Sunday, 2 July 2017

Quick Review of Macross Delta

So this is a quick review of the latest Macross series Delta, after watching it the only thing I can think of to say is that is excellent from an animation point of view, however it is let down in my opinion on the musical side of it, where as the other series and films all had music that was in one theme. The music from Macross Delta seems to be a mix from all over the musical spectrum from 1970's songs that are covered, i.e. When the Rune Sparkles, to music that would be at home if sung by a classical singer.

In essence the music for the series is like X-factor meets Last Night at the Proms a total hash, but that is just my personal opinion.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Commission Prices and New Books

Ok so with my art skills being back up to what they where when I left college I have decided that in the new year I will be making a fresh start and expanding my range to include a mix of Gothic Artwork and mythic art, so to help me out I have bought a few books and one just for reference.
These books are, Gothic Art by Nicola Senderson, Gothic Jewelry by Harriet Smith Ready to paint Dragons by Marc Potts and How to Draw Dragons in simple steps by Paul Bryn Davis.
Now I know that I have said that I am looking to get in to teaching but as I am having a bit of trouble trying to find a course that I can do close to home, so I am going to be selling my artwork and the jewellery pieces to raise some capital as well as fund my career development into teaching.
As for my pricing guide for commissions they are:
  • Line Art only £5
  • Line Art with coloured pencil £5
  • Line Art Inked £5 to £7.50 depending on the level of detail
  • Ink and Marker £7.50
  • Ink and Watercolour £7.50 to £10 depending on the level of detail
  • Line Art only £15
  • Line Art with coloured pencil £15
  • Line Art Inked £15 to £17.50 depending on the level of detail
  • Ink and Marker £17.50
  • Ink and Watercolour £17.50 to £20 depending on the level of detail
All of the prices include post and packing, if you require other sizes please contact me directly and I will discuss a price. My plan is to have a collection of jewellery and art work for a craft fair this time next year and hopefully have a few prints of any larger work that I create to sell also.

Friday, 21 November 2014

INKtober 2014 entries.

So this year I thought that I would have ago at the INKtober challenge of 31 drawings over the 31 days of October. it wasn't till around day 10 that I realised just how out of practice I had become with my drawing skills. When I had done them all I decided to have a little play in windows movie maker to see how it compares to iMovie HD that I am used to.

Out of the two programs I pre-fare iMovie HD but that could just be that I am used to it.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Redo of an old high school piece

This is some thing I've done after looking back at some of my old highschool artwork. It was a project we had to draw what the 50's thought life in the 90's would be like in space, and of course it was around that time that I found my dad's copy of Barbarella on VHS, I know that DVD's started to come out back then but my dad is old school with a capital OLD SCHOOL, so I used that as the base, and trust me you don't want to see the mid 90's version of this.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Fantasy Castle


K, so this is something some thing that I have been working on for a while now after a visit to the sea life centre in Rhyl. I decided after looking at the coral formations in the different tanks that they would make a nice base for mountain on which a fantasy castle belonging to an queen would live. I based the design of the towers and other external areas on the design of 1920's b-movie sci-fi serial movies, like flash and Dan Dare pilot of the future. As always any tips and advice are always welcome.
The top image is the basic line art for the piece, with the coloured version below.
The finished version of the piece done as a mountain. As suggested by Liam Piratefly Higgins in the Drawing Guild I've done this as a mountain on a desert like zone, and to give it a sense of distance I've used a trick I saw when I was still in high school and Blue Peter was still on BBC one by using a sheet of tracing paper to add a soft haze to the image. Now I know that it can be done using various filters and brushes in Photoshop and other programs like that, but as at the minute I am working Old School I have to use old school tricks.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Underwater Piece WIP 1

So this is something I've been doodling on and off for a few days, my personal take on the lost city of Atlantis.
As I have been working mostly A4 and with markers and other materials like water colour, I've been thinking a lot about ancient myths and legends. Namely the legend of Atlantis, and thought I would have ago at doing a piece based around it. Since this is still in the early stages I am looking around the internet gathering images of ancient cities and ruins for temples in and around the Japanese home islands, China and the Korean peninsular. Since this is going to be a detailed image I feel that it would only be fair to do this piece on A3, since that way I can use a lot of detail in the image.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Godzilla WIP, line art for watercolour piece

So after having a chat last night with Collette over on FB about how to take her Godzilla piece she is doing after watching the new version I was inspired to do my own, and after spending most of the day looking at different references, and making trips to pray at the porcelain alter, I've come up with this. And before anyone states that it's just a line art and not as detailed as my normal work, I plan to use this as a watercolour piece, since I seam to be doing more and more work in markers, so I thought it would be nice to go old school and work in watercolours' for a change. As always any tips and advice on how I could improve this are welcome.


All told I've spent about seven and a half hours on this and most of that was waiting for the watercolour paints to dry, and before any body starts a flame war with me over the colour of Godzilla, I prefer the 80's cartoon version of him and that is the reason I have done him in green, if you don't like that fact then you are free to I won't stop you, it is after-all a free galaxy.