Friday, 26 December 2014

Sleeping Brother

This was the first image taken with the 600 Black and White on Black, that took sneakily of my brother before christmas (21st December). If he had been awake I am sure that I would have been put head first in he pond 

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Artists Notes

Yes its Christmas day and I am siting posting on my blog, but it is 8pm in the evening I've eaten I've done presents and now its bad TV time, may be even trashy horror films.

My most resent perchance has been the Black Frame Black and White 600 film from Impossible Project. I think this is my 6th pack of film since I found my 1980s Polaroid camera. 
I'm loving this little project that I have been working on, the results achieved are good. Best results I have Have found so far are the black and white films, you can get such a crisp image. 
Each image is a stroke of luck. contrast, sharpness, tones of colours.
The only little problem I have found is that on occasion the camera does not aways work, I'll end up having to pull out the cartridge and put it back in  which results in me losing a photo. 
Unfortunately this new pack I have only got 3 photos out of the 8, which is disheartening
I spent a little time loping on you tube to see if there was any videos on how to resolve the problem. In stead i found this video, which I hope will help me resolve the issue of the loss of a photo when the camera miss fires, or in this case won't.
By keeping the black card that gets pushed out when putting the film cartridge in, I can put the card back in and hope fully I won't lose a photo.
Looking forward to getting another pack of film, hopefully I won't need to try this trick, but if I do hopefully it will work. If it works I'll post a video on how to do it, its got to be better then trying to take apart the camera.

Happy Christmas

Black and White 600 Impossible film and black border. 

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Stomp Posters. #I

A lot of Graphics work involved theatre. This was as i was working as a lighting technician in a receiving house so I was able to get some good research and criticism from people that worked on the shows that i was doing course work based on as well as company managers and producers.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Masks #5

"Cyclops Clown"
So your afraid of clowns? How about a my cyclops clown only in the firs stages, he needs his colour added, and with his black eye I think he could be a winner.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The Montague Arms

Converted pub in North London. Now flats, still with the sign on the wall.
Taken with Imposible film 600 Black and White.  A little to bright but still. looks good.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Masks #4

Bring On The Clowns...
Full head moulded latex's mask including hat and hair.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Masks #3

I could not resist on of my favourite villains two face. As of yet I have not seen a Two face mask.  I have seen the masks from batman films and the video games, but not him.
"Two Face"Full head moulded latex's mask with the top piece of the shirt and a full length tie.
The left side of his hair is to be moulded latex, while the right is nylon woven in to create a messed up look.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Masks #2

The twenty year old goth in me could not resist coming up with some skull masks here. Plus you can not go worn with a good old skull at halloween.
"Snake Bite"
Full head moulded latex's masks
"Jawless Vamp"Full head moulded latex's  vampire masks.
The skull is to be missing its bottom jaw.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Masks. #1

I love love the art of mask making, especially horror, halloween masks. The Trick Or Treat Studios products have to be my favourite. The team that work for this company  have creating masks for, films like Killer clowns from outer space, Jeepers Creepers,  as well as creating some other amazing masks. 
It kind of inspired me to do some freaky drawings, with the idea in mind of them being produced as masks.
"Silenced."Fully moulded latex mask and painted.
A bald headed man with his lips stitched.
blood shoot blue eyes.
Natral skin tone, either white or black.
blood detail around the stitches on his lips.
"Blinded"Fully moulded latex mask and painted.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Old Leigh.

Taken using Impossible film PX 680 cool black and white. I love the black and white film. I love the detail you can pick up in it, rather then colour, when you can get a little distracted by the vibrance of the image, rather then the moment.
The PX 680 cool black and white gives great images. The down side is the colours shift in the first month of the image being taken. The way to prevent this is to use a draw age kit, AKA a sealable air tight plastic bag and silicon. This technic works well and prevents the image turning sepia tones. 
Just remember to make sure the bag is sealed if you take the photos out other wise the below happens. This is trial and error, experimenting and trying new things, thats what photography is all about.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Skulls and books and candles and roses.

I hate staging photos (says the visual merchandiser and set dresser)
Photos should be natural, they should capture a moment. posing portraits don't really show a person as they are. 
Impossible film 600 Black and White.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Body Painting

I had a day off and while tidying up I found my set of Grimas face paint, so I decided to do some painting. Blues Purples and Turquoise. 
A little bit of painting on a raining day never went a miss.
Instagram image.    

Thursday, 20 November 2014


Taken in my parents back garden this summer June 1st by their pond one of my favourite Polaroid photos I've taken.
Using Impossible 600 colour film. from The Impossible Project. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Snow Queen 2000

These are the final sketches for the set of The Snow Queen, which I painted when I was in collage for the high school 
(all designs finalised by the head of art)
Looking back at them now after 14years they look, well a little shit. As well as it gives me loads of ideas of how they could be improved.

