The NHS workers are the sector of our population who are most at risk of the Corona Virus Pandemic. NHS workers have to navigate safely through hundreds if not thousands of potential moments of infection every day. If we insist on ignoring the lockdown guideline, we will increase the number fo infections exponentially. Are we not then selfishly increasing their chances of contracting the disease?
I’ve been preparing backgrounds for a series of illustrations I am working on that is nearing completion. I have been discovering the works of background artists to see if I could pick up some tips on how best to go about this. What have realised is that background art is a superb discipline in itself.
I always used to focus on the action and main characters and took the background for granted. In the future I will not be able to look at an animated movie, an illustration or even a live action movie without studying the matt paintings and backgrounds. It’s an incredible art. I hope to do more of these in the future, it’s a real achievement to master. To see what I mean have a look at these examples: Gabriel Yeganyan, Sin Jong Hun. I think you will agree.
The Trinquette Challenge is with submitting to because it pitches my work against other aspiring artists. It’s a great learning experience. The latest Trinquette challenge subject matter was Goth Girls. Here’s my crack at it.
Come On, Let’s Play! Throughout the animal kingdom juveniles learn the most through play. Why have we lost that ability? We grind through the week at our jobs so we can reward ourselves with play time on weekends. We ignore our need for re-creation sometimes.
Free play is the most creative mode of learning if you consider all the birds and beasts and humans are no exception. I am amazed at how many people have invented the most incredible games for themselves which proves you don’t need an open space to amuse yourself. Switch off that television and get your imagination firing on all four cylinders!
This illustration was created for a tentative project that never went ahead. No problem, It’s still a good example of my kids illustrations.
Making a fool of myself on April Fool’s Day seems obvious, but then a famous author posted an opportunity to illustrate his new book. In my fervour to create an opportunity for myself I got caught in a classic April Fool’s Joke.
The Author asked artists to submit proposed illustrations based on drawing their version of the Tarot Card entitled: “The Fool”. Admiring his work as I do I leapt at the chance without realising what day it was. Boy did I feel silly when the realisation dawned on me. However there was a point to this that eludes a casual understanding…
A lot of people chastening him for being unprofessional asking people to pitch without being paid and urging him to reconsider. But there is a second layer of understanding to this opportunity. You can learn a valuable life lesson if you respond and submit a speculative illustration. If you look at all the attributes of the fool archetype one would learn that The Fool is not just a happy-go-lucky clot. The Fool is the early adopter, the visionary, the chance taker and that is what I believe the author was revealing.
In order to make progress you must go out on a limb and risk something. The greater the risk, the greater the reward. I get it now. 😉
As we find ourselves facing possible self extinction and existential angst is at it’s highest ever, I can’t help but notice all the eco-warriors and extinction rebels are strangely silent at a time when their voices could have the most powerful arguments. Why is that? I wonder.
One would expect that those most vocal about the human impact on the environment during times when things are safe and predictable would at least be saying: “Ahah! …told you so!” But for the moment the green bloc seem to have disappeared into the ether. Around the world the lack of industry, commuting and consumption is clearing the air. It’s a perfect vindication for the call for less consumption, commerce and industry. Yet the greeny beanies seem to be in hiding. Not a word from Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund or even the troops that routinely disrupt traffic and fill social media with their narratives and rhetoric. But there is silence. Utter, deafening silence.
I wonder if all this hoohah about green issues isn’t a convenient cause that requires no skin in the game. When the going actually gets tough, the self-aggrandising, virtue signalling, over-privileged armchair and keyboard warriors disappear. The real heroes have emerged as emergency and essential service workers. I hope the nations remember those outstanding people when this is all over.
A brand’s presentation art should always reinforce its visual identity. A visual language can easily be corrupted by artistic ambition.
I appreciate creating presentation art that supports a well-developed visual language. It makes my contributions more effective. I’ve just completed a series of explanatory artworks within a visual language. The brand values are simple, warm and inviting. Perfect for my sunny disposition and cartoonish proclivities.
My gratitude to the NHS and all health workers who are risking their lives to save others. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and woman. I am also grateful to my cousin Donna who spotted the possibilities of my previous angel and demon cartoon and suggested this update. Respect and love to you all. hoop(“,)