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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Friday, 29 October 2010

From Manchester To Leeds (and back again)

These are some stills from my new video piece. Im creating a film about the Journey between Manchester and Leeds, and have created a soundtrack using samples of trains and buses i took while travelling. The visuals are just relatively simple shots, yet are edited together to try and visually express the sounds more appropriately, and to create a sense of movement and speed.

You Want Me

An Illustration based on the work of Vania Zouravliov and Raphael Vicenzi. I really attempted to mix the two contrasting styles together to try and create a piece combining traditional techniques and digital techniques.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Summer project

We had a summer project to do some work based on an artist we had written about last year. I did this piece based on the work of Vania Zouravliov, It is my own composition and everything is done in pen & ink mainly. Theres no real story or idea behind the imagery, other than to emulate a certain style and create atmosphere. The main point in the piece was to really think about the design aspect of the work and how everything is put together. I think it came out pretty well, it possibly could have done with a bit more detail, but i really like how successful the black is in framing the pale figure of the woman, making her really stand out, and look delicate at the same time.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

He loves me/ He loves me not

This is just a delicate portrait i've done, based on Jamie Scott. It wasnt particularly of him for any reason, other than i saw him in a magazine and thought his face was rather beautiful. There was an article as well that just talked about how much of a heart throb he was. It was almost saying that this guy here could get anyone and anywhere with his looks. So i thought about it from the other side, I was listening to Jay Brannan, one of my biggest influences, and heard the line "Sometimes he loves me, sometimes he loves me not" which kind of fits, its almost from another persons perspective who is desperate to be loved by someone beautiful. Anyway, i really had fun making this image, its obviously a hand drawn portrait in pencil, and is then photoshopped on to vintage paper. I then edited in all the marks and scratches, by scanning different marks i have made with different media into the image. I think all together it works quite well and i am happy with the end result.

Rakes Progress continued

The final two pieces of my Rakes progress. These two are probably two of the stronger ones, one is the 5th piece in the sequence showing a thug waiting next to a car as a get away driver ready to speed off when the other two return, which they do not. In fact his fate can be seen, with the outline of the old man in the top corner getting ready to pull the trigger. The final image, the 6th in the series is rather more chaotic than any of the others, full of marks and splats of paint and ink, to show the violence that has occurred. I particularly like the burn marks through the paper.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Rakes Progress

NOTE: View this series from the bottom image upwards.

Here are numerous pieces im working on at the moment, that tell the story of a group of youths in hoodies trying to break in to an old weak mans house, to take advantage of his vulnerable state, but it turns out hes actually a lot less vulnerable than he looks when he turns a shotgun on them. The pieces mainly concentrate on symbolism, there are numerous references to the Korean war to determine the fact this old man is actually a war veteran. As well as this, numerous images of wilted flowers and skulls etc can also be found in a few of the works. I could go into massive detail on each piece, but i think it may just be better to let them speak for themselves. There are two others that i am currently finishing off that i will post within the next couple of days.

Sunday, 18 April 2010


Just a simple portrait of a woman. Theres really not much to say about this piece at all, other than i just did this as i was bored, and fancied doing a nice portrait of someone beautiful and intriguing.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

The Terrible Old Man

We have this uni project at the moment based on the idea of "The Rakes Progress", and this is one of the first final(ish) images i have come up with. We have to do a series of six illustrations based on a story of our own choosing. I have chosen an already existing story called "The Terrible Old Man" by Howard Phillips Lovecroft. The story revolves around an old man who lives alone with lots of money. He is very vulnerable, and 3 men decide to rob him. However, they later learn they have underestimated the old sailor, and he kills all three of them brutally.

This first image introduces the old man. He has a globe and a compass to help build connotations of him being a sailor. Waves are also crashing behind him, along with a ship in the background to try and portray this idea easily. The numerous bottles in front of him are due to a detail in the story where the old man talks to these bottles, which all have little lead pendulums inside.

At the top of the image is a caption reading "Fluctuat Nec Mergitur" which is Latin, and translates as "It is tossed by the waves but does not sink". It serves as a foreboding warning about the old man, who is sea hardened, and much more dangerous than he seems at first glance.