Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Almost time for a kickstarter!

It should be up next week if all goes well. The main problem is to come up with a video as I am really only beginning with such things. I'll keep it simple.

I am very happy with the print quality, they come out very close to the originals as you can see here:



There will be lots of fun items, so make sure you're following one of my social media outlets :)

Patreon
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deviantArt
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Friday, 28 August 2015

Poll winners and some more thoughts about art

And we have the winners of that poll (see previous posts)!
Tobi and Penny will be getting their cards very soon :)



While I am here I wanted to share this with you:

I've been watching or re-watching (in this case) some TED talks while I work. Always good for the brain and encouraging

If you follow this blog you'll know that I often ponder human nature. And how I don't really understand the whole notion of people identifying with their work. I always felt like it must be awful to feel like that and no wonder it often leads to death.

Then I wonder why I never felt like that. I think that being a biologist helps. And teaching the "Drawing with the Right Side of the Brain" method by Betty Edwards. There is no mystery (sorry to burst the bubble) but it's just then fact that artists use a different part of their brain, one that is not connected to speech and logical thinking, that gives this feeling of strangeness.
We are so used to express everything with words that when something cannot be expressed thus, it feels odd and maybe even scary to some. One more reason why art should be taught to all children and well into adulthood.



Of course that doesn't make the process less amazing and intriguing. I do have moments where I feel frustrated because my skills aren't up to painting what I imagine, or when it doesn't happen at all.
But in the end being creative is what keeps me happy. If it made me miserable I'd probably do something else. And with that I'm off to look for that genie/muse whatever, and wherever it's hiding today

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

A little poll

Oops is it already two months since I last had news to post here?
Well small everyday news now get posted in my Instagram, or on my Patreon page and this blog is mostly for longer news.

I am planning a Kickstarter campaign to print cards and art prints. Hopefully it will launch in two or three weeks. I want to print postcard among other things and this is where I need your feedback. Please answer in the comments

Would you rather buy cards of my colour beasties, like this one:



Or would you like the black and white beasties?



Or both?


Thanks for helping, and just as an incentive I shall give away two of these small originals (5.5 x 8.5 cm) to two people who answered the poll. I'll leave this open until Friday evening GMT.



Good luck!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Done!

Wow! A whole month without posting! But I did post WIP's to my Patreon page ;)

I've been a little busy, doing various commissions and giving classes. And I suddenly decided to finish a prototype of the cards for the day where I went to see Alice Cooper again. Last Sunday.

I made a super deluxe box too. I just love making boxes!




Here are all the cards laid out on the table


And the making of the box


The "passing" of the cards didn't happen. I was supposed to give them to a crew member. But it will happen eventually. I am glad I finally managed to give a gift to my favourite musician after 25 years of fandom. In fact without him I don't know if/how I'd be making art in the first place so this is the least I can do.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Meet the band

Here are all the cards for the current band, playing with Alice Cooper. And a few "extras",  scenes played by the crew.



Follow this project and others on my Patreon page (link in the menu to the left) most posts are public (free) but they will appear there first.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Concept sketches

The other day I watched Thor and the first Avengers film. I kind of wanted to see what the hype was all about.
All in all I can't really see the point, there is almost no plot as usual but it's pretty. I simply gave up on films these days they are either bland or way too gritty for me.

But one thing I enjoy is to watch the designs and the backgrounds. Great work in these films I must say. Thinking about it I missed the fact that Odin didn't have his Ravens Hugin and Munin. Of course I went into that mode (you know when you can't sleep all night because your brain is busy?) and figured that the ravens would be able to shape shift from a regular raven into a sort of guard like figure. On my way to a convention I sketched a few ideas in the train. Then turned them into a more finished drawing.





 You can follow these processes early on my Patreon page too, only the WIP's are fore patrons only the rest is all public.