WIP - a work inspired by entropy

A new canvas on my easel for the first time in a long time. I started this about a week ago, so I'm a bit late posting my progress. 

I'm working very differently with this one. Usually I'll do a very detailed sketch on paper first, and then transfer to my canvas of choice. But in the interests of challenging myself, this time I'm free sketching straight onto the canvas and keeping details to a minimum. I'll build up the details as I go. 

Interesting and exciting times for the Redrockit!


Gothy Girl WIP

Here's the first three progress shots from yesterdays work - a cute little Goth-esque girl who I'm calling Gothy Girl for now.

She's lined and painted with ink, then finished in Photoshop for the final print and tee versions. (not quite ready with those pics - I'll share soon!)

She's been lots of fun to do. So much so that I'm thinking of doing more in her style :)

Keeping your artist tools close

My pens, pencils and paintbrushes end up in all kinds of places around my head whilst I'm working on an art piece. 

It's a close and handy place for depositing tools that need to be close at hand :)


Commissions and contracts

Up until now the commissions that I've done have always been custom quoted. That's a good thing, but not very helpful for someone who might want to know the basics of my commission process without the bother of emailing me about it.

So I've spent this afternoon putting the information all together into one web page that hopefully helps with the simple questions. Of course every commission ends up being custom to a degree, but at least I now have the basics down.

You can find my Commissions page here.

I also spent time working on refreshing my Commission Agreement Contracts - something that I've found is is really important as an artist these days.

ThePracticalArtWorld has a great blog article outlining some useful tips for creating a Contract for Commissions. Check it out here :

How to Build a Contract For Commissioned Artworks

illustration in ink - rat

With Christmas just around the corner and so many things that I could be doing, I instead chose to spend my afternoon doing this little rat illustration. 

He's 10x16cm and tomorrow will be taking up residence in a little frame that I've been saving for just such a little chap.

Black and White Challenge - Day 2

My second image for the Black and White Photo Challenge is one that was in my "maybe one day" pile of files. I shot this scene last year when I had the pleasure of visiting Alcatraz for the day.

What an amazing place that is! I easily have 100 shots from that day - I was so excited to be there, and as I LOVE spooky, old, rusty and grungy places I just I coudn't stop shooting.

I was so taken with this green door surrounded by all that peeling white paint and old brickwork, and of course I couldn't help but let my mind wander to the horrors that could be hiding behind that door if I let my imagination run.

One day I'll process it in all it's lovely grungy colour, but for now I'm pretty happy with it in Black and White.

5 day Black and White Challenge

My great friend and fellow Creative Kym Briskey has nominated me over at Facebook to take part in the 5 day Black and White Photo Challenge. 

Her timing was perfect because it's been an incredibly long time since I picked up my DSLR, yet in the space of 24hours I had to do a kids/pets photo shoot for a friend (OMG!) and also do this challenge. 

My first pic for the challenge isn't a new shot. It's one that's been sitting on my camera for 12 months or so waiting for me to either use it or delete it. So it's an old shot, but a newly processed one.
This cool chap is one of the resident Ostrich's at our local zoo... He's very sweet :) 

There are so many people I'd love to nominate to also take part in the challenge, but I've settled on nominating Caroline Fournier . I've always loved her photography - she has a great way with colour processing that makes her works so recognisable. I like to refer to it as "the Caroline effect" :)
So Caroline, if you're up for it, I'm nominating you to tackle the 5 day Black and White challenge with me. 

No need for them to be new works - just black and white!

views from the studio

I've been working from my lounge room these past few weeks because it's just too hot in the studio.
It's amazing what stuff can accumulate in just a few days!

quotables - Edward Hopper

I always find the words of others to be inspiring - even those words that are hurtful and hateful can be an eye-popping motivation to strive to be a better person. 

With that in mind I'm going to regularly post a quote by other creatives that I've found to be thought-worthy.

To kick things off here's one from Edward Hopper. I wanted to begin with this one because it rings particularly true for me. 

I've never, ever been good at the spoken word. Ask me to speak to more than one person at once, and I feel like I'm addressing a stadium full of people - and all of them with their full attention on me. I instantly become a mumbling, stumbling, ineloquent, blushing puddle of inadequacy, completely incapable of saying what I want to say.

My drive to create by way of painting, drawing and doodling have always been the only way that I've felt able to fully express my feelings, thoughts and troubles when the words have never been there for me.

Cheers to Edward Hopper for understanding that need to express through painting :)

Playboy first edition in reprint

As a young child I grew up discovering torn and faded Playboy magazines hidden beneath the floorboards of the abandoned house we used to play in. We'd flick through the pages wide-eyed and giggling, wondering at the reasons for such a magazine. 

