Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Please check out this band: Admiral Fallow. (Beautiful Scottish music.)

I don't often hear smaller bands and feel it is my duty to force people to listen... But I recently stumbled across this little gem online and was blown away.

The band is called Admiral Fallow, They are based out of Glasgow.


Such a beautiful mix of traditional folk and modern indie, interweaving male & female vocals with guitars, drums, and woodwind instruments. Pure bliss.


Please check it out, and if you like it don't keep it to yourself.

Their twitter is: @AdmiralFallow

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Tonight is 80's o'clock.

It's my birthday party tonight, and to celebrate it I'm dressing up as Marty McFly


Any regular followers of my blog will have realised by now that I really like dressing up... and I thought it appropriate, what with the re-release of Back To The Future to commemorate it's anniversary, I would commemorate my own anniversary by mimicking a hero of my youth.

However, at my party tonight... I will definitely be rated R rather than PG.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Lollygaggers exhibition piece 1. The full series.

So, the "Lollygaggers" finally got their act together and did an exhibition!

For those of you who don't know, "Lollygaggers" is an art collective which I am a part of. For those of you that DO know... ignore that last sentence.

Anyway, our first two week exhibition came to a close as of Saturday, and I thought I'd post up the results of my efforts for the exhibition. The works I created were specifically for the showing, and are all connected.

Series title: "I can never come back... Not from this."
Please click on the image to see it larger.

Each individual painting has a name of it's own (the respective text within each one), and for anyone who's interested... the series, and it's individual parts are available for purchase. Serious inquiries please email me at: Patrickc@hotmail.co.uk

Nightshift magazine mentions my second band in it's "Remember the Titans" piece. (I've had 2 more since then!)

"Remember the Titans - Oxfordshire, despite it reputation for indie sounds, has produced some incredible metal bands over the years. Here we bring you our greatest local metal heroes. Ever."

Nice that they remembered us to be honest. (And nice that they said we weren't emo. haha)

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Guerilla Artist Banksy Does Simpsons Intro

this is currently ALL OVER the net, but I still thought it newsworthy enough to put onto my Blog... I mean... Banksy AND the Simpsons.... TOGETHER! It's Insanity.

But to be honest... Both parties have produced such valid and biting satire over the years that it's amazing this never happened before!

Anyway, check it out, it gets pretty brutal!

Friday, 8 October 2010

The power of the pentatonic scale...

This is one of the neatest things I've seen in a long time. Bobby McFerrin shows the power of the pentatonic scale at the world science fair:



It really demonstrates the human brain's subconscious ability to "feel" music. Unlocking that subconscious potential is the trick of creation.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Indian Man Immune to Electrocution!

As shown on "Stan Lee's Superhumans", Rajmohan Nair, is an Indian man who is literally immune to electrocution.

Man Immune to Electrocution Indian Man Immune to Electrocution picture

Dubbed the ‘Electro Man’, Rajmohan has the superhuman ability to conduct large currents of electricity without suffering any bodily harm whatsoever.

Just watch below as exposed wires are wrapped around him and then powered. The electricity flows from the plug, through Rajmohan, and to a lightbulb and, later on, a hotplate.

Note that when he’s in the process of conducting, he for some odd reason cannot see—as his eyes become glazed over.

Please do not try any of this at home. Rajmohan is a rarity, as most humans cannot safely conduct such high levels of electricity. If you were to do this at home, you would most likely die. In fact, according to host Daniel Smith, Rajmohan is approximately 10-times more resistant to electricity than the average human.


It's a fairly long video. But it is absolutely amazing!

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Silver(Screen)Cub update... I appear in the trailer for Eastwood's "Hereafter"!

I've just gotten back from my family holiday... and upon returning I was shown a trailer for the upcoming Matt Damon film "Hereafter", directed by Clint Eastwood.


Earlier this year I did a bit of background acting in this film and, (as with most extra work), I fully expected to hit the cutting room floor and not appear in the film at all! haha. Little did I know that I would make the 2 minute cut for the official trailer!

