Did a couple of new colourways of the What Goes Around print from the Idioms series which you can get here.


Back in the eighties when I was a boy my Dad used to get out the slide projector and screen every once in a while and the family would gather on the settee for a wee slideshow. All sounds very cosy indeed but I really did look forward to these occasions. Something about slides has always fascinated me and as a kid everything from the carousel loading mechanism on the projector to the beam of dusty light had me totally enthralled.

So recently I decided to dig out my Dad’s old slides for a nosy and to see if I could convert them to digital. I never realised what a goldmine it would turn out to be, I must have found at least 1,500 slides so far. Obviously for me it’s a nice little nostalgic trip but the ones I’ve been most interested in so far are the shots from before I was born during the sixties and seventies. Some of the colours from the film that he was using then are incredible.

Of course it turns out digital conversion of slides is no simple task. I was under the impression that scanning them would probably achieve reasonable results but in practice the quality seemed to be better with that of a macro photograph taken on a light box (this may be down to the quality of my not-so-high-budget scanner). It may not produce as accurate a representation of the original as a high-res scan but I felt you could be a bit more creative with this method and also get some nice vignetting. However, it is a rather more complicated operation. You’ve got loads of issues with things like reflection from the camera body on the slide surface, bulb filament coming through, external light sources and white balance. One of the main problems I had was trying to establish an efficient procedure to get through the large volume of slides. I’m not even halfway through the ones I’ve found yet, but I do have the production line down to a T now.

I’ve edited a selection of them in Photoshop, mainly playing around with colours, levels, curves and saturation. You can see the ones I’ve done so far here and will keep updating the set as I get through the rest of them.

Had the pleasure of stumbling on Mike Lemanski’s site the other day. Beautiful colour palettes and vintage feel in his work.

A friend of mine, Barbara, asked me to do a portrait of her man Will who’s an engineeryperson, the result of which is above. It was for his birthday which is today, Barbara’s the one chomping his cheek on the left.

More of my portraits can be viewed here

Just updated my site with the last college assignment I had, which was to produce artwork for a campaign intended to get drivers out of their cars and onto their bicycles. Fun and games with type gradient meshes in Illustrator I tell ye. Campaigns such as this often tend to be quite aggressive with the delivery of their message, but I wanted to get my point across in a more subtle and hopefully more effective manner. The logomark may be a bit of a nod to Otl Aicher’s 1972 Munich Olympic’s pictograms but worked too well with the OYB not to go with it.

I’ve been following the work of Alex Varanese for a while now and he’s just recently updated his site with a load of client based work that he’s done in the past. His 3D renderings are pretty incredible but his mastery of the vintage/retro feel and use of noise is bang on.

The top shot is from his Pavement Loop series which Zoic Studios have been adapting into a 30 second animation for the new Chevrolet Volt. Unfortunately these are only stills as the final cut still has red tape around it, but for more shots and a fairly detailed description of the project see his site.

Alex also did an excellent process piece for Signaloise which is well worth a read.

Ocht well, took me an age to get on the bloggy wagon, but here’s my first post. Eventually.

The plan is that this is a space where I share everything I find inspirational to look at and listen to, and maybe say something particularly wise and astute or perhaps even witty about such things. Oh joy I hear you cry!

Well, yes, we’ll see shall we?

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