Life Drawing 26th March 2015

More watercolour shenanigannery tonight. The brush pen I’ve been enjoying using is out of ink, so I tried a few different ways to make lines. Brush pen wins tho.

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There’s a thought – Maybe dip pen and ink would be worth a try again. Good idea me. Then do some animation. At life class. Then work out a way of posting it here. Go on then.

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That’s it for this term. Next one starts again end of April. I should go. Probably will go. Definitely should go.

Life though. Tiring isn’t it?

The Simpleweb Challenge April 2015 – Twilio

Simpleweb are holding the third in a series of Hack Nights in April. It will be ace.

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I did some stills and .gifs to help promote the event.

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I’m playing records again on the night. Which will be all the fun.  Love playing records, me. If you’re in Bristol, you’re in the digital world, a developer and want to win prizes – you’ve found your event! Sign up here:

The Simpleweb Challenge: Communicating in the Cloud

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015, 6:30 PM

Simpleweb, Unit G, Albion Dockside Building
Hanover Place Bristol, GB

25 hackers Attending

We’re back and this time we’re teaming up with the amazing Twilio!We’ll be challenging you to build something cool using any of Twilio’s APIs. You’ll be able to build intelligent and complex communications systems, enabling phones, VoIP and SMS to be embedded into apps and websites. Visit Twilio.com for more information and inspiration on what you…

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Join us!

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Make it happen.

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It’ll be awesome :D

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Come!

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Life Drawing 19th March 2015

Had fun tonight, more brush pen and watercolour work. Slightly bigger at A4 size, more confident with stronger colours.

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Its the final session of term next week, I’m in two minds whether to carry on with the watercolours or try something completely different and do some animation, live, at life class…

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Til next week…

Life Drawing 5th March 2015

Tonight was all about the watercolours. I did the first half with brush pen line drawings as the base, then black pencil crayon in the second half.

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Pretty pleased with these for not having touched watercolours since trying to learn them at college nearly half my lifetime ago. Click thumbnails to view larger images:

Note to self: Try doing animation at Life Class next week. No, I don’t really know what will happen – but I want to find out!

Life Drawing 26th Feb

Tried watercolours, brush pen and some nice safe weird tonight.

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Just need to learn how to watercolour now. 2 mins of reading 9 tips on beginners watercolours at break isn’t going to cut it.

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Aaron mentioned in jest that I should try some animation at life drawing. Challenge accepted. Just have to work out how. Flip books or laptop Flash. Haven’t made a flip book since school…

Life Drawing Feb 12th 2015

I haven’t been able to make it to the last couple of classes, but I’m back again tonight.

I spent the entire session using a calligraphy brush and Sumi-e ink on A2 cartridge paper. *note to self read up about history of sumi-e http://www.drue.net/sumi-e-history.htm *

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This is only the second week I’ve tried this, so lots to learn. Such as – how the hell do you stop the pooling of ink into blotchy areas? How am I meant to transport wet, inky paintings at the end of the session? Just how chronic was Jan-Michael Vincent’s cocaine habit during the filming of popular 80’s TV series ‘Airwolf’?

Chatting to one of the models after the session, she mentioned water colour artists face just the same problems. I’ve just inherited a bunch of watercolour kit and I’ve always been scared of watercolours. Perhaps now is the time to learn.

 

Life Drawing 22nd Jan 2015

Here’s the pics from tonights session. Last year was the year of painting, this year is the year of plaything. I’m going to try loads of different stuff and see where it takes me.

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Really enjoyed the Sumi-e ink and calligraphy brush stuff tonight. Its the first time I’ve tried using this technique. I don’t really know what I’m doing, but that’s kind of the point – its all good fun. Shame the photos don’t show how deep the blacks are due to the flash reflecting. I will do photos better at some point but its always so damn late when I get back on these long thursdays that I just need to get this stuff posted and done.

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Trolling Animated Wedding Invite Illustrations

This was meant to be a Konami code easter egg for Adam and Cerys’s wedding website. We got busted. But I thought I’d finish it off anyway. Adam found the blood splat, so that’s not mine, but no-one is ever going to see this so I edited it slightly and used it anyway. I would probably have gone the whole hog with blood and chunky bits spattering against the camera if it was me, but, y’know.

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For the icing on the cake I added some simple sound FX and an atmos track from Freesound.com

Happy trolling! :D

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Welcome to 2015

Welcome to 2015. Year of… doing stuff.

Last year I did a little animated .gif for Simpleweb. We were giving away free websites to our clients. Yep, websites. For free. To our clients. Because Simpleweb are ace.

All I needed was the seed of an idea to pick up and run with… I got: “something to do with gifts maybe?”

But that was enough to kick off the train of thought: Gifts, presents, opening… whoOOosh – sparkles! This particular little animation was nice. I just shut my eyes in the kitchen (it was important the idea came in the kitchen. They usually happen in the shower or on the loo. Ideas, funny little buggers.) and I could see the animation play through.

So I drew a quick version of what I saw in my head:

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I can’t remember what the numbers were in the top right. Must be important. Really important.

It only took a couple of hours to artwork, build and animate in Flash. Dead quick. Then it took another two hours to work out why the FLA corrupted so badly that it entirely locked me out of my computer. Once I’d gone in through a different user account and somehow re-activated my login, I re-built a new FLA from scratch and rendered the gif through Photoshop. The nerdy animator in me wanted to do a nice ribbon falling down into shot and settling, but I’d spent too much time fighting with Win7 and it was better off keeping it simple anyway. Job done.

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Finally, life drawing starts again next week so its business as usual in blog town. I’m going to approach this year with 97% more experimentation. I want to do some quicker poses again in different media. Maybe some Big Sumi-e ink sketches on A2 paper, perhaps some outline work with ink pens or brush pens (thanks Mike) and colour them in later. Not really sure. Definitely want to try new things though. 2014 was the year of painting. I want more fun in 2015. Yes. Maybe I’ll go back to drawing more “spooky” twisted stuff as Imogen described it as. Yeah. More weird = more better. Push the boundaries of taste and acceptability a bit.

More Tea Art

I made a pencil sketch whilst having a tea session. It took slightly longer than I anticipated, maybe 4-5 hours. 0.5mm propelling pencil with a B lead, on good quality rag paper.

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The tea was an aged High Roast Luanze Oolong from Nantou (700m), Taiwan, Harvested in Spring 1999. Brewed over two sittings first in a zisha, then zhuni teapot (I found the zhuni a better fit in this case). The tea (as ever…) was courtesy of Stephane at teamasters blog

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