Sunday, 25 July 2010


No posts for a while. That's because I've had a migraine for one week and my vision is all blurry. Doctor said I need to calm down so I'm trying my best not to do anything. Once this passes I'll be back to work.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Second class

TAD poster design thumbs

Thursday, 15 July 2010

First class

Here's some composition work. I don't have much time to talk about it but see what you think. It's emotional response with just two values in abstraction.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Speedpaint: Claws

I can't draw today which is weird becasue last night I did a lovely drawing of a hand of my Fede. I guess things other than enthusiasm effect your drawing skills. I wonder how sports people remain so consistent..

Monday, 12 July 2010

Spedpaint: Camouflage

Vrooom! Getting grittier and grittier. :) But I kind of like it I think. Give me some time to brood on it..

Sunday, 11 July 2010

STV3 and the future

Here's a sneak preview of a commission piece I'm doing for a prominent news journalist for the independent TV station TV3 in Ireland. I still need to glaze it to add depth and figure out the complications of transportation without costing too much.

I'll also take this time to iron out a rough schedule for the next few weeks:

Colour and composition Study:
  • Monday and Wednesday nights I have classes on-line for 2 hours and I'll need to get about 6 hours home work done between Tuesday evenings and the weekends.
Brush work, Graphic Design and texture Study:
  • Speed painting and composition studies at lunch.
Character Designs, Robot Designs, Environments, Props, Weapons and Creatures:
  • Spare weekend time I'm going to do more character studies as that is where I really want to be when I'm at the top of my game. I'll be focusing on Ulysses and the wild west for now but will move onto different genres when I feel I'm repeating myself.
Studio Space:
  • I'll need to get an application in by the end of the month so probably the first few weekends I'll be exploring the canvas. Focusing mainly on the corruption of memory and using the human figure as a form of expression.
Work process and the artist as a business model for the 21st century:
  • I'll be using this space to show how the roll and perception of art has changed incredibly over the past 5 years and how we as a subculture can change to give our audience the art they want in the form they want it. Is there a new business model besides the following outdated 1000 year old struggle?
  1. Get good at art
  2. Sell art sometimes to the rich (low price giving half your money to galleries)
  3. Starve a bit, sell more art (if you're lucky and famous) at higher prices to the even richer
  4. Die and let other people get rich from your work

Again keep watching and I'll fill you in on any success stories I dig up on the way.

Studio Space and Composition Class

Another weekend and no more updates on Ulysses. I swear I'm going to pull my hair out soon if I don't get back into my schedule. In an effort to remain in the blogsphere I'll just note down a few exciting developments in my artistic life.

Firstly: A possibility of an addition of responsibilities in my job role has presented itself. It's early days so let's see how things pan out. Watch this space for details.

Secondly: I am starting a Colour and Composition course tomorrow night at The Art Department which is being taught by Jason Manley and Terry Brown. I thought it started on the 17th so I'm in a bit of a fluster. My objective for this course is to consolidate what I already know, learn something new and most of all learn how to apply this knowledge in my own works.

Thirdly: I am seeking a new studio space because this little corner of my room is not big enough for all my mediums. Marko Djurdjevic swears that for him it was the biggest and most positive change he made for his art work. Having a space just for art and separating private life from art life is fundamental to your work as a professional.

So I've been looking around and I've found Cambridge Artworks which is perfect for me for a few reasons:
  • It's close by my home
  • It's close by Fede's work
  • It offers studio spaces that fit my needs and has a lot of talented people I can learn from and maybe share a secret or two of my own with.
Bad news is they have a waiting list and a large application form which I need to fill out and submit with examples of my art work. This isn't a problem of quality from my point of view but of deciding which pieces will work together in a an application that best describe me as an artist and what I am trying to explore and achieve.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Speed Paint: Falling

More texture and brush experiments. happy with overall image, not happy with only photo collage I used in bottom left corner (flags). probably will take them out and paint something instead.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Speed Paint: Scarecrow. 40 minutes

Another one. I'm not happy with this as a whole image but I do like some of the brush work and design elements.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Another Speed Paint

Topic: Voices. 45 minutes, no reference.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

To get rid of my block I did a lunch time speed paint

It's hard getting back in to the drawing again. I have so many excuses: Sickness, Milestone delivery and travel. But none of them are valid. I have been drawing every day for the last 3 days though which is good. Today was the first time I've touched photo shop for 3 weeks. I feel bad just at the thought. Oh well.

I'll post later my MADE review and maybe a plan of where to go from now.