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Oct 2011 / № 9185

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Type.Face / Illustration / Colour print

Portrait & mixed Type is the outline for this project, in a layout that worked well as a composition of colour / content.

A project that is a personal challenge and one that will be ongoing as a small series.

Without giving away to much detail of the specific background to the series, it is to have a bolder message as the overall theme.

The above image was a case study that started in digital and progressed to be more analog in practice with the result being a very good healthy balance of the two combined.

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Oct 2011 / № 9158

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Analog + Digital Graffiti / Type / Texture

The texture that I was keen to execute as a digital visual, was a simulated rough surface that has been sprayed with aerosol. With this in mind, I always seek to put together designs that have multiple uses across the board.

Starting off with a complex looking but basic layout as a pen background, the type and layer fade is all the project needed.

First phase was a template with the letters cut out of card. Initially wanting to do a painted type print, the paint was an incorrect mix and it looked wack.

Second was a mock up on cartridge paper to check the composition. The cut letters were then scanned, including the texture, and the handwriting. The final draft was put together in layers, with colour content added for the aerosol look and minor special effects. It would have been cool to use canned paint for the entire piece, nevertheless an enjoyable project and one to push forward.

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Oct 2011 / № 9147

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‘Lacerate Media’ / Texture / Art

As a reflection of last months site journal post, the 3 images here are the test pieces.

They are mixed method pieces, with the final image being the preferred quality of finish.

As design is a test of ability, the main grind is in finding the easiest and most effective way to do something that is usually a complicated process. My concern for when the storefront is live is that there are only new works available and not something that has been generally ripped off or repeated by other artists previously. The third Razors edge is the first store instalment, using my own stock image and elements. Printing is currently external, although seeking to upscale asap and progress with prints for solo shows. Editorial is of great interest, so pushing to learn more in this area also.

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Oct 2011 / № 9123

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‘Don’t need NO Devil dust’ / Ian Brown / Mixed method / Experimental Portfolio

In my opinion one of the greatest Great British singer-songwriters of all time.

Ok, so many may disagree. Whatever. This guy has proved himself to be one of the most influential artists in recent years. From a true working class family, to the lead vocalist of  The Stone Roses, he has a celebrated history of perfect lyrics and bold collaborations ( personal artistic favs : UNKLE  / ADIDAS / BAPE ) which has seen him rise to the top of the ranks. This does not come easy. A solid solo career setting himself aside from the usual suspects in terms of visual art & video appeal, content instruments, tight, challenging lyrics and awesome depth of character has earned him the aforementioned status.

Having seen him perform, I would say he offers a wise expression as opposed to glitter ball stage gimmicks. This gives him an awesome presence. And of course he is renowned for saying that he needs ‘no devil dust’ for his confidence. Mr Brown, a true performer, I salute you.

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Oct 2011 / № 9109

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The Invasionism pack is neat. And possibly collectable. So… let’s make them count.

The one thing about the Southwest, come hell or high water is the tourism. They come for the historical value and the art. And what more do visitors need more than signs? …more signs… I got a real kick watching some visitors in the city see the already existing signage… then promptly get out a smart phone and internet search the words on the stickers.

Traffic boost!

here are proud KDU members down this way, myself included. The Art Sector itself is always a good source of design gossip / story telling. The who’s who and who’s doing what or who. So awareness was on the agenda. The education system is what it is. When I studied here in the southwest (Devon & Cornwall), most courses were switched mid-way into something rather more defined by digital medium as opposed to personal creative development. Many students found that the level of teaching was slow and unstructured and poor. This in turn offered a poor attendance by many, who realised that the course detail was far from what they signed up for. I know a few that work in dept stores and no longer sketch, let alone feel that a future in art or design is something to consider. Anyhow, it is refreshing to see that nowadays the various mediums and media are embraced and the frayed edges have now been stitched and ironed out. A thriving community of art and design focused individuals have a grand voice and the best selections of art on display at all times of the year. Hence it now being the Art Sector.

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Sep 2011 / № 8994

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Oh Jenny…

Pixel and texture are the main aspects of the image. Rather than use purely digital artwork, I have been quietly trying new methods of creating texture. My focus is on the decay of beauty, as in, the fall of the ego as we are stretched apart in all directions by our ever increasing surroundings of illusion. Seeing things for what they really are by means of moving out of focus with these surroundings and to seek internally, let that guiding light shine forth.

