Thursday, 30 June 2016

Bunker Down

What a fucking horrible week it has been. Let's just get that out of the way. The UK voted to leave the EU, and it sucks. Beyond the economic turmoil and worrisome future ahead, the misplaced ideals of this country are perhaps most troubling revelation. I'm not going to make this a political post, but it is safe to say that this last week hit pretty hard. I've been a miserable human being and my concerns for the future are perhaps worse than ever. In times like these, it's perhaps easiest to hide away and pretend it never really happened.

So, whilst watching the country fall apart, I've also been working on a passion project which has been simmering away in the background. I'm not too sure if this is comic or animation, but it's definitely narrative of some sort. That's really all that matters. I'm desperate to jump back into the storytelling pool. Trying to find my feet as a self employed art human has taken more time than I'd hoped. But with life changes on the horizon, I'm really keen to make something for myself again. And I'm hoping to have more flexibility to achieve this.

I know the story is going to be a mixture of character studies. Something akin to Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. But, I'd like for those stories to be born from the drawings themselves. As though the characters evolve through sketching. So, here lies some of the character sketches from this week. A possible glimpse into who these characters may be. Hope is not lost, more soon!

Friday, 10 June 2016

Hitting the Reset Button

It has been quite some time since I last updated my blog, and really it's been years since I updated this place regularly. These days, I only post every few months trying to sell my wares and get some eyes on a new project. There are a ton of reasons and excuses for this, but as my life moves into what is hopefully a new phase, I want to be present again. Blogging as a student was a hugely rewarding experience, but when I entered the professional world, I struggled to find a place for it. Hell, entering the professional world and trying to make a living as a self employed artist / animator kind of knocked me sideways for a good few years. It is only in recent months that I feel myself finding my feet. 

For that reason, I'm keen to start sharing again. As cringe inducing and embarrassing as blog posts can be in retrospect, in the present they feel entirely healthy. Sharing ideas, showing project work and writing about my process is just good for my brain. It's an invigorating process and hopefully an honest display of what my work entails. So, let's just mark this point as the reset switch. I'm hoping to post once a week or so, with a mix of painting / illustration / film talk / animation etc.

Let's start with something low key. I've been introducing more warmup paintings within my work day, and this little number above is from today. Inspired by a recent replaying of Shadow of the Colossus, it's a good way to get the muscles going and reflect on what I need to do that day.