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Loads of shrink plastic stuff…

I’m very much not, but neither am I Lex Luthor I guess… Hey ho.

But brilliant daughter made me this to say well done for doing a shrink plastic session with LOADS of kids, despite the fact that I couldn’t have done it without her and her cousin helping out (so many kids! Aaargh!! but was loads of fun as they always are at the ‘Leccy).

Also did a small group making consequence characters and had to make one to show them what they might look like… Hence, of course, Mar-One – the robotic Marmite on toast maker:


… and popped into the Electric Theatre to drop in the final piece of what we did – a large montage picture that everyone contributed to and made consequence characters named after all of the ‘Leccy staff…




The Electric Theatre Big Draw and Family Festival…

Could say loads, shan’t, just yet. Tired (still) and apart from the normal ‘kids are brilliant aren’t they?’ post I can’t add any more to what I normally say about a session. The Electric Theatre remains as lovely a venue to work in as it ever is, the staff are wonderful, the kids were brilliant and theΒ  5 hour session and two 2 hours sessions flew by in a happy and energetic cloud of exuberant creativity.

As always makes me happy to do, working with young people doing creative drawing things is always a magical thing to be involved with, especially when shrink plastic is involved…
So, anyway, we made shrink plastic consequences characters, as part of what we did during the sessions, and that was lovely too… even if the brief was to create scary monsters to be given to the ‘Leccy staff.

Frogs and Owls.

Last years pictures were mainly of Frogs and Flamingos… Which was good, they worked brilliantly together and the Gadget Show especially would have been nothing without the two characters working as well as they did*. But things change and it’s time to move on a little so the Frog has been looking for a new sidekick. Not 100% sure but may well be Owls.

…and you can see an animation of the image coming together here:


Which will, in a way, be very ironic as one of my first jobs out of college was working at Pepper’s Ghost Productions, makers of (in the end, after a HUGE amount of trial and error) (lots of error in fact) Raucous Caucus – a hilarious US Clinton vs Dole screensaver – and Bing and Bong; Tiny Planets.

But… before it was Pepper’s Ghost it was called CyberClass and the logo was an Owl. Well. Eventually it was an Owl. The original logo was an eye with the highlight in the iris being a combined CC. Then we transitioned to an owl and then to a complete company rebrand starring a Victorian stage magician.

Those, indeed, were the days.

Actually it was fab… I worked with some marvelous people who, me being me, I’ve lost contact with and miss loads. It was a good time and my first job as a concept artist (although a lot of the artwork I created at Bullfrog could have been looked at as being concept art but was free time stuff that they subsumed into whatever project was on at the time. Not that I was worried about that at all – concept art was a joy to produce and they liked it loads so why would I stop?)

I’ll see if I can dig out some Pepper’s Ghost and CyberClass stuff some time. Not now – have got a Big Draw to organise for tomorrow and then a Book Draw to organise for Weds. Hey ho. Busy. Will be doing tablet artwork and will be doing shrink plastic artwork so will be fun. But oh boy the headaches of the past week are hard to shift.

… and some of the clever wife’s clever stuff am here, including an owl that looks better than mine (although I was happy with how the pic at the top of the page turned out πŸ™‚ )


*’twas a good year…

OK I lied.

Well, SOKO*.

Doodled this while playing with son boy as he monologued between two of his favourite toys: Wall-E and EVE.


BUT: also did this on shrink plastic:



Getting into the water colour on Shrink Plastic thing again. In my mind I’m mulling over an exhibition of iPod touch artwork and shrink plastic next to each other so playing on the small imagery type of thing. Mulling over at the mo’ hoping to get it sorted for the beginning of next year.

Apart from that: 80% back to normal, nearly there. Went to visit dad earlier and waddled around the town like a zombie at the end of it. Back at work next week though πŸ™ that’ll test it.

*Sort of kind of.

Because you (should have) demanded it (2).

I’ve now had my twitter sell out moment. Was youth working last night and it was an awesomely good session bar some caveats. Best bit was, after fifteen years of doing shrink plastic artwork, I found out that water soluble pencils work on shrink plastic. Revelation!

((The sell out moment was that, when I dashed upstairs to get some more stuff for the session I did a twitter post to say about it. Shocking.))

Anyhow: couple of pics here. More to come when I get time to play again. They are a pig to shoot – wanted to focus on them more than background but seemed to have gone the other way but hey… They made me smile although I’m also giving them both away to friends today.



**one additional caveat I should have mentioned: I only had two inktense water soluble pencils on me (my new pencil of choice following a long focus on the other Derwent pencils I always forget the name of… Colourtint? Anyhow because I wasn’t expecting to need them I only had two that I’d been doodling with earlier in my coat as well as the more standard Shrink Plastic standbys of the four colour lead ones and the normal WHSmits specials. Lesson learnt: next time charge enough materials budget to by Inktense pencils πŸ™‚ but that’s the reason why the colour on these two pix are a little samey πŸ™‚