Life Drawing 2014 Compendium

2014 was the year of paint, colour and canvas. Hard work, but bloody good fun. I’m mostly pleased with just about everything from this year. Which is high praise indeed from me.

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The tentative plan for next year is to play. I want to stick to paint (or colour at least) but try out lots of different surfaces, sizes and techniques to see what happens. I fancy some big chinese Sumi-e ink work which will be a real challenge, and its not colour, but I should be able to work with tone. Maybe dabble in watercolours, but most of all I want to try acrylics on a bunch of different media – wood, home stretched canvas, metal even… who knows. Will be fun finding out.

 

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The Simpleweb Challenge

I work for Simpleweb. It is nice.

Simpleweb holds hack days called the Simpleweb Challenge.  Hack days are opportunities for developers to have fun, network and win prizes.

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The theme of this hack night was WebRTC video.

Tokbox – a webRTC streaming and archiving service kindly sponsored the event, which you can read all about here.

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I helped out by putting together a couple of images and animated gifs to help promote the event.

I started out by brainstorming anything I could think of around streaming video with pen and paper. Scanned that in and applied SW brand colours

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I cherry picked the best bits, cut them into a new composition and started rigging it for animation in Flash (*heart* Flash). I kept it as simple and short as possible – a 12 frame loop.

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Its amazing what you can do with not very much… and a pimped version of Flash.

That’s the problem with animation though. No bugger ever sees it.

Adam and Cerys Wedding Invite Illustration

I’ve been doing a couple of little digital things in my spare time recently (spare time – pah!), so I thought I’d post them up here.

A friend at work needed an illustration to finish the invite (and website) he’d designed so I agreed to help.

I don’t do this stuff professionally any more but I dig the process, so this is how it goes:

The Brief

The design so far

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The illustration brief

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Read on to see how the final Illustration was created and delivered…

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Life Drawing 27th Nov 2014

Last session of the term tonight. I didn’t have a chance to prep any coloured canvasses this time so I tried to get as much proper BG in there as possible.

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I won the coveted “Life model takes photograph of painting” award tonight for the very first time! (its taken nigh on 20 years for that to happen…) – Thanks Nina, and good luck with the travelling next year :D