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It has been FOREVER. Also, apparently the last time I was here I was in a bad mood, and I stored literally everything in my account that wasn't to do with Nursery Crimes. So, I have put it all back. I don't want to make any bold promises about updating here again with regularity (well, I do want to make such bold promises, but I don't want to break them ;)) so, if you are still out there/remember my existence, I sometimes post art on Twitter or Tumblr, on both my user name is 'voodoobeans'

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  • Listening to: Judge Judy
  • Reading: This
  • Watching: True Grit
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
It's been a long time. I have a new job that I'm about to uproot for, but after that I will hopefully update here regularly again. Nursery Crimes is playing at the Bird's Eye View festival on March 12th as part of the Bloody Women horror shorts section. If you're in London, check it out! The whole festival looks like a great time. I'll be there on the 12th with LadiesWhoLunch who co-wrote the film :D

And now I suppose I better stop procrastinating and start packing. Sigh.
  • Listening to: Judge Judy
  • Reading: This
  • Watching: True Grit
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
Hey guys. Nursery Crimes is screening @ The British Horror Film Festival in Bournemouth on Saturday October 30th, at the Pier Theatre. No idea what time it's on, or if any of us will manage to be there, but if you're in that neck of the woods... check it out :D
  • Listening to: Cee-Lo Green
  • Reading: This
  • Watching: Nursery Crimes
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
Yesterday I had my final presentation for the Masters course. No idea how it went - we'll find out soon enough! I think you'd have to try pretty damn hard to fail, so I'm not too worried. So now they only way out is up -- I've decided to clear out most of my old artwork and have a fresh start from this point on.

I just uploaded a bunch of new/proper photos of the Nursery Crimes puppets - all taken by Steven Crichton, whose stuff you should go and check out :D

The film is nearly finished, we're just waiting on sound. It's screening from the 28th of August to the 5th of September at Duncan of Jordanstone, as part of the Masters degree show. The puppets and props are also part of the exhibition, so if you're local or in town... come by. We're in the Bradshaw space, which is right outside the animation department for those who know it ;)

I should have some pictures of the exhibition to post soon... and hopefully producing actual artwork will recommence fairly soon.

Major thanks to everyone who helped out with the film, I definitely couldn't have done it on my own -- I'll upload it when I can!
  • Listening to: Cee-Lo Green
  • Reading: This
  • Watching: Nursery Crimes
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
The Nursery Crimes Blog is once again being updated with relative frequency. There's a lot more there than there is here :D Can you tell I'm stuck at home waiting for lightbulbs to arrive? :/
  • Listening to: No post arriving.
  • Reading: this
  • Watching: The Philadelphia Story
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
For those of you who aren't aware, I am working on a stop-motion animated short called 'Nursery Crimes' for my MSc project - it's coming along nicely, and I am posting progress updates at the blog - see photos of in progress puppets and props, model sheets, concept art... etc!

Featuring the marvellous handywork of jen-kollic, hiddentapir, LadiesWhoLunch, Janice Aitken & the amazing/magnificent Eunice Aitken :D

Go forth and discover!
  • Listening to: People murmuring in the studio
  • Reading: this
  • Watching: Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince
  • Playing: Astro Ranch - OH YES
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
Before my paid account runs out! It's been a funny year. Lot of ups and downs. Did some fairly mega work for a couple of fairly mega clients at Tag, Astro Ranch was revived and is almost ready to launch (!), I went back to University and discovered a complete shambles within, got plenty of tattoos, watched about 200 horror films -- for 2010 I'm going to stay focused and get things done :D Onwards and upwards - ten forward!

February:

Adventures o' Capn Catbeard by vimfuego

April:

You look... different by vimfuego

May:

Nursery Crimes by vimfuego

July:

Little Bo Peep Development by vimfuego

Little Bo Development 2 by vimfuego

First Kiss by vimfuego

August:

Meanwhile... by vimfuego

September:



October:

Just Hangin' Around by vimfuego

November:

Dead from Cute by vimfuego

December:

Mr. Triangle in Squaresville by vimfuego

Steampunky Characters by vimfuego

Nursery Crimes - Final by vimfuego
  • Listening to: Jan Svankmejer shorts on dvd in the postgrad room
  • Reading: Art of Ray Harryhausen
  • Watching: 100 horror films in 1 month
  • Playing: Astro Ranch - OH YES
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
<3<3<3 thank you!
  • Listening to: Jan Svankmejer shorts on dvd in the postgrad room
  • Reading: Art of Ray Harryhausen
  • Watching: 100 horror films in 1 month
  • Playing: Astro Ranch - OH YES
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
I'm doing a sketchblog via Twitter/Twitpic! There's a feed that posts to voodoobeans.org, but if you want to follow me my username is @voodoobeans :D

I don't know yet how often I'll be updating it, but I definitely need to start loosening up and drawing more, so hopefully it'll be fairly frequent -- expect primarily nonsense such as the Clark Gable shark :P
  • Listening to: Law and Order on TV
  • Reading: Nada atm
  • Watching: The Notorious Bettie Page
  • Playing: Bioshock STILL. God, I need to play more often
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
First of all, check it:

:thumb121168052: Funlovinartist did a speed model of my 'You Look... Different' deviation! I love the plasticine-style blood :D Go and fawn.

