Friday, 27 December 2013

John Welding Illustrator 2013 The Year in Review


Another comic strip in the series based on one of my recurring dreams.
You can read the full strip here The Duel

Saturday, 14 December 2013

George Clooney Oscar Acceptance Speech

On the treadmill this morning I got to thinking George Clooney will be contractually obliged to receive all the awards for Gravity in character, as commander Matt Kowalski floating untethered in a space suit.

That's an actual treadmill at the gym by the way, not a metaphorical one.

I saw Gravity in 3D a few weeks ago and was blown away by it. The glossy sheen of 3D Sfx, as seen in a lot of recent fantasy films was pared down, leaving the truest form of 3D I've seen on film. Don't get me wrong, 3D is not the saviour of cinema, allowing the industry to hike prices even higher for their regurgitated Hollywood offerings. The 3D worked in this instance because of the storytelling. I'm going to buy the 2D Blu Ray version to watch again, not because I want a 3D hit but because the storytelling in this instance is effective and satisfying to behold. The fact that it looks gorgeous and has a soundtrack for a heart beat only add to the experience.

I'll be interested in seeing Robert Redford's new film All Is Lost which seems to have a similar 'disaster' vibe, concentrating on the acting and mechanics of telling a darn good tale.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Book Cover Process

An acquaintance of mine recently commissioned me to illustrate the cover to a book he's working on with the intent to self publish. After reading the manuscript I was wanting in on the project. I wasn't sure  when I was going to do it as I have a few design jobs on which will take me through to January 2014. So I decided to stop procrastinating and just get on and do it in the time I had, usually late into the night.