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That's a brilliant self portrait cowfields! What material is it done in? The colours and tones are fantastic and really like the textures too

and Loz your little creatures are ADORABLE! lovely work :)

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Thanks. It's oil on some of that canvas style heavyweight paper. It came out better than expected. I worked from a photo, and took it lit by a red lamp and a green lamp.

Paintings like this are fun in the end but frustrating at first. First few hours its looking all weird and i feel like quitting, but I kept plugging away at it and it all sort of came together and I'm quite pleased with it.

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A PS Vita wallpaper I made from artwork I did for our new game Floating Cloud God, available now for free if your a PS+ subscriber...

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Love it, Melon

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My problem is I dont' really know what my style is, where I want to go. Every artist in a gallery seems to have a concept. I don't know what my concept is, other than maybe a kind of Richter influenced photographic technique (as I say, I want to paint shallow depths of field) but I still do a painting and think "hmm painting by numbers here".

I'm not worried, it's just that it takes time and space to untangle the swirl of thoughts in your brain into some kind of cohesive body of work, otherwise you are really just sketching, some sketches might be a nice accomplished oil painting, but they're still kind of just sketches. If that makes sense.

I dunno, i'm not sure if we can find a style and figure out a style in our head and then commit to paper/canvas or whatever. Maybe some people can i don't think i do, it is fun to start without knowing the ending, go with instinct then try to figure out why i want something. Just listened to an interview with composer Philip Glass and i quite like what he said,

http://www.scottberkun.com/blog/2012/glass-glass-on-creativity/

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/31/146092923/ira-glass-interviews-his-cousin-composer-philip-glass

"In order to arrive at a personal style, you have to have a technique to begin with. In other words, when I say that style is a special case of technique, you have to have the technique — you have to have a place to make the choices from. If you don't have a basis on which to make the choice, then you don't have a style at all. You have a series of accidents."

"...The real issue isn’t finding your voice, it’s how to get rid of it. It’s getting rid of the damn thing. Because once you’ve got the voice you’re kind of stuck with it."

What struck me most in all the retrospectives recently of Richter and Freud was just how much work they've done and how they've kept going for decades after decades. Maybe more so with Richter, but both broke away from they 'style' or tried to, continusously.

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Ah that's a good post, thanks.

Yes, I think maybe I just can't see my own style, like you can't hear your own accent.

Or something. I should stop worrying about it. I just think I need to get some kind of cohesiveness to what I'm doing, so that it's not just random. I'd like to try and put together an exhibition at some point, I know enough artists that getting work together and people is no problem. It's not even that hard to find space I'm sure. It's just that I wouldn't be ready to exhibit my work yet because it'd feel too random for an exhibition. But I mean all that's okay, I think just acknowledging it and carrying on plugging away at it will get me what I want.

Certainly I have certain things and ways I want to paint so I do actually have some kind of theme in my head. It's quite fun, I don't think I've ever had this much of an idea what I'm doing and I haven't enjoyed it quite as much as I have right now. Exciting time. It only took me 10 years...

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They say style is what you're left with once you've tried everything. How did you come up with your handwriting?

Nice selfportrait btw ;)

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Hey Cowfields, that's a nice self portrait, well done.

One thing sticks out to me and that's the bottom right of the picture. The directionality of your brush strokes and the flatness of the lighting in that part of the image I find a bit distracting and at odds with the rather nice texture and dramatic lighting of the rest of the piece. The green also seems a little more saturated and brighter than the rest and draws the eye away a little.

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Some early versions of the sprites for a ZX Spectrum remake/update of the classic arcade game 'Berzerk'.

The Humanoid, 2 versions of the robot and Evil Otto.

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My sister this time. Going to give this and the self portrait to my Mum as it's her birthday soon.

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I like how you and redballoon use the same colours by coincidence. Now looking at these together, I get the feeling that the people in the paintings are staring at a screen in a darkened room and the colours on their faces hint at what they're looking at. The webcam-like angles help I think.

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Oh I don't know where to put this.... You now that artist a couple of years ago who did pictures of kids with angel wings made of AK 47s? Anyone know his name? Trying to find out to tell a student....

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Needed to do something creative and didn't have any stuff, so here is what I painted with instant coffee. It's not really illustration and the pic is a dodgy one off my webcam but I quite like the rabbit in the centre, so I'm posting it here.