Next, I bought ArtRage today. I dled the starter ed at work during the week and really enjoyed it, I think it's going to be absolutely perfect for the comic(s) that Mell and I are going to produce. Really wanted to get a painty/inky effect and much as I love Photoshop, I do not love making and saving custom brushes and then remembering which ones I used for what :P

Plus it's dirt cheap. Can't go wrong!

And last, I really need to stop drawing stupid tiny things that have no perspective and little to no background - my attention span is utter fail. Producing finished things ftw, and I certainly used to do it, so there's no excuse really. Need to just draw something, doesn't matter what - I spend too long labouring over ideas and thinking it's not good enough for the concept. I should go and cut loose and do some fanart or something that has no pressure attached and get my groove back.

Maybe I'll do that today :D
  • Listening to: Bluuuues Brothers
  • Reading: Nada atm
  • Watching: Alien Quadrilogy
  • Playing: Bioshock STILL. God, I need to play more often
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
You look... different - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

^^ vote for me, please! :)
  • Listening to: Traffic outside, how exciting
  • Reading: Nada atm
  • Watching: Scream
  • Playing: Bioshock
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
Look out for the four horsemen, I am going back to uni! Oh my yes. I was just accepted to go back and do the masters course at DoJ - come September, I'll be a student bum again. I'm really stoked to go back, actually - my thesis thingy is going to be great fun to research and as a result of it, we'll get to make a film we've been dying to get off the ground for nearly two and a half years.

I was half-tempted to try and seek out some funding for it, but I think the advice and general abuse feedback we'd get from the Uni is more valuable at this stage. I'm going to be studying horror films, Disney films, and fairytale story archetypes - should be sweet! Hopefully the research for this one will help Mell and I out with our current pet project, which is a horror-genre comic. Also, having access to the library can only be useful -- we need to see all sorts of period fashion & I know they have a massive section dedicated to it, haha!

I'm still at Tag, never fear :D I'll be there till September & then we'll have to either part ways or figure something out, need to wait and see what's going on when the time comes. They have been very cool about it, which I expected of course ;) legend.

Aaand that's about it, news wise. Carjack should be launching soonish, depends on Apple more than us at this point, and I've got a really fun little project lined up to go on to starting next week which should have me doing some wacky character design as well as some actual 3D environment modelling, so that will be interesting. I've done a lot of rigging/animation/particles stuff, but absolutely no modelling to speak of really... you'll probably hear me screaming in Edinburgh XD

Hope you're all enjoying your Easter weekend :P
  • Listening to: Traffic outside, how exciting
  • Reading: Nada atm
  • Watching: Scream
  • Playing: Bioshock
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
Our current iPhone title Carjack Streets is gearing up to launch in the next couple of weeks (the exact date depends on Apple's review process, so we won't know till it goes) and we've been putting out some dev vid blogs and other nonsense in the name of self promotion.

Check out the company youtube for the videos - if you watch diary 3 (art) you'll see some of my animation for the game. You'll also see me using dynamic hair for a sprite that will be 10px max on screen, haha - any excuse!

Alternatively CarJackStreets.com has all that stuff & some info about the game. If you look really closely in one of the videos you might see me for a flash frame :P I filmed and edited all of them.
  • Listening to: Patti Lupone - Personality
  • Reading: Anatomy for Comics
  • Playing: Bioshock
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
We just got in a massive pile of CVs and demo reels from Interactive Tayside, Game in Scotland and even at a cursory glance they all look terrible!  I was hired from Game in Scotland, and let me tell you internets, the things I did not do:

1) I did not fail to put my name on the disc I handed in

2) I did not use my own printer to make a label, nor did I enlarge one of my drawings from web-resolution in order to do it

3) I did not list on my CV the software I was not good at

4) I did not include a photo of myself looking slightly uncomfortable and poorly groomed

5) I did not apply for an art position with a CV that looked as though it had been designed in MS Word. Blurry fonts and cheap gimmicks don't get you jobs, people!

6) I did not list my blood type, my gamertag, or my messenger id – it's not facebook!

7) I did not say I was fluent in English when my CV was living proof to the contrary

8) I did not apply for more than one job – coders and artists work simultaneously, doing both is physically impossible unless you intend to miss both deadlines and do a shoddy job on each

9) I did not claim to be a 3D artist and then link to a website that consisted mostly of poorly rendered spheres with eye-searing textures on them; 3D Max can make a sphere without you

10)I did not apply for the job, but state plainly on my CV that I intended to go into a different career at a later date

God the list could be endless! Pay attention to your CV. Make it impressive, because we are going to laugh at you otherwise.  Keep it clean and simple, clip art is not your friend – a plain text doc is fine in all truth, just make sure the layout is easily read and nicely spaced.

If the job requires experience you don't have, make it clear that you're willing to learn (especially if it's 3D) and make a point of listing some of your achievements in picking things up quickly in other capacities. Don't just say you suck at 3D! Your attitude can be much more important than your experience, you should judge yourself based on your potential and not based on what you can't do.

I could probably write thirty pages more on this, but seriously. If you're an artist, your page layout should be impressive.  I don't mean cover it with shit, either, I just mean that you ought to be able to take what you have and present it well – the focus should be on the text, not on power graphics that make it hard to read D:
  • Listening to: Patti Lupone - Personality
  • Reading: Anatomy for Comics
  • Playing: Bioshock
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
voo-voo-voodoobeans!

