Sunday, December 11, 2011

I recently did a tour around the North Island of New Zealand. Part of that trip was to walk to 19km Tongariro Crossing. The weather was so incredibly bad that these 2 photos are among the only photos I got to take. The walk itself was brutal, with the first 8km or so being uphill. At The first part of the downhill section we were met with rain blowing sideways and extremely steep cliffs, and I am pretty proud that I made it all the way.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Just doing some obsessive compulsive drawing in my sketch book which I thought I might share. I think the next few things I do will be excessively detailed . . .pretty much the opposite of how I usually work. I think the busy nature of this thing is just indicative of the busy nature of my life this week.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A photo taken today on the Eastlink, with elements removed to make it a more pleasing composition. What an utterly surreal day, on all levels really.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Have not really been around much, I was having some awful computer troubles . . .some of which made me regret the move to Windows. Whatever. Having recently started using Lightroom, I have rediscovered a love for taking photos. The below image is a work that just happened out of nowhere, but partially inspired by watching the film Sleeping Beauty. I am also working on some more stuff for Roussemoff, which will soon be out there. The Roussemoff image is a work in progress as a possible insert for a series of 7" singles soon to be released, and is of another recent photo I took.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Working now on part 2 of my collaborations with Mr. Bastow. This time it's not as abstract, with more of a focus. The music lent itself more to a style which I love, which is one of image association where the brain links things together even when they are random. A narrative becomes apparent through a linking of images, which is a lot of fun to produce because it means I can include all kinds of things.

Monday, October 3, 2011

This is the first collaboration between myself and Atticus Bastow. I originally made a beat and gave him the track and said 'do whatever you want with this'. He is studying sound design and part of one of the projects is to score a video, and also have someone make a video to an existing score. This is the first draft of one of the pieces.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A couple of photographs from a recent night photo session.
A little experiment with iPhone 4 macro lens and some video. This is the seeds of a collaborative project with a friend of mine.
I am making a video piece for an existing soundtrack and then he is going to score a video... If that makes sense

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Just bought a Canon 550d, and I am making a video project to help out a friend. I came up with this still image after messing around with really low ISO settings. This is somewhat similar to some images I did a couple of years back (featuring the plaster hand) but as soon as I saw this still, I really liked it.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I just found this image when I was cleaning out an old hard drive, I found it really striking and can't really remember what my intent was with it. I do remember it had something to with a tree (not unusual for me). I think I will get this printed on a t-shirt

Monday, September 5, 2011

Things have been very quiet lately. I am making plans to get married, and this is taking up a bit of my time and money. I recently helped my buddy Atticus make up some wallpapers for the digital release of the first Roussemoff E.P, which I did the artwork for. Aside from these things it's all a bit sleepy around here. Nice to see the sun and feel some warmth though . . .goodbye winter. Here are the wallpapers for your (hopeful) enjoyment. Thanks to James for the iphone pics.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Working on some more stuff, and here are 4 different working versions of something I had sort of stuck in my head for ages. I dig this image, but I can't really finish it. I had this image in my head of water up against a wall, and this sort of hidden world of insects and other things, but I'm not entirely sure it works now. I will come back to it later, but I really enjoy working in this color. Comments would be appreciated.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

- Osiris -

A piece done very quickly, and adapted from the original Sleep Parade 'headstorm' figure, but taken in a much different direction, more towards where I had originally intended. I liked using a red sky on this one, as it made it interesting to paint in all the light and landscape.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Another new digital piece that deals with nonsense. A kind of reworking of a physical painting I did a couple of years ago for the Bivalve project. I wanted to focus more on the surrealism element that was lacking in the original. There are loads of fun little details in this one. The whole thing is also in part inspired by a great Bivalve track called 'Laughter'. I also decided there needed to be an obvious frog rather than a covert one. It's also a rather refreshing feeling working with lots and lots of color an daylight again.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

- Laxante Hombre -

Another digital piece, this time I went back to a drawing I did around 1996, and a character I had created . . .kind of an alter ego maybe. I wanted to paint a completely digital version of it, and got a little carried away with the background. Pere Ubu records helped inspire the overall theme here, in particular 'Ray Gun Suitcase' which is an excellent record. I think I learned a fair bit about creating digital work this time, and found that there really aren't any limits as far as texture and light go.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Have not posted in a round a month or so, I just migrated over from my old imac to a new PC, and a new tablet so i have spent a month or so getting used to all that. I have mainly been experimenting with digital painting and have found some interesting results. I just finished up the Varliba project, and I was craving something new. I have been going through a process of scanning, photographing ALL of my old painting and drawings from 1993 - 2000. This has led me to explore some old themes, and old methods of painting, the results of which I am pretty happy with. I love digital painting, but I don't like things that look like they are lifted from a stock art photo, or have been done using something that makes landscapes look too digital.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Finally got my copies of the Gracemakers E.P, which I actually designed about 18 months ago, and actually feels like an eternity ago. I think they turned out rather well, and even though I can pick out a few little errors and things I would change I am very happy. The colours really printed up well.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I don't normally draw really straight forward stuff like this, but I do enjoy this drawing.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Some new things I have been working on . . .

A limited run of handmade CD's for 'Finnic' which is an interesting little project by a friend of mine. It was interesting working on another handmade CD, and the simplicity really appealed to me. In a time when no one actually buys CD's (except for me), it's nice to actually contribute in some way with a product that cannot be downloaded.

Strangers - 1 ;

Strangers - 2 ;

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Experimenting with zoomed in to % 3600 jpeg images, which are then filmed and stills taken. These are then layered and the RGB layers are separated and played around with. This process has only yielded this image so far, but I think I will keep pushing it and see where it goes. The basic concept is to deconstruct images and reconstruct and then deconstruct and . . . repeat, for no other reason other than to see what happens.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Another new artwork again using the same technique, layering video frames over photos and painting in detail. Seems to work well, but is messy and difficult to work with. The idea here was a fairly standard one; Apocalyptic city, smothered in lots of noise and clutter. This was a load of fun to make, as I had recently watched Blade Runner and also Lessons of Darkness by Werner Herzog for inspiration.

Here is the result of one of the digital video experiments I mentioned below. Most of this is actually digitally hand painted in using a tablet and gone over again and again . . .and then again. My aim here is to create something that resembles an oil painting, or something close.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Been rather busy lately with lots of different things . . .

Working on some artwork for Melbourne band 'Varliiba' and it has been a long process, but an enjoyable one. The brief was all about trees and Earthiness, then the brief changed slightly to incorporate ghostly women, and some other elements, and then taking some of those elements back out again. . . .and back and forth we go. Don't get me wrong, it's all fun for me because I get presented with visual puzzles to solve. The drawing in the background is one I did about 5 years ago, a pretty standard affair that I did while working a midnight shift, mainly to curb the onset of insanity. This was manipulated digitally, and also covered with a watercolour wash as well. The image of the 'ghost' shown here is from a painting I did around 12-13 years ago, which I lifted out and colour corrected into the landscape. it's all pretty metal, which is interesting for me because it's really not where my head is at musically.

I have also been having some fun with digital imagery. These images are from the film 'Bladerunner' . . .I would like to apply this concept to band photography, or band photos to some extent, as I think it could work without looking too much like the work Rob Sheridan does with NIN.