It took me a while to get this film up here. My college uses Mac while my laptop is PC. And I’m completely new to Mac computers!
I made this film in college using Final Cut Pro 10. It took about 5 hours to make. I’d like to thank my friend Bartorz for starring as the man in the film. The music is my own and can be found here.
This is my first short film, made as part of my multimedia elective in Crawford. I’m fairly new to video editing, so please let me know if you thought; was it good or bad, what could be improved upon and what worked. I hope you liked it!!
I’ve just had my first few days of college. It’s all a bit scary and new to me, but I think I’ll be fine here after a while. On Monday and Tuesday we had an introduction to our theory classes. The remainder of the week is for studio work, and for that we’ve been doing some observational drawing.
The drawings below are from today and yesterday; the first one is a charcoal and pencil drawing, and the second is a pen and ink drawing with graphite pencils. Both pictures were created on A1 sheets.
Below is the watch featured in the drawings. For a sense of scale, I traced around my hand in the second picture.
I also drew a view of the watch through a pocket microscope in the second sheet, although I’m not sure how visible it is on the computer screen. I hope you like my drawings and stay tuned for more artwork next week!
I’ve just finished moving into Cork now and have now got wifi access so I can finally post this post!
I thought that, since I’m beginning a new art course, I’d look at the evolution of my artwork on this blog from the beginning of its creation up until now.
My very first post was about a stencil I made of the local church, which I sponged watercolour paints onto. The finishing touches were painted by hand without the stencil.
I continued to use watercolours, using scraps of card to make bookmarks that I used to practice and improve my skills…
Below are a few of these bookmarks I created with watercolours:
When I was more confident in my skills, I started painting with acrylics on small canvas:
During the Leaving Cert. Exam years, when I had a break from studying I started to doodle. These doodles quickly turned into drawings, and they resulted in a series of A4 pencil drawings.
From one of those pencil drawings came the idea for a mechanical creature that has stuck with me up to the present day – Tweedles. I focuses mainly on them and, virtually obsessed with them, made a lot of artwork that featured Tweedles.
They were the main subject for my PLC course artwork as I converted them from pencil to print, from print to painting and even began to make physical life-sized Tweedle sculptures:
Although I do intend to keep making Tweedle-orientated artwork, I think during my 4 year Fine Art course at Crawford I will experiment with new ideas and techniques, moving away from Tweedles a bit to explore new themes.
I’d like to thank everyone who’s viewed, commented, followed or liked anything on this blog as we celebrate 100 posts.
Keeping this blog has allowed me to keep track of my artwork and its progress, and all the support I’ve had from you guys has been very beneficial in my creative process, and has helped me understand my own artwork from new perspectives.
Thank you very much for reading!
Now that I’ve secured a place in Crawford College of Art and Design, I’m busy getting ready to move to Cork, finding art supplies and sorting out all the stuff associated with college life. Since I’m currently focused on the move back into Cork, I won’t be posting much artwork until I’m settled into my new college. I will try to post something each week, but my schedule might be a little more erratic.
Anyhow, today I thought I’d share with you a photo of the 17th Tweedle.
When I make my Tweedle sculptures, I always make them in ‘generations’ of 8 Tweedles each. This one, however, I created a while ago for a dear friend’s birthday.
It’s the only one to date that has not belonged to a generation. It’s also the only one to possess a miniature metal fan and have it’s own personalized blue-jay feather.
When I was creating it, I perceived it as an experimentation into how Tweedles might decorate themselves, mimicking the way their human masters cloth themselves. I also wanted to capture the sort of playfulness that Tweedles develop over time.
I hope you like this sculpture, and thanks for reading!
Apart from commissions, I’ve been taking more of a break from art as I’ll be going onto Crawford College of Art and Design in September. I’ve received the acceptance email from the CAO a few days ago, so I know for certain that they’ve accepted me into the college!
