Friday, 25 September 2009

Everyday Art - Examples 1.r - 1.t

Here's a few new Quick Comic Panels... Enjoy.

Example 1.r - Wild Child

Example 1.s - Scooby Doo

Example 1.t - Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past

As a side note... I have not yet seen the film... But don't you think it seems (from the title) that all of Matthew McGonoughy's ex girlfriends are mysteriously dead? That doesn't sound like a comedy at all. It sounds a bit dark.

Matthew... Stop killing your girlfriends. Just break up like a normal person.

And also... just stop making films.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Woke up yesterday looking and feeling like this:

...As it was 5am and I was travelling from Brighton (My Favourite Place in England) to Banbury (Eurgh).

I drew this picture on a note to my boss illustrating how unhappy I was with that morning.

As illustrated I am yet to get my bedraggled barnet cut. That will be happening at 5:30 this evening. Hurrah.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Escher in Lego

When I was younger I was absolutely fascinated with the works of MC Escher. An artist who dealt, just as much with Maths and Illusion, as he did with actual image making skills.

I recently stumbled upon a website of a strange and interesting mind. A self-professed "professional nerd" called Andrew Lipson. There's a lot of interesting visual stuff on his website, but I was most drawn to his reworks of the most famous Escher pieces... done in LEGO.

Here are the reworks and the originals for your comparison.


‘Ascending and Descending’


On the making of "Waterfall", Lipson says:

"The waterfall itself was about an evening’s work. I started by writing some C code to model a gradually widening parabolic arch with random variations for the spray (hacked from the code I use for my mathematical Lego sculptures) and then gradually modified it by hand until I liked the look of the result."

This guy is basically insane.

But what talent.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Everyday Art - Examples 1.o - 1.q

Example 1.o - Fireflies in the Garden

Example 1.p - Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

Example 1.q - Bolt

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Tori Amos... Live 2

Here's the promised "Precious Things" recording from the Tori Amos Hammersmith Apollo show I went to last night. Really good. Just put on the sound and ignore the picture as the image quality is poor, but the sound is excellent.

"Precious Things"

Tori Amos... Live

Here's a few Live videos I took from last nights Tori Amos Concert In Hammersmith Apollo. The sound quality is really quite good, but the image is a bit dark and my auto focus was going crazy... so just listen to the goodness.

"Putting The Damage On"

"1000 Oceans"

I'll put up "Precious Things" Once it's loaded up to Youtube.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Tori Amos...

Tonight, myself and my friend Karl are going to see one of our favourite artists... Tori Amos.

Tori has a special relevance to our friendship as she was the reason I decided to meet with & eventually work with Karl creating music. The fact that he admired her work in the same way that I did, gave me hope for us being compatible as songwriters.

We, in fact, both saw her perform on the same tour back in 2000. The Strange Little Girls tour. A show which saw me sleeping rough in Manchester train station, just so I could see the entire set. Haha. (So cold... but so worth it)

Recently Tori released her best work in ages. The album, "Abnormally Attracted to Sin" is incredible, and I hope any readers of this Blog will give it a chance and check it out. In fact, just go back and buy her back catalogue. She is a truly unique artist.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

The Onion's Take on the Moon Landings

Ha ha!

My Most Listened To Albums of 2009

I was struggling to think of a "top ten albums" that have been released this year. So instead I'll just give you my "Most Listened To Albums of 2009".

These are literally the albums that have had the most spins by myself whilst sat at home, working or traveling.

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
Metric - Fantasies
Elbow - Seldom Seen Kid
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Kanye West - 808's & Heartbreaks
Coldplay - Viva La Vida/Death and All His Friends
Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Delta Spirit - Ode To Sunshine
Beatles - Abbey Road/Let it Be (Naked)

Honorable mentions go to:

Imogen Heap - Ellipse
Mos Def - The Ecstatic
Jay Z - (Back Catalogue & D.O.A. single)
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
City & Colour - Bring Me Your Love
& Karl's Divas Playlist on Spotify

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Dream Diary 1 - Terrorist Tackles

I think I might start documenting any funny/memorable dreams on this blog. I'll keep them succinct though if possible.

Last night I dreamt I traveled home (from somewhere) via a chartered bus-flight. Half way along the journey we stopped to get groceries at a shop where the driver also worked at the checkout.
When we returned to the bus-plane the engine had been sabotaged, and rigged to explode, by a terrorist who was hiding in a nearby phonebox. He looked remarkably like an old colleague-turned-boss called Kevin Robinson.
I chased him and rugby tackled that Motherfucker hard. We then apprehended him and took him back to the bus-plane. (I was assisted by and old teacher called John Jeffries who showed up with a Walkie-Talkie.)
Loads more dream happened... but from then on all I could think about was telling my friends about the awesome rugby tackle.

You know when you wake up after dreaming about having money or gold... and you have that few seconds of thinking you still have it... and then you get sad about not having it? Well I went through that same process, but about not having rugby tackled a terrorist.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Everyday Art - Example 1.m & 1.n

Two More Examples from Yesterday's Shift...

Example 1.m - Boat That Rocked, The

Example 1.n - Righteous Kill

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Welcome back childhood, You keeping well?

Coming soon to the cinema, are two films that I am very anxious and excited to see. Both of them are based on books that I absolutely loved as a kid, by writers that inspire the overactive imaginations of children. I urge any readers of this blog to go and watch them both.

The trailers are available to watch now.

"Where the Wild Things Are"
directed by Spike Jonze
based on the book by Maurice Sendak

"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
directed by Wes Anderson
based on the book by Roald Dahl

Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson are literally the perfect directors for these projects. Each with their own unique visual style, tons of credibility and integrity, but more importantly, a firm hold of their own childish imaginations. I am so pleased that these stories are finally coming to life on the big screen, and opening the door for new children to hear these great stories. They truly enriched my young life.

Welcome back Childhood.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Again... 5 More Quick Comic Panels... (Everyday Art Project)

Here's another five comic panels I've done at work. For releases new and old.

Example 1.h - I Love You, Man

Example 1.i - Step Brothers

Example1.j - Race to Witch Mountain

Example 1.k - Young Victoria

Example 1.l - Iron Man

Rush go Stoner

Working Man Slowed down to Doom pace