Journal

The Analogue Film Comeback

Having just stated that my own goals for 2015 was to do more photography with analogue film, the Financial Times posted up a video on Sunday about the resurgence in film photography. It is nice to see this as film manufactures continue to make 35mm and 120 film as long as their is a demand. I really miss a lot of aspects of film photography, if anything the anticipation of seeing the developed prints was truly magical, an element lost with the onset of digital. Film also forces you to make a tangible product even if it is only a slide. Tt exists in the physical world. There is certainly a satisfaction to seeing images in print rather than simply on a screen. If you have never taking photos on film, I hope this video inspires you to pick up an old film camera and experience this.

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Happy New Year and 7 Things to Achieve in 2015

Christmas may have been last week but a belated Merry Christmas to all those that celebrate it and a happy, prosperous and, above all, healthy 2015.

I’ve not really blogged since February (not here anyway) as this year has been focussed building my new business Mitingu from the ground up. It has been a busy year building a product from scratch as well as raising the necessary capital to bootstrap the idea.

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The Witch Who Turned Girls into Birds

This is the last (for now) of the illustrations I have created for my self initiated project that was inspired by fairy tales. I set out to create ten images (In the end I did eleven) as a way to improve my illustration skill. This image was done several months after the last image hence the difference in style. I’m currently enjoying a bolder, simpler style; this is the only image out of the 11 that was done in Illustrator (with the texturing in Photoshop). All the others were created entirely in Photoshop.

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A Cunning Fox, a Funeral and a Wedding

This is one of the Grimm Brothers’ less known tales, The Wedding of Mr Fox. The story tells the tale of a fox with nine tails who decides to test the fidelity of his wife as he suspects her to be unfaithful. He fakes his own death, then hides and waits to see what happens. As Mr Fox’s demise becomes known, many suiters come and try their luck with Mrs Fox. She rejects all until another nine tailed fox comes to town. They get married and Mr Fox comes out of hiding and drives them all away.

Read into that what you will, but it seem Mrs Fox was quite picky so hardly possibly not as unfaithful as Mr Fox thought. Maybe the real moral is that if you start playing games like this you will drive you marriage apart.

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Elves and Shoes

The Elves and the Shoemaker is a popular tale written by the Grimm Brothers in 1806. It tells the tale of a poor shoemaker who gives the last of his wealth to an even poorer old lady and is left with only enough leather to make one last pair of shoes. That night a couple of naked elves come and make a pair of the most beautiful shoes ever made, for the Shoemaker to sell. The elves keep doing this night after night and the shoemaker becomes very successful. To thank the elves, the Shoemakers wife makes them some clothes and in doing so, inadvertently frees them of their obligations.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014

I just wanted to wish you all a happy Christmas and good health and happiness for 2014. Thank you for your support in 2013. I’ll be back in the new year with a new illustration for you.

I’ve been teaching myself animation over the last week with the view to bringing a few of my designs and illustrations to life in the future. My first attempt is taking these Christmas berry inspired baubles and turning them into a Newton’s Cradle.

Newton's Baubles

Newton’s Baubles, Animated Gif, 2013

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Lazy Jack and the Donkey

Here is my latest illustration from my personal fairy tales project.

The story is Lazy Jack by Joseph Jacobs. It is a humorous tale about a particularly lazy boy who sits around at home all day doing very little. As expected his mother gets tired of his behaviour and sets him up with a job at the neighbour’s farm.

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