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I've updated my Etsy! www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CTIllustr… in order to fuel my out of control bill paying habit. :)

Have a look to see if you see anything you like!

Stingray: Turning up the heat. by Chrisofedf Doctor Who: Masters of Time by Chrisofedf Anderverse Vehicle Size chart by Chrisofedf This isn't blackpool... by Chrisofedf The Time Machine by Chrisofedf The Time war by Chrisofedf
  • Listening to: The Star Trek Beyond Sountrack
  • Reading: Back over this.
  • Playing: Age of Empires 1
Courtesy of a cracked laptop screen I've decided to get an Etsy. Prints of two of my most popular images are up for sale. My Thunderbirds collage and my Mass Effect Normandy/Tempest Image. If you're interested then follow the link below and feel free to suggest any images you would like to see added.

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CTIllustr…

Mass Effect: Faster than Light by Chrisofedf
  • Listening to: The Star Trek Beyond Sountrack
  • Reading: Back over this.
  • Playing: Age of Empires 1
I'm now on instagram, follow me for more behind the scensey stuff going on with my various projects. :)

www.instagram.com/chrisxl5/
  • Listening to: The Star Trek Beyond Sountrack
  • Reading: Back over this.
  • Playing: Age of Empires 1
Dalek Stainly by Chrisofedf

So... This happened! Defiantly one of the highlights of this year. I got to design a new Dalek for Big Finish. How cool is that!? And here is something even weirder, I heavily redesigned a Dalek and the fandom actually liked it.

Admittedly, that is probably more down to the fact that it is a one off medieval stylised creation and also its stain glass and quite ornamental, but still, very pleased with Simon Holubs cover and how its been recieved. I'll put a better picture in the main section later.

In a weird twist, the overwhelming positive response to Dalek Stainly (Our little injoke name) has made me start thinking about the Gerry Anderson fandom which i'm heavily involved in.

I have helped run the Fanderson Facebook group for the last 4 years and for the last 3 months I have co run the social media presence for Anderson Entertainment. Particularly of late it is starting to feel like an uphill struggle keeping people happy. Gerry himself was quite fond of saying "you can't keep everyone happy, just try to aim for most people." At the minute its starting to feel like no-one. If it wasn't my job i'd probably give it a break.

I kind of went into this knowing it's a barely functioning broken fanbase of people, who most of which are over 50. it's full of egos, old fueds, elitists and simply people who can't let go of nostalgia, so anything new is simply terrible.

I've been working with a team of awesome people on various projects who are committed to keeping the old style adventure of Ga's shows alive. We are producing some really cool stuff based on classic shows and brand new concepts. I just hope people check it out when it comes out and just don't bury their head in the sand because its not Thunderbirds...

If there is a moral to this ramble, I guess it's just keep making cool things and try not to let negative people drag you down.
  • Listening to: The Star Trek Beyond Sountrack
  • Reading: Back over this.
  • Playing: Age of Empires 1

An update :)

Sat Jan 16, 2016, 4:32 PM
Just writing a few words as I haven't done one of these in a while and my artwork has been notably less frequent. Luckily, this is actually a good thing as i've been working on some rather funky professional projects, here's a quick roundup!

I attended Sci-fi wales to help promote Gerry Anderson's Gemini Force 1, my first ever panel and I felt well badass, unfortunately no footage or photos where taken so this event will seep into legend. Do check out GF1: Ghost mine though, its very good. :) www.amazon.co.uk/Gemini-Force-…

GF2 Liftoff by Chrisofedf

I'm currently working on Gerry Anderson's "Firestorm", can say absolutely zip about it but it's going to be cool :)

In another interesting development, I have been helping out with some of the Big Finish youtube stuff. Contributing models for Doctor Who, Only the Monstrous [link], and The Prisoner [link]

Control room set by Chrisofedf

I've also been working with the legendary model maker and Cosplayer Richard Ashton providing 3d printable models ranging from Destiny guns, Thunderbirds and most recently a static version of the 12th Doctor's sonic. Give him a nudge if you want to commission one at : www.facebook.com/ItsAnAshton

12573205 1050280971679688 8630134903358495481 N by Chrisofedf

And finally a big thank you to everyone who has liked, watched, shared and commented on my work over the last few years.

