Thursday, 31 March 2016

"Where must we go, we who wander this wasteland" - Mad Max Fury Road Print!

After an amazing reaction from folks regarding my "Visions of a Past, Present and Future" print release, I'm back with a new 12" x 36" giclee print from Hero Complex Gallery. This was created for Wondercon 2016, this past weekend, and the remaining are now up for grabs HERE!

Thanks again to Hero Complex. And also a huge thanks for all the support and enthusiam from you guys. It's been an awesome few weeks and I can't wait to see the reaction to my next set of work.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Visions of a Past, Present and Future - Prints Available Now!

Today is the official release of 12 news prints I've been working on for the fine folks over at Hero Complex Gallery. Titled Visions of a Past, Present and Future, this set of giclee prints celebrates some of the best science fiction films in cinematic history. From Star Wars to La Jetee, each print is sized at 12" x 36" and limited to 75 per print.

A big thank you to io9, who featured and revealed the work on their site. If you'd like to buy one of these lovely, super wide landscape prints, then head over to HCG and BUY HERE!

The full list of prints is as follows: 2001 : A Space Odyssey, Akira, Alien, Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, La Jetee, Metropolis, Moon, Star Wars Ep IV, V and VI, The Fly. Here are just a selection of images.

Once again, a huge thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. Especially all those at Hero Complex Gallery.

To purchase a print, visit HCG's website here!


Monday, 4 January 2016

Sketchbook #01 - Jordan Buckner

A new year is upon us and it's time to start a new sketchbook. So, in honour of this most holy occasion, I thought I'd show a glimpse at my old sketchbook which ran from about September 2014 - December 2015.

The video above gives an insight into what this sketchbook held. It was a pretty messy, convoluted bunch of rubbish. Compared to my old university / foundation year sketchbooks, this is the most relaxed, unhindered book I've done. Doodles of characters on trains and tube station platforms, or notes on animation ideas and meeting notes. It's largely a whole lot of nonsense, but in there somewhere, are some good ideas. 

I hope this at least shows what I think a sketchbook should be. This is in no way a demonstration of drawing. Sketchbooks serve different purposes, and this one, was largely for getting things down on paper. As my old art teacher used to say, "Get your brain on the page." One of it's most important functions is purely getting things going. This is where all of my awful ideas go to die. So that when I actually start working on a project, the bad stuff is out the way. I'm not a guy who sits down and draws perfect images of perfect people, I'll leave that for others. This was the place of ugly humans, in ugly situations. For me at least, it may one day serve as a reminder for what 2015 was.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year!

2016 is nearly upon us and so it's time for a blog post! I'm normally a miserable git at this time of year, but something in the air has changed my outlook and so I'm pumped up for the year ahead. It's a new year, so that means leaving any old shit at the door. Start fresh, work hard and be excited about making things. This is a time to be hopeful. New Years resolutions are for chumps, but the one resolution I think is actually worth following is harder.

I'll be starting the new year with a few really cool projects (3d scanning, animation, prints, collectives) and also with a new sketchbook. So, this week I'll try and post a video showing the main sketchbook I've been using over the last 12 - 15 months. It was a slow sketchbook that lingered around for far too long but I think it shows a change in my work.

On a completely narcissistic note; I've spent the last few years figuring things out, working out where I stand in this big abyss. Ultimately, that filled me with depression. Whilst it seemed everyone else was out travelling the world, seemingly happy, rich and successful, I largely felt stuck in a rut. And it's time to move past all of that rubbish. The nagging images of social media haunting me with the lives of others, is perhaps the one thing I'd like to get rid of in 2016. And now that I at least have a few things figured out, it's time to start making them happen. So, let's just call this a new beginning. Enjoy the New Year, but more importantly, look forward to actually making stuff.



Friday, 18 December 2015

Inhaler - Film Poster

A few months ago I completed a poster design for Danny Sawaf's short film, Inhaler. It was a really awesome project, that went quickly and had a super open brief. So, it's about time I shared some of the work from that project. Here's a little bit of a breakdown. First the final poster.

As with any project, it all starts with thumbnails. Lots of character sketches, with some suggestion of darker themes. It needed to convey some comedy but also retain some of the disturbing, horror aspects. This stage is always most fun. Chucking around ideas and seeing what looks good. It's quick and cheap and rewarding. I could thumbnail forever.

Once and idea gets agreed upon with Danny, it's normally just a case of getting it made. That always sounds so simple when in fact, that stage can be a nightmare. It's often tricky to retain excitement and still make an image look finished. So, I normally start with traditional drawing and inking for the base of the image. Then cleanup and start working digitally. But all the time, I'm making sure I'm capturing what was good in the thumbnail.

