Monthly Archives: June 2012

Jez Morgan – Animation

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I just had a visit from a friend who came to show me his latest project. In his spare time, Jez writes and records his own songs, and illustrates and creates his own animations. This particular project was inspired by Tron: Legacy the movie. Although he has not yet completed this project he did agree to me making a blog post about his work.

I am not sure of the animation software that Jez has used here, and he is also in the process of finishing it off. Personally, I think Jez has a lot of creative talent and unfortunately only uses his creative talent for his spare time but I have been encouraging him to at least blog his work so watch this space…:).

Above is an official trailor of the Tron Legacy movie taken from YouTube.

Updates

Jez has been making regular updating his animation and as he does I will be showing his progress.

Update 1

Update 2

This is my favourite update, I think the added audio makes a huge difference but mostly the best part for me is the moving squares that make up the typography. Ii gives, for me, a digital/modern effect and I look forward to seeing further progress from Jez.

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Manchester Art Gallery visit

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Yesterday I went to Manchester and met up with some students from Glyndwr. We originally went to see an illustration exhibition, unfortunately the exhibition had been cancelled so we went to the Manchester Art Gallery.

The Gallery consists of 3 floors of Art and Design. I managed to take some photos from the foyer inside the gallery but from there I was only able to take notes of my favourite pieces and then look them up in more detail after the visit.

PROMETHEUS – CAPTIVE VASE

Something that really caught my eye located in the Victorian section was the Prometheus Captive Vase from Victor Etienne Simyan 1875. I was intrigued by the bold blue colour and the beautiful detail the most. After seeing the vase I became interested in the story behind the vase.

Photo from http://karmason.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/skinners-july-9th-sale-in-boston.html

Prometheus comes from mythology as does the story behind the vase. I remember being very interested in mythology as a child and I am certain I will be blogging more about that subject in the near future.

LAURENCE BELL – THE HIVE INDUSTRY

Other works that I found interesting at The Manchester Art Gallery was Laurence Bell-The Hive of Industry

picture taken from Flikr.

 Martin Grimes describes how Laurence Bell created this piece using Linocut printing/acrylics/metallic Marker Pen. Bell,  an Art Intermediate from Chorlton Park Adult learning Centre was inspired by Work Ford Maddox Brown, The Hive represents the Manchester Industry.He uses the Bee part of the city’s coat of arms, to detail this “hive”.

I really like the Linocut Bees the most interesting and the colour selection drawn me towards the piece from a distance like an invitation to see more.

DAVID COX – RHYL SANDS

As I grew up around Rhyl, North Wales and spend a lot of time in and around the seaside area it was refreshing to see the work of David Cox dated 1854.

Picture from RowlandsModernArt.com

According to Rowlands Modern Art, Cox enjoyed a long career as a water-colourist before he took up oil painting in 1840.  North Wales was a favourite haunt of the artist and Rhyl in particular is the subject of several pictures.  The freshness of this work suggests it was done outside, anticipating French Impressionism of the later 1800s.  But Cox’s method is rooted in a direct response which is a recurring feature of Romantic British art.

Oil sketches were not produced for sale or exhibition, but were preparatory studies for finished works, or else personal exercise in their own right.  A larger, more finished version of Cox’s Rhyl Sands is in the Art Gallery at Birmingham, the city of his birth.

obviously a lot has changed from then at Rhyl’s seaside and I think that is the most interesting part from this painting. I also agree that the painting has a freshness from being painted outside and although there is not a large-scale of detail the painting is still intriguingly beautiful.

WILLIAM RATCLIFFE – STILL LIFE BY THE FIRE

Exploring further through the Gallery, I found myself looking at paintings by William Ratcliffe. Although some of his work I didn’t find appealing there was one painting that stood out to me, Still life by he fire.

Picture from www.askart.com

This is not the most extravagant piece of Art I have seen but I do like the fact that it is not bold (although I do like bold work), it is not fancy or based on something spectacular. It is just simply, by the fire. A painting from life, as it was.

THE MARY GREG COLLECTION

According to the Manchester Art Gallery, Mary Greg collected everyday domestic objects during the late 1800s and early 1900s. She was particularly interested in pre-industrial handmade objects and wanted to preserve examples of traditional artisan skills. Whilst there are objects on display in the Gallery of the Craft and Design, the majority of this strange and peculiarly engaging collection, which was given to Manchester Art Gallery in 1934, remains in storage.

Since early 2009 group of passionate curators, interpretation developers and artists have been working behind the scenes to re-evaluate the collection and have been documenting their progress on a blog: marymaryquitecontrary.org.uk.

As a dolls house owner and lover, I was especially pleased to see the doll house work from Mary Greg.

Picture from manchestergalleries.org 

My style

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The search for my style continues but in the mean time I am having lot’s of fun exploring different media. Thanks to Racheal, a fellow student from Glyndwr University, I have been using Pintrest which gives me so much inspiration and shows new and old art and so much more. Pintrest is like a virtual pin board which I find very useful when looking at all of my favourites things altogether in one place.

Mary Doodles

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My good friend and neighbour Rob, recommended an artist to look at on YouTube, Mary Doodles. After taking a look, I was amazed at her work, and love watching her videos of her work taking shape!! Below is one of my favourites.

I love the sepia colour combined with the ink and also the way she has used a cup for the process.

Visual Diary

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Here is a few things from my visual diary that I have been keeping during the University holidays.

Just a random iron, I look around the house for things to draw to keep practicing illustration.

A little practice with ink and water-colour of my living room.

Some more ink practice of my mum and Nan’s bungalow.

More pencil work, but here I have been trying to improve illustration with people and also would like to be able to draw fairies.

Here I have just took some extracts from a comic strip taken from a magazine. Again I was looking at how others portray people within their illustrations.