I am seeking to make a transition in art. Forming a breakdown of parts and leaving blank space or thought in its place intrigues me. The balance for me would be to show growth / decay within the ‘inbetween’ phase of an image where they would both merge before the finished article becomes neither one or the other. Question also what you are looking at and by what medium or media? Question everything.

By following other artists it gets easier in time to interpret messages that they put forth. This in turn holds a certain resonance, something that on some level one can relate to.

We continue to learn at the drawing of each breath. I remain thankful to my peers. KDU for Life!

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Sep 2011 / № 8943

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Transition / Exploration of large bird species.

Well, this was going to be a type exploration when it started. Possibly a quote or a phrase that would echo the image. I really like the idea of taking portions away from an image and leaving this emptiness as blank space, offering thought in its place. With this in mind, it is an image reflective of a piecing together and of growth and full flight, also a double edge meaning of the dismantling and the disintegration and letting go of parts that may hold the bird back from it’s flight.

Photographic image + The background is a plain coloured rice. Using very few colours is something that is enjoyable to push into art, it keeps the exploration contained to a degree, yet opens the image up to a larger interpretation.

The smaller image within is just that. Contained within the eye of the Eagle, as we truly are.

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Jul 2011 / № 8671

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VANGUARD + MJB = ANALOG vs DIGITAL / EXPLORATION

I wanted to work with Markus Baier for a while… not just for a pointless collaboration, but on an illustration awareness piece. He is young, versatile and always looking for a directional challenge, so it was fun to throw up this 50 / 50 analog vs digital piece. Communication was on point. Both working fast to achieve the desired outcome, Markus & I sketched, scanned, penned, inked and built up the Egyptian in a bid to explore this mode of thought.

The main objective is to use a potentially ‘analog’ statement of something that existed long before digital. An example of human will, of mystery. Something that would make a person ponder large scale questions. ‘Egyptian’ is simple, it resonates with stone, with measurement, with mind. Fighting back against devolution and the use of artificial intelligence that has been slowly capturing the human spirit and constructing a new world inside of our own… When did we cease to question and rely on this falsehood ?

The intention was to create a piece that reflected the use of analog & digital, from the perspective that ‘digital’ can only free a thing as symbolic or creative with the use of human interaction and/or intervention. Our collaboration injected a certain spark into the image that can only be found by manipulating certain characteristics of the digital field. The first, middle and last steps are all with the human mind. Design, process, execution. Analog & Digital can co-exist. But do we need them to? Without the emotion that we used to shape and let the image breathe and live, it is merely a faceless collection of insignificant shapes. If by our choice the initial sketch is taken away, it would still remain an emotionless abstraction, neither one thing or the other. It does not feel, it does not know. The machine is bound by its own limitations. As a basic sketch, it was already alive and all further elements could easily have been completed by hand.

The systematic digital world needs us. It needs us to live and breathe life into it and for it. We have been placed under the illusion that we also need it in return. We do not. Take back what is yours. We live and breathe regardless.

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Jun 2011 / № 8142

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Well, please feel free to visit the ‘
Armoury‘ often. A ‘non’ blog and a manageable way to show humble snips of sketch work, initial outlines and anything that I feel may offer a means of communicating images in process, before they are finished. Sometimes the screen or expanding images do not do artwork justice. This is a realtime exercise and relevant, albeit in the first stages. Mentioned in an older post way back, this will be heading toward a studio page, where obvious working tools and drawing board images will be on display. This is in the hope of projecting my surroundings to you, and possibly the only way to add more depth and personality via the digital world of the internet, to you, the art observer.

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May 2011 / № 8061

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After many months of procrastinating, it is an achievement to finally get the initial identity laid down for a very personal project. ( at least 8 months late! )

‘Charity’ is a word that most of us overlook on a daily basis, without even giving it a second thought. Maybe many of you have a charitable nature and give willingly at regular intervals to help aid and support various causes. A little goes a long way. + Frontier is not typically an ‘art’ led charity, but funds will be raised toward art equipment and learning resource. Over the past 5 years I have given art canvas works to small charity auctions to help raise money for Cancer Research, Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Children with rare or incurable diseases due to immune deficiency. Giving costs nothing.

