Watching the Dredd film this evening got me nostalgic about my old job as a 3D artist for a games company back in 2001-2003. I worked on a few Judge Dredd games, and have dug out some of my old artwork from those:
Megavend: only the textures made it to the finished game [click to enlarge]
A few friends contacted me this morning to say that the 'Olympic Expectations Vs Reality' image that Time Out London put together yesterday using one of my photos seemed to have gone viral, with several thousand people having seen it.
As it was only on the Time Out Facebook page at the time, people had been emailing screenshots of it around to each other, so I suggested Time Out get in on the action and post it on their actual website.
A pleasant surprise for me this evening when I scrolled through Facebook on my phone and spotted this image on the Time Out London feed, which made me smile even before I noticed that the bottom photo was one of my own.
If anyone happens to spot the photo in the magazine, please save your copy for me.
The kind people at Lomography Soho recently had me along to their LoBlography event, where I met fellow bloggers for whom photography plays an important role in what they do.
I was lent a Lomo LC-Wide camera, which I now really want, as along with having an excellent wide-angle lens it allows for all manner of interesting experimentation, such as multiple-exposure photographs and half or full-frame shots (meaning you can fit double the number of shots on a film if you go for the former option). Once I was let loose in the streets of Soho, I basically went crazy trying every option on every photo.
The camera also allows you to take continuous shots with no separation between the photographs on your film. While I didn't do this for the entire film, I did try it out on a few shots.
I was recently commissioned to draw this house in Oxford. It was a present from one owner to the other, and they both turned out to be at home on the day I traveled there to take source photos, so a fair amount of snooping around was required on my part.
I've created a new version of my recent Belle Epoque print which shows the owner, Eric Rousseau, wearing his Pâtissier outfit and showing off some croque en bouche.
This will soon appear on various bits of merchandise available from the shop, and will be available from me as a limited edition print.
If you're interested in buying a one of these, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
and let me know. It will be available as an edition of 50 as an unframed A4
giclée print on finest Hahnemühle Photo Rag archival paper for £50
(+P&P or free hand delivery if you live in N16).
I am also selling an even more limited edition of 20 of the original Red Coat version.
Photos were taken using a Nintendo 3DS, which includes a low-resolution 3D camera. It presents a challenge as there's no way to edit the images after you've taken them (so no cropping or adjusting brightness/contrast). And there's no way of turning off the annoying 'snapping' noise it makes when you take a photo, meaning everyone notices you!
There are a variety of options for viewing these, either as a 3D image if you have a device with a 3D screen, or as Wiggle or Red-Cyan versions. Wiggle shows the left and right eye images as a single animated gif and will leave you feeling dizzy. Red-Cyan allows you to view the image if you posses a pair of old-school 3D red-cyan tinted glasses.
Two years ago Eric, the owner of Belle Epoque (the amazingly good patisserie on Newington Green) commissioned me to draw his shop. Due to the lack of a deadline, I finally got around to finishing it last week and it arrived fresh from the printers this morning.
In total it took about eight solid days of drawing by hand, then digitally colouring and shading. I've just handed it to him and he's already talking about having it printed on postcards and mugs, so I'm incredibly relieved he liked it!
Belle Epoque print (Red Coat version, Artist's Proof), 2012
The illustration is based on source photos I took on a Monday, the one day of the week when the shop is closed. My thinking was that I wouldn't bother the customers that way and no one would notice what I was doing, but within about 10 seconds of getting my camera out I noticed a red blob out of the corner of my eye jumping up and down shouting "draw me! draw me!". It turned out to be Eric, so that's him you can see in the doorway.
If you're interested in buying a print of this, email me on email@example.com and let me know. It is available as an edition of 20 as an unframed A4 giclée print on finest Hahnemühle Photo Rag archival paper for £50 (+P&P or free hand delivery if you live in N16) and I've already had two orders, so don't leave it too late.