And that was that. A fairly smooth project that turned out well. A small insight into some of my day to day work. I'll have more movie posters and illustration to show soon.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

I'm Still Here

It's been forever since I posted on my blog. Trust me, I feel the shame. This place has been dead for some time. It's like Richard III in that way. But I'm still alive and it's time to inject some energy back into these bloggy veins. So, forgive my narcissism, whilst I tell you what the hell have I been doing with my life.

As with everyone, there are ups and downs. Things go well sometimes, other times they go a bit shitty. But it's almost the end of 2015 and god damn am I ready for the 2016 roll over. Shit is going down in 2016! Well maybe it is. We'll see. But good things will hopefully occur. Good things, with good people.

So, the main reason for the quietness of late; lots of teaching. It's been great but I've been way too unproductive with my own stuff and my online presense plummits off a cliff the minute that happens. I'm working at getting better at that, so when things get busy with projects and teaching, my sketchbook doesn't become a ghost town.

Mostly, I've been teaching with the lovely folks at UCA Rochester, but I've also been giving workshops down at University of Portsmouth for the BA Animation course and will be over at University of Brighton in January to talk to the Moving Image students. It's still a super weird thing for me. I feel old and young at the same time, both novice and professional. But it's good fun and I learn a lot purely in the act of teaching itself. I realise what shit is important because I keep repeating them to students. Check your goddam tonal value! 

All of a sudden it went from September to December and I'm back in the world of my own freelance work, which is great. I'm making my own stuff again / working for others and with others. So, more of that very soon. Hopefully some print work as well as a super cool cg animation that may happen at some point next year. Lots of pies in different ovens. Or fingers in pies? Something about pies. One is pregnancy, the other is work. I mean the work one.

This post I guess, is me saying that I'm back. Out of a rather stressful, negative time and hopefully onto more exciting things. All sorts of things. Most exciting of all, is that those things are no longer singular. I'm not really a CG artist any more, in title. I still do CG work for clients, but I also do illustration, conceptual design, animation and more. Plus teaching. That's actually what I'm happiest about most. I feel like I'm making it out of the odd post graduation blur, when you feel lost and adrift at the mercy of the world. And now I'm more certain now of what I do and what I want to do. Hence, the excitement about moving forward. It's all about the future these days. Fuck the past.

That's it from me. I've got some super cool but secretive paintings that I'm working on which I can show soon, plus some other various bits and bobs that I'll put up this week. It's lovely to be back. Hopefully I'll stay around these parts for a bit and will be posting more regularly. Just like a fully functioning adult.



p.s. I just completed another year of self employment tax return. Which definitely means I'm a proper functioning adult now right?

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Osborne 2015

Another warm up painting...George Osborne with a hint of Don Draper. Budget day 2015. I didn't fucking vote for them.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Warm Up Doodles

Here be some successful warm up sketches from last week that I took into Photoshop for some painting addition. I forgot how much easier things become with a solid base sketch.

David Lynch / Paul Thomas Anderson

Friday, 19 June 2015

"2001: A Space Odyssey" Print by Jordan Buckner

I am hugely excited to announce the release of my first ever movie poster print. L.A based pop culture gallery, Hero Complex Gallery, are releasing my poster for Kubrick’s greatest, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Available in 3 variants, this giclee print is limited to 100 per edition and is sized at approx 12” x 24”. Check out the details below for more info.

- Fine Art Giclee Print
- 3 Editions Available
- Limited to 100 per Edition
- Approx 12“ x 24”
- Available for $35 (approx £22 for any British folk)
A huge thanks to the lovely people at Hero Complex Gallery for helping produce this.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Character Doodles

Okaaaaaaaay, so, it's time to update the old blog. So, here are some conceptual doodles for a project I've got going on the backburner. This type of stuff is always fun, so more of these soon I hope. More interesting doodads soon!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Character Doodlin'

Here a few late night doodles to keep the blog churning away.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Talking Shop - Monkey Dust

Recently, I've been wondering where my passion for animation came from. And in truth, I've been stumped. It was never Pixar or Disney, I knew that much. They never really had the profound life changing effect on me that they do so many others. I knew it wasn't Chuck Jones cartoons either. Yea, the rabbit was funny, but it never made me want to forge a career.The more I thought about the issue, the more I worried. It started to develop into a pathetic existential crisis. Maybe animation wasn't for me? Maybe I wouldn't be able to work in the industry anymore because I can't reference the first time animation hit me like a bolt of lightening? Maybe I'd be outed and I'd be force to leave. I wouldn't be allowed anywhere near Soho, and they'd take my degree back. They'd all bloody know I was a sham. I'd have to become something else, an accountant, or an estate-agent or something. These were dark times. I couldn't rely on quoting Kubrick as an inspiration any longer, it was becoming embarrassing. I needed some bloody animation to reference but I couldn't think of anything. I was a goner...

