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The Imploring Look of Youth

The Imploring Look of Youth

The Imploring Look of Youth

You are just plain wicked! Just look at this little cherub. For some reason best known to yourself you’ve just told her that she can’t have the new My Little Pony ‘Castle in the Sky’ playset for Christmas. And this is the result.  I’ve just told her she can have a little go on my new Playstation 4 (when I get it) but she’s having none of it, which is a real shame as it now looks like she’s going to get nothing for Christmas. And it’s your fault. Like I said, you’re wicked.

This was my second recent skirmish with skin tone and I’m not sure if its any better than the first but one thing I can say is that they certainly look better in the flesh (da dum ting!)

Cheers

id-iom

Title: The Imploring Look of Youth

Materials: Spray paint, paint pen, acrylic, pencil, pastel and charcoal

Size: 60 x 60 cm

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The Boy who Cried Wolf

The Boy who Cried Wolf

The Boy who Cried Wolf

Now we’ve surely all heard the tale of the boy who cried wolf and the fact that when a wolf did attack his flock no would would believe him and come to his aid as he’d cried ‘wolf’ too often before. This is obviously a cautionary tale on the perils of lying and believability that the subject of this picture could do with absorbing. He’s forever telling tales to try and make himself look good and his buddies/siblings/other kids look bad. He’ll be in danger of having no one left to believe him when things do eventually go pear shaped, as they appear to have here…

To say painting this piece was a labour of love would be a lie as I find painting skin tone is one of the hardest things to get right. There are just so many colours involved that you would never guess would be. Whenever I try it usually makes me feel pretty inadequate as an artist but this time I kind of like it – even after hating it for so many hours. Oh well onward and upward i suppose…

Cheers

id-iom

Title:The Boy who Cried Wolf

Materials: Spray paint, paint pen, acrylic, pencil, pastel and charcoal

Size: 60 x 60 cm

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The Midas Touch

The Midas Touch

The Midas Touch

Hands up who knows the story of the King Midas and his golden touch? Well, it’s the story of a greedy and foolish man whose wish to have everything he touched turn to gold became reality. He soon came to realise that this wasn’t quite as great as he thought as having food and drink turn to gold made life pretty difficult.

Now look at the subject of our picture. Here is a man who seems to have everything and but as the picture states ‘yet still he cried’. He had it all;  women, jewels, drugs, money, all the wealth of the world but unfortunately that means little to a man who can’t enjoy them. The folly of human greed is a tale he is surely learning the hard way as he cries himself to sleep worrying that his fortune will be taken from him and that he can trust no-one. As they saying goes – money can’t buy you love.

Cheers

id-iom

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The first casualty of graffiti is innocence (a.k.a. Cliff was visibly upset – the video)

We have already put the still photo of ‘Cliff was visibly upset…’ up but now, after a little tinkering with our Super 8 footage, we have the pleasure of bringing you the moving picture version. If you’re not satisfied – you can have your 1 minute 55 back!

 

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If, like me, you can clearly remember the first time you watched Oliver Stone’s ‘Platoon‘ then the death of Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe) is a pretty emotional scene where Adagio for Strings is playing over footage of a wounded Sgt. Elias trying to escape from the Viet Cong but ultimately getting mowed down in a hail of gunfire. I felt my dramatic fall was entirely reminiscent of this epic scene so felt a small homage would be worthy for inclusion in our humble production.  For my fact of the day I’ve learned that the iconic image of Sgt Elias with his hands in the air is actually a recreation of a famous 1968 war photo by Art Greenspon (as depicted below – and if you can’t remember or haven’t watched the scene from Platoon i’ve included that too!):

 

The famous scene depicting Elias with his hand...

Image via Wikipedia

Platoon/Greenspon photo

 

 

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I’ve put plenty of links in today but i’m not entirely sure how many of them will work as many US based websites are shutting down for the day to show solidarity to opposing some potentially far reaching copyright legislation that the US is considering that would make it illegal for any US site to link to any site that has any copyright infringing material. Now, whilst this doesn’t directly affect the UK at the moment you can be sure that we’ll be passing something similar if it gets through over there and, personally, I quite like the internet as it is…

Cheers

id-iom

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Cliff was visibly upset…

Cliff was visibly upset...

Cliff was visibly upset...

After a highly enjoyable Christmas and predictably long New Year it’s down to earth with a bump and on with the business of dealing with a brand new year. I can only hope that 2012 is a good one. Bring it on…

First up for the year we have ‘Cliff was visibly upset…’. After much debate and the consideration of far more serious titles (such as ‘Tears are the noble language of the eyes’) we finally decided that ‘Cliff was visibly upset…’ was the one to go with. As these rock faces are in a position where they are subjected to the worst the weather can offer for many months of the year we thought it a suitable title.

I will hopefully be able to come up with some more pithy and amusing blog posts as my brain warms up again over the next few days so apologies for this missive which is, even by my low standards, somewhat lacking. I was really rather hoping my first post of the new year would be certified internet gold but i suppose that now at least i’ve got something to work on.

Cheers

id-iom

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Nobody likes a sad clown…

Well, it’s true! Nobody does like a sad clown. Clowns are contradictory enough as it is with their fake smiles and cheery alcoholics’ red noses. You don’t need one crying (even if it is a little girl) just to sour the milk further.  I, for one, have never really liked clowns. Lion tamers – yes! Contortionists – yes! Trapeze artist – yes! Clowns – NO! But maybe that’s just me.

Anyway we had found a spare wall so thought we’d give some freehand a little go. Now whilst i’m not entirely happy with the outcome i’m not totally dismayed either. Hopefully we’ll be moving onto bigger and better things. Eagle eyed readers will spot my attempted freehand bit of lettering in the girls hair – which looked a lot worse before we went over it! It looks kind of neat there…

Now we just need some more walls to practice on…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Nobody likes a sad clown

Media: Spraypaint

Size: 6ft on wall

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As angry as i was…

Sometimes a good wall in an empty house is just too much temptation… This is a good case in point. After getting ourselves sorted it was time to head back and give it a bit of new interior decoration. I’m sure we probably could have come up with something a little more cheery considering what a lovely day it was outside but sometimes you can only do what the muse dictates.

Cheers

id-iom

Title: As angry as i was…

Media: Spraypaint, acrylic, emulsion & stencils

Size: Wall

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BANZAI!

Like i’ve mentioned before it’s sometimes a little tough to say where inspiration for certain pieces come from and this is a pretty good example. Personally i blame the pernicious influence of TV and the internet – but then what do i know. Anyway it’s a picture of a little kid crying and the Japanese text says something along the lines of ‘Let loose the Banzai battle cry’. Put them together and this is what you get. That’s as far as i’m willing to go…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Banzai!

Media: Pastels, ink and charcoal

Size: 42 x 46 cm

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Even superheroes get a little maudlin after a few drinks

Everyone likes a drink every now and then – even superheroes. Unfortunately he’s got a little emotional after one too many…

It’s based on a plaster cast of my hand and head – see here for the very messy head cast process. After a bit of work with some spraypaint, ink and marker pens we had something to work with in the park…

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