An update of the ferret character. More fur coverage now so I'll be able to post the full image soon.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Detail of the second character from the Ferret painting. I am still working my way through this painting. I must say however that it stopped being fun long ago and I am now just finding it a chore to be completed. The end seems to be a long way off!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Here is a detail from a painting I have been working on. The painting is near to finishing. I thought that I'd upload a detail of one of the characters to show some progress and to prove that I've not just been sitting about doing nothing!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Going through old work can sometimes be fun. Rediscovering old ideas and works can either rekindle a spark for an idea that you had forgotten about, or in most cases when I do it, make you wish you'd never bothered looking! Recently though I found a couple of pop toy designs that I did a few years ago. As with most of the stuff I do, I was not all that excited or happy with the results at the time, but now looking back wonder if there was something more to pursue. Maybe at some point I might revisit these designs from another angle. Perhaps by incorporating them into some painting. The original purpose was designs for vinyl toys, of which I have a soft spot for. However, a rebirth for them very well could manifest in new paintings. I might even revisit the toy idea. We shall see!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I am currently now working on my first full photoshop painting. I've often heard that the best way to get to know a new media is to work on something that is familiar to you to begin with, so a self portrait seemed to be a good subject for this. So far I am at the under painting stage, just laying down the tones and shading. If I can just get photoshop to STOP crashing every five minutes then I'll be happy!!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Completed sketch for an idea that I'm running at the moment. This is my first go at a PS illustration. Working on a screen and using a pen and tablet certainly holds different challenges from my more traditional methods of working. This is a method of working that I do wish to continue working with. I would like to develop this idea through the digital painting process. I see it as a great platform for setting up and exploring ideas before continuing on with a "physical painting".
Monday, April 26, 2010
I have recently been working on some sketch ideas for a new painting. I'm also at the same time trying to teach myself photoshop painting techniques so that I can speed up the process of "cartooning" the ideas before I move on to a physical painting. After a very disheartening introduction to the whole photoshop thing, I have now found a way of working that suits me. It would seem that as with physical painting, it is all in the set up! After a good friend came round and helped me set up my tablet, pen and the workspace, the whole experience has become a revolution. So I'll start uploading my efforts as I work through them!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I thought I'd upload a few shots of my Studio work station with some of my other "things" that litter the space. Pill Boy, a little Pop Toy menace has lived on my fun shelf for some years now. I originally designed and made Pill Boy in the UK while working in the Toy Industry. He now hangs out around our house (and several others around the globe) doing what he does best, which is not much!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
My Piece for the Alter Ego mobile gallery exhibition as part of the Fringe Festival in Wellington 2010. The Show was put together and run by fellow artist and jeweller Vaune Mason. (Gallery photos curtsy of Brett Stanley)
Above: "Ich bin ein bunny" #02
"Ich bin ein bunny" was my take on the alter ego theme. Playing with the idea of ego and alter egos I was drawn to the traditional notions of good 'v' evil. The idea that pure evil is seen as a demonised state of the human condition interests me. Historical figures recognised as "pure evil" such as the obvious example of Hitler have been demonised to a point of falling outside of the human state. We have to place these people in the "monster" category to set them apart from our own ideas that we too could possess the same capabilities. There are no monsters, only a human condition that we are all capable of accessing given the right circumstances.
Throughout modern history the image of Hitler has become a parody of his own callus nature. Satire through film, print, spoken word, cartoon ect., has parodied this man to a point of the ridiculous.
My own inspiration came in the form of cartoon, print and the spoken word. Images of Hitler wearing a pair of bunny ears can be easily found on line (a photoshopped image, but never the less very powerful). He has appeared on Family Guy for regular lampooning when the need for "evil" to be shown in an absurd condition is required.
Even Eddie Izzard makes reference to "Hitler in a bunny costume" in one of his stand up shows.