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Just a heads up if you enjoy my illustrations, I also write music, any genre I feel like having a go at but 'soundtrack' compositions are probably my favourite. I have uploaded a number of compositions to youtube (you can find me under my username Harnois75). Also I like to give cover versions a try occasionally so you'll find an eclectic mix there too. I have a Facebook page for music compositions and covers called 'The Dark Room'. - www.facebook.com/harnois75?fre…

Amongst covers there you will find original compositions like my impressions of James Herbert's novel 'The Fog' in the horror genre and few pieces under the title Sneak Thief - in the heist movie soundtrack style. Impressions of Quatermass and a piece in the Hammer Horror style are also to be found there. 

Daryl
  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield - Crises
  • Reading: Photoshop CS4 book
  • Watching: The Keys of Marinus
  • Playing: Don't play games
  • Eating: Jacket potato
  • Drinking: Tea - as always
I see that last time I put in a journal entry it was mostly about depression. Well, I tried a couple of anti-depressants during the last year. The first one worked eventually but it messed with my brain for a few weeks to start with and left me feeling very ill and disorientated. Some side effects stayed throughout so I decided to come off of that drug even though friends saw a definite improvement in my mood. I had to reduce it over about three weeks before I could try another option. The second drug took about three months to show signs of working but I persevered as there were no adverse side effects. The change was subtle and I wasn't really sure it was doing anything for quite a while, but finally I feel like I've come out of a dark cloud. I was there for a couple of years though. Generally I'm feeling more upbeat and more capable of sorting out my life and achieving things. I hope I can keep the black dog at bay.
  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield - Crises
  • Reading: Photoshop CS4 book
  • Watching: The Keys of Marinus
  • Playing: Don't play games
  • Eating: Jacket potato
  • Drinking: Tea - as always
Blimey, a year since my last journal entry, time for another then. But what is there to report? Well I don't want to bring it down, but I've long suffered from anxiety and periods of self doubt and the last year has seen extended bouts of depression overcome me on occassion. Problem is it's a self perpetuating problem: when you mix with upbeat optimistic people in can be kept in check, a healthy dose of dry humour and cynicism balances things nicely, but if you start feeling you don't want to mix, or you don't see friends as often as you'd like you start becoming a little bit too self possessed.. you start gravitating towards things that make you feel sad; memories, music, images. Becomes easy to languish in melancholy.

Of course I can lose myself in artwork for a while, creating something fictional that fills a gap, and that will keep me fleetingly happy, But where I used to draw or paint a lot, it has become increasingly difficult to find the enthusiasm for it. This is a problem because it's really the only worthy skill I have and if I can't make a career out of it I'll be floundering to find anything else as fulfilling. I suppose if I found happiness elsewhere in my life my enthusiasm for all these things would come back. If I drag myself out of apathy in order to paint I am usually happy with the results but it's short lived. My other creative outlet is music. I play drums in a punk band, and the spontaneity and immediacy of that is good. I also create music on my computer, sometimes original stuff that could be practically any style of music, or covers of any music or themes that I happen to like. You can find a few of those things if you search for Harnois75 on Youtube.

I thought about joining Match.com or something like that to see if I can find the woman to make me feel like a complete person, but writing a profile that sells you when you are in the grip of a depressive mood is difficult, not to say rather pointless.
  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield - Crises
  • Reading: Photoshop CS4 book
  • Watching: The Keys of Marinus
  • Playing: Don't play games
  • Eating: Jacket potato
  • Drinking: Tea - as always
July 2012

Well, unfortunately I've done very little art in the last six months. Only one art job. I think I'd like to gear myself towards concept and production design as it might be more fulfilling, and maybe better paid (well it couldn't be worse paid) but whilst I know some people in the field it's difficult to find a way in with little actual experience. I'd need to up my game too looking at production art. I think I have good design ideas in me but implementing them to the required standard means learning some new techniques I think. Somehow I haven't had time to do any creative art for a while, and feeling disillusioned with it doesn't help: not getting the breaks, proposals have fallen through, fees seem to be dropping etc. I've kept my hand in fortnightly with life drawing, but that's about it. Was looking for a flat to move into, but with my finances as they are that's not going to happen unless fortunes change drastically, well, that and family issues.