Another previously unpublished drawing, this time from 2008. This was done on a holiday to Essaouira, Morocco. I don't think I'd considered this complete last time I worked on it, but I quite like it in this state.
This is my postcard for Random Project 2012, the topic I was given being 'Home'. I was keen to show the limits to my involvement in the Olympics with this drawing.*
As they were keen that I didn't draw it on a computer, I totally ruined it by trying to colour it with real pens, which resulted in me making a real mess, with the coloured ink going dark when I went over the black lines. Pretty awful; I wish I'd left it black. Oh well!
Home (black), 2012
Home (colour), 2012
*I'll probably turn over to something else when the Olympics are on T.V.
For camera nerds, the photo was taken using a Diana F+ camera and double-exposed. For location nerds, it was taken at Columbia Road Flower Market. Amazingly, I actually got permission from the man dressed as a fox to use this photo for the single as he was looking at something else on my Flickr account, found himself on there, and got in touch with me.
My cover photo for 'Night of the Long Knives/Silence is Broken' by Skeletons on Holiday
I recently paid to have my photo 'Fish Kiss' included on the home page of The Most Expensive Picture (and fortunately quite early on in the project). It remained there for about two precious hours before someone paid a buck more than me to shunt it off.
I'm a sucker for the kind of projects I wish I'd thought of myself (and actually been motivated enough to put together) - good luck to them!
Earlier this year I did some design work for Sue Austin and Nick Lee, two intrepid and eco-conscious travellers who plan to drive around the world in an electric car.
Their ambitious project goes by the name of Global Circuit, and they were among the first people this year to buy the brand new Nissan Leaf to carry it out in.
Their blog about their trial run in Europe earlier this year makes for very interesting reading, particularly in regards to struggles to find charging points before the car ran out of electricity, the kindness of strangers in helping with this, the non-standard technology and schemes for charging a car in different countries, and in the questions they posed to those at Nissan HQ in Paris, their ultimate destination, about the practicalities of running such a car.
Good luck to them, and I look forward to hearing more about their travels!
Being as it is somewhere between Halloween and Valentine's Day, might I suggest that these would make an ideal Christmas (*ducks for cover at the mere mention of this occasion with more than a month to go*) present for your loved ones?
Both are individually numbered giclée prints on Hahnemühle FineArt Photo Rag paper (translation: incredibly high quality prints on the finest paper there is), and of an edition of 50.
Prices for each are as follows:
£120 unframed or £220 framed + £10 P&P (or hand delivery by the artist, if you live in London and ask me soon enough before Christmas)per item. You can avoid the £10 fee if you're able to collect your order from Stoke Newington in north London.
I was commissioned by events audio/visual specialists BMEAV to create and animate a 3D version of the CLIC Sargent event The Fantasy Ball: A Masquerade Affair, which took place on Wednesday. Let's hope that huge amounts of money were raised for the charity.
I recently photographed and designed a website and for Jane Edwards, a rather excellent hairdresser in Stoke Newington. If the top of your head is looking shabby, and you're in the N16 neighbourhood, I highly recommend a visit. She's right next door to brand new cafe, Fred & Fran which is also very good.
Jane Edwards, 53A Kynaston Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 0EB
Search & Rescue (121 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0UH) opened today and is selling some of my prints. It's well worth a look, and there are plenty of other interesting items on sale by artists local to N16, including Josie Beckett's 'Four Corners' range of cushions made using fabric she's collected from every corner of the globe.
A recent photo of mine taken during sunset at the South Bank made it on to the home page of popular London blog Londonist yesterday. While it's since been pushed off this hallowed page, it still lives in their Sunday Seasoning section which is described as such:
Every week we select a photo from the Londonist Flickr pool, taken in the last seven days, that illustrates this season or time of year in London.
For the purists out there, the colours in my original are far more flattering than in the version that they kindly posted on their site!
My photo, shown in its glory while still on the Londonist homepage