Whistler final, loughborough final

My whistler final in full res, and my loughborough train station in full res.

Critiques much appreciated as always :)

and yiiz... i do have a liking for elongated canvases...

OH also forget to mention, i made sure i used the golden ratio on the train final, i just screen shotted the corel painte grid and used it to compose the image. im keen on it, yet id love some feedback to see if it reads well with you peeps :)

I really like teh effect sharpening has on my lough final. i was gonna say something else about it but HEY my memory is real bad and ill update if i remember lol


Creativity, INFINITY, and contemporary Art... (oh and philosophy?)

This may cause some headaches, depending on how you take this information in! be warned my dears...

(I have bracketed numbers wthin some paragraphs, please read the brackets at the bottom of the post as its essential to what im trying to get at!)

For this entry i would like to explain why i accept all forms of art, in particular contemporary and abstract, so long as they are not harmful!

In order to explain properly i must first describe my views on creativity, and how i believe it is infact infinate.

A quote from wikipedia 'Creativity is a mental and social process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts. Creativity is fueled by the process of either conscious or unconscious insight. An alternative conception of creativeness is that it is simply the act of making something new'

So, in my opinion, creating new things is a daily occurance. i dont believe creativity is strictly for certain types of groups or people (e.g artists designers...). I believe it exists infinately with all things beings and objects, and ill attempt to explain why, this is where it may get confusing for the reader.

So, everyday, we do something completely different to what we did yesterday. No day is exactly the same, and never has been. When i think of this, i think of it from the most obvious differences to the day before, right down to where those little atoms are placed. For example, one day you could be golfing, then the next you decide to go snowboarding. okay, totaly different days. Example two, you sit in a chair, which is fixated in a room, and you lie back, and sleep in it all day, from 1pm til 7pm. The next day, you do the same thing, on the fixated chair (1) for the same hours. Now, there is absolutely no chance, that your body is in the exact same position, inch for inch, centimetre for centimetre, atom for atom... etc. therefore that day is totaly different to the last, and the next you might move the chair by a micromillion millimetre...

This is where infinity comes in. I believe there is an infinate amount of combinitions of absolutely everything in existance. This is why i can accept all forms of art. of course, in this lifetime (2) we will never get to see these infinate amounts of combinations, because there is no 'time' (3). So we needn't worry. However, in our every day lives, we have choices. We could place our cup bang in the middle of the coaster, or we could have placed in a centimetre out, and so on, do you catch my drift now?

This makes for an infinate amount of combinations, read my (3) paragraph as i attempt to shortly explain my theory on time, and why i think its just an illusion.

Now, to the art...

In the past, only certain things were acceptable. We were taught what is, and what isnt, what is good what is bad. We have been controlled for a very long time, and to an extent, if not worse, still are today.

however, we see people expressing themselves more and more in 'unnacceptable' ways, (now, if its a harmful expression, then of course it is unacceptable) BUT, we do get people for example, dressing extravagantly, dressing to shock, etc, we get artwork that is made to shock, and to annoy and to invike various feelings within us.

But why should anything that is not harmful be unacceptable? Im not for harmful things at all, im talking about people in their ability to be themselves and create whatever they like, as long as it is not harming anybody, being, phycicaly or mentaly.

there may be things that are supposed to invoke upsetting emotions within us, however if they harm us or any living thing, that for me is when it becomes unacceptable, but as far as i know, this rarely happens. The perfect example of this is the artist 'Vargas', who, exhibited a very poorly dog in a gallery, chained to a wall, in the name of fine art. Michael said to us yr2's that in fine art you can make whatever the hell you like, as long as it has a story behind it. Vargas's 'story' "I let him die of hunger in the sight of everyone, as if the death of a poor dog was a shameless media show in which nobody does anything but to applaud or to watch disturbed. In the place that the dog was exposed remain a metal cable and a cord. The dog was extremely ill and did not want to eat, so in natural surroundings it would have died anyway; thus they are all poor dogs: sooner or later they die or are killed". In my books, this is unacceptable, amd it did cause outrage. I believe this is what the artist was trying to do. And under the name of fine art, that was his 'excuse'. to others however, it might be totaly acceptable, if it has the fine art label attached to it, because some may even think that if somethings fine art it becomes acceptable.

