Sunday, April 23, 2017

My Designs Now Selling On Vida

I have been very interested in using my artworks in a range of clothing and accessories lines. So having looked around for a quality online outlet, I have decided upon Vida where I sell using the Lux Pax label. I am excited at the prospect of building up a range of beautiful garments based on my recycled plastic artworks.

Larger Work For 2017

I am slowly getting better at my recycled plastic technique. I have some larger works on the way and feel now I can get one done over the course of 3 weekends. I will frame these to sell eventually but for now they are more about my learning what can be done with plastic and pigment. The bottom image here is the artwork being blocked out. I'll post it again once it is finished.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tawa Has Been Inspirational

I live for the moment, in a beautiful village suburb outside of Wellington New Zealand. My picturesque surrounds have been a real inspiration for my art. I can see large forests of pine spread above native bush and manicured gardens that change colour throughout the day with the ever changing light in the valley. I have been busy in my garage studio creating these small works. They aren't actually framed yet, these have just been mocked up for me to get an idea how they will look. I am considering framing them with a method mentioned to me by artist Merry Sparks. I recently met her while in Queensland for my daughter's wedding. She suggested using a simple floating frame and after some research, I am thinking that I could probably build these myself. I'll let you know how it goes.

Friday, April 14, 2017

After a few more processes.

Here is the finished image after 11 secret herbs and spices have been added. Thanks to Inkscape and Fotosketcher. Suitable for cards, posters and maybe even a kids book.

Illustrating with Blender3D

For a year now in Wellington, I have been drawing on the train in the mornings on my way to work. Recently I have had an idea that I should experiment and use 3D software in conjunction with hand illustrated textures to build interchangeable objects that can be used to create a multitude of images for illustrated works. I use Blender 3D for a lot of my animated commercial work and I thought why not build a library of illustration objects to use as textures on 3D objects. On the train I seem to have a regular following of observers who discretely look at what I am drawing. But with this current drawing trend I believe I am confusing my regular train viewers who are used to me drawing complete images. I now draw these types of images instead.

I have added these texture maps ( that's what they are called ) to a 3D model I roughly base on the images. I also draw trees and buckets and grass tufts to eventually add to the 3D scene. I render these out and the result is a sweet scene that is able to be staged and dressed differently each time.

The final render is looking good so far. I'll add more images as I go.