If you want to follow some of my finer ramblings check out my FB page. :) www.facebook.com/ChrisThompson…;

  • Listening to: Rey's theme
  • Reading: Back over this.
  • Watching: Thunderbirds Are Go!
  • Playing: Star Wars Battlefront

Info-dump

Mon Apr 6, 2015, 1:24 AM
Hello!
Been a while since I used this, been working on a lot that I can't actually post art about,  so I figured i'd update everyone with a journal.

Gemini Force 1 by Chrisofedf
 
You might remember a while back I was sharing information on an upcoming book series called "Gemini Force 1" created by Gerry Anderson and written by MG Harris. Well it's out in the shops in paperback now and i've been working on artwork based off legendary designer Andrew Probert's concept artwork for the project. Check out the new website here: www.geminiforce1.com.


Another project i've been keeping under my hat is "A Christmas Miracle", another Gerry Anderson Legacy project, still can't say much but you can read about it here, in the Telegraph (how cool is that) with artwork attached. www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/fi…

The new "Big finish" audio series of Terrahawks is out, with my Spacehawk on the cover, also check out this snazzy trailer from Tom Saunders, with some of my models. Give it a shot, it is actually pretty good.


Finally, I caught Thunderbirds on ITV on saturday. It really is a lot of fun and on target to be a great show. Lot of people on the Fanderson Facebook group I run tearing each others hair out over the technical details, its going to b a long year...

If your on Facebook then you can keep up with me here,  www.facebook.com/ChrisThompson… or drop by my personal page and say hello. :)

  • Listening to: The Space Battleship Yamato soundtrack.
  • Reading: Back over this.

Featured on the anderblog!

Mon May 6, 2013, 1:51 PM
Woohoo! I was asked to write a blog post for the Official Gerry Anderson site. Mega chuffed.

My entry can be viewed here: www.gerryanderson.co.uk/inspir…

In other news i'm saving for some new filming equipment so I am now open to do a few commissions. Note me if your interested, :) I'll say provisionally 50 per picture unless any major new model work is required.

  • Listening to: The Space Battleship Yamato soundtrack.
  • Reading: Back over this.

SPACE PRECINCT

Tue Mar 12, 2013, 3:56 PM
Helping to plug a project by a friend of mine.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcGE5r…
This is the trailer for a new, feature length documentary on Space precinct, premiering in London's prince charles cinema tomorrow :)

Space Precinct is a Tv show made in the 90s made by the creator of Thunderbirds, Gerry Anderson. Since then it has pretty much been forgotten about, even by its creators own fan base. This is the first proper look into the story behind the scenes of the show discussing how it was made and the original vision the team tried to achieve.

  • Listening to: The Space Battleship Yamato soundtrack.
  • Reading: Back over this.

Action! Short Film

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 5:17 AM
Phase one of my plan to get back into high production value Sci'fi filmmaking.

Action! is a short film based on my original EDF series. Would love to hear what you think about it. It sort of charts my own early days as a filmmaker.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP2XBT…

Let me know what you think.

  • Listening to: The Space Battleship Yamato soundtrack.
  • Reading: Back over this.

Going old school

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 5:43 PM
Star-lance by Chrisofedf
As those who have read the description on my Star-lance picture will know I've been going through my old movies and have decided my current approach to making movies sucks. Im too bogged down in trying to add meaning or subtext that i've forgotten that the focus of my job is to tell an entertaining story. I also seem to shrug away from large workloads or FX heavy stories because I worry id never complete them. My latest film, "Dragon's Pass" took nearly 3 months to complete because i simply couldn't muster the motivation.

Back in 2006, heavy workloads where not a problem, the EDF films are vast in in scope and the crazy amount of energy they have helps cover up some of the horrific acting and massive plot-holes. We explored a crashed ship at the bottom of the ocean, blew up a a planet, duelled pirates on the edge of black hole, went head to head with a submarine using an aircraft, the list goes on.

While I wouldn't say my latest films are bad, in fact i'm quite proud of them and the work that everyone helps put into them, it's just that its much harder to come up with them, and I find myself coming up with similar ideas again and again, its time to do something completely out there again and see if i still have it in me.

