Once again, almost a year – a tumultuous, roller coaster of a year, has passed, and I have found myself way overworked again.
Wanting to find time to upgrade my websites, and just not finding that time.
However, I have at last spent much time over some months reworking the look of the website, and assembling bucket-loads of new things to post – so check back and see what you think when the new make – new model megabytes your way in the proximal future.
The new site will finally be closer to what I always wanted the site to be; new presentations, features and more sections and pages.
I apologize for two things: Firstly, for not being more of a fanatic for site updates and frankly, the site largely said much of what I wanted it to. Secondly, I am looking into whether it’s viable to have a Shop section, to help sell posters and so forth.
I’m just an average working shmoe, not massively enterprising, but massively enthusiastic and passionate about my work.
A friendly reminder – some stuff on this site is Adult Material, so parents are advised to show vigilance and discretion when allowing family members to view it.
Ciao for the nonce
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This latest series is some of my favourite PinUp work. They are some of my faves because I used to be an abstract painter, only coming to realistic illustration relatively late in life. These retouched and updated versions have been specially prepared for this release. These are only available as ADULTS ONLY VERSIONS! The concepts to these do not lend themselves to a PG version. Each has a basis in a particular 20th Century art or cultural movement that is stylistically significant and has inspired me. In fact, a couple of these are directly inspired by some of my own pieces of work began as paintings some 25 years ago. I intend to do another series like this when I can find time in the next two years:
A synthesis of Graphic elements inspired by Photoshop and its possibilities, and partly inspired by the Abstract Expressionists and their cousins; Kline, Hartung, Motherwell and even Pollock. I had wanted to use this as the cover to my next Pin-Up Book – but I have been warned it is too racy.
Curves And Angles
This rather bemused , spectacular-looking girl is forced into a pose to complement a piece of art inspired by some sketches I made for a painting I never finished. It is inspired by Calder, Vasarely and Suprematism in general. This was used the the Second volume of FLIRT: THE ART OF NAUGHTY from SQP Publishing. Victor Vasarely is one of my all-time fave painters.
Partly inspired by 1960’s Psychedelia and the psychedelic experience, Christian Dior glasses and the paintings of Mel Ramos. The pose was based on Evelyn Lory, a popular nude model. The piece of background art was originally designed as an E-Card for my brother for Christmas.
This is just a vaguely Surrealist piece. The girl was inspired by net model Erica Campbell. It reminded me of the Hitchcock movie Spellbound, and that in turn contained a delirium sequence that was inspired by Satvador Dali, who, along with John Waterhouse, is one of my favourite painters.
Because I can’t display the full art here, I have created a Downloadable DeskTop Montages featuring all four pieces.
All four pieces are now available from my online store at RedBubble.
I have developed Diplopia,so I have had to rest and properly try to exercise my eyeballs back to health.It is gradually coming back, but it will be at least a week before I can get back to a full working schedule. Until then…
CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS
These unpublished pieces, combining traditional pencil sketching with light digital colouring, were my first attempt at illustrating for a children’s storybook. I had done a little work earlier on a collection of short stories put together by my brother Adam, called THE LAND OF IDEAS – He still has copies available at moonarrow.com. I think these are quite good, but lack a sense of mood. I also think many of the pics were too scary for children – and I showed these to a primary school headmistress (who was a friend of the author) I met in a cafe and she didn’t seem too impressed, for, although she appreciated the quality, she didn’t feel they quite worked for the age group the story was aimed at. Some of the pics would even have been downright terrifying!
Oh well, you live and you learn, but I am still proud of them. I find tonal and colour work a lot more creatively satisfying than the line style I had to do for comic books. I have spent a lot of years honing my skills at tonal and full colour illustration, but I shy away from painting in oils or Aquarelles or gouache traditional colour techniques, because to produce the kind of detail I like takes too long and is often too messy and very often no longer cost-effective. I also found colour reproduction from scans and photographs very disappointing – so computer colouring rocks! However, I still prefer to do all the detail work in pencil, because apart from other advantages – I think it has a great look and feel, if you use it correctly and/or expressively.
LATE AUTUMN IN DULWICH – Part 1
With my eyesight getting a little better, I tried snapping some photos in the autumn light. Here are some of my favourites. Once again, because most Australian plants are not deciduous, the plant species in these photos are ones familiar to those of you who live in the Temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. The Australian sky, even at our Southerly latitudes, can still be very intense. The colour in these shots is straight out of the camera – no Levels, no Hue/Saturation, no Photoshop, except for resizing. The sort of aesthetic I was aiming for was in the leaf shots is partly an Orientalesque feeling, but with the Antipodean light.
A new fashion boutique has opened in my suburb – in this shot, the owner is supervising as a signwriter, poised like a master painter of old, sits comfortably on a milk crate on the verandah roof. I felt so lucky to do this more journalistic-style shot – it just fell into my lap.
Dead Juvenile Starling
I think a huge fat tomcat had a hand in polishing off this avian. It seems frozen in wary observation, even in death. Two of my friends wondered why I would want to post such a picture – well – because I think it’s pretty good photo.
Stobie Poles Reflected in Car Bonnet
Stobie Poles were invented by James Cyril Stobie and patented in 1924, because timber is uncommon in South Australia. I have started to keep my eyes open for black cars for the opportunities they afford in their highly reflective surfaces. Using the space in a creative, and a well-composed way is harder than it may seem because of the need to carefully place the elements to prevent any element overwhelming the other.
Plane Tree Autumn Leaves
The intensified colour of the bright morning sun blazing through the muted copper leaves needs no colour enhancement, in fact this picture has not been tampered with in any way, it’s fresh out of the camera, just resized. The contrasting colours of cobalt blue with the golds and burnt oranges have a simple appeal, but the variations in form create a very aesthetic composition.
There are lots of this style of apartments in my suburb – undramatic – largely uninteresting, but this just shouted to be shot – the compositional elements and angles were like a Jeffrey Smart or David Hockney painting. I am very, very surprised with how much I love this picture. I think the heavy sky has a lot to do with it.
White Flowers and Rain Cloud
During a break in the weather, I went around photographing in the muted light – the metal-grey of the cloud complemented the delicate high-end tones of the white flowers without them blowing out – very pleasing, but unsensational shot – but not all things in life have to be shouted. Some things just resonate sublimely.