The film looks excellent, and I fully recommend everyone going to see it at the cinema in October. It's the interweaving story of 3 characters from different walks of life, and the way that death has effected them each. Matt Damon stars as a reluctant medium who ties together all of the other characters with his unique perspective on mortality.

If you can't be bothered to watch the trailer... (lazy) then I've put a screen cap of my appearance below: ...

Yes that's right... I'm the guy in the AWESOME cardigan. And yes... I HAVE lost weight since then... thanks for noticing.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

If you work in a store...


Make it your own. Day jobs suck otherwise. Here's me being a twat this week at the video store I work at. Promoting the release of the awesome film Kick-Ass

Friday, 3 September 2010

Bit of professional webby illustration work I did...

For music funding website: Slicethepie


These are just screencaps. To see the images full size, go to their site.


Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Also... Make Your Own Birthday Presents...


Here is a painting I did for my friend Christopher Robin who I blogged about in my last post. He likes Hendrix, and I found a badass picture of him that I'd never seen, so it seemed an appropriate choice.

It's A2 size. Acrylic and Emulsion on canvas.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Make your own Birthday Cards...

It's way cooler.

Here's one I made last week and gave to my good friend Christopher Robin. He's a drummer, so I made him into an Evil Gundam Drum Robot from the future.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Holy crap! Thought-controlled computers on the way: Intel

Found this article on Phsyorg.com. Crazy crazy shit. I've drawn a comic at the bottom of this article to show some of my thoughts on the matter.

"Intel scientists are currently mapping out brain activity produced when people think of particular words, by measuring activity at about 20,000 locations in the brain. The devices being used to do the mapping at the moment are expensive and bulky MRI scanners, similar to those used in hospitals, but senior researcher at Intel, Dean Pomerlau, said smaller gadgets that could be worn on the head are being developed. Once the brain activity is mapped out the computer will be able to determine what words are being thought by identifying similar brain patterns and differences between them.

Pomerlau said words produce activity in parts of the brain associated with what the word represents. So thinking of a word for a type of food, such as apple, results in activity in the parts of the brain associated with hunger, while a word with a physical association such as spade produces activity in the areas of the motor cortex related to making the physical movements of digging. In this way the computer can infer attributes of a word to narrow it down and identify it quickly.

A working prototype can already detect words like house, screwdriver and barn, but as brain scanning becomes more advanced the computer's ability to understand thoughts will improve.

If the plans are successful users will be able to surf the Internet, write emails and carry out a host of other activities on the computer simply by thinking about them. Director of Intel Laboratories, Justin Ratner, said it is clear humans are no longer restricted to using a keyboard and mouse, and mind reading is the "ultimate user interface." He said he is confident any concerns about privacy will be overcome.

While many able-bodied computer users may hesitate to adopt a technology that operates a by reading their minds, people who are unable to use a keyboard or a mouse through disability should find the new technology gives them much more freedom and opportunities for communicating."


Source: Physorg

Click the image to see it larger.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary 34

Here's a drawing of a Frenchman eating his cooked breakfast. The page next to it is a diary page I wrote on the day of filming the Fosters advert which I blogged pics of HERE.

Then the following single page is a drawing I did of one of my co-extras. (He's the one in the far left of screen, obscured by the pillar in THIS pic, and facing away from us, far left of screen on THIS pic! haha.)


There's always LOTS of time between shots....

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Guru Bieber? Can Justin control time with his magic sound beams?

I know this may shock you, but Justin Bieber is a master of the mystic arts. Honestly... He has secretly been altering the minds of the populous with his famous brand of sped up spiritualism.

A recent photograph of Justin Bieber

Don't believe me?

Here is Justin Beiber's track "U Smile" slowed down by 800 percent... (Slowing it in this way reveals Bieber's true vision: An Ambient Spiritual Odyssey!)


This is honestly, so strangely beautiful it will blow your mind. The full version is over 30 mins long... wow.

Now... you will read many things about how this is just some sort of delightful mistake etc etc... but I believe it to be "the Bieber's" intention all along. We have just discovered it much early than he planned.