I believe then that creativity, in its infinacy, is art, and so, everything can be viewed as art, because in essence, as long as something is not harmful, there is no reason is should be viewed as unacceptable, because anything is possible, because of these infinate combinations of everything that exist. dust on your skirting boards could be art, because it has manifested just as that hideous colourful picture did. 'the dust exists now as remains of dirt and bugs that exist within this environment' 'this colourful peice came about while i was pissed last night and had a dream i about disco balls'. its the same thing. we are essentialy creators, we build, we write, we make art, we do alot of things us humans. Thus everything is possible, and if you would like to name it art then so be it. even a dog suffering could be called art, but is actualy unacceptable because the dog was left to suffer. I totaly contradict myself because i do eat meat, yet it wasnt me that killed the animal. also i only eat halal meat, because i know a prayer is said for the animal. (4)

Next i will explain my love for traditional forms of art, and how that may even contradict what i have said here.. ill need to clear my mind for that first. I accept contemporary art, because i find many things in shapes, colours, and im amazed myself at how people can come up with such things sometimes, and that i know that no matter how many things are thought of, there will always be something else totaly different that you can create.


1 - Thats not to say that what you did before 1pm and after 7pm was the same, it just wouldnt be. assume here that 1pm to 7 is one day, continuing to the next. even if it was a manikin in the chair, there would be dust and all sorts that will inevitably change even if it is by the micrometre. Even the sun and the moon and the clouds change position, so that automaticly stops the situation from staying the same.

2 - I believe in 'something' after death, not sure what, as i have not died before so i couldnt tell you XD. the reason i believe so is through research and my own instincts. many regression hypnotists report clients saying that they remember dying, and saying you get to review your whole life and decide what to do next. also those who have experienced near death experiences, many have said they were able to be in multiple places at the same time, with multiple people, and that they remember absolutely everything from their life up to that point. Also that this reality isjust vibration, science itself acknowledges that. Just imagine what we culd do if we learnt to manipulate these vibrations? (e.g the hypnotist who programmed a volunteer to not see his daughter. his daughter stood in front of him, and he could read a watch placed behind her back. of course that could be a farce, but compared to everything i have researched in the past i keep an open mind and believe that this is true) seeing is believing. I believe we are all one conciousness experiencing this reality, as a human, and when we die, we move onward. if you want me to explain further just ask me cos i couldnt do it in this post!

3 - I believe time is an illusion we have een made to accept. but everything is an illusion because everything is decyphered in our brains. all is vibrational information being decyphered continuously. I have had mornings where i have been in a rush, and it has taken me 20mins to get to my bus stop. Then the mornings i have taken my time and made the effort to enjoy gettings ready, time has gone slower and i have reached the bus stop, strolling, in 10 minutes. This is absolute truth and i experience it all the time!! So i know from experience that time just isnt linear. so if time does not exists, then everything that ever happens exists all at the same time. this ties in with 2 to an extent.

4 - Im at war with myself about eating animals, but i do believe in spirit, and that this is just an experience. as humans we have the power to kill animals as we please, but animals are innocent and only know love. when we kill them, if it is not in love then its not acceptable. perhaps slaughteres do kill in love, but i know that halal meat is 'blessed'. i dont think the holy books were written for just a really good fairy tale read.

Once again ask me if you want me to explain more.

I know i have contradicted myself, but i do this alot, but i always have a reason for thinking what i think. that may not be an excuse but thats how my head works, and its bladdy annoyin. they say the world would not work without balance.


Katherine Valentine

My first Katherine Valentine pic.

