Sunday, 31 July 2011


<rant>  Is anyone else getting sick of all the crap that's on deviantART?  OK I understand it's a great place for people to share their art and strike up conversations but at the same time it feels like it's become one big popularity contest.  It seems that if you have less than 10 gazillion pageviews nobody pays attention to you and if they do the most you'll get is a "cool wrk" or "lolz its gud" comment but only because that person is trolling for a llama badge or whatever.  I always prided myself on the fact that I reply to every comment I receive and when I give feedback I try to be as useful as possible, rather than just brown-nosing the artist.  On top of all that there is a load of shit art.  I'm not gonna sit here and say I'm the best damn artist on the site, 'cos I'm not, but there is stuff on there that really doesn't deserve the attention it gets while quality artists go unnoticed.  If you don't believe me look at the Daily Deviations for the past week, nothing is original and I've seen better art scrawled on the walls of public toilets (seriously, I've seen some pretty neat graffiti).  

Gah. </rant>

Wednesday, 27 July 2011


If, like me, you are a fan of Jean-Michel Basquiat this film is a must-see.  If not there is still plenty of things to enjoy - the tale of fame and excess and the downfall of a talented young artist, for example, or the fact that David Bowie plays Andy Warhol rather brilliantly.  There's loads of other great actors who crop up in odd scenes which is also fun to see.  Given Basquiat's story I did find the film a little slow in places but maybe it was intentional to make you feel as stoned as he was, I don't know.  Anyway because I love Basquiat here are some more of his wonderful paintings for you to enjoy!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Thought Bubble Festival

I am SO excited about this.  Not only does the festival sound really interesting but I am actually quite excited about organising a trip myself.  I've got a folder full of documents on my laptop already and Darren my tutor seems pretty keen, I think he was impressed that I took the initiative to suggest something valuable to the course.  I was also really surprised at the response I got from people on my course, at least half have expressed interest within a day of me sending a message out so that's really encouraging!


Saturday, 2 July 2011

Understanding Comics

I recently got this book out of the library as it was on my reading list for uni and because I am always looking to find out more about comics as a medium to help in my own work.  Anyway I'd like to take the opportunity to encourage others to read it because it simply blew me away.  Basically it's non-fiction but uses the medium it is discussing to present the facts and theories behind the diverse and often misunderstood world of comics e.g. :
Because of the way it is written McCloud is able to explain things in an exciting visual manner whilst including examples which don't disrupt the flow of the text.  The content itself is diverse and covers a brief history of comics, techniques that authors/illustrators use (note: it doesn't favour author over illustrator or vice versa, more importantly McCloud talks about how the relationship between the two is vital to a comic's success), and the role of comics in culture and society.

Although some people may be put off if they aren't particularly interested in comics, they shouldn't be as there is something in this book for everyone (illustration students - I'm looking at you).  Many of the techniques that are discussed can be applied to other media and there are often comparisons made between film, literature and fine art with the art of comics.  On top of this, McCloud's examples are witty and the visuals are stunning, as you'd expect from an expert of the field.  I simply cannot fault this book and never have I enjoyed reading non-fiction so much - so go read it!