We used 9 flats to create the back drop of this stage. 
Five on the main stage to create the Snow Queen's palace, which is only reviled in Act II.
Two flats creating Grandma's house on the Down Stage Right.
Two on stage left, one mid-stage right and one down stage right. this was to create a junk yard for the Old troll.
Bin Bags full of rubbish paper form around the school was was to create the look of a junk yard, then in Act II they are covered in white sheets to represent piles of snow.

The stage plains

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Stomp Set Design. Post #4

I found these in the depths of another folder, I am surprised how much of my college work I still have.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier

This is just one of those random sketches I done waisting time before a show back in 2005.
Got a whole load of them, a lot of them are just scribbles, but some are not that bad.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Night Starry Sky.

Using round brushes for stencilling, and acrylic paint Process Black, Silver (imit), Phthalo Blue, and Cobalt Blue (hue).

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Studio II

My slowly growing collection of sketchbooks and my Olympus Trip camera.
The Olympus camera must be nearly 35 years old. it has been on every school trip and holiday that my brother and myself have been on growing up.
Still get great results from it. Best buy my mum made.
Taken with Impossible film Black and white 600

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Mad Hatter

Johnny Deep as The mad hatter in Tim Burtons Alice in wonder land.
The mad hatter has got to be one of my favourite book and film character. 
I love all the different variations of costumes you find in costume shops. The dark mad hatter in black and white, and others in black and purple, and black and green.
Some of them in their own way look better then Johnny Deeps costume.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Mummy Returns

These posters are from my A'Level Graphics exam work. Well the AS level. Back in 2002
If I remember right the Brief was to design a poster for a film set in an Ancient tropical location.
The Mummy Returns came out in 2001, being set in 1933 in Egypt, and with the hunt for the scorpion king in a pyramid in the centre of a jungle.
The Poster above is based on the concept that it is printed on papyrus. a section at the top torn away with the face of the Mummy (Imhotep) showing. The image here was created with the help of my baby brother, with him being the victim of me bandaging his head so that I could get some images to use.
Hieriglyphs at top and bottom and the Pyramids of Giza in the centre.
Looking back at it now i should have put the style of image that is in the second design below, with a pyramid in the middle of a jungle. 
May be at some point I will do a high-bread design of the two designs.
After 13 years i'm sure that i can come up with a better design.
It will give me something to do dying the winter. :-)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Deck of Cards

My scattered pack of cards. Drawn on A4 white paper with pencil, and photographed with a Canon A460 Powershot on its sepia setting. The King, Queen and Jack are drawn with with only on head, this is because i have always wanted to design a set of playing cards with linking them to Tarot cards. There would be an obvious wright upend wrong way up.
Them having a link to their major card.
Linking each card suit to its Tarot suit.

"The Deck of Cards" is a recitation that was popularized in both the country and popular music fields, first during the late 1940s. This religious tale of a young American soldier arrested and charged with playing cards during a church service first became a hit in the U.S. in 1948 by country musician T.Texas Tyler.

"Cards" is set during WW2, where a group of US Army soldiers, on a long hike during a campaign in southern Italy, had arrived and camped near a town named Cassino. While Scripture is being read in church, one man who has only a deck of playing cards pulls them out and spreads them in front of him. He is immediately spotted by a sergeant, who believes the soldier is playing cards in church and orders him to put them away. The soldier is then arrested and taken before the provost marshal to be punished. The provost marshal demands an explanation, to which the soldier explains the significance of each card:

Ace: The one true God.
Deuce (two): The Old Testament and New Testament in the Bible.
Trey (three): The Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit/Ghost.
Four: St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John, evangelists and authors of the four Gospels.
Five: The two groups of five virgins who trimmed their lamps for a wedding. Five were wise (by saving enough oil) and were admitted, while the other five were foolish (did not have enough oil) and were shut out.
Six: God created the Earth in six days.
Seven: God rested on the seventh day, now known as the Sabbath.
Eight: The eight righteous people whom God saved during the Great Flood: Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their wives.
Nine: Of the ten lepers whom Jesus cleansed, nine of them did not even thank him.
Ten: The Ten Commandments God handed down to Moses.
King: God, the Father.
Queen: Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Queen of Heaven.
Jack or knave: Satan or the Devil.
365 spots: The number of days in a year.
52 cards: The number of weeks in a year.
Thirteen tricks: The number of weeks in a season, or quarter of a year.
Four suits: The approximate number of weeks in a month.
Twelve face, or "Picture" cards: The number of months in a year.

He then ends his story by saying that "my pack of cards serves me as a Bible, an almanac, and a prayer book." The narrator then closes the story by stating that "this story is true," by claiming he is the soldier in question.