My latest work-related comic. They think we don't have any brains. Clicking the image will bring up a bigger version.
My dear old Nan passed away at the start of the year. We have a lovely photo of her sitting in the garden and I wanted to paint it for my own Ma. I spent quite a while painting this one, I didn't want to look back on it in a few weeks and see all the imperfections staring me in the face. It was created entirely in Procreate. Usually I'll get some pencil lines down first, but skipped that step this time.
Anyways, here's the finished painting and a couple of details. Clicking them will bring up larger sizes.
I had originally made this as a small comic to stick up in work. I've altered the panels a bit so it reads better on a bigger scale. Time for a new one now.
I learned a bit more about the movie and book while making this. I had liked the original sketch I'd done but could never make it work. This turned out to be a tough one actually, but I've learned I really need to up my painting levels. Despite the theatrical language and costume from the scene the image here shows Alex contemplative and sinister, but quick to rebuke his brother Dim 'for being a bastard with no manners.'
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I've been investing in myself for the last few weeks by creating materials for my logo and website. All the materials have arrived. Letterheads, stickers, envelope labels, business cards and postcards. Here's some shots. Click any of the images to bring up it's full size.
For the past few months I've wanted to create a stronger identity for my website and my work. An exercise in branding was called for so I set to work. I wanted something that identifies with how I work, and wanted to keep the 'Sketchbook' feel to my logo. I tinkered away during my free time, sought advice from another designer whose opinion I trust and thought about I wanted the logo to reflect part of my personality. I don't consider a designers designer and I'm fine with that, but that doesn't mean I want any of my work to look shabby. I feel that if my latest piece of work is not an improvement in some fashion from my last, I've let myself down.
I've put up some of the images I worked on while creating the logo. From my side, I'm happy with the end result.
This is the end result. I thickened/tidied up the ink splashes. I also added in a little image from a photo of myself. I've used the dot in my site. I think it re-enforces that I'm a one man band, and that I feel sometimes isolated because of this.
Another from my movie stills project...
Shaun is a young lad who having lost his dad becomes friends with a bunch of local skinheads. Shaun has become impressed with the groups leader and with his new found confidence, takes to the local shop to harass the shop-keeper. The little shit!
We have a cute photo of my kid sister as a baby. I painted up a version for her as a Christmas present. She looks so small in the photo, so I did a version where you can see exactly how chubby her cheeks were! The little dote!
My girlfriend has a tendency to mix up her phrases...a lot. As a gift, I created a desktop calendar for her. I took some of her best mix-ups and made little illustrations for them. Some photos of the final calendar and each of the illustrations beneath. For a closer look, clicking on any of the small images will bring them up to a larger size. I think most of them are like we're looking in on what she's saying. Like a confused fly on the wall...
Another in my images influenced from my 'other work'...the warehouse. It's another movie style poster featuring a number of faces from work. Anyone else who works with me on my level will recognise the mountains of work that needs doing, while 'the leaders' discuss business over cups of coffee outside under the smoking shed. Fair play to them...This started as a pen sketch, then was worked up in Procreate. I've put the rough and final versions up.
Doc Brown has a lot to think about in this scene from Back to the Future...
I've started Volume 2 of my movie stills images. First up is Guy from Galaxy Quest. I had a tough time deciding which of Sam Rockwell scenes to choose when I was doing this. It was a close tie between this and the final shot where we see him as a senior cast member and not just a 'glorified extra'. Love it!
I accidentally deleted this blog post. I only wanted to modify an image...Anyways, here it is again. I was asked to draw an angel for a tattoo. It's been a long time since I rendered anything in pencil like this, so I'm fairly happy. There were a few alterations made in photoshop. The face is based on the beautiful Grace Kelly.
The leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. A small project I'd wanted to get finished for a long time. All the paintings were created on the ipad. I also want to make animated gifs for each of the paintings. I'll get to that soon enough. James Connolly is actually my great great grandfather, I would love to have the chance to have a long talk with him.
Prints of each of the images will be available soon. Watch this space and my Facebook page for details.
Phase 1 is over. I have the paintings completed. I just had to try get one of these gifs done. Here's the first one. Expect at least six more. Eamonn Ceannt. I toyed with making the gifs through apps on the ipad, but the results were not what I wanted. I'll tinker until I'm happy with the result.
I've just finished a portrait of my aunt's kids and their teddy bear. She was happy with it. The kids were happy with it. I'm happy with it. To my knowledge, no one asked the bear.
I'm working on a series of paintings of the leaders of the Easter Rising. All of them have been created on the ipad using Procreate and the Maglus Stylus. I'm keeping track of my own progress with this post. Here's the stages and completed version of one of the images I've finished. Once they're all done, I'm gonna stitch em' all together and create some gif images of them. One thing at a time though...
I thought the second Anchorman movie was gonna be a sci-fi affair. I guess it'll never happen...
I've just finished my first set of movie tributes and collected them here. Volume 2 is on the way!
After seeing some animated gifs of still images, I've decided to learn how to do it myself. This is rough and ready... These posts are for me to push myself to improve. I've picked the final images from my first set of movie stills to work off of. Expect revisions/updates.
To see some next-level cinemagraph examples, click here.