Just a quick post! College is around the corner and I am preparing myself for Second year!! Very exciting!
I thought today I’d post these photos from my old PLC sketchbook. I meant to post them a while ago. 🙂
By posting them here, I can reflect on my old sketchbook in comparison to my new one, and see how I’ve improved and what has changed over the years, and what I’ve kept in my work.
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!
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!
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!
Before you read this article, you must first understand that some of it isn’t going to make much sense without some explanation. So, for any of this to make any sense, may I invite you a few thousand years into the future, to a strange new world.
- Where the past has been forgotten and replaced by a collection of Lewis Carroll’s books, which are the basis of a theocratic city.
- Where ecosystems were artificially crafted centuries ago through bio-engineering out of necessity.
- Where technology has radically changed and clockwork and circuitry are married into an efficient hybrid that runs everything from kettles to computers.
- Where robotic ravens are hunted for parts that power flying craft that navigate above the skyscrapers.
- Let me invite your imagination into this city. A city called Wonderland.
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In previous posts, I’ve explained very briefly what my Tweedles are, but in the next few posts, I would like to go into much more detail. I want to clarify what they are. They’re origins. How they think. What they’re made of. In this post, I will discuss how Tweedles are made, where they come from and why.
So where to begin?
“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
In the beginning, there was a pile of scrap electronics and clockwork on someone’s desk. This someone wanted to create something to assist him with his plans. This someone hired a mechanic to build this something, and this something was the first Tweedle. How is a Tweedle made? Scrap materials are turned into small pistons, hinges and other moving parts controlled by thin wires that wrap most of these parts and conceal them. Fluid-wires (a technology found in various household appliances in Wonderland) are added to create the hands and parts of arms and legs, that are too small for pistons to fit. Small sensor parts are used for the eyes. Not every part of a Tweedle is easily made… Advanced robots, in the guise of ravens, fly around everywhere. No-one knows where they came from or what they do. These ‘ravens’ are hunted for various reasons by various people. Some people use the levitation devices that keep these robots afloat are used to build flying ships, and some people use it’s parts to make Tweedles. When building a Tweedle, there are two parts you would want to take from a raven:
- Small, powerful batteries are scavenged because they provide an almost infinite supply of power.
- Fragments of a microscale supercomputer that are used to help made the Tweedle’s brain.
How do you build it’s brain? Their brain is actually made up of living brain cells that are integrated into the microscopic supercomputer parts. The brain cells are home grown with what is left of the bioengineering technologies created a few centuries ago. The supercomputer parts contain vast quantities of information and knowledge, and the brain cells allow the Tweedle to feel some degree of emotion. This combination of living tissue and artifical processing power provides the Tweedle with a form of artificial intelligence. Finally, Tweedles need something to keep all the brain/computer parts safe. This is done by wrapping the parts in a piece of cloth, with holes for the eyes to stick out through. A smile is stitched on to help hold the fabric in place. And voila… you end up with a Tweedle!
Where do they come from?
Tweedles are built by mechanics working for revolutionaries in workshops, hidden across the city. They are released into the streets to perform tasks for these revolutionaries.
Why build a Tweedle in the first place?
The man who ordered the construction of Tweedles is the leader of a revolutionary group who want to expose the secrets that Wonderland’s government have been hiding and freeing the people of their influence. They plan on doing this by sabotaging and deconstructing important machines that the military and police are dependent on, and assassinating the leaders, then broadcasting the truth for all to hear. The problem is, a revolutionary group consisting only of a few hundred people isn’t capable of taking on the military. They would need a expendable army of their own. And that’s what the Tweedles are. Tweedles can sneak undetected into armouries and dismantle guns. They can bring the pieces back to their masters to build more Tweedles. At a later stage, when Tweedles became more intelligent, they could build and control their own large exosuits and act as soldiers.
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So now you know about the origins of Tweedles.
I think I’ll discuss the Tweedles’ development as they learn and become more aware, and the culture they start to form among themselves in a later post. Thanks for reading!
My portfolio work took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I haven’t posted anything in ages. I haven’t really looked at WordPress either. Yes, I could have scheduled posts, but I’ve had trouble with them appearing beforehand on other blogs. Anyhow, I finally have all my coursework done, so now I can get back to blogging!
I’ll have to get used to typing on this site again! I’ve written a bit more on my story, but story writing and typing a blog are strangely similar yet different things.
Because my portfolio is currently under assessment, I can’t post any images of the works online until later in the year, so I’ll be showing you my other works. However, if you’re in the locality, a few of my portfolio works will be displayed in the ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ exhibition at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa, Cork.
Anyhow, at the moment I’ve been trying to imitate the style my art was before I did the PLC course. Like a lot of my artwork at the moment, the drawing below is related to the city of Wonderland depicted in my story.
I hope you enjoy it and I’d like to say a big hello to all my followers and visitors! It’s good to be back! 🙂
With only a few weeks to go until my portfolio interview, I don’t and won’t have much time to post. Since I can’t post pictures of my actual portfolio work until the interview is done, I’ve decided to create a experimental, 15 minute piece of art for today.
Below is a digitally made composite of two of my previous pictures, created on a photoshop program. Enjoy!
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To keep focused on mounting and working on my portfolio, I am not going to post on my blog for the next few weeks. I might stop by on other blogs when I have the time, but I will resume posting sometime around the 13th of April.
I apologize in advanced for any inconvenience caused by my absence on this blog. I simply feel that I must prioritize other things over my blog-keeping.
Thank you for understanding.
It’s taken until the 13th of January for me to post another post. I was fairly indecisive of what to post on my blog. From a mixture of this and college studies, I’ve been fairly bad at sticking to my blogging schedule. I’ll try to get as better at it again as the year progresses.
As I said, I haven’t really known what I wanted on my blog.
I have more music, but I’m still trying to figure out what pictures to go with them, although the soundtrack was just an experiment to see what I could do to further the story of the Tweedles.
I’ve also began writing a novel since New Year’s that tells the story of the world the Tweedles live in, among other characters I will be introducing this year.
For today, I eventually decided to post these pictures from my sketchbook, which I hope you enjoy!