Wednesday 25 January 2017

CD cover art

I am involved in the Science Fiction Music scene, which is known as Filk.

Several people I know are in Filk bands and groups and, from time to time, they produce albums.
I was commissioned by an American group call Three Wierd Sisters to do artwork for the cover of their new album ‘Third Thyme’s The Charm’.

For this job, I was working with a designer for the first time.

I produced some concept drawings and the band chose a combination of two ideas.

As I had to send a high resolution copy across the Atlantic and my scanner only had an A4 plate, I split the frame pieces into four and sent them with clear instructions on how they fit together.

The designer then experimented with background colours (as, at the time, I did not have Photoshop at the time) and settled on the grey parchment. She then added the lettering and sampled some of the motifs as fillers in the lyrics and on the back.

Here's the finished album cover:

All in all, I think it came out rather well.

Until next time


Wednesday 18 January 2017

Ball Dress

This is a painting of a young Napoleonic Line Infantry officer resting between dances at a ball.

He is wearing his dress uniform jacket with skin-tight doeskin britches, silk stockings , dancing shoes and a white silk stock.

Napoleon stole such a march on Wellington in 1815 that some officers left the Duchess of Richmond’s ball in Brussels with no opportunity to change into battle dress, spending the whole of the Battle of Waterloo in their best dancing uniforms.

Until next time


Wednesday 11 January 2017

Three Martlets

This is a fighting shield commission I recently completed for a fellow member of the Paladins of Chivalry.

 In this instance, it has been painted on a large heater sheild

The blazon is :  

Gules on a bend argent three martlets sable.

Until next time


Wednesday 4 January 2017

Steampunked Fart Gun

Some time ago, Teddy was given a toy fart gun  (from the film 'Despicable Me').

I had  recently steampunked up a Nerf Revolver and noted that the fart gun might look quite good with the same treatment.

Unfortunately, Teddy liked the gun so much that he kept it out in plain sight all the time. Indeed he used it so often that we had to replace the batteries.

So, I obviously couldn't just remove it  to work on it....

Luckily, I was able to secretly buy another gun and, with a bit of planning and concealment, was able to present him with this as one of his Christmas Presents.

I used airbrushed and painted layers of acrylic and papercraft foil motifs, before sealing with a mat spray varnish.

Until next time