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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
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Coconut-CocaCola Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Hello there! Can I have some artist advice, please?
Pratically all your deviations are made in acrylique, but what do you use for the support? Since it doesn't look like you're using canvas.
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Harnois75 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi there, sorry for the late response, haven't been here much recently. Most of the traditional stuff I've done is painted in gouache - I've not used acrylic. I tend to use pretty standard coloured mount board to paint on.
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Coconut-CocaCola Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Board? Some sort of canvas?
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Harnois75 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Mount board, it's just the sort of stuff you'd buy at an art shop or stationers for literally mounting a display of art or photographs on. Usually coloured, not sure of the weight off hand, but like very thick card (like the covers of a hardback book) and sold at A1 size.
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Coconut-CocaCola Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Ok! Thank you very much!!! <3
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional
So I'm guessing I shouldn't hold my breath for that Celetial Toymaker art? :D

I hear ya- there are times when art, especially "genre" art- is very hard to get motivated about. Sometimes, no matter how good it is, ya feel like you're out in the wilderness and no one is noticing what you're doing (and certainly not paying what it's worth, if paying at all).

Here's a thought- and you've probably already had this- have ya considered really throwing yourself into some "proper" "fine art", and trying to get it into the hands of galleries and dealers? You already have some in your portfolio, but I bet you could take that a lot farther. I could see ya doing well with surrealist kinda stuff, nudes, or meditative, Wyeth-esque portraits. There's many times I've wanted to ditch what I do and do some "real" art (especially when I see how much some of my other artist friends make with it), but I'm limited by my medium and I'm too old to learn to paint (I think my only hope is getting into the "gig" and "art poster" business, which is also crazy lucrative). But you can paint, dude (really goddamn well), and I think if ya just let yourself go on some non-copyrighted subjects that fascinate ya, it could be amazing.

Also- do ya ever sell prints of your war stuff? The Dambusters and all that? There seems to be a big industry for those (but maybe it's oversaturated? I have to admit I'm talking a bit out of my ass here).
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Harnois75 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Paul, sorry your Toymaker art is such a long time coming, you're two years older than you should've been when this was due. It's an elaborate piece and I don't want it to look compromised by my currant inability to find the right level of enthusiasm for art. i started it once some months back but discarded the effort. I won't charge you anything for it when I get some mojo back.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional
It's SERIOUSLY no rush, man. I know how those kinda pics can be. There's a piece I started for a friend years ago of Clint Eastwood in UNFORGIVEN (a very detailed black-and-white, almost engraving-like piece) with him standing in the rain that I've just never been able to finish.

And no charge? That's lovely of ya to offer, but **** that. Wouldn't dream of not paying for it. The deal ya offered in the first place was generous enough as it was. ;)
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Langue-Skulptur Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Sorry to hear about your difficulties. I'll just say that I am constantly amazed by your work and how good it is. Whenever I hear about artists such as yourself struggling, it just makes me wonder what's wrong with this planet. On the flip side, maybe you've got more time now to try your hand at those new art types.
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Harnois75 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I need to try my hands at a few new things for sure.
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