As a teen I had learned of the reasons for Playboy, but still wondered at the types of women who appeared in the pages, and also at the types of males who seemed to possess such reverent adoration of what lay within.

As an adult I'm happy to say that my childhood curiosity and wonder at the sexuality within the pages of Playboy magazines and their like has been replaced by understanding and acceptance that that the world is made up of all types of people with vast tastes, preferences, and identities.

When I recently discovered that the very first edition of Playboy had gone into reprint I rushed off to buy one as soon as possible - and I'm so excited about it!

My giggly childhood wonder has been replaced by the ooh's and aah's of someone in love with the style and simplicity of days gone by, a person enamoured of the beauty of women who were stunningly beautiful in a way so vastly different to the accepted beauty norms of today.

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Playboy has reprinted 20,000 copies of it's inaugural issue - December 1953 - as part of it's 60th anniversary celebrations.

This edition is an exact replica of Playboy's first issue in most every way - with every article, every advertisement and photograph reproduced exactly. But it's not only the content that is the same. They've also included the heavy paper stock and ink, giving a beautiful satin lustre to each page.  

The magazine has been using glue to bind the pages since the late 80's, but this edition has staples, just as it was in 1953. (One change seems to be the use of 3 staples. I believe 2 staples were used in the early days)

Of course, the Playboy first edition wouldn't be what it is without Marilyn Monroe. She appears both on the cover and as the featured Sweetheart of the Month. 

There's a Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring an illustration by William L. Marsh of Det. Holmes injecting cocaine into his arm - an illustration that I imagine would have raised quite a few eyebrows in 1953. 

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For those readers who think that Playboy wouldn't be Playboy without pages loaded with somewhat sexist, bawdy, leery jokes and games can rest easy - the First edition has plenty, and all presented with the irreverence of an "I'm thumbing my nose at you" attitude. For example, they refer to Marilyn Monroe as "very well stacked". (Ugh, I cringe!)

The reprinted magazine will be on sale through July 7, so if you don't have your copy yet I'd suggest rushing off to find one before this weekend is over.

If your local magazine store doesn't have one in stock you can find copies are also available at Amazon and try looking at the Playboy Magazine Store online

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Ignore Everybody. Sound creative advice from Hugh MacLeod

I've been a big fan of Hugh MacLeod for a few years now. He has a particularly good way of getting his thoughts into your head -- kind of like a BotFly, only with tons more humor and none of the horror.

His book "Ignore Everybody" has been around for 5 years now, and let's be honest, 5 years in the online world in almost like eternity. 

However, MacLeod's advice still rings as true as it ever did. It's well worth reading and even more worth putting into action in your own creative lives. 

Here's a sneak peek at what he has to say :

1. Ignore everybody.

2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours.
3. Put the hours in.
4. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.
5. You are responsible for your own experience.
6. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.
7. Keep your day job.
8. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.
9. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.
10. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.
11. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether. 
12. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.
13. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.
14. Dying young is overrated.
15. The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.
16. The world is changing.
17. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t. 
18. Avoid the Watercooler Gang.
19. Sing in your own voice.
20. The choice of media is irrelevant.
21. Selling out is harder than it looks.
22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
23. Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time.
24. Don't worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.
25. You have to find your own schtick.
26. Write from the heart.
27. The best way to get approval is not to need it.
28. Power is never given. Power is taken.
29. Whatever choice you make, The Devil gets his due eventually.
30. The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.
31. Remain frugal.
32. Allow your work to age with you.
33. Being Poor Sucks.
34. Beware of turning hobbies into jobs.
35. Savor obscurity while it lasts.
36. Start blogging.
37. Meaning Scales, People Don’t.
37. When your dreams become reality, they are no longer your dreams.

For more 'Ignore Yourself' goodness Hugh has made the book available as a free e-download - What a guy!

If you'd rather have the book in hardcover you can always head over and buy the book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

 and don't forget to check out his website - Gaping Void - for a taste of his fabulous art and more creative inspiration than you possibly imagine.


Source: http://gapingvoid.com/

Trianglify - yet another way to make beautiful art on the internet

I discovered Trianglify a week ago, and it took approximately 2.5 seconds for it to make me it's loyal servant for life - or at least until the next pretty shiny arty thing that the www presents to me. 

So, what is Trianglify? Made by web developer Quinn Rohlf, Trianglify is an open source program that generates colourful triangle meshes. Not satisfied with being just be a pretty web based program, it even lets you download the images as  SVG's!

If I'm to leave you with any lasting, sage words at this point, I'll just say, take care - Trianglify is addictive! I don't know why, but the urge to repeatedly click on the "click for a new pattern" button is immense. Each pattern is so pretty, and soothing.... calming... restorative....

Well, as I said, take care - and above all, enjoy!