Sunday, April 28, 2013

Plaster Blaster

It's all about plaster these days. I have this plan to cast fizzy bath bombs in the shape of the buddha heads and I was wondering what other shapes I could make? Magic Bullets? So I'm making plaster bullets, though at 6 inches long, they're more like 60 cal machine gun rounds. I reckon they'd make pretty nice candles too. And I've started carving a pig's trotter out of a solid block of plaster. Plenty of work to be getting on with.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A morning in the park

For years now I've been taking the kids to the park and spending most of my time there just watching them run and swing and fall down and get dirty and generally worrying about not letting them out of my sight for more than a split second. As they've gotten older I've started being less worried and more bored. So if i can remember, I try to take my sketch book and sketch people in the park. It's fucking hard! No one stays still for more than a moment. Pick anyone, they don't seem to move for ages until you start to draw them and then instantly, they adjust their posture, look another way or just get up and walk away. It's brutal! You watch them remain motionless, then just as you put pencil to paper, off they go! It's some kind of quantum physics mind bender like Schrodingers cat, sketch subjects remain indeterminate until observed, at which point they become a blur of motion.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Two steps forward, one step back

It's been a funny sort of fortnight for art. I've had more than several of those bleak days that you have, you know the ones. Those days when you feel like all your efforts are pointless, your work is garbage and you'd be better off in front of the tv with a bag of chips and a carton of beer.

I bought some gold leaf and size and stuck it on (as per the instructions) but patches of plaster showed through where I'd missed with the glue so after it was dry I gave it another go. Except the gold leaf is not pure gold and applying size over the top made it start to oxidise and the off colour patches miraculously spread through the next layer like cancer. They don't look so bad in the photo but believe me, they are truly shit. The whole exercise was hours and hours of wasted work. Top it off with a couple of other projects falling over and at least one rejection from a local art competition...

Still, I managed to paint a whole lot more Buddha Bombs and they turned out great. And I've been using the gold leaf in some pen and ink drawings and I like it. Plus I had a few more ideas for fun stuff to make and do so no excuses. I will be exhibiting some of the Buddha Bombs plus my Hebel Tentacles in a group show at Love Love in a couple of weeks which is looking like it might be a big night out.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Set Me Free by Jennifer Collin

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My friend Jen has written a book and I was thrilled when she asked if I would like to have a crack at illustrating a cover for her. It's a modern love story set right here in Brisbane, Australia;
Disastrous love life aside, Charlotte Evans is rather content with her life. Her quaint little art gallery is plodding along nicely and her sister Emily’s artistic career is about to take off, thanks to her tireless promotion. She even gets to see her best friend every day and drink his delicious coffee in the cafĂ© next door. 
But when dastardly property developer Craig Carmichael comes along, threatening to demolish her gallery and take everything away, Charlotte has an unexpected fight on her hands. Not only is she battling to stop Craig’s development, she’s also struggling against the mysterious magnetic pull that has her on a collision course with Craig himself.
Craig Carmichael is fighting the Battle for Boundary Street on more than one front. The tenants of the building he wants to knock down are mounting a strong case against him and in a hot-headed moment he put his career on the line for a project that is threatening to fail. If the project doesn't succeed he will loose everything, but for some reason he’s having trouble maintaining his focus.
As their worlds begin to unravel around them, anyone could win. It’s what they might lose that has Charlotte and Craig wondering what it is they really want.

Still have to format these for correct cover dimensions, postcards and business cards but I'm well pleased with how its come out. Follow the books progress up to it's imminent launch at Set Me free on Facebook