Having successfully completed a newly corrected paper (hurrah!), I can now get back to finishing the web design and associated apps that I started working on before I was seduced by the prospect of academic notoriety. In the course of the usual search for prints and textures, I came across this fabulous piece by Nathan Ota and RISK. Absolutely fabulous. A piece of inspiration for the day amidst the usual styling woes (css can be a right pain, let’s just put it that way).
Goodness it’s been a while since I last updated, hasn’t it? There’s been a lot of stuff going on, mostly in the form of web designing, games programming, events planning, short story/novel writing, job hunting and the lingering cloud of melancholia that usually slows things down.
Which is just peachy.
One of the great things about working at a gallery is that there’s a constant stream of inspiration, from the art to the people you meet, to those penetrating silences when nothing seems to be going on. There’s something about the huge spaces in a gallery that can become very strange and existentially problematic when they’re rid of everything; sans visitors, sans staff (except you the observer, of course) especially because they’re so obviously designed to be filled with the presence of the others. During the past few days of fairly decent weather in Manchester, as the gallery switches over from Spring to Summer, there have been times when I could almost convince myself I’d been transplanted there post some awful zombie apocalypse, the only non infected for miles and miles. Everything has been abandoned and you alone remain to guard what is left of humanity.
It’s wonderful. Except when you get a little too into it and try to hide behind a curtain whenever you hear approaching footsteps.
The lack in recent updates has been due to an overdue paper that was in severe need of some one to one attention. Happily it’s now been sent off for review which will give me a few weeks respite to polish off some comics and scan some of the latest artwork.
In the meantime here’s a peek at something from a website I’m currently working on:
EDIT: The website is now finished – check it oot!
My aim is always to get a post out each day, just to keep me limber. As it happens I have quite a few things that are sort of finished (or pages that would only have one picture on them which I’d rather not put up as I’d find it rather sad) but alas not enough.
For now here’s a selection of pictures from my 1847 scrapbook. As I mentioned previously, I’m currently doing a ton of concept art and scriptwriting for a new webcomic which probably won’t see the light of day for a while as there’s still a lot of research and story line to do and I have quite a few other bits and pieces to be getting on with, thank you very much. It’s mostly fashion plates and notable persons, the combination of which I will leave you to guess what on earth I might be cooking up!
I’m currently working on a couple of projects which include some concept art for a new steampunk webcomic set in an alternate late 1840’s and costume design for a comic opera set in 1910s Colonial Nigeria. In doing so have found some amazing fashion and design reference sites:
Diary of a Mantua Maker – one of my favourite blogs in general
Ukpuru – Images of Igbo before (another generally cool blog with some brilliant images)
Black Dot co-operative – some absolutely fabulous fabrics, modern twists on vintage fabric with a Gorey-esque feel
Last week I was able to catch ‘Boy in a Dress’ at the Contact Theatre in Manchester, courtesy of my most excellent friend, the incomparable Maud. For some reason I got a little obsessed with the idea of a Botticelli cum pop art tribute to the rather exquisite La JohnJoseph and this was the result. Needless to say, I think my favourite bit is the part I had the least input i.e. the frame. Still, as I happen to find the subject a fairly striking individual, will probably have another go sooner rather than later.
And in case you hadn’t realised, I really really like fancy frames. The more ludicrously ornate, the better.
Some ink pen sketches
Some silly little comics. You can find these and more at the “Comics” page.
At present I’m just uploading bits and pieces from work I’ve done before. I am hoping to turn Sundays into a new upload day so you get to see how the big projects have progressed (paintings, collections and illustrations). During the week I will post little sketches, basic concept art, quick-comics and things like that. There happen to be quite a few freshly inked comics and fully worked pieces waiting for my scanner to kick back into action.
As well as my art, I also do a bit of writing here and there. There are links to what I’m working on below and I intend to upload some short stories next week. The Oval Hotel hasn’t had anything updated just yet, but will be a fortnightly updated fully illustrated web-novel. The Adventures of Atrocious Begonia is pretty much what it says on the tin, but I’ll leave you to figure out the rest!