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22 Feb 2013 at 9:02pm


curtis progression

This afternoon I had enough. I was doing BAS statements, emails, other business type things. My brain was hurting and needed some stimulation. I felt the urge to have some fun on the computer. This is a work in progress.

This is an illustration of a guy named Curtis who the ND5 boys had the pleasure of meeting on one of our Pilbara Project trips. Curtis is studying filmmaking when we met him. Hope he is making some great work.

I thought I would show you how the work progressed. It isn’t finished and I spent about 2 hours on it so far.

I am still crap at getting the scale right and putting the eyes, nose and other important bits in the right place. Because of this I cheated and the first frame I traced the important stuff off a photo I have taken. Once the scale was right I removed the pic and everything else was done by eye.

My wife thinks I’m a cheat, and I guess she is right. I could have gridded it up and drawn it that way or I could have used the Camera Obscurer (look it up on google if you don’t know what that is). I chose to use my computer and well, I guess that is cheating too. I mean REAL artists use oils right?

Anyway Film and oils are dead and I’m sticking to my methods! I can see the backlash coming my way very soon!! Bring on the debate!

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Jimbo with the possum hat!

25 Dec 2012 at 10:33pm

Jimbo with the possum hat!


I have spent the last few nights mucking around with another illustration. Thought I need to knuckle down and do some portraits. I took a photo of Jim on a NZ PODAS workshop a year ago and always liked the look on his face. Thought it would be a good place to start. Getting the skin texture right is so hard. I didn’t even attempt it, well I actually did but it wasn’t working. As a result, I took 10 years off him! You own me a beer Jimbo.


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11 Sep 2012 at 2:13am

Tonight I just felt like doing something fun. This is a compilation of four images and a bit of photoshop trickery. So much fun nutting this stuff out. The planes are from last years Avalon airshow, the mountains are from the last NZ PODAS workshop and the sky is from a South West location. I love aviation and you can’t go past the warbirds. I hope to get to Wanaka one day or better still Oskosh. Now that would be something. You have to be a plane geek to appreciate it!

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We’ve got Eggs

11 Jun 2012 at 9:09pm

One of our chickens has recently started laying eggs, very cool as we have had her for 6 months now and she is starting to earn her keep.

I also downloaded an ipad app called Sketchbook Ink and drew a picture of our little Parmigiana! (Actually she looks nothing like this but don’t mention it to her)

It is a way cool app as it allows you to export the drawings in high res so you can make a pretty reasonable print. I just emailed the drawing to myself, added a texture and a bit of a vignette and there you have it. A good way to waste an hour of your life. I think for clever artists this sort of technology is brilliant, someone with real talent could make lots of drawings email them to the printer all whilst sipping cocktails around a poolside bar in a tropical paradise. Where do I sign???

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My Wacom Cintiq 24HD

25 Dec 2011 at 9:50pm

Today I hooked up the Wacom Cintiq that I borrowed from my good mates at Team Digital. It was in the first minute that I realised I wouldn’t be giving it back. It is so accurate and has the same feeling you get when drawing on paper. The screen itself is probably as good as my Eizo but the experience of drawing on your screen just has to be felt! I didn’t know it could be this good.

This illustration I drew in Photoshop in a couple of hours straight on the screen. Ok I’m not the best at faces but with a bit of practice, I could still suck. This screen in the hands of an amazing artist would be deadly. It is just so so good. I love it and I’m never giving it back. Benny your just going to have to bill me! Have a look at the Cintiq videos on Youtube, it will blow your mind.

Oh and if you’re wondering who this guy is supposed to be, he is an android! what else could he be with an aerial sticking out of his head.


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