I believe that this new discovery illustrates what a few of us have believed all along, Justin Bieber thinks 800% faster than normal human beings. I hope that, through his music... we can all learn to become time-bending brainiacs.

That little guy..... he's a genius.

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A couple more for you Sketch Diary followers out there. This one was from way back in February, (I think).


Sunday, 15 August 2010

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary 31

Silvercub sells out?

Here's some screen caps from the Fosters ads I'm in. (Just to prove I wasn't lying right?)

I'd like to thank the horse...


My cardigan...

And the really tall dude, for making this all possible.


Thankyou.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Guest Panel on community Art project: Bea AD

I just love user sourced art and films etc. I think it's a fantastic way to get people inspired, and involved in what you do. You may remember I created a scene for STAR WARS UNCUT as well)

So when I came across this project, the self proclaimed "Exquisite Corpse Experiment", I instantly was drawn to it. (No pun intended.)

The idea is simple, the blog owner has created a character which will go on a journey through a comic. the narrative of comic itself is completely at the will of the artists that take part. Each panel drawn by a different illustrator. (Of varying skill level and sense of style.)

And that's it really... below is my submission. I felt that the previous panels didn't quite have enough text in them to steer the story... so I kinda maximised on the text! haha.


I also felt that the character could do with not being naked anymore... so I kinda took that into account with the second half of the panel. haha

To see the rest of the comic... or to get involved yourself, go here:

http://beacorpse.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Whoever said stacking shelves is uncreative...

This photo was taken in a US supermarket.

That is simply the greatest softdrinks display that has ever been.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary 29

So... as a preemptive strike, before people start going on about the fact that "Kick-Ass" is already a film.... I know that. My sketchbook diary pages are from much earlier this year so they are delightfully out of date, but I still display them for your delectation.

I quite like this page because I had to step out of my own style to do it. JRJr's style is amazing, and mimicking him makes me feel like a better artist. haha

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary 28


This is what happens to me when I am away from my sketchbook for too long. All my dumb ideas build up and become actual psychosis. Enjoy.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary 27

Here is a 2-Page Sketchbook drawing I did of Missy Elliot smashing up a city. I drew it from memory so I had to draw her circa '01 which is when I saw more pictures of her.

As you can see.... she's not angry at all, she's just having a great time destroying things. And good on her.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary 26

Here's another random sketch from the book of random sketches. I like his little face.

Friday, 23 July 2010

"B-Town Blues" - Short Film on Super 8

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a Cinecam/Super-8 Film enthusiast. I recently got back my first batch of film transfers and am going through the process of putting together some short films of my memories...

Short Film 1: "B-Town Blues".

Description: Brighton's Great Escape festival in 2009 was amazing. My boys and I partied so hard for 3 days straight that we nearly died. This is a short super 8 film I made the morning of the day we stopped partying.


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I really love the colours that came through in this video. The saturated blues and greens look so evocative of the 60's and 70's. Alex particularly looks like he's straight out of the Beatles or the Clash!

Many of these first reels that I shot were ways of testing what different types of films can do. The stock I used for this film is called Kodak Ektachrome 64T.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary 25


I think this guy was inspired by a mixture of Columbo, Bexi from The Firm, and Dr. Seuss's characters.

I've only realised recently that a lot of my drawings are quite Dr. Seuss-y. (That's not a bad thing.) It just proves that your childhood experiences and likes etc are really quite important in establishing your form.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Massive Attack "Splitting the Atom" video

I slept on it for a bit, but actually... the new Massive Attack album is pretty dope. Here's the video for "Splitting the Atom":


It's a 360 view of a virtual city in a single frozen moment in time... I think it's a really cool example of a director telling a story without anything actually happening. Slowly revealing parts of the moment to create a whole picture.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

SPACE NEWS! - Planck Telescope shows Galaxy's "Oldest Light"

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This beautiful image is the first" full-sky image" from Europe's Planck telescope. The remarkable feat of engineering which was sent into space last year to survey the "oldest light" in the cosmos.

