for valentines day.  Cris of course is the guy behind 3D palace.  As its already on their wall hanging I am safe to show this publicly now.

Progress on the painting of Amanda Robson

This is a weird one, it does have a story behind it.  ever since I was a tiny child I have always had dreams of this thing in the painting below, it seems to be a long red tunnel.  I have no idea of its meaning, or anything else (and no its not the light from my eyelids as I sleep always in total darkness lol)... Its never changed at all and always remains the same in my current dreams as it was when I was very young.  So I decided to paint it in the hope that maybe it'd help me to work out more about it.  As such its not really for sale... its more something I did for myself.

The 'Red Thingy' from my dreams since I was a kid

In other news I've recently started branching out writing on some serious subjects under a pen name, while some people who are on my main Facebook account know this pen name, its my idea to keep that writing 100% separate for anything else I do.  Its all non 3D / art stuff and as such, I ask anyone that knows this pen name to keep it to the group of people who already know it,

Friday, 30 January 2015

New Painting: Alice Cooper

Another painting to go in my 'Hero's' series.  This time of rock and heavy metal hero Alice Cooper.  Why is he in amongst my personal hero's?  Well lets put aside the fact I have been a fan since I was a child,  and know every song inside out and can play them on multiple instruments lol and look a bit more deeply.  
What the character of Alice Cooper ( Vincent Damon Furnier is the real man behind this rock and metal legend for those unaware) made me realise growing up and especially as a teenager was that showmanship matters, that it was ok to be seen by my peers as a 'bit odd' and gave me the confidence to finally run with the things I am good at.  (...and boy how I have ran the last 20 years!) I'm proud of the fact that I've went from homeless to where I am now.  (In fact back when I was homeless two things kept me sane...reading every Terry Pratchett book in the library, and an old walkman I had with a couple of tapes of Alice Cooper..little known fact that one).
I always found the exaggerated character of Alice Cooper to be very interesting, I always find it sad though that there are still some that cant tell the character from the actual human being behind it.  I picked this style for this one and colour scheme to reflect the old communist political posters... as the painting is named after a rather well known Alice song... 'Elected', it made sense.