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Sketchshare time, my current favourite app on iPad. Two - four player draw doodling, all on the same screen, all chatting to each other as you do. Marvellous I say, marvellous!

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Hi chaps. As ever, a fleeting visit to drop visual bombs.

Here are some things you may enjoy:

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This is a commission I got, off the back of that first little green guy I did a few pages back. A sweet feeling indeed.

Next is a piece of work I don't think I'm allowed to fully show til the gallery opens up on May 4th. Obviously it's Star Wars based. Jabba and his Rancor playing in the sandpit. Here's my blurred up preview:

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And last but so not least, here's the preview of my latest Dunny that I've done. I'm pretty pleased with this one, I feel like I've done a really fucking good job on it, and it's rare that I'm pleased with anything. Obviously when it's sale time I'll show the full shebang, but for now, please enjoy the colours, as I do. I've never been able to get that purple quite how I wanted it, til I did this. Score for me!

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Some fantastic work in this thread, gives me that creative buzz everytime i peer in here! I got a tablet a few months ago and have only recently got around to spending much time with it after initialy finding it quite frustraiting (the disconnect between tablet and screen) i'm finding myself getting over that hump now though. I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some good books/tutorials on the creation of digital art using a tablet, a preemtive thanks.

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Those little models of yours are so dope Loz. You have a serious gift when it comes to that sort of thing. Your sushi dudes a while back were similarly excellent.

Could you make any decent money off of making and selling stuff like that full time? Like at those big expos and stuff?

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Those little models of yours are so dope Loz. You have a serious gift when it comes to that sort of thing. Your sushi dudes a while back were similarly excellent.

Could you make any decent money off of making and selling stuff like that full time? Like at those big expos and stuff?

I'm trying to build up some recognition on Twitter and Tumblr and all that bollocks, but it's very hard. It's hard to thrust things in people's faces and keep a delicate balance of not annoying people, at the same time. I need people to repost and reblog things, but I feel so intrusive asking for it.

I have done a couple of small shows and made a decent amount over two days. These being comic cons, so not exactly the right crowd. I think I could make more at a bigger event, however, getting there is an issue. I don't drive, and I would need a massive van, as the amount I took to the comic con last year filled 6 of those huge storage boxes plus 2 of these big fellas:

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So it was manageable in a minibus taxi, but there's no way I could conceivably do this for something big like San Diego Comic Con or anything decent, and overseas. Despite how much I want to, because my dead end job is torture next to sitting on the sofa making things.

I need to send pictures of my work to the right people and places. I'm just not quite sure who, or where they are.

Trying though >_<

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Good news! Out of interest, about how long does one of those customs take you to do?

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It's intermittant work really.

(please excuse spelling , I have been on a works night out.)

First, you have to strip the shitty paintjob off the plastic figure, then prime it with bike paint. Wait for it to dry.

Then you can, if you want to, I like to, sculpt on it. Then you wait for it to dry.

Then you paint on it. If you're doing a decent job, the paint job has to be slick, which means a few coats with thinner in it. Each time you coat it, you wait for it to dry.

Then you add your detail or whatevers. Then wait for it to dry.

So in all I would say each one takes, in total, about 5-6 hours, maybe less. It's the drying time that's the killer. You do something, go away for a bit and do something, then come back to the work, in stages. It's hard to add it up, it's a cumulative task. I have bought a heat gun which is basically a superhot hair dryer, supposedly for embossing or something, but I got it for £6 on ebay and it cuts drying time by an incredible amount.

Also, I am just beginning to build reputation, so obviously can't ask for insane amounts of money for my work just yet. TBH just the recognition right now, is the biggest boost I've had in such a long time, I'm happy to be known. It's really pretty great. I can't wait to ring my mum and tell her, tomorrow. She won't understand any of it, as it's "just toys" but I'm that chuffed I actually want to let her know I've done something good.

x

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So awesome, you absolutely deserve a stroke of good luck and I hope the profile boost has a long term effect.

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I do remember telling you that you were hugely talented and people would adore your work. Glad to see I was right. ;)

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Oh I don't know where to put this.... You now that artist a couple of years ago who did pictures of kids with angel wings made of AK 47s? Anyone know his name? Trying to find out to tell a student....

Micallef maybe?

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