A Warning Against Modern Marketing Techniques

A Warning Against Modern Marketing Techniques

Marketing advice can be good, especially when you’re trying to get your business off the ground. It can give you an extra edge against those ‘commoners’ who don’t really know what they’re doing, but do it anyway (as most of us do, and this is perfectly OK). But marketing is not the ‘be-all and end-all’. It is advice others offer to give; advice they have found practical, or makes things easier, or what they think will work (or for whatever…

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A Sea of Stars…

A Sea of Stars…

A Sea of Stars (The Ocean): [a short story on the nature of death]           I lay on the sand, the waves lapping gently across the shore. On them, I knew, lay the moon; spread over it’s rippling expanse like molten silver, so ethereal as the muffled sound carried over the bay—so distant, yet so near. I looked to the stars reflected on that surface, so densely populated they seemed as swirls of mist. I had never seen the ocean…

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An Ode to the Ice King (Insanity)

An Ode to the Ice King (Insanity)

Time: 4 hours and 43 minutes Though not usually one for fan art, I thought the story of Adventure Time’s Ice King was really beautiful, and touched me deeply. I think I wove elements of Drangé into this as well, for their tales are aligned in poetic tragedy. I hope you enjoy the piece; he is a wonderful character, and the series in general is great fun. I love how creative and random it is, how nothing stops the creators…

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Goddess of the Sea

Goddess of the Sea

Time: 3 hours and 26 minutes I painted this for a poem I wrote, but didn’t illustrate it until a competition came out in the local newspaper requesting a short story about the ocean and summertime. Considering I had been putting it off, I took the hint and got around to painting it 😉 You can read the poem below.   Snowball Earth: I am a child of summer, With salt on my skin, and a main of the sea….

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SPD – Somewhere…

SPD – Somewhere…

I had a bit of trouble with today’s speedpainting, finding it difficult to let go of the iron fist of perfectionism. Eventually I managed, and this came out of it. Having released my vision rather than remain bogged down in meticulous detail has left me feeling really cleansed and positive.   Watch it’s creation video on my Videos page, or at Youtube here.

SPD – Spirals

SPD – Spirals

This weird little entity was painted whilst multitasking, so it’s fair to say I was a bit distracted whilst I played. I have a fascination with spirals at the moment (although I’ve always loved patterns), courtesy of a little Rhamba illustration I was working on last year and never quite finished. Anyway, I really like the looseness of this piece, and found joy and relaxation in just letting it evolve by itself. That’s something I’ll definitely try to follow more…

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SPD – Burgundy

SPD – Burgundy

Today I took a risk by choosing to try speedpainting a preexisting sketch for The Legend of the Silent Sentinels I had lying about. It had a really good start, but unfortunately when I got to the dragon I became quite bogged down in rendering; painting and re-painting the colours and details (perfectionism). In the end I let it go. I know that, one day, it will return to me   Watch it’s creation video on my Videos page, or…

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SPD – Tribe Child

SPD – Tribe Child

After a day spent sketching out frustrating concepts, this came to me for 2015’s The Trojan Horse Was A Unicorn Challenge, which I later turned into “Bloodloss”—my second, and final, entry. This is one of those mysterious works where you don’t see it for what it is, but rather, what lies behind it, within it. It’s a realm of thought and of vision, of trying to realise some vague something lurking within the dark and shapeless depths of the mind,…

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SPD – Green Liamb

SPD – Green Liamb

Although I’ve heard that one can warm up for art, I hadn’t experienced it until today. I’d been working on an illustration for several hours before turning to my speedpainting as a relaxing way to finish my evening. I found that this one really flowed out of me, and I had a lot of fun whilst painting it. I really enjoy playing with the line-work, and I think he turned out well 🙂   Update: I ended up working on…

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