Da Vinci in the Making…

Seen as though I will be posting most of my artwork on here, I thought it would be appropriate to start from the beginning. My idea is to show art work through the ages, as it were, from my early painting right though to my latest works. I’m going to start from where I feel I started to gain my own style of painting and drawing. Keep in mind that the first few wont be high standard work, but we all know that everyone starts somewhere. I have always had a love for drawing and painting, but it was years 10 and 11 of high school that I started to evolve and give my work personality that reflected me.

This is still probably my best oil pastel drawing to date, I can’t think of another that has impressed me more. When I first did this, I was so surprised that I had created something so much better than I had ever done before. And even today, I’m completely gob smacked as to how I ever achieved it.

But yeah, anyway. You’re probably thinking “…”, but I really don’t care, I was proud of it then and I still am.

This is a painting I did for my final year exam. Although I was quite pleased with it at the time, I now see loads of faults with it, too much flat colour for example. I did still get an A for it at least. My favourite thing about this is the driveway, I just like the way the vertical line go off to a vanishing point.


Logo Design at its Simplest

Well here I am as promised, I’ve returned for a second time to post a blog/ graphic design work (if you can call it that).

About a year ago, a friend pointed me in the direction of a forum that was dedicated to the game ‘Roller Coaster Tycoon’. At the time, I found the game to be very enjoyable and enjoyed seeing people’s opinions of roller coasters I had designed. But, Like anything I seem to pursue, it grew very boring and quickly stopped playing the game. The forum however, still seemed to attract my attention, not necessarily for the game any more, but the logo’s artist on the site create for the theme parks.

I asked my friend how I could get into designing these logos. He told me that if I designed a dummy logo for a made up park and then sent it to an admin of the forum, they might consider me for a position as an artist. This was around the time I began to take a keen interest in graphic design, and thought that if this works out I could use the logos I create to put into my portfolio for future reference. I eventually did become an artist on the website, and it was this logo that gave me that position:

Now I know it’s not the greatest thing in the world, but at the time I really enjoyed designing logos for people. It was like I had clients and they had specifications for me to follow, and I followed them. I only did it for self enjoyment, because that’s how I feel life should be, what’s the point of doing something if you don’t enjoy it?

Anyway, here are a few more of my designs I created while I was on the site. Hope you like them 🙂

The Start of a New Era

Ahoy hoy,

Recently, I have been watching my girlfriend (the beautiful Iona Gibson) post her blogs on live journal. At first I was rather sceptical to the idea of posting life stories, and sharing your thoughts online with potentially millions of people. I honestly don’t know why I wasn’t open to the idea of this, probably because I considered it a waste of time. However, I have realised that it is not a waste of time at all, but more a way of being creative in a different sense to painting or drawing.

As you can probably tell, this is my first ever blog and I don’t want it to be the last, as i have a tendency of giving up very quickly. This aside, I would like this blog to be more like a gallery for my art work and graphic designs but explain my thought processes behind them. However, I also want to use this opportunity to improve my writing skills and express myself through words, where as before I would have used a paint brush and canvas.

I’m doing this for myself mainly, because at the end of the day it’s me that will look back at this one day and think “Wow, I really did have a lot of time” or “What the f**k was I thinking”. Either way, I’m happy just to enjoy this while I can, without the burden of a full-time job or even kids for that matter.

Anyway, I’ll stop boring you and my future self and let you get on.

Tom 🙂