The image itself took just over 6 months to piece together as a map of the Milky Way, the Galaxy in which Earth resides. This unique photograph demonstrates what is visible to instruments that are sensitive to very long wavelengths of light, and is expected to assist researchers in understanding how our Galaxy came to look the way it does today.

The bright horizontal line running across the image is the Milky Way's "main disc" - the plane in which the Sun and Earth sit.

Source: BBC News

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This was drawn the day I wrote my Scalped Blog. Check back and read that if you missed it. Then read the Graphic Novel... Because it's badass.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary 19

This morning I was woken up by the postie ringing my doorbell over and over again. Bizarrely, todays scheduled sketchbook diary is about the same thing pretty much. Here's a page from a just before we moved to our new flat.... Just like today I had to put on a girl robe to answer the door.


Bloody annoying.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary 18

Another random sketch I did whilst I was bored. This one helped me work out some text layout issues for something I'm working on as a proper piece.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary 17


Back to the normal sketchbook diary now... And todays entry is a double-pager of two unrelated sketches I did to amuse myself. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

SPACE NEWS! - Alien Planets and Suspended Animation!

So it's been at least a month since I last did a Space News Blog... So here's a double-bill. Two lots of connected Space News for all you interstellar heads:

Hundreds of new Earth-Like Planets discovered by Kepler Spacecraft

NASA's Kepler spacecraft hunting for Earth-like planets around other stars has found 706 candidates for potential alien worlds while gazing at more than 156,000 stars packed into a single patch of the sky.

If all 706 of these objects pass the stringent follow-up tests to determine if they are actually planets, and not false alarms, they could nearly triple the current number of known extrasolar planets. They were announced as part of a huge release of data from the mission's first 43 days by NASA's Kepler science team this week.

To date, astronomers have discovered more than 400 alien planets lurking around stars beyond our solar system. That includes six newfound worlds discovered by a French observatory that were announced earlier this week.

The Kepler observatory will continue conducting science operations until at least November 2012. It will also continue searching for Earth-like planets, including those that orbit stars in a warm, habitable zone where liquid water could exist on the surface of alien planets.

The discovery of all these potential new planets is interesting and exciting. But they are all so far away... how can we get to them???

Which brings me to the second half of my Space News Blog:


Suspended Animation No Longer Just a Pipe Dream

Suspended animation is no longer a pipe dream

A research scientist in a Seattle cancer laboratory has discovered the secret to reanimating organisms that had been frozen to a temperature below survivable limits.

Dr. Mark Roth was inspired by cases of individuals who survived prolonged exposure to the bitter cold with few adverse affects — like Canadian toddler Erica Nordby, who wandered from her house in the winter of and whose heart stopped beating for two hours before she was rescued, warmed, and came miraculously back to life; and Mitsutaka Uchikoshi, who fell asleep on a snowy mountainside in 2006 and was found 23 days later with a core body temperature of just 71°F. He too was successfully reanimated having suffered no appreciable ill effects.

Experimenting on yeasts and worms, Roth and his team found that if his specimens were deprived of oxygen before freezing, they'd enter a state of suspended animation from which they can be reliably revived.

Um so.... That's pretty exciting... Am I right?


Sources: Space.com & io9.com

The Future of Limousines...

I want one.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary (Holiday Edition!) - Part 4

Here is the final sketch from my holiday diary. It's a little comic entitled:

"My Holiday Changed Me"

Please click the image to see it larger (and read the text)

I will be re inking this piece to go onto my website, but for now... while it was timely I thought I would post it up for your enjoyment.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Patrick's Sketch Diary (Holiday Edition!) - Part 3

Here is the final part to my Holiday Sketchbook. Save for the comic I drew while I was out there "My Holiday Changed Me" (which I will post up tomorrow).

I had to skip about 4 or 5 pages of the sketchbook because they were packed with ideas I plan to use in the next 6 months, so I don't want anyone getting the jump on me! haha