I did these Tweedle pictures a few days ago. They are quick pen and ink drawings about the size of playing cards, framed messily by their burnt edges. Below that, I’ve also posted some needle-felt cogs that I made in my combined materials class in the early stages of my PLC course (which I completely forgot to post about until now!). Enjoy!
A few days ago I was commissioned by a new local cafe called Pyro to put up some decorative sculptures and to create a piece for their wall.
After putting up some sculptures (you can see them in my last post) I was asked to create a piece for their wall. With the Tweedle sculptures put up, I decided that something that combined the Tweedles and the cafe would be good. The following drawing was the result:
The work is based on the unique lights the cafe has (seen below), and was created in a similar way to my skulls, digitally creating the image then using manga pens to trace the image.
Pyro is a small cafe/takeaway that sells pizzas, pasta and desserts. I’d definitely recommend the place if you’re in the Kenmare locality. The owners are very friendly, and the pizzas are all freshly baked almost entirely in front of you.
This concludes my dual posts for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest artwork and thanks for reading!
A few days ago I was commissioned by a new local cafe called Pyro to put up some decorative sculptures and to create a piece for their wall. I talked with the owners showing them samples of my artwork, and they decided that they would like to see my Tweedles and can-men placed subtly in the corners and crevices of their cafe: Pyro is a small cafe/takeaway that sells pizzas, pasta and desserts. The owners are really friendly and helpful. I’ve tried some of their pizza and it must have been one of the best I’ve had in years!! I’d definitely recommend it if you’re in the Kenmare area. I’ll be posting another post today with the wall piece, so stay tuned!
The following print was created after that one and is based on the drawing I did a while back (click for a bigger image).
I thought it would be good to remake the drawing as a print and add some colour to it. The colours look much more dull than they eventually turn out, so the picture ended up much, much brighter than expected! I think the colour differences make the contrast between light and darker areas much more defined and help the characters stand out more.
I hope you enjoy the print below and thanks for reading!
This week, I’ve decided to post some of my printmaking works. I liked learning the new techniques and creating images that could be repeated and copied yet malleable; altered through the use of colour or chine collé.
The lino prints were made by:
- Cutting into a linoleum sheet with a sharp V-shaped knife.
- The lino sheet was inked up with a roller, and then paper was placed carefully on top.
- The lino on paper was fed through a printing press to create the finished print.
Although I had experience with lino printing before, the chine collé technique was completely new to me. Before the paper was placed on top, bits of cut tissue, paper or newspaper were affixed with spray mount. This simple step really changed the look of the prints and was great fun too!
As for the intaglio:
- A sheet of acetate (clear plastic stuff) was engraved into with a pointed instrument.
- Once the design was engraved, ink was rolled out next to the acetate, and spread evenly on with a piece of tough card.
- Then the majority of the ink was scraped off with a piece of scrim, and the acetate was fed through the press with paper afterwards to create the finished product.
I hope you like the prints below and thanks for reading!
Below are some of my pencil drawings from the PLC course. They were all based on real life observation, meaning that sculptures of Tweedles and clock parts were set up into position and drawn. These drawings were all made with artist pencils ranging from HB to 8B.
Before the course, my Tweedle drawings were from imagination, but having created observation based drawings during it, I now have a better understanding of the way things should look. The way light and shadow fall play a big part in making objects look more realistic.
By adding the reflections of metal objects and focusing on the creases and folds in cloth I can make my Tweedle characters much more believable.
I hope you enjoy this week’s drawings and thanks for reading!
For the next few posts, I’ll will be showing you some of my portfolio work from my PLC course. I thought I’d start with my paintings. The first two are currently on display at the ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ exhibition at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa (Tramore Road, Cork City, Co. Cork) and the other two were my other finished paintings that I made during the year.
I think I must be obsessed with my Tweedles now as they seem to be a common theme in my PLC artwork! They’ve become a lot more defined and real since the one I first dream up in my drawing over a year ago.
Please click on the images below to get a better view and I hope you like them!