Thursday 23 October 2008

I finally got around to finishing this pic I've been working on in fits and starts for the last couple of weeks;

I thought as well that I'd write a bit about the process for anyone that might be interested; if that's not you, just look at the pretty pictures!

I'll normally start off with an idea (obviously). In this case I saw a clown on telly, which got me thinking about circuses, which got me thinking about freakshows. I fancied the idea of producing something that looked like an old poster, and because I'm a perv it had to feature something a bit twisted! So, that was the idea. Here are some progress shots:

1. The initial sketch, done in photoshop. I often work out rough posing and composition in photoshop, because its so easy to move elements around and mix stuff up. I did about about ten of these quick pics before settling on this one.

2. Using the sketch as reference I drew out a more final (but still quite rough) pencil version on A3 paper. There was no point me getting too carried away at this stage, because I knew that very little pencil would be left by the time I was finished with the image. When that was done I took a digital photo of it and brought it back into photoshop and tweaked proportions and composition.

3. Chucked on some basic colours, trying for a fairly earthy/autumn colour palette.

4. From here on in it was mostly a case of refining the shading and a bit of tweaking. I decided to add a bucket of fish to add to the story.

5. More shading, added the letters and starting to finalise the background. I like coming up with names for characters, I think the right name can add a lot of personality; it must come from reading too much Mervyn Peake as a kid! I decided to call the whole thing Futtocks sideshow because it sounds rude even though it's not.

6. Done! I added some texture overlays, torn edges and a drop-shadow under the paper to make it look more like an old poster.

and here it is in hypnotising .gif form!

I've got a couple of other ideas that I'm going to get started on soon, but I'm also working on something a bit more time consuming at the minute, but hopefully I'll have new stuff to show soon. bye.

Wednesday 15 October 2008

I won the Bizarre competetion! Yay me!
I knew a couple of weeks ago that I'd won the Art category, but I also won the overall award, which came as a complete suprise. The Ball was a great night, with loads of cool acts and dressed up people, so thanks to the Bizarre team and partners for organising it. I didn't end taking that many photos, although you can find more on their own site:

This has to be the strangest site of the evening; a woman in an inflatable pig costume being flogged.
Random ball-goers.

Rope tricks in the "dom corner"

Me collecting the award.

And here is the pic I won with "dorothys itch", and the first pic I sent to Bizarre of red riding hood.

I thought I'd stick most of my more finished pics in one post so that people didn't have to trawl through all my other junk to find the goodies (although you can if you want to of course!)

I did this one specfically for the Bizarre competetion, although it turned out not to be the one they liked best. This pic took me ages, mainly because of the amount of different elements going on. Personally this is one of my favourite pieces.

"The Devils Harp"
I found a load of cool contortion pics and decided to do this pic based on them. Something about the snail-like shapes of her folded body visually appealed to me, and having her strapped down just added a bit of extra kink. I was imagining a field full of these strange humming contraptions in a raging storm, like a modern day wind-farm.

"Daddy's Girl"
I was trying for cute but disturbing at the same time, but I can't decide if it worked or not. I wanted people to think "Hmm, she's pretty attractive; wait a minute...she's got tentacles coming out of her eyes!". But it's probably obvious straight away to most people... I still like it though.

"Eeny Meeny"
I think this is probably the filthiest of all these pics. I like watching peoples reactions when they work out what's actually going on. Always make me smirk!

This ones fairly self explanatory. It was nice playing around with the shadow elements in this one, something I should probably pay more attention to in my drawings.

"Lie To Me"
I wanted the girl in this to appear really predatory in contrast to pinochio's innocence; she's got one thing on her mind and she's determined to get it! I was going for a dingy back-alley feel to this one but can't tell if I pulled it off or not.

Ok, that's it for now. I should be updating with a couple of new pics soon.

Friday 10 October 2008

Ok, so I've got nothing finished to show (again!), although I at least have a good excuse this time;
I've spent the last couple of weeks getting my outfit ready for the Bizarre Ball!
I'm hoping it's going to be an amazing night, and i should have some photos to put up here next week.

Until then here are some details of my current w.i.p.