This is really a foundation, i have decided, because i have not really concepted her, this is my version of her, rawly from my mind. despite that she isnt exactly how i see her, i know concepting will help me portray that better. I plan to concept teh characters or a few of them as the year goes along, and hopefully id like to have them all done before christmas.

As for the pic, i feel she might look a bit too mature, you? i know since ages ago, humans look older for their age THESE days, so who knows what it could be like in THOSE days....? (well no excuses really lol)

(also her hand is out there as the plan was to draw dog next to her and she would have it rested behind his ears. i dont think i will do that now as id like to develop her further.)

I have an annoyiing habit of being to detailed to soon, and id love to kick the habit. I keep painting everything 'up' im sections. When i start concepting i hope to start braking the habit lol and be able to bring teh paintint literaly from the canvas all the way to the final details... without being so sectiony.

I would upload my scene concepts only they are on another machine!! (Doh!)


final abbey park year 2


painter practisins wow too much fun...

much funs large pics love painter okthxbi bedtime zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...



Chris's Teaching Method, Perfect 'colour de-programming'!! and a thanks lol

been meaning to post on this topic for ages!

I suppose this is essentially feedback for Chris, and my overview of the most 'amazing' part of his teaching in general, for me. When i say amazing, i mean how much what i can see around me has changed, (practicly everything) since he started teaching us.

Today Chris went over the 'symbols' part of our old education briefly. That is, that in school we are taught that the grass is green, and leaves are green, and the sea is blue... and that a brick is red and rectangular... you get the idea XD

Basicaly only since i started uni did i realise that this was indeed how i had been taught. I love uni lessons so much because they are so different to what school has (or rather didnt...) taught.

This is where i get to the programming part... This is just a way to explain what im on about...
You can compare a human being to a computer in that we are taught that this is right, this is wrong, this happens because of this, etc etc.

From an early age, we have these 'symbols' 'programmed' into us as kids, and only now (well last year to be precise) do i realise how wrong the beeps were!!

Chris is literaly de-programming that in us, and my goodness is the world a prettier place.

Its so strange, and gives such a refreshing view of the world around myself. EVERYTHING is just so vibrant again, and so damn colourful!!! And the best part is, there is an infinate combination of views and combinations fo everything, every colour, every scene, every day! I only see this now since he has taught us how to see again really lol

No day is the same, no cloud is the same, grass is not green at all, and the sky is not blue.

I find myself seeing the full spectrum in every view, that perfectly natural balance of all colours.

To be honest i cant explain how amazed i am. how amazing the world looks now.

That is unless my eyes are going into overdrive, but i highly doubt this, because once upon a time, i was taught that things are solidly what they are and cannot be anything else, when they BLADDY well can and ARE!!!!!!!!!

I think i speak for at least my whole year when i say thankyouuuu! thats to all 3 of the lecturers and I am really looking forward to this year. Im still just as excited as when i started, and more.



A speedpaint of a pepper shaker and a padlock! I aim to do an hour speed paint whenever i can from now on.

50mins pepper egg and padlock 04/10/09


Mortal Engines Chudleigh Pomroy and a little songy!

I started reading (at snail pace) Mortal Engines a week ago, and ive decided to paint each character as i see them as i go through the book. The first I decided to draw is Pomroy!

I now have a super cool scanner which i scanned the inital sketch and decided to paint over the top. here are the results!

Please critique much apprciated.

My personal judgment:- Its not realistic enough but i look forward to developing that. Im not sure if i an see a style emerging. His hand was gloved because i went about painting it in a sectiony type of way and ended up getting his hands the wrong colours. so i thought hey it could be a digital library glove.... from the future... I cant wait to start drawing drapery in Chris's lessons because i really need it. Im going to go to the market and buy some cheap material so i can start now!
I really need to stock up on real resources!!

and i need to do backgrounds need need need need.

If possible please critique on facebook because its easier to get too! (as this blog i keep forgetting my password and it gets tedious lolz)

I uploaded here so you may see the full size version.

And heres my current favourite songs:-

(Thanks 2 Mike thanks thanks thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)