The old Chris is coming back. The beard/stubble has come off too (its kinda symbolic, roll with it). He's got better gear, better experience an array of new costumes and accessories and is slightly wiser.

In regards to my art, this may mean a decline in the number of pieces I do and will mean a growing number of original works as opposed to fan art (still going to do fan art just not as often) the reason for this being, I really want a proper job, concept artist being one of the avenues i'd like to tackle and Original works are worth 10 times more in your portfolio.

I'd also like to apologise if it takes me ages to respond to comments, I really appreciate people leaving comments and critiques and I try to respond to everyone, just it sometimes takes a while :)

Many thanks to everyone who supports me.

Also, check my films out on youtube, would love to get some feedback :) www.youtube.com/user/TB1fan

  • Listening to: The Space Battleship Yamato soundtrack.
  • Reading: Back over this.

Introducing SKYHAWK

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 2:22 AM
  • Listening to: The Tune Of Danger
  • Playing: Treble Cross
  • Eating: The Plant of Doom
  • Drinking: Pink Ice
The Latest film from SKPB, an homage to the action Tv shows of the 80s.

Directed by Me
Music By Guy Taylor.
Starring John Logan, Guy Taylor, Alex Willis, Andrew Clements, Dale Morgan and Jack Knoll as the voice of SITT.

Enjoy www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji8Xg6… :)


SKY HAWK by Chrisofedf

Gerry Anderson approves of me

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:37 AM
  • Listening to: The Tune Of Danger
  • Playing: Treble Cross
  • Eating: The Plant of Doom
  • Drinking: Pink Ice


Received this from Fanderson today.

Gerry Anderson Approves of me :) by Chrisofedf

Needless to say, most chuffed :)

Watch this space, for the release of my latest film "SKY-HAWK".

Now In Print!

Journal Entry: Thu May 31, 2012, 5:16 PM
  • Listening to: The Tune Of Danger
  • Playing: Treble Cross
  • Eating: The Plant of Doom
  • Drinking: Pink Ice
Two very Nice things happened to me today.

First I was in "Waterstones", the local bookshop and I happened to notice, one week ahead of Schedule, the New Haynes Thunderbirds manual was in.

For me personally, this book is pretty special to me. Not just for the brilliant level of detail the author Sam Denham has put in, The fantastic artwork exploring some of the unseen aspects of International rescue and the intriquite details of the craft themselves by Graham Bleathman and The lovely profiles and paintings by Mike Trim.

But also... Im in it. My TB2 construction pic amongst others.
Building The Behemoth by Chrisofedf
It is actually so surreal to walk into a shop and see something you helped create and needless to say i'm mega chuffed.

I would encourage you to support the book as it does a great job to bring us something new that will help extend the Thunderbirds Universe a little more. www.haynes.co.uk/webapp/wcs/st…

My second Bit of news:
I came home to find the lovely guys at "Kindred Productions" had sent me the DVD of the Gerry Anderson series, "The Investigator".
While the Pilot episode itself is considered to be one of Gerry Anderson's lesser work, it is a fantastically put together DVD and a brilliantly restored version of the show. With a lot of production and insight by James Fielding. and very nice looking and Informative booklet/case By Mike Jones and Ian Fryer.

I also created the Title menus and the new Fanderson Logo for it and seeing them in context with sound, they look splendid. :)

www.fanderson.org.uk/news/fand…

Art theft.

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 2, 2012, 4:10 PM
  • Listening to: The Tune Of Danger
  • Playing: Treble Cross
  • Eating: The Plant of Doom
  • Drinking: Pink Ice
Well this is a strange one...

I was innocently looking through the New google play feature and stumbled upon this...
play.google.com/store/apps/det…..

A Thunderbirds theme, More so a Thunderbirds theme with a wallpaper depicting a rather unusual Thunderbird 1. Coincidently the same Thunderbird one I originally designed for "Thunderbirds 2010".

www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/sh…

Which is great! Finally some one has deemed my artwork good enough to steal!

