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.
I have been commissioned by the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth Garden City to create a new video work for an upcoming exhibition about the unconventional history of Letchworth Garden City.
Working in collaboration with the gallery and the Garden Cities Collection I have completed the research phase and I am now in to the production phase of the project. I am currently developing an experimental short film inspired by the activities of four characters from the early 1900’s.
The work, along with four other selected artists, is scheduled to be exhibited in December-January 2016/17. You can see snippets of the project research and development at my new Instagram account with a more detailed post to follow…
Digswell Arts 60th Anniversary Photography Commission
I recently completed work on a photography commission for Digswell Arts, recording current Fellows of Digswell Arts working in their studios and presenting their work at The Forge in Digswell, Welwyn and Fenners in Letchworth. The photography will be used as part of the trusts’ 60th Anniversary celebrations in 2017.
I have completed colour work on a new comic book – “Hotel Hell” #1 – which is to be released by WP Comics Ltd. It will be out later this month and I will post again with further details when it is released..
I will also be posting ad hoc illustration (mainly sci-fi) drawing and digital painting via three flavours of social media: Ello, Twitter and Facebook.
I have been working hard to bring my sketching and concept art skills up to a high standard so you may also find some of that appearing there too. Please do follow and – if it pleases you – like and share.
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.
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…
The Night Hunters series continues with ‘Captain Seadog’.
I have illustrated this atmospheric, action packed story about a vengeful pirate returning from the grave to create mayhem. Written by David Thomas and published by WP Comics Ltd it is available now as a digital download or as a hard copy.
Get further details (including a video preview) by following this link:
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 illustrating the next issue of The Night Hunters which is due out later this month. The Night Hunters ‘Howling Moonshine’ continues the story of Sexton Wraith’s organisation and their hunt to track down supernatural creatures of the night.
After finding my comic book feet with the first issue this new issue has some really great sequences and features some new characters which I have developed from the script. So far, I am really pleased with the way it is going and I shall post here when it is available.