Sunday, 30 January 2011

Charles, Pixie and Bilbie

I forgot to post these, taken a few weeks back before I started back at uni. They were mainly shot for myself for references, but some of them turned out quite nice and cute :)

I only used my flashgun with these, since then I have been given a gorgeous new Bowens Studio Set from my parents for my 21st! So expect some more photos...

Monday, 24 January 2011

Ziggy Products

Some awesome Ziggy Stardust products and related images found on the internet...

Ray Gun artwork by Terry Pasto, from the sleeve of the Album I believe.
The Record - it looks so stylish and retro!

I love that logo
Now you too can become Ziggy!
I like the idea of doing something other than just the banner-ish image for the anniversary cd, maybe to accompany it or sold separately, that again is interactive with its audience and expands the story further. 

Its strange I found that mask, as I had an idea to do something similar in the back of my head... I think in a way its very creepy. From the story I get a feeling of alienation and loneliness with Ziggy - the world is about to end and he is their messiah so they cling to him as their only hope, but the fans destroy him and use him and in the end he is pulled to pieces by The Infinities (the ones who gave him his prophecy in the first place). In a way this mask makes him disposable, like in the story the fans didn't care who it was it was giving them a message of hope, just as long as they had something to believe in. 

The interpretations that I have read say that The Infinities speak to Ziggy in a dream (although 'Starman' speaks of them communicating through his radio) and that they tell him a Messiah will arrive to save the world, as there is only five years left before it is going to end. He waits although no one arrives, so he starts to believe that he is the prophet the people needs, and therefore rises to fame. I have read that it is also his ego that killed him, as in his death was his own fault... but I think this seems harsh as after all he was giving hope to extremely desperate people. Maybe he was the Messiah and all along he was only intended to make the remaining lives of the people happy, and the end of the Earth was inevitable.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Psychedelic Bowie

Done from a pencil drawing in my sketchbook, inspired by the picture I posted by Lauren Albert. I know this is technically Aladdin Sane, I'm finding it difficult to get decent sized and quality Ziggy Stardust photos to use for references.

Book Inspiration

A few inspirational books for my Ziggy Stardust project... I really love the use of colours, layouts and structure of the books.

Return of the Crayfish by Otto

Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat by Otto

Rock n Roll et Meurt by Christophe Blanc

Eye Drops by ??? (anyone help me out?)

Saturday, 22 January 2011

I'm a Space Invader

Ink, White Gouache, and Gold Paint Marker. 

Studies of Galaxies for my Ziggy Stardust project. These are lovely to paint <3
(You really need to click on them and view them a bit bigger to see them properly)

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Inspiration - Diesel Project

So I decided to focus on Bowie for my new university project, and I really like the idea of producing a conceptual book telling the story of the album, but focusing on two of the songs in terms of text and visual metaphors... probably 'Moonage Daydream' and 'Rock n Roll Suicide' as these two explain the rise and fall. 

Although thinking of this idea of 'Rise and Fall' made me think of this fantastic book I bought from Nobrow last year, with the same name although about Dinosaurs. 

The pull out constantina format, with the rise on one side and fall on the other are what popped into my head when I thought about this Bowie book, so I'm not sure if mine would just look like a rip off? :( Also, I would want my book to be fairly colourful as Ziggy Stardust was meant to be psychedelic. Hmm...

This format also reminded of James Jean's Prada illustration, which is absolutely gorgeous. 

Ever since I saw it years ago it has made me want to do something similar (in that sort of elongated, surreal and narrative format) for my personal work. We were told at university to start to focus on our strengths, and I feel mine are working with colour, and conceptual and surreal themes, but also bookbinding... which I really enjoy. I think my Bowie book would work really well, and could either be used in a small format to accompany a special edition of the CD, or as a larger limited edition book sold on its own - which would appeal to original and new fans, but also people who are into art and limited edition books. Also, the illustrations could have multiple uses, and be used as banners and posters at live concerts, or like James Jean's illustrations be used as wallpaper (in music stores) or as fabric designs (for limited edition, anniversary Bowie garments and bags). 

I feel that although the brief required illustration, it wanted more in unconventional application of the illustration as opposed just an interesting image, so producing a book where the images could have multiple uses could work really well. As for the style, well I really like the work of Lauren Albert, especially her alien drawings which have a nice psychedelic feel, without being dated. 

The stylisation, bright use of colour, speech bubbles and mix of beauty/grotesque are all things I have been using in my own work recently, so I think this should tie in very well and end up very 'me'.  Also, I want my work to flow really well, to tell a story but have distinct sections and an overall narrative. 


First time exhibitor before a Dog Show...
who said going to shows was easy?

(Done for Companion Dog World)

Monday, 17 January 2011

Another painting

7x10 inches (Approx)
Oil Painting, with Oil Pastel details.
Another done for Dachshund of The Year.

Friday, 14 January 2011

James Bartholomew

I have been doing some oil painting recently and remembered about James Bartholomew, he has a lovely style full of colour and expression - right up my street! I find it very inspirational, especially when painting dogs as it is a nice way to liven up a simple portrait. 

I used to paint all the time... I'm fairly rusty but its coming back to me :)

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The One Eyed-Doe

The four pages of my endlessly folding book for "The One Eyed Doe." Page 3 is clearly the best so far, none of them have any text of details as this was all going to be added digitally, however as I don't have access to my graphics tablet I'm being forced just to print it like this, then add it all in by hand. This means the finals will be different and hand painted/collaged, which is quite nice but not really what I was going for :s 

I did try and work without my wacom, although it was impossible. You can still add textures etc, although drawing and colouring is completely out of the question.

I am so ridiculously busy at the moment, I have had nearly three weeks off and all I have done is solidly work on my university work, nothing else. The lack of time for my personal work is a little depressing :( but uni is still the priority.

Its my 21st on Saturday and I am also starting with flu D:
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