I’m a big fan on the jazz musos from Cape Town, South Africa, that are taking the world by storm with their exciting live, African flavoured, electronica acts – Goldfish.
Courtesy of a link from SA Rocks this afternoon I discovered their latest music video for “Soundtracks and Comebacks”, animated by Mike Scott of Bru and Boegie.
I used to visit Bru and Boegie almost daily and then, all of a sudden, somehow managed to completely forget about the site. After seeing what Mike has been up to animating music videos, winning t-shirt design contests and even developing a new kids show, I am hugely impressed. Great to see him getting recognized and growing from strength to strength. I’ve most certainly bookmarked the site now.
My last post entitled “The end result” seems to have caused some what of a stir. The wallpaper I designed for the post is based on a powerful, iconic photo by Michael Yon (see the photo on the home page of his site), an independent war photographer embedded in Iraq. The photo is entitled “Strength and Compassion” and the imagery is that of a fatally wounded baby girl being held by a US soldier after a car bomb explosion in the city of Mosul, 225 miles north west of Baghdad.
For the design, I cut out the composition from it’s original background and carefully drew the soldier’s legs into the image. The end result was a vector sketch filled with a palette of camouflage colours. The wallpaper was available for download.
For this wallpaper design I found an iconic photo of a US soldier holding the body of a fatally wounded baby. I find this photo extremely powerful, it sums up the monstrosity of war in a single fraction of a second.
The badge design I came up with comes in a very colourful version, and a toned down version. I wasn’t quite sure which one i preferred so I have posted them both. Different strokes for different folks.
Whilst most of you in South Africa were enjoying a public holiday yesterday, I was sitting in London, minus a VPN connection. An error had occurred and no one was in the Cape Town office to re-connect me. Which meant no work. Damn. So I spent a bit of time playing with a combination of Photoshop and Freehand.
I know most people think “playing” with Photoshop and Freehand sounds like the epitomy of boredom. But unfortunately the truth is I get a bit of a kick out of it. What a loser!
I actually sourced the T-Rex sketch on the internet, vectorized it in Freehand, and added a bit of colour. I’m quite pleased with the end result.
I haven’t posted any digital art for a while now, so I thought I would post a couple of photos that I took up in Kruger that I thought came out quite nicely. The one of the vultures has been manipulated, I used an aerial shot of some vultures flying and a shot of them perched on a tree. The sunset shot has not been edited whatsoever. Man I wish I was still there. See more of my photos at flickr.