Friday, 24 June 2011

Alien God stage 2 and Dave McKean

First off and update on the previous painting. It's really starting work for me now. It's got beyond that "what the hell am I doing stage" and now coming to that stage that's like when you get near the end of a jigsaw puzzle and every piece seems to fit pretty easy.

I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design's Visual Communication awards for 2011. This year was headlined by the attendance of Dave Mckean which was fantastic to see such a renowned illustrator being associated with my old Uni in such a fashion.

Considering he admitted to not being a big public speaker he did in fact deliver a great key note talk about his career and I even managed to get a quick chat in person later on which was very cool although I'm afraid I may have come across a little fan-boyish.

Final image should be done soon and as Dave said "Start things and finish them".

Now I'm going to watch the Tennis.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Ancient Aliens (part 2)

The image has since had a rejig. I decided on putting more focus on my Alien demi god so I've switched to a portrait set up. I'm aiming for a strong sense of atmosphere with this and so far it seems to be going in the right direction. This is just a small section of the entire image. More to come soon.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Ancient Aliens

I keep reading too much stuff about 2012 and Aliens. Above Top Secret is one those sites that you can't stop exploring once you read your first crazy alien thread. In fact I've been reading so much that it's been leaking into my dreams (they were quite nasty too).

Back to the point of this post... There is a theory that humans were actually the result of a genetic engineering of some Neanderthal type creature and Alien DNA. The Aliens did this for reasons that people have theorised over. Slaves or just plan curiosity are the two main contenders. Apparently there is a very early civilisation called the Sumerians who used to inhabit what is now modern Iraq. They are the earliest known advanced human civilisation to be discovered so far. In their texts (made up of combinations of triangles) they describe scenes of gods descending from the sky in craft and impregnating the women creating half breeds that became kings etc etc. Its all very exciting.

These gods, many now interpret as Aliens. This being based on a few things including the Sumerian's eerily accurate knowledge of our solar system including planets only discovered by modern scientists in the 1940s not to mention they had a sun in the centre of their diagrams. I believe European Christians went around hanging people for spouting such heresy...

Imagine that though. An early civilisation brought about by alien intervention, that, for a brief time interacted with each other and formed the first signs of human culture.

Oh and BTW the 2012 thing supposedly has something to do with these folks doing a return trip...

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Character Paints

This is the second part of my art test pack for the video game peeps. These were really good fun to do. The portrait of the slimy mafia guy came out just how I wanted!