And then, after a night at the pub back in my home town, it hit me. Walking through the dying highstreet, past drunken children and aggressive kebab wielding maniacs, I had a flash back...this was the moment, the big reveal. The big life changing event that I would quote forever more!...well kind of...I couldn't actually remember what the hell the inspirational animation was called. I just knew that those dark alleyways of my hometown were perfectly captured in an old animation I used to watch. I remembered watching dark, grimey, green stories play out in the dead of night on the BBC. I remember the feeling of watching that animation. I was too young to be seeing this stuff and I should have turned it off. But I was a rebel at heart, and I watched week after week on the small TV I had in my room. The memory had hit me, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember the name. Finally, my Desert Island Discs recollection story had hit me and I was too stupid to know the name of the fucking tv show. Now I'd never win an Oscar. 

So, I did what anyone would do. I opened Google and with as much intelligence as I could muster, I typed "bbc 2 animation series from the 2000's."...and there it was...the answer I had been searching for. The solution to my woes. My restoration of faith.

"Monkey Dust"...Instantly I remembered. The golden light of an angel hit the Wikipedia link on the screen and I was transported back to when things were easier. I was Indiana Jones, and this was my big golden egg thing. I was Neo, and god blimey I was about to take the green pill. No blue pill. Or was it the red pill. Who cares, I was about to be fulfilled. For the next two hours I sat watching clips on Youtube. I ordered the DVD and I felt like I belonged on earth once more. I could finally fit into society safe in the knowledge that I too had a bullshit story to share about the day I decided to be an animator. I could finally attend dinner parties and be an adult.

Monkey Dust was mine. It was the TV series that made me want to make animation. I didn't know it at the time, but now I realise how important it was to me. At the time of release, I would have been 13 years old. At that age, most people seemed to be down the park smoking crack or taking vodka shots directly through an eyeball. But I was never really that person. I spent most of my time in my room, drawing and watching hugely inappropriate tv shows and films. 

It's difficult to describe exactly what Monkey Dust was like. It was at times, dark, disturbing and melancholy; whilst often being side-splittingly funny, offensive and depraved. It was a string of adjectives, all oxymorons to one another. But more importantly, it was a snapshot of a time and a was Britain in all its glory and horror. Complete with depressed sex addicts, psuedo-intellectuals and yuppies.  Rather than a patriotic, nationalistic love for a place that never existed, this mocked the realities of life in Britain and demonstrated that at the core of all broken societies, existed people with problems. Both good and bad.

Among them, my favourite, Clive Pringle. A middle aged man, who walks home each night to his flat in the city. On his arrival, his wife questions his whereabouts, to which he always responds with a bizarre string of excuses, all of which are plots to fictional stories; including 2001: A Space Odyssey, The A-Team, Humpty Dumpy and Hotel California. His wife points out the obvious lie, forcing Clive to reveal his true whereabouts, most often being sexually degrading tales, followed by his catchphrase, "...and that, darling, is what really happened." 

There was Ivan Dobsky, The Meat-Safe Murderer - A man held in prison who is frequently exonerated, bounces around the outside world on a space-hopper called Mr Hoppy, only to find life on the outside a little harder to live in. Each week he would be released, only to once again commit horrendous crimes on his smiling space-hopper.

Then there was the divorced dad and his son Timmy. A dad so depressed from the tales of his old family that he commits suicide on each episode, whilst his son sits helplessly in the other room, giving his true feelings on his step-dad, Roger.

And of course, the famous Paedofinder General, a character who leads a witch-hunt for potential sex offenders across the UK. Strikingly current at the time, he listed many reasons for his trials. In one instance, he targets the cast of a production of Fiddler on the Roof, citing, "By the powers invested in me by a text vote on Sky News, I find you guilty!"

I don't prescribe complete influence of my life to this little know animation, but I do attribute it with being one of the first works to demonstrate that people all have problems. That realisation of our own failures and the failures around us, encourages empathy, rather than prejudice. And that rather than a constant obsession with a perfect world, are we not better understanding the realities of our situation in the horrors that we often ignore. Monkey Dust not only taught me to appreciate this style of storytelling, but also informed me that animation could be dark, adult and effecting.

Cartoonist Chris Ware once stated "Happiness is overrated." A quote that most people will retreat from, but in truth, a quote that so perfectly describes life and art. To constantly obsess about ones happiness is to ignore the realities of our surroundings. Monkey Dust manages to explore this void. It remains on the small list of animations that specifically engage with the darkness of our culture. Sometimes being deeply disturbing and harrowing, but often hilarious and comforting. Whatever point I'm trying to make about this shows effect, it's probably best to just say, go watch Monkey Dust.

If you are interested in more inane articles of this sought, why not check out Talking Shop, a bunch of blog posts about animation and whatnot. And for students from UCA, Monkey Dust - Season 1, is available on DVD from Rochester Campus Library.