Friday, December 18, 2009
Well it's taken a while, but I've finally got around to putting the Space Jockey together.
It has gone fairly well so far...despite the fact there were gaps in some key areas. Nothing a generous batch of Milliput couldn't fix. I really am falling in love with that stuff. It's very easy to use and, man, is it ever strong.
I'm still not really sure I like the whole vinyl kit thing. It seems to take a lot of fiddling around to get things to fit and be symmetrical.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
...hmmmm...a boot up the bum theme today. Weird.
These two illos represent work I have done for Men's Magazines, basically illustrating other people's stories. I have lost count over the years how many of these I have done...hundreds I think.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Rarely do I get to do something that is actually a benefit to the community. Usually what I do is all about flogging some product to an unsuspecting public.
A producer came to me with a request for some basic animation showing a newly arrived migrant family going about daily tasks (like going to the supermarket). This would be cut together with other footage to be used on a DVD to help educate migrant families how to cope with their new lives in Australia.
I was astounded to learn just how little information there was available to newcomers. Basic things like where to find frozen foods, not packing detergents with fresh veges etc. needs to be explained to someone who has lived for years in a camp in Africa.
Luckily my crude 2D animation skills were enough to get the point across for this DVD. I used a combination of Flash and After Effects. I must say I really learnt a lot doing this project and I certainly relish the opportunity to apply what I have learnt to a new project.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
'The Addams Family', 'The Ghost and Mr.Chicken', 'Green Acres' etc etc. take me (even now) to a sunny place of Saturday afternoon matinees, freshly mowed lawns and cold lemonade drinks.
What a brilliant talent. I know his style of music had long since passed out of the contemporary limelight, but I'm still saddened to think that the bloke who came up with all those wonderful tunes won't be writing any more.
At least I'm hearted to learn that he actually owned the rights to his most famous work: 'The Addams Family' theme.
Says he: "Two finger snaps and you live in Bel-Air."
For the ABC news story click here.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Brad Schwede is a fellow I have worked with professionally on various projects over the years. He is a brilliant graphic designer. When he showed me this stuff I knew that he was also a very talented and unique artist. I would love to see his art as public sculpture around the city.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
It would all be a bit more exotic and grittier over there on the Eastern Front.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
...The Space Jockey from Alien. I have always been a huge fan of the original Alien movie. As an aesthetically well-designed film I still don't think it has been surpassed.
This kit was released by Halcyon in the early 90s.
It will be my first attempt at a vinyl kit. Trimming the pieces sure was a pain in the %@##!!
I must say I'm looking forward to getting out my Giger books and going to town on the airbrushing with this one.
Whoops! Been out of the blog sphere for a while. I wasn't well and ended up doing a stint in hospital. Eeergh....
Anyway...at last I think the viper is finished.
I wish I had taken photos of the terrain build, but I was keen to get it over with. Basically the terrain is plaster over a polystyrene base. The grass is railway model fibers with acrylic paint dabbed on to break up the color.
I used a sponge and worked from dark to light colors for the rock face. The weird plant things are left over milliput sculpted then painted with acrylics.
Lessons learned from this exercise? Weathering took a lot longer than I thought it would.
My 'ol mate Tim Wade thought that I could have gone a bit further with the weathering. Looking at it now, maybe I could have.
Although I thought if you look at F1-11s (which are old planes these days) that are still in service, while they show a bit of wear and tear, they are still kept up to a certain standard. I figured the Colonials would treat their ships the same way.
I actually realised one must be wary of using filming miniatures as reference for painting these spaceship models. For the most part the film models are WAY over weathered...I assume so that there is no doubt that the details will show up on film.
While I do like my terrain, it probably dominates the whole display a bit too much. I could have got away with a base half the size and made a much more elegant statement with the design.
There are a few things that are a bit sloppy...you can tell the bits that were rushed. I know I'm always going to struggle with wanting to get a thing finished and keeping an eye on the quality.
Overall, it was great to take something that I had always thought I had ruined at age 14 and turn it something I'm fairly proud of.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
A couple of pics today. The first was from the series of pin-up illos I did for Penthouse magazine.
I thought it was appropriate after all the discussion on female pubic hair over at Eddie C's blog. Interestingly, I always wanted these paintings to be far more 'coy' in keeping with a 40's Elvgren-style of thing. The magazine wanted see more rather than less, so this is where the illo ended up.
In this era of instant images, photoshop etc. I think the only reason for doing pin-ups like this is if it's in a nostalgic context.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Another logo animation. My company seems to be involved in the promotion of a lot of water sport activities.
I personally try my best to keep out of the ocean. If you don't drown, you can be stung by jellyfish, eaten by a shark or even stabbed by a manta-ray!!!?
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
windfall we had, could I use it to buy an armoured car?'
Imagine, two young boys being taught by a French grenadier to say 'Vive l'Empereur Napoleon!' while he cooks his Sunday roast over an open fire.
