Vampire Space Lady mural in the Teviot Underground at Edinburgh University. This is a really cool new venue and has a bunch of other murals from the Too Much Fun Club and other amazing artists such as Alexander Jackson and John Cheetham, well worth a visit if you can get down there.
Started off with the backpack on this which was inspired by an old TV Radio combo being used by the people fitting out the building, it reminded me of a similar contraption that used to be in my parents bedroom. This was super high tech when I was a lad!
Here is some proccess, It ended up with a blue cross in the speech bubble after I had a disaster with some glossy red paint that I had to cover up. Initially she was going to be saying CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E which is my favorite photoshop shortcut but I ran out of time and had to go with the cross, ah well.
Well my time at University is at an end. Graduation is in about a month and then it’s straight on to poverty and drinking white spirit behind bins. In light of this situation I have finally sorted out a website. You can have a look at it at www.sharpsticks.co.uk. That especially applies if you have been directed here by the ECA degree show booklet. My actual website is at www.sharpsticks.co.uk. I had to put a link to this blog in there as I was having a lot of issues getting the domain name I wanted but it’s all sorted now, HAVAT YE!.
Here is a rough sketch from a project I am working on at the moment. It is for a Novel by Shawn Harmon set in a dystopian future Edinburgh where the coppers look like Mad Max and have guns and shout FREEZE! because that”s what future Police shout before they shoot you in the face. Cant really say much about it at the moment but it should be out towards the end of the year either online or in print. I really need to get practicing with the digital painting but it’s a start! WWW.SHARPSTICKS.CO.UK
Took part in a project where a bunch of ECA illustrators had to pair up and set each other briefs. I was asked to mash-up two Quentin Tarantino films and make an A2 poster for said filum. So here it is, a mash up of ‘Death Proof’ and ‘Kill Bill”. Everything I draw these days seems to have a woman and a machine involved and this continues the theme. I liked the character of Elle Driver in Kill Bill, the nurses uniform costume was very simple but instantly memorable and i used to fancy Daryl Hannah in SPLASH! where she plays a hot crimped haired mermaid.
I also used to fancy Ariel from the Disney version of ‘The Little Mermaid’, thankfully this woman/fish fascination has not carried over into my adult life. And if it had I wouldn’t be mentioning it on the internet. Although I might post some videos. *cough*….
So Elle Driver is standing on Kurt Russels car from Death Proof looking aloof and sword…y? Please enjoy.
This is my favorite from the Zine but also the one I got the worst feedback on. A tutor at my College told me that this is “everything that is wrong with visual communication”. He was sort of joking but I can see his point, I think he found it a bit exploitative which is something I was trying to avoid throughout the whole Zine. He also found the Japanese lettering a bit tacky. Fair enough!
In my defence I was very influenced by things I saw when I was younger.
Another issue I had with this Image was the proportions of the Womans body and her perspective relative to the car. Thanks Oliver Ninnis! To be honest I have been looking at it for too long now to have an objective opinion so please comment if you think this looks like a ridiculous mess, feedback does help!
Next post: More Zine!
The new Playdate poster which is on the TOMORROW! Shit! It’s tomorrow! I love this night, I have never been and not had a good time, It has a friendly atmosphere in the dingy Cowgate and I try to make these posters reflect that. Will need to remember to get some photos of the poster up outside the club…