June 10th, 2013
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My new photography blog

http://freshsnaps.tumblr.com/

I created a new blog to put my photographs on, in leu of a better name it’ll be at the above address. 

May 27th, 2013
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Taught myself the joys of Lightroom 4 today. Using the film emulation VSCO plugin and a bit of photoshop trickery (lens correction, turned the door blue from green) I think I’ve found a way to get the best out of a digital file, finally. The shot above was shot on a Fujifilm XF1 in raw mode with two ND grad filters. The blackpoint has been kicked up massively and the overall tones are a slight Fuji FP 100c emulation.   

May 22nd, 2013
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Second year uni piece… facepalm

December 19th, 2012
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Merry Christmas, I’ve been quite busy at work of late… Here’s a little snippet of what I’ve been up to though, another NME cover featuring the very photogenic and beautifully retouched Keith Richards.  
http://www.nme.com/magazine

Merry Christmas, I’ve been quite busy at work of late… Here’s a little snippet of what I’ve been up to though, another NME cover featuring the very photogenic and beautifully retouched Keith Richards.  

http://www.nme.com/magazine

September 13th, 2012
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Photoshop painting, just a quick one. 

September 12th, 2012
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#sketch #illustration #sharpie (Taken with Instagram)

September 11th, 2012
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#sketch #pen #tipex #face on homemade (not by me) paper (Taken with Instagram)

August 27th, 2012
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Here’s a couple of first pages from my book. Still a work in progress..

August 23rd, 2012
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#sketching sid shrike (Taken with Instagram)

August 11th, 2012
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This is just a little update from the Shrikerverse, to keep me on schedule more than anything. I’ve been reading plenty of online bumpf around publishing, maintaining a fanbase (/getting a fanbase) and developing illustration. Many people are jumping into kickstarters right off the bat and I approve of the site and what it does for aspiring graphic novellists. I guess I should mention I backed Robert Valley’s “Pear Cider & Cigarettes" project. I love his dynamic style. Anyway, off-topic already. I was wondering about the merits of a kickstarter vs the merits of actually taking a half drawn project to a publisher and lucking out and getting paid to finish it. It seems as though many of the new projects I’ve heard about recently have grown through kickstarter, from an existing fanbase admittedly. The books I’ve found via traditional publishers have come to me by browsing shelves or real-world word of mouth. I was at the LFCC a while ago and talking to the artist Huw-J about starting up a project. He seemed to think certain factions had jumped into kickstarter hastily without thinking about the merits of their final product. 

Is it worth taking drafts to publishers first? I’m many pages away from that myself but I’m thinking it might be a good idea. Originally I had planned to complete the whole book and self publish a TPB (trade paperback) on text quality paper via createspace. I think this is the best option after all my research. Sites such as blurb or bob books have too high a quality paper standard (therefore too high a price) for what I plan to release. With createspace, as the author I can order books at cost, although shipping is going to be a manace). They also provide an ISBN service and make it available through amazon. This will hopefully dodge the issue of self publication through kickstarter, having to mail hundreds of books all the time. 

So the plan stands to get as many pages done as I can on evenings and weekends (that’s now… oops), save up and self publish the book. Publicity I have yet to figure out. I know people will suggest publishing a page at a time as a webcomic but I really reaaally don’t like to absorb comics/ graphic novels that way. 

Anyone out there have any publishing/ publicity suggestions?

August 7th, 2012
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#sketch #illustration (Taken with Instagram)

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