This isn't the first time this has happened though. Some quasi Religious internet cult called the Earth Defence Federation stole my Earth Defence Force logo. Then had the audacity to accuse me of  distorting their image and copying them. Turns out it was run by a con-man who has since disappeared, still get the odd angry email though.

But back to the matter in hand, probably going to complain to this guy anyway, still kind of chuffed though...

Do let me know if you see any of my art cruising the web without permission. I do try keep people posted if i see anything amiss. :)

*Update, the Guy has removed the theme and has been very apologetic about it* :)

FLIGHT-PATH

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 16, 2012, 6:16 AM
  • Listening to: The Tune Of Danger
  • Playing: Treble Cross
  • Eating: The Plant of Doom
  • Drinking: Pink Ice
We've been at it again, made another movie, with Planes, i like planes...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbKJES…

Apologies for not being particularly active of late, replaying to comments and things, been insanely busy on many projects. Been asked to contribute art on a new Thunderbirds book, which will be cool :D

UFO the MOVIE

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 25, 2012, 3:34 PM
  • Listening to: The Tune Of Danger
  • Playing: Treble Cross
  • Eating: The Plant of Doom
  • Drinking: Pink Ice
Just a quick update.
We got bored waiting for new deal to make their UFO movie...

So we made a UFO movie. www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fCRb_…

I think our UFO movie is better then their UFO movie... I really hope they prove me wrong...

My Interview With Mike Noble

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 12, 2011, 12:42 PM
  • Listening to: The Tune Of Danger
  • Playing: Treble Cross
  • Eating: The Plant of Doom
  • Drinking: Pink Ice
I bent another College project to my will which gave me the prefect excuse to hop over to the mainland to interview the awesome comic artist Mike Noble  Who turned out to be a really awesome nice Guy.
Mikes works include illustration stories for TV21, Coundown, and Lookin. It dosn't take long to see the effect his work has had on mine.

Check it out below :)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpY0Y5…

Its the end, but the moment has been prepared for

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 23, 2011, 4:29 PM
We'll not really, actually that title  has nothing to do with this log, but i bet it caught your eye. :)

Apologies for the lack of art, having one of those artistes block spells, which is weird because i've actually been quite busy of late :). A rarther cool Anderson related project

Flying across the the main land to interview a very special person, Mike Nobel www.spectrum-headquarters.com/… , who did artwork for a lot of the TV 21 Fireball Xl5, Zero X and Captain Scarlet comics strips. Will be great to finally meet him. I just hope i wont devolve into a jiggering idiot in his presence, quite like i did when I met Gerry anderson.

This also leaves me with pretty much a day and a half to explore london. Or a day and a half to aimlessly wander and try not to get arrested.

Also "Warzone" www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNcjw8… has been shortlisted for the Belfast Cinemagic young filmmaker award, maybe we don't suck so much...

Ive also got something very important to say, but i forgot... so maybe next time.

  • Listening to: The Tune Of Danger
  • Reading: While typing
  • Playing: Treble Cross

Ghost Hunting

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 10, 2011, 9:30 AM
Every now and then you ask yourself, do Ghosts exist, is my fear of the dark merely just Irrational? Some times you just have to and find out... Tonight

3 others and myself are staying over in a disused maternity ward in the Royal Victoria hospital, our goal, to track down a grey lady that roams its corridors at night.
I guess even if we don't find anything it will be a larf, provided we're not constantly bombarded with sounds of screaming women.

On a similar note, finially realeased "House on the Rocky Road" youtu.be/DmYrJHQ3hEo

Enjoy :)

  • Listening to: The Tune Of Danger
  • Reading: While typing
  • Playing: Treble Cross

Pod Vehicle Competition Winners

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 30, 2011, 12:39 PM
Just a quick congratulations to the Winner and the Two runner ups for the Fanderson Design a pod vehicle competition.


The Snowcat by Andrew Clements (winner)
The Snow Cat by Chrisofedf

The Firestorm by Jack Knoll
The Firestorm by Chrisofedf

The Duck by Sereena Burton
The Duck by Chrisofedf

All three will be receiving a print of their vehicles in action signed by Gerry Anderson.

  • Listening to: The Tune Of Danger
  • Reading: While typing
  • Playing: Treble Cross