I have updated a section on my online portfolio which adds more details about my Digital Art practice (which runs alongside my more trad oil painting one).
The concerns and subjects differ from the oil painting. The recent additions are mostly re-worked earlier digital images. As my technical abilities with digital painting have improved dramatically (as has the software I use) I have been able to add meaningful changes to the series that subverts the Pre-Raphaelite paintings of the Victorian era by adding contemporary twists and scenarios – with a touch of sci-fi.
There is also a selection of Photo-Based Artworks, largely from the Dystopian Vision series.
A new, separate ‘About’ section adds further information including the terms I am using to describe the work and some details about the process.
Digswell Arts Studio Open Day & A Final Appearance
I will have a couple of paintings in a show opening this Saturday 11th June that will most likely be my last appearance (of artwork) at the Fenners Project Space. After 4 years as a Fellow of Digswell Arts – 5 if you include assisting in the renovation of the building! – I will be leaving the trust. It has been a decision based largely on a change in my practice with my official leaving date at the end of July.
But before that happens, there will be various activities taking place at the Open Day so please do come along on Saturday! More details…
As one of the first artists to have had a studio at Fenners under the Digswell Arts trust, I have seen the transformation of a light industrial building into an artist studio and gallery space, met some interesting people and made great advances in my practice over the time I have been there. Before I talk about the future, here are images and links to some of the highlights of the Fellowship…
With a change of focus toward digital activities (encompassing painting, photography and video) I have a number of projects coming up including a music video and a short film (both in pre-production!). I have also expanded my experience and capabilities within illustration and design, in particular web and graphic design. In the long term, I am planning a show for late 2017 – details to be confirmed..
I can still be contacted via email for enquiries regarding sales, projects/collaborations or commissions – painting/illustration, photography or web based.
Please take a look at my latest online portfolio update which includes a further enhanced mobile version.
I spent a good part of the weekend planting vegetables in the garden. Potatoes, chard, onions, and tomatoes amongst other things. Oddly enough, this time in the garden inspired me to paint a new pre-Raphaelite related image to add to the growing set.
Loosely based on ‘The Magic Circle’ by John William Waterhouse, here is ‘The Witch Reveals Her Magic.’ Continuing with the science fiction theme from two previous paintings – ‘She Passed The Turing Test’ and ‘The Nightreader’ – the Witch in this painting is an android. Less supernatural, more artificial. An interesting contrast of styles and ideas.
The image started as a pencil sketch. It was then scanned and further edited in Painter followed by colour flatting and painting carried out between Painter and Photoshop. As this is a large digital image (5019x2838px) there was considerable brush slowdown (for larger brush work) and I did consider painting the background in oils and photographing that but managed to get the digital brushes to work. I have spent some time painting the fabric on the dress and I am quite pleased with the outcome and with the addition of the Ancient Greek painting motif.
In this post I wanted to draw your attention to a part of my artistic output that I rarely show but is fundamental to much of my practice – my photography. In particular, it is my landscape photography and photo artworks I show here.
The newest is my ‘Reconnaissance’ set of landscapes – these are photographic landscape triptychs taken on the move (in a car) in England. Short sequences captured in close bursts – in an almost automated way – showing glimpses of the country that are somewhat isolated and are usually passed by at speed with only the briefest of examination. Details are often revealed in the photographs that show the nature and history of the structures (and possibly people) that occupy these spaces.
I have a selection of landscape photos taken in the countryside of North Hertfordshire (also in England for those unfamiliar). Certainly more sedate than the above images, the pace is slower but there is still plenty of human activity.
Back in the early 2000’s I started work on a similar project to the first set of photos above using methods to transfer printed material to canvas.
Here is an example of one these early works from 2002 that uses captured video frames instead of still photography for the sequences. Not as clean as the above images, but interesting none-the-less. At the time, I was inspired by the look of Andy Warhol’s screen prints and created my own version of this look through mixed media (print outs and paint on canvas).
My first artwork of 2016 is a new digital painting and part of my growing Pre-raphaelite inspired works. Titled ‘The Nightreader’, it was created using Painter and Photoshop. The painting develops a narrative from an earlier work: ‘She Passed The Turing Test‘, and is another slice of Pre-raphalite styled science fiction. My central character straddles a strange contraption that manufactures mysterious binary code only the reader can understand.
Should you wish to order prints of this painting or any of my other work, please do get in touch.
Other news…Websites & Coding
My coding and web development skills are growing rapidly. Since my last post, I have made further updates to my online portfolio. I plan to use the portfolio as a test bed for new ideas and experiments with code so there maybe frequent changes to its appearance over the next few months. One of my aims is to build a simple CMS to store and display my gallery images. Another – more distant – aim is to use the possibilities of code to produce new digital/internet based artworks.
I have recently updated two websites I have worked on previously – kliertranslations.com & cathyturner.co.uk improving the functionality and adding responsiveness for mobile devices. Take a look, especially if you require translation (German/English) or proofreading services…
Really excited about this one – The Night Hunters Issue 2 ‘Howling Moonshine’ from WP Comics Ltd is out!
Following on from issue 1, Sexton Wraith arrives in New York City to team up with a new character from the agency called ‘Rhiannon Maddox’ to hunt down and defeat a viscous Werewolf only to find other nefarious activities afoot.
This is a slightly darker tale than the previous episode and I have created some really good sequences to fit along with the development of the look of ‘Rhiannon Maddox’.
I have been busy these past few weeks working on a project and now the first part is complete.
I have been working for WP Comics Ltd – a new comic book company based in Wales – as a Freelance Illustrator on one of their titles called ‘The Night Hunters’. To outline the story – ‘The Night Hunters : Fools Gold’, has been written by David Thomas and follows the central character, Sexton Wraith in an alternative 1890s America hunting down unwelcome supernatural entities.
Rather than traditional pen and ink I have approached the comic with a painterly style which involved both the drawing and colour. It has been something of a tight squeeze to get the comic complete. Taking over from another artist early on in the project and being able to meet an existing publishing deadline whilst finding my way around my first published comic book was tough but, after a lot of hard work, it has arrived!
The Night Hunters Issue 1 ‘Fools Gold’ is available now as a digital download herewith printed versions available soon.
Strictly speaking, this is not my first comic. Back in the early 90’s, whilst at school, I co-created a comic called ‘Redhawk’ – a Batman inspired superhero comic. I had originally intended to go in to comic book illustration back then but went on to do Fine Art instead. Over 20 years later, a lot has changed but I have picked up this rather exciting thread which suits my narrative style and returned to one of my artistic influences.
Currently, I am working on two more issues of ‘The Night Hunters’ and have already started work on Issue 2.
Last year, I was part of the public programme of the ‘Vision Of Utopia’ exhibition in Letchworth Garden City. I have recently produced a short eBook showing the artworks created in Photoshop with shots of the original locations and thumbnails of the layering used to create the video installation ‘Letchworth: A Dystopian Vision’ – which is still available to view here.