My creative side is kept afloat with music, I'm drumming at a charity gig soon, with the guitarist from Whitesnake, and the bassist from Mike Oldfield's band, amongst others. So that should be fun at least.
  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield - Crises
  • Reading: Photoshop CS4 book
  • Watching: The Keys of Marinus
  • Playing: Don't play games
  • Eating: Jacket potato
  • Drinking: Tea - as always
Just realised I haven't added a journal entry since April. So now I'm trying to think what's changed. Not a great deal; I'm still looking for a flat to live in and some of the art jobs that were on the horizon then, are, amazingly still on the (distant) horizon, now. And one of them, the significant one (which was to do new chapter art for the Dr Who Target reprints) fell by the wayside as it was decided by the publisher to stick to reprints 'as fans remember them'. Hmmm, not convinced that was such a smart move, a twist on the classics mights have added a new point of interest to buying them all again for the 'fans'. Still, can't argue with commerce. Evidently.

What else? Well I rekindled my drumming and now play in a punk band, and I'm mixing with musicians I was listening to 25/30 years ago. All good fun and after six months back in the saddle I'm getting back on top of all the drum techniques I used to know. But then I also have the more gentile distraction of my life drawing group, which I run fortnightly and is now successful enough that I can employ two models on occasion and have a lot of loyal models to choose from and keep artists on their toes.

I also had quite an immense project over the last few months of digitally restoring a painting by Koelz; a triptych called Thou Shalt Not Kill, which was cut into pieces in the 1930's to hide it's true meaning and has since been lost, apart from a few surviving pieces and b/w photos. To restore it to colour was quite an undertaking. The result will be on display as a print at the Leicester museum, appear in a BBC documentary and probably be in a book at some point.

I haven't had a lot of time to create new genre artwork, or get down to any commissions that people have requested but I'm hoping that Christmas will be a time when I can sit down with a paintbrush and get back to old school art. I have a Wacom tablet too now so I really ought to give that a go.

Oh, I'm also single and looking ;-) (for a lady)
  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield - Crises
  • Reading: Photoshop CS4 book
  • Watching: The Keys of Marinus
  • Playing: Don't play games
  • Eating: Jacket potato
  • Drinking: Tea - as always
Been a while since I updated any info. I'm currently heavily immersed in the complexities of looking for a flat to move into which is... interesting. Daytime telly has suddenly become essential viewing
as that is all they ever talk about. On the art side things are planned if not yet properly scheduled. Three varied and interesting projects are not yet signed for sure but include a major picture restoration for a BBC documentary - which is something new to me, a retro poster of porn actress Mary Millington, and possibly a plethora of classic Doctor Who related pieces. I like this variety - keeps things interesting.

Besides that, my life drawing classes (untutored but organised by me) are starting to really pick up and are getting well attended - well enough at least to run without a loss and be a nice relaxing evening amongst artists and friends.

And really that's about it. Everything is looking Ok right now. But we'll see what the next month or so brings.
  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield - Crises
  • Reading: Photoshop CS4 book
  • Watching: The Keys of Marinus
  • Playing: Don't play games
  • Eating: Jacket potato
  • Drinking: Tea - as always
I finally decided to wave goodbye to Microsoft and buy a brand new iMac this month. Everyone was saying I'd never look back and having used my comp for the last couple of weeks I can definitely say that never was a truer word spoken. It is just a far smarter machine in every respect. The screen resolution is making me look at my own artwork in a much better light and everything else about using a computer is so much better - from the keyboard and mouse to all the things that are suddenly revealed to be so much simpler than a PC would have you believe. The only slight problem I have is that there are a couple of programs I've lost - those being Z-Brush (ok I hadn't used it much but I had some ideas for a sculpt of the Space Jockey which I'll have to forget for the time being) and an ancient version of Paint Shop Pro 7 - which I know is daft of me but I still used a hell of a lot even though it's got to be nearly a decade old. Apparently though I can get something called VMWare which will run PC programs on a Mac, so I could ease my transition with that if I can bare to part with another fifty quid.