We all know and suffer loss at some point in our lives. There are a few charities that are close to the heart that are really doing all that they can, with near 100 % of all money raised going towards aid. So in short, the reality is that anybody can do anything within their own capability to help create change on some level, no matter how big or small. This will involve actually getting off my butt, getting out there and ‘doing’, instead of simply observing.

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May 2011 / № 7890

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‘ Invasionism ‘ : City Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth.

The Militant approach was put on the shelf for this visit. The opportunity to talk with visitors about the valuable historic importance of collectable works of art was a blast. Arriving at the museum early with a militant attitude, it soon wore off when I was blown away by the amount of fine art and historic items on display within the nine internal galleries. From fabric designs, to carvings and early forms of currency, japanese tsuba, archeological and anthropological interests and a huge maritime display area. There was a cabinet for showing silverware and church plates, enamel tile painting, contemporary glass designs and the Porcelain industry history of William Cookworthy.

After venturing through the natural history collection of organic detail, fossils, documents, sketches and skeletal structures, I then moved up a floor and absorbed the Cottonian collection. A vast collection of engravings and old master drawings, around seven thousand fine art prints on rotated display, large print volumes including the medieval Book of Hours.

Three things were prominent in every manner of work within the museum walls : life is art, expression is organic, and vision is boundless.

The final part of a two hour visit included initiating conversation with security and visitors out of respect, about the importance of art history and how it fits into and influences the modern era and thought, discussing media and how it plays a part in giving prominence to the past, where art sits in the future and the determination of the artist and craft… And of course the eventual slap boxing of KDU ‘Invasionism’ at key areas of interest within the Museum.

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Apr 2011 / № 7627

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Phase 1 :

In reference to my recent website blog & a mention that this image will be documented, so here we are at the start of the process.

A4 standard cartridge paper using a Derwent 4b medium for thick dark areas. The aim is to keep a high saturation in shaded areas, minimum detail required at this stage.

I have 2 final idea layouts ready and will possibly do both as a personal test for the variety. Next phase is ready to mash up with abstract elements, using illustration and textures, so, digital for one, traditional for the other.

Ready to weigh and measure the next Phase. To be continued.

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Mar 2011 / № 7546

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Camera, Ink & Type blended to make this small offering :

Not entirely new work, more of a small cache of explorations making their way to the top of the pile.

The images used were of urban areas that had been disregarded and damaged by vandalism and continued weathering and had been stripped of colour. The images were of a large electric mains supply, a flyover, and a telephone box.

The focus was on how people choose to continue to damage surroundings yet consider these places to be an ultimate refuge or sanctuary. A cause and effect, vicious cycle scenario from an abstract or even instinctual perspective.

This entry has been amended after some constructive criticism offered about the write up, so thanks a million!

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Mar 2011 / № 7537

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Protect Ya Neck.

Still a banger to this day. Without listing an entire discography of classics, remixes and major credits to the clan founders & members, I’m just touching on the brand. Aside from one other behemoth of a Hip Hop brand to hit the globe from the United States some years ago, the ‘W’ is still a huge statement of unrivalled stature. It represents a balanced structure, a pure blending of styles and artistic vision.

When it comes to music, I can be a fanatic, showing my age, and pointing the finger at young heads and saying ‘You aint seen nothing until you saw a live hip hop gig’.

Music plays a huge part in my life. Music, like Art is an entire movement, sometimes the two collide and fuse to offer strategy and direction on many levels. Like art and its disciples, we all need to breathe it, live it and become accustomed to its movement.

Respect to the Wu Tang Clan, here is my homage ( 1 of 4 in progress )

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Ode to the Supermoon :

It continues to guide vessels. A constant reminder of ones awareness of self and of presence. Its features represent a knowing and a sense of purpose amid the void.

We question its dominance and its activity. The poetry that it weaves among men, the vision among seers, the silence among prophets, effect upon tide, telling of time.

The mathematics is simple, and yet is made complicated and unfathomable by many. Know your gravity. Unity through alignment and co-ordination. In this we Trust.

Logo / type treatment and image - a solid simplified system of elements, a good balance of light and dark, not complicated. The Keystone shows gravitational pull, remaining intact, dominant and unshadowed.

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