Whales need to be very careful about where they play...

Here's a new image from the prawns and bees book. This one is of a ship accidentally bumping into a whale while it's playing hide and seek with a seal. 
Here's the sketch first up so you can get an idea of how this image began.

And below is the final image, all tucked away and ready for bed.

I'm thinking I might take a break from it for a short bit and put some work into the other book which has been neglected for a while now. A fresh head on it I hope will make the difference and allow me to really get ahead on it.

A belated Birthday Video

Somehow it slipped my mind last year to ad the video I made of Oscar's sixth birthday party to my neglected blog. He insisted that the music remain the same for this years video as last years (he liked it) but I went in another direction half way through. It felt right.

If you like the music, it's from Powermad and was used to spectacular effect in David Lynch's movie Wild at Heart and is available here on iTunes

Happy Mothers Day!

Apparently it's mothers day very soon so in the interests of all those who have `complicated' relations with their mother, here's an updated version of a picture I did a few years ago from my alien species, `Critterz' series, and some of the original sketches on paper I used to work from.


My Drawing process

I draw out a very, very rough lot of shapes first off to see how the image is positioned. Sometimes this helps to clarify an idea I have. Working digitally now means I can sketch in elements and apply them where I want later. 

I'm still getting used to drawing conceptually on the Wacom tablet. Really it's much easier to draw (conceptually) on a one but there's a sort of mental hurdle to get over as much as I try to deny it.  I'm just used to paper. It's ridiculous I know, but there really is a mental divide I've noticed between those of us who are relatively late to computers verses younger people who have grown up with them.

I really wish I could `cntrl - Z' my mistakes on paper rather than using the eraser, now that would be cool.

The original `Red' version where I think I went a bit overboard on making it too alien.

The original `Red' version where I think I went a bit overboard on making it too alien.

Final version...

After mulling it over I decided the original colour scheme was a bit too intense for an image about nurturing and motherhood. My ideas on what was `alien' got in the way of seeing the image for what it really was - and so, softer colours that I still hope, portray a sense of the alien as well.

And here's the final, rendered image. Updated with some colour tweeks.

And here's the final, rendered image. Updated with some colour tweeks.

A bee and a prawn exchange pleasantries on their way to work...

Slowly but surely I'm getting through my Mr Shiny book. Here's a new one, just in time for Christmas and ready to do another one in the new year.  I'm hoping I'll get a lot more done than I've done in 2015. Which is now two. Not a good average I admit but life has a way of getting in the way of our own best thought of plans.

Originally I'd made a start on this book a fair while ago and was going to do the original sketches, build up the image over it in Adobe Illustrator and then shade them from there but `the Missus' convinced me to use my original sketches as she felt they have a better `energy' about them.

Final Image

And so, the final image of a bee and a prawn saying hello to each other on the way to work.  It seems very English for some reason.

A bit of studio work

My (now ex) flatmate Anji is a professional Sexalogical therapist and kink practitioner.  She needed some promotional images for her work and website and these are some of the results. 
I've always wanted to explore my sexuality creatively through photography and Anji has been the most understanding and willing model. Sadly she's gone on to other areas. We took some good photo's I reckon and had lots of fun doing them.

This last image is one I took of Katie, Anji's beautiful friend who was very generous in letting us use her camera and collection of lenses.

I need you to watch this Movie and share it about...(Please)

I’ve posted this movie here on my site in the hope that maybe a few more people than the many  thousands who have already seen it, will multiply.  It’s my own small little way of helping. 


Other than that I’m writing letters to politicians - not to berate them, but to show them that there’s another, more profitable way to create jobs and revenue in building an economy based on renewable energy.

We need to get rid of Coal mining, Petrol driven cars etc and create more forests and restore degraded land so we can begin sucking the carbon out of our atmosphere and restore our environment to how it should be.
Otherwise, we’re going to kill this planet.

Help by watching and sharing. Read about the the Third Industrial Revolution - the book and Kindle Ebook are available by clicking the Amazon Link opposite.

Watch a video of Jeremy Rifkin talking about the Third Industrial Revolution here.

New Images from my Book...

I’m still beavering away on my book. Here are several of my latest pictures.

Prawns and Bee’s really had nothing much to do with each other but would always wave to each other whenever the chance arose.

Bee’s are very sensitive creatures and can tell if someone is happy, sad or as mad as a fruitcake!

Not much is known about how Prawns feel emotionally but anecdotally there’s much evidence to support a popular theory of aquamarine empathy.