The PC I had, powerful though it was, had become a total pain after a false antivirus program infected it, started by disabling the keyboard USB and then gradually got worse. I'll do a complete reinstall to wipe it and sell it to recoup some of the money I've spent in the last six weeks. And boy do I need to. I've been haemorrhaging money like nobodies business over the last six weeks or so; a college course, an evening course, life models, drum equipment, the iMac and associated programs... plus day to day stuff. Bit of a worry really but I've got a few jobs that should claw me back to where I was a couple of months ago with any luck.

I've now run four life drawing sessions, and enjoyed them all. I only ask the models to pose for ten or fifteen minutes so the pics that the group are doing aren't very elaborate, but it's surprising how effective you can make a piece when you can't get too precious about it. I tend to go at it and if it works out ok, then fine, and if it doesn't I can chuck it in the bin without feeling I've wasted too much time on it. For the first three sessions I employed a pro photographic model, but last week the model was a complete novice but she took to it straight away - after a moments hesitation before disrobing.  However she's coming back next week so it wasn't too traumatic - she said it was a surprisingly normal feeling to be standing nude in front of artists. She wanted some music playing so she could focus on that, so I took some CDs along, however I haven't got a lot of light classical music in fact most of my 'classical' music is film soundtracks. So I played Blade Runner, and Mike Oldfield. Fortunately the session ended before my next CD, which would have been Bernard Herrman - though I'm not sure Psycho and Cape Fear would have set the right tone! Have to write some MP3s to disc for next time.

Daryl
  • Listening to: Mike Oldfield - Crises
  • Reading: Photoshop CS4 book
  • Watching: The Keys of Marinus
  • Playing: Don't play games
  • Eating: Jacket potato
  • Drinking: Tea - as always
Life Drawing sessions went ahead eventually starting on the 6th of Sept. Seem to be going ok so far. I may put some of those pics up here at some stage but currently most of the poses are only quick ten minutes affairs so they're not particulary elaborate illustrations.

What else did September bring? Well I started my music course and it's going ok, learning Logic, Reason and Cubase. Also I'm doing a drum audition in a couple of weeks time so I really ought to get some practice in as I haven't really been in the right frame of mind to play over the last couple of months.

And that's about it, just busy organising life drawing and getting used to being at college again. Plus the usual amount of illustration.
  • Listening to: Protocol - Simon Phillips
  • Reading: The Romans
  • Watching: The Beyond
  • Playing: Don't play games
  • Eating: Walnut coffee cake
  • Drinking: Tea - as always
Trying to set up a life drawing group is proving a bit more complicated - well only because the dates keep being put back for hall refurbishment and peoples holidays. Once it starts I'm sure it will be alright. Got the model lined up so what can possibly go wrong? I'll find out next month.

Next month I also go back to college. Doing a year long music course. I'm going to feel a bit old and I'll probably be the brunt of teenage jokes but I want to rekindle my interest in creating music.

Well, let's hope I haven't made a big mistake signing up for it. Who knows what the future holds though, I'm not entirely secure anymore. Last month was the end of an era and I do feel that I'm in limbo, I may as well try a bit of everything and see what transpires.
  • Listening to: Fist Fuck - NIN
  • Reading: Tomb
  • Watching: Monster of Peladon
  • Playing: Don't play games
  • Eating: crinkle crunch biscuits
  • Drinking: Tea - usually
A month I will always remember for all the worst reasons. Personal tragedy - enough said.

So what are my thoughts of art things?

Don't know when I will find the enthusiasm or inspiration to get painting again. Feeling very lonely and aimless right now.