I desperately wanted to put flesh and blood to the names of the people that filled my historical texts. Television shows like the BBC's adaption of Robert Graves' splendid 'I Claudius' helped propel my fertile imagination past the grey landscape of high school history classes.
My boy now can tell you that during the American Civil war many of the Southern soldiers went into battle without shoes. He has felt the weight of chain mail, seen a viking encampment and understands that Redcoats were red because the dyes were inexpensive.
He also knows that those words in the textbooks were once of flesh and blood.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Amongst all of nature's wonders there's a growing number of public and private sculptures nestled in alcoves and detours. Some are quite delightful.
When this one (below) was being installed the day I walked past, I honestly thought it was a creatively mellifluous version of a park bench. In actual fact it turned out to be a musical instrument.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I stumbled across 'When Comic Books Ruled the Earth' by Joel Bryan the other day. Those old B/W POTA comics obviously had the same corrosive effect on his psyche as they had on mine. This is a seriously funny article and a great blog. Hey, anyone who celebrates (or even remembers) the work of Doug Moench and Rico Rival has my attention!!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
A fellow worker commented that he could pick my 'style' the other day.
I've known designers who have had a good instinct for this kind of stuff. With me: sometimes it gels and flows right out...other times it's like the proverbial 'camel through the eye of the needle'.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The colonial warrior started out as a 1/35 scale Dragon BSG9 'Elite Urban Series Soldier' model kit. I assembled what I needed from the model then carved into it creating 'boots' and new folds in his tunic.
Using Milliput epoxy I sculpted a colonial style jacket adding hands from the Dragon model. The warrior's hair was also sculpted in Milliput. I tried to give a 'seventies' feel to his hairdo. I've given him a base coat ready for his detailed paint job.
I've started weathering the viper. Man, this really is an exact science. Luckily my copy of 'Sculpting the Galaxy' by Lorne Peterson has come in very handy for reference.
Even though the vipers in the show were heavily weathered, I don't want this craft to look too 'beat up'.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
This was done as a concept for a Panda enclosure. The project eventually fell through. It was interesting discovering the complex nature of the logistics involved in creating an area like this.
I bet the pandas couldn't have cared less about all the trouble and angst they caused.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
First, I had heard about the Obama White House Correspondents' Dinner speech the other day on LNL. When I say speech, I should say 'stand-up routine'. Wow this guy is funny!
Not only did he 'lay 'em in the aisles' but when he turned to the more serious topic of the recent severe job loses among journalists, he was sincere, understanding and gave a serious commitment to the concept of a free and healthy press.
We do seem to be in very troubled and turbulent times, I draw some comfort from this new, commanding, ferociously intellectual and witty American President.
This last concept was my take on the 'genie in the bottle' thing. Sort of a scary Barbara Eden if you will.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
A very eclectic bag of stuff today...Another game concept pic...
Hitchcock's great masterpiece.
A digi-matte painting taken from images off the net. I love the different aesthetic you get when you work in black and white. It's a real shame that you don't really see that many black and white shows on TV anymore. Even though most of the great black and white films and programs were made before I was born, I was lucky enough to be exposed to them via TV re-runs.
I think there is a perception in the modern idiom to think that a lack of colour implies 'less'. A lot of the language of cinema and television craft was formulated in the B/W era. Watch a re-run of one of the original 'I Love Lucy' shows from the early fifties and you can see the template for every sitcom ever since.
It's a bit like when you develop an interest in art it is paramount you investigate the history of art in order to inform your present understanding of it. I fear we run the risk of ever increasingly diluting the 'creative gene pool' if we don't take the opportunity to visit the work of the past.
This was done for the local hairdressing company 'Stefan'. Hair dryers in space...yup.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Been real busy with work, life, work, kids, work, work, work...
Managed to do a little bit more on the Viper. I've added the cockpit interior.
It certainly isn't 100% accurate, but I'll be putting the cockpit hood (?) over the top so it won't be completely on show.
Finished the landing gear assembly. Probably a little bit of putty work to go on these. Next is to cut into the underside of the fuselage for fitting the landing gear areas. More than a little scary!!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The basic discussion revolved around the emergence of a global 'intelligence' and how this could be the key to effectively addressing climate change. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning and John and I vowed to get along to more of this sort of forum in the future.
I'm a big fan of Adams and his ABC Radio National show 'Late Night Live'. It is always interesting, always funny, always thought provoking and sometimes surprising. Follow the link and download a podcast.
A couple of illos for Penthouse magazine. The first was going to be for a series of fake 'B' movie posters. This one was 'Attack of the 50 DD Woman'. Clever, huh? Yeh right. It only lasted the one jape before a change of editor and the whole thing was scrapped (I assume).
The other illo was for the 'cartoon girls' done sexy thing. I don't know how many people remember the 'Wacky Races' show, but one of the main characters was a femme fatale called 'Penelope Pitstop'. Other memorable characters from this cartoon were Peter Perfect, Dick Dastardly, the Gruesome Twosome and the Ant Hill Mob.