All posts by dmcropley

Digital Producer | Artist | Animator

Original DMCropley Art for Sale (maybe)

I’m running out of space and have been trying to work out what to do with all of the artwork I have created over the 20 years I’ve been Life Drawing. I have original intaglio prints, acrylic canvasses, watercolour studies and much much more sitting unloved and unseen.

I’m considering whether its worth putting stuff up in an etsy shop (or similar) and having to go through the rigmarole of self assessment tax forms again.

So, help a guy out. How much would you pay for my arts? I’ve set up a mega simple poll at the following link. Click it and tick a checkbox, it takes literally 2 seconds and is completely anonymous.

http://poll.lab.io/u9QgD5l075WGSkAUtf1GfA

Love you.

Thanks,
Dave

Earth Breathe

I made a little animation. Yesterday morning I posted this on twitter:  “Thought experiment: the earth rotates 365 time per year and has four seasons, imagine that cycle in 4 seconds, the planet breathes”

Triggered off by this thought about how quick the seasons change as you get older, I chopped out a loop from the start of Massive Attack’s ‘Heat Miser’ for the breathing and lashed 4 x 20frm mixes together in Flash and posted up to youtube

I wanted to get this up ASAP so its basic. I’d like to have painted little watercolours for each of the seasons but it is what it is.

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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