Just returned from seeing the movie Avatar (After several attempts - it's very popular!). Thoughts? Gob-smackingly awesome, never seen such amazing visual effects. Calling it CGI or computer effects is insulting I think, because that goes nowhere close to describing it - virtual reality is a better fit. At no point did I ever think of any of it as anything less than real.
The story was simple but totally effective at holding your interest. I liked it more than I expected actually. It does the job very well of creating the setting for the stunning visual sequences, some of which were just breath-taking. The flying scenes in particular I just gawped at - it was like being in a Roger Dean or Rodney Matthews fantasy painting for real (the whole planet seemed to have been pulled right out of Roger Dean's work to be honest). Extraordinary.
I liked the 3D a lot too, not having seen one before I was worried it just wouldn't feel right to me but it quickly did. My only problem was the shit 3D glasses we had that seemed to have lenses that were too small and were foggy around the edges. I'm amazed frankly that James Cameron hadn't designed, manufactured and shipped his own 3D glasses around the world for people to see his visual masterpiece with. He probably wanted to. It seems a massive oversight to spend 5 years and $300 million creating an entire alien ecosystem battling a future human flying arsenal only to have the effect spoilt at the very very last point before those images hit the viewers eyes. A minor gripe but I hope something that will be improved in the future if 3D cinema is to become the norm.
Monday, December 28, 2009
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Got my copy of 'The Art of Caricature' by Paul Moyse today - it's got a ton of brilliant caricature paintings and sketches in it (both traditional and digital) and a couple of excellent features on acrylic painting and exaggeration. An absolute must for anyone wanting to learn about caricature or just look at the pretty pictures! I'm going to be studying it for a while :)
You can buy it here: http://www.wackyfeatures.co.uk/book-sale.htm
Paul's blog is here: http://artofmoyse.blogspot.com/
Had a bit of a hiatus from this due to various things, back painting now though. I've blocked in everything except the tattoos which I need to dig up some more reference for. Pretty much finished the shirt and working on the TNT sticks and wires of the bomb(!) at the moment. Looking forward to getting to the arms and I think I'll leave the head till last, by then hopefully I'll be a bit more confident with the paintbrush! Really want to get this done over Xmas and move on to something else :)
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
So I'm now painting my Billie Joe Armstrong pic in acrylics on a nice big canvas (5ft high) - here's some bad photos of the stages so far:
Top left is the canvas with a couple of thick layers of gesso which I scratch into a bit and gave a nice rough texture to. Then top right is the base colours, orange for the figure and dark blues for the back ground. Bottom left is about halfway into the background, then bottom right is after yesterday's work on the body. So far it's going really well and I'm enjoying it, which is great because I'm so crap at traditional painting! This WILL be good when it's done though. Then the Angelina painting next.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Upgraded my system just recently (it needed it) so now I have a decent size monitor and a quick PC to work on. Also got Autodesk Sketchbook Pro which is awesome - played with a trial for a while but finally took the plunge.
This is a piece I just did today using all those things; I need to work on my sketching technique as it's not great and I just don't do it enough - but this turned out OK. It was so much fun to do!
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The idea here is to illustrate the massive change in image U2 went through between the Joshua Tree/Rattle and Hum stage, and the Achtung Baby/Zoo TV stage that followed. I remember vividly when The Fly single came out and this all-new U2 appeared, it was seismic - and I loved it.
I still might change some things with this, I wanted to have all four band members in the car, but it didn't work, and there are a few other things I might adjust. Pleased with Bono, and I love the Trabby :)
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
This is actually only part of a piece I'm doing on U2, there will be a whole other bit to it which I hope will be really cool. For now though this is my version of that classic album cover photo. Fun to do, can't wait to have the rest done to show!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Watched a (really poor) documentary on this guy last night, which inspired the sketch. He's a genius director who's made some of my favourite films. Looking forward to Avatar, his new film out later this year. The sketch took about an hour and a half or so.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Painted this with my normal Wacom tablet but plugged into a laptop, which I thought would be horrible but actually worked quite well. There are some odd things about it and I'll probably spend sometime fixing it, but I'm pleased with the likeness I got as I always found him tough to get right.
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Well this is my final piece for Jason Seiler's caricature course. I chose to do RDJ as Sherlock Holmes because I thought it would be a good portfolio piece for the future as the film isn't out until Xmas, and because RDJ is very difficult to caricature I think. I am really pleased with the final painting, I think it's as good as I can do right now. Below are some of the reference and sketches I did along the way:
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Jason for his fantastic feedback and support!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
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This is probably my first real actual serious illustration-type commission! It's for Robin Ince (a brilliant comedian) and he had a quite specific idea which I tried hard to capture. I'm pleased with it but it has shown that I need to improve in a lot of areas. Chuffed to even be asked to do it to be honest, it's a big confidence booster!