It’s been a long time since my last post. The last five months have been wonderful and I can’t thank my partner enough for her incredible love and support. I appreciate this all the more after four years of travelling. At times I’ve missed the lifestyle – I’m at my most inspired when I’m living on my own in an unfamiliar place – but this year’s been a new adventure which has brought its own rewards.
Creatively I’ve been getting less done. I’ve messed around with Blender a bit, but the interface still feels strange, my manual isn’t very helpful, and the laptop I’ve had since 2011 likes it even less than I do. I don’t think it’s entirely me – I’d heard bad things about Flash but had much less trouble with it. I’m also drawing less sci fi these days so my main incentive for learning 3D – creating virtual models of vehicles, buildings, weapons, etc. – isn’t as strong as it was, but a new computer’s on the way and it should make things easier.
I’ve enjoyed my new Surreal series. I’m mostly just having fun but I’ve also been experimenting with multiple figures and negative space. The muted colours and dark skies aren’t such a break from convention but I’ve always liked this look and miss it now I’m back in Sydney. The short descriptions have encouraged some viewers to form their own interpretations which are often very interesting and very different from my own. I feel too much modern art relies too heavily on wall text and too much of this wall text stifles our imagination. I’d rather encourage people to think their own thoughts and dream their own dreams, though I’ll go on posting backstories when I think they’re good enough to share.
I haven’t been reading as much as I should but I’m more up to date on pop culture. I’ve shown my partner Game of Thrones; she’s shown me Penny Dreadful and we’re about to start Black Sails. We’ve also seen the new Mad Max which lives up to the rave reviews. There’s not much I can add to them but I’m tempted to write one that will cover different ground than most.
Although it’s taken me too long I’ve found another source of inspiration in Hayao Miyazaki. Ignoring his much greater talent he almost seems a kindred spirit. His post-apocalyptic worlds, weird creatures, outlandish flying machines, strong female characters and ambiguous morality hit all the right notes with me. I highly recommend his films to classic animation fans who haven’t had the chance to see them.I’m in a better headspace than I was at the start of the year and my recent work reflects this. Dark, macabre and violent work has gained me a bit of a following (and can be very cathartic) but my most popular Surreal pics – Morning Walk and Relic – are essentially non-violent. The satire’s also catching on despite a rather rocky start and I’m tempted to try more upbeat science fiction/fantasy.
A lot more’s happened recently but I’ve covered all the vital stuff. Thanks for your time as always – this is a great community and I’m proud to be part of it!