So I figured I’d get stuck into a bit of painting again, as I haven’t done any in, well, years. About a decade ago I read a really great book called Calenture by Storm Constantine, and something I really loved in the book is that the desolate world in which it took place was populated by people who lived on these vast flying cities that would slowly roam above the planet surface. I always really adored the visual imagery of this concept so I decided to paint something similar, and this is what I’ve got after a few hours – it’s a combination of a quick model that I put together in Maya and then took into Artrage to paint onto. It’s a work in progress… (Click on the image above for a higher res version).
As projects in Soho are pretty slow right now, I’m still between VFX gigs, so I’m teaching an eight week course on painting environment textures in Photoshop, over at CGWorkshops, while I wait for things in town to pick up again. I’m also shooting loads of gigs for heavy metal news and interview site, MetalMouth. However, I’m nevertheless available now for any VFX texturing gigs, so please get in touch if you’re interested.
Last night I shot popular Greek power metallers Firewind and their opening band, the Norwegian/German outfit Leaves’ Eyes, at the O2 Academy in Islingon, London for MetalMouth. Power metal isn’t really my scene but both bands played really strong sets, with Firewind’s virtuoso guitarist, Gus G, putting on a particularly impressive display of his characteristic shredding.
Last night I shot NY hardcore legends Agnostic Front live on stage at Underworld in Camden, for MetalMouth.net. The gig was great fun with loads of energy and I had a good time shooting until the press pit somehow got invaded by moshing fans. The Underworld is always a tricky venue to shoot at due to the mostly horrid lighting, but the challenge is part of the fun, eh?
I recently decided to splash out on a brand spanking new Canon EOS 5D Mark III as an extravagant gift to myself, along with a couple of new lenses, including a Canon 17-40mm f/4 L, a Canon 70-200mm f/4 L and the surprisingly decent Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM. I’ve been trotting around shooting with my new toys at every opportunity, and on my Flickr you’ll find shots from my latest trips to Cantebury Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, and my first ever gig shoot of the fabulous Vuvuvultures here in London.
This afternoon I attended the ever fun Dr Sketchy drawing session in London; for those unfamiliar with these events, they’re a mixture of burlesque cabaret and silly sketch assignments where the focus is on creativity as opposed to actual drawing skill. They’re also a great opportunity for photography and I thoroughly enjoyed snapping away inbetween sketches. Check out http://drsketchylondon.co.uk/ for more info.