Saturday, 22 September 2007

Space Mural

Some photos here of the mural we finished off last week in our local hospital's Accident and Emergency wing. There was a very small window of opportunity for us to get in there and do the work as its an area of the hospital that is in high demand and there was already refurbishment work being caried out.
The 3m x 3m ceiling area to be painted was specifically designated as a child's treatment cubicle and staff wanted something bright on the ceiling to help distract 5 to 10 year olds from whatever unpleasantness they may be undergoing. With this in mind I looked at a lot of the design techniques used by animators and cartoonists in the 50s - people like Mary Blair, Tom Oreb and even Saul Bass. A great Source of inspiration was Amid Amidi's book 'Cartoon Modern : Style and Design in Fifties Animation'. I thought the strong graphic style and bright colours of the period would lend themselves to quick application with stencils. It worked too, though It would have been impossible without the help of designer extraordinaire Carrie Edwards, sharing the work at the top of that scaffholding.
So despite working in a completely alien style and having to deal with real paint and all its associated messiness, I was fairly pleased with the end result. I only hope the poor kids who have to sit underneath it don't feel like its adding to their woes. I also have to thank Steve and Cat Tait for bringing the project to my attention in the first place - Cheers.

Friday, 21 September 2007

J. Jonah Vulture

A couple of recent digital doodles, well just one actually, the second is the same sketch with a colour layer. Weirdly they both reminded me of different Spiderman characters, the original - J. Jonah Jameson (albeit after losing his crew cut), the colour version - The Vulture. Amazing that it only takes some irresponsible use of RGB to turn you from an office bully to full blown costume wearing villain.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Freeing the Beard

I'm going to be posting mainly digital sketches and paintings that I've been working on. Hopefully most of the work will be quite recent and will prompt me to keep churning stuff out on a regular basis but there's also quite a bit of older sketchy stuff which has never quite made it to my website. Today for example I thought I should introduce you to 'the beard'. He's a little doodle I did with a ballpoint pen few years ago. I couldn't bring myself to throw him away so I scanned him into my Mac and ever since hes been helping me out with my digital work. I test out untried brushes from Photoshop and Painter on him rather than ruining whatever I'm working on. He's been through a lot - I think he deserves his 15 minutes.