So, given that nothing new is likely to appear for a while, I wish 2|E would hurry up and release a certain Doctor Who story on DVD that I did artwork for more than a year ago. I'm itching to upload some of the pics - the last significant Doctor Who work I've done professionally. IIRC there were five or six images, one of which I really like, not my usual style but it worked well I think. It's of one of my favourite Dr Who characters - I knew that old issue of TV Action would come in useful for reference at some point. Being a bit vague aren't I? Unfortunately I'm obliged to follow the etiquette of being all secret squirrel about it. Clearly it's one that needs a lot of restoration though ;-)
  • Listening to: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Reading: The Krotons
  • Watching: Steptoe and Son Ride Again
  • Playing: with fire
  • Eating: very little
  • Drinking: Tea - usually
Strange month. Not achieved as much as had hoped, been posting older pieces here to keep it ticking. One thing that I'm hoping to do is set up a small life drawing group in my area. I don't feel remotely qualified to tutor it, so people will have to come along and fend for themselves, but as far as I can see there aren't any barriers to doing this. I have a place lined up, and I've advertised locally so I'll have to see what interest there is. Then I just have to find models willing to get their kit off! ;-)
  • Listening to: Ian Gillan
  • Reading: Aphrodisia
  • Watching: Kessler
  • Playing: pocket billiards
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Liquid
If I had a pound for every message I've had on DeviantART I'd have well over £7000, so thanks for all the responses (if not the lolly ;-) I can't respond to every message but I appreciate them all and I'm very grateful to anyone who takes the time to leave a message. I try to keep up to date and I get a lot of satisfaction from the comments, be they smileys or more elaborate critiques. I've found a lot of inspiration here myself and it's nice to be part of an artistic community who can convey what an illustration does for them - better than I can anyway.

Thanks all.

D
  • Listening to: Ian Van Dahl
  • Reading: The Myth Makers
  • Watching: Randal and Hopkirk (Deceased )
  • Playing: nuttin
  • Eating: tic tacs
  • Drinking: Tea
I think there might only be a dozen pics out of the 236 currently up (!) that have been left unaltered from the old site. I rescanned practically everything, and some of it therefore had to be recomposited. There's definately a lot of new Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee stuff in the Dr Who galleries. Eg the old Carnival of Monsters pic was split up to make 3 new pics, one of which still isn't up and the other is now The Three Doctors.

I've still got a lot that will go up as regular updates, maybe 60 pics - Draconians, Irongrons fallen Star, helicopter colliding with the heat barrier and the like. Plus other film posters and stuff.

Ideally I'll fill the gaps so that, particularly for the DW 60s stuff you'll be able to click through from one story to the next with a synopsis of what's going on. I think the text helps to set the scene so that it not just a portfolio but a potted history of Doctor Who and an epic story in itself.

I'm pondering whether to put nudes and life drawings up there, but they might be better off on devientART. There are already some fairly fruity images mixed in to the non Who galleries.
  • Listening to: Fuzzbox
  • Reading: Look and Learn
  • Watching: Grange Hill series 2
  • Eating: Twix
  • Drinking: coffee
  • Listening to: Superman
  • Reading: Arthur Archer
  • Watching: Grange Hill series 2
  • Playing: constantly
  • Eating: crinkle crunch
  • Drinking: tea
My web site that is...

www.daryljoyce.co.uk

Peruse at your leisure mateys.

D
  • Listening to: Asia - track called 'Free'
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: Randall and Hopkirk (deceased)
  • Playing: nowt
  • Eating: starch
  • Drinking: tea
Just a few finishing touches and the web site will be live. Need to upload a few wallpapers of some of the wider images and poster-like stuff. More will go in as weekly updates because I still have about 60 images waiting in the wings - things that either need rescanning or just a  bit of work. But I can't prevaricate forever so I just hung on to see Matt Smith and create an 11th Doctor Gallery (with one image in it only so far).

BTW, I really like the new Doctor, like the cinematography and design - don't have a problem with the much criticised new titles and theme either, all looks like the start of a very good era for the series IMO. Fingers crossed anyway.

So anyway, I finished painting Matt Smith in a poster style image today, along with some of the things he will encounter this series. I'll save it for the launch of the web site before posting here though. It's the first big painting I've done for a while, recently I've been doing about 60% as a painting and 40% worked up through a graphics program - Paint Shop or Photoshop. But this one is 100% old school Gouache on board, with a paint brush, water and a dish to mix paint. Of course I might tweak the vibrancy of explosions and lights once it's scanned but that's pretty much par for the course these days. As long as the end result is the best it can be. I suspect it'll still be 95% as physically painted.

So how are you lot? Happy?
  • Listening to: nothing
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: Randall and Hopkirk (deceased)
  • Playing: nowt
  • Eating: starch
  • Drinking: tea
I don't want that teen bull*** for an avatar. Where's my own one gone?!!!!
  • Listening to: Crises by Mike Oldfield
  • Reading: The Daleks Masterplan - part one
  • Watching: Lost in Time
  • Playing: nowt
  • Eating: Dolly Mixtures
  • Drinking: Complan
Well, looks like my site will have to go live before the end of March (just in time for the new Doctor) so not long to wait now. I think some things will just have to wait for updates though otherwise this preparation could go on forever, but as I now manage the content I promise to update regularly, probably monthly. Still, there's still time to get a few new pics done. In terms of Doctor Who I'm currently working on something very nasty from Mission to the Unknown, another piece for Curse of Peladon that gives me vertigo every time I look at it, Revelation of the Daleks, and I've just completed 'Metebelis 3' which might make sense of the giant bird legs seen at the start of The Green Death.

Outside of Who there's a classic Amicus horror film, and a British comedy film starring Dick Emery!

Lots more on the cards.
  • Listening to: Jaws 2 and The Fury by John Williams
  • Reading: My web site blurb - endlessly
  • Watching: Please Sir
  • Playing: nowt
  • Eating: Toast
  • Drinking: Tea
Just completed some more Hartnell stuff for the web site, and I'm currently doing a few Pertwee's - The Three Doctors (poster type image), and a Plesiosaur and the SS Bernice, amongst others. The site should lead you through the Doctor Who stories (favouring 60's and 70's admittedly) - there's text to give story info and some stories feature more than one image so they'll be plenty for Who fans to trawl through. What I love about Doctor Who from an illustrators point of view is that the subjects are hugely diverse - it's not just monsters - last week I was painting the Trojan horse, this week it's a Dinosaur, next week; an old guy and his grandaughter climbing up the inside of a drainpipe! Guillotines, Gladiators, immense Monoid statues, Aztec sacrifice, volcanic eruptions, Medusa, Dr Solon's brain surgery - it's a rich vein of loveliness that inspires an interest in history and science.
Whilst uploading for my web site I realised how little traditional painting I'd done in the last five years. It's practically essential to do some tinkering on a piece once it's scanned, if only to try to recapture the vibrancy of colour that a scanner often seems to lose, but also you can take some radical liberties and see how else your painting might work, the freedom of an undo tool is very liberating. Still I'm trying to rectifying my lack of painting. I've just done a couple of portrait commissions and my Macra on the beach monster scene and Zhora from Blade Runner are all but complete. Oh and a Mire Beast from the Doctor Who story The Chase is finally done. Will I tinker with them radically? No, not too much I think, I'm happy with them as they are.

So far there are 180 images uploaded to the web site, about 40 more and it will be done, including wallpapers. The old site had about 170 in total, lots of them were below par in my opinion and those have been dropped - anything I thought had a glimmer of decency to it I have reworked. I'm hoping there are no weak links in the gallery of pics and I'll be asking for honest feedback once the site's live so that it looks the best it can - feedback on the illustrations - not the site look and layout - that's set in stone now I'm afraid!

I also found a bunch of my old artwork in a suitcase, so I'll scan that stuff and see if I can do anything interesting with it.
  • Listening to: Our Man Flint by Jerry Goldsmith - funky
  • Reading: Creatura by Paulo Eleuteri Serpieri
  • Watching: Please Sir
  • Playing: nowt
  • Eating: Party Rings
  • Drinking: Tea
Deeply immersed in rebuilding my web site, new look and quite a lot of new art, plus rescans and improvements on older images. I'm painting a number of images from classic DW, something for the stories - Planet of Giants, The Mythmakers, The Macra Terror and Invasion of the Dinosaurs amongst others, which is why my deviant submissions haven't been too frequent of late - I'm keeping stuff back for the relaunch.

I'm also working on a team project that could be a tester for something that might eventually lead to something all decent DW fans should embrace - hopefully. But it might be a long and twisted route to get there.
  • Listening to: Bernard Herrman - Jason &...
  • Reading: Delta of Venus
  • Watching: Doctor in Charge
  • Playing: nowt
  • Eating: A Cheese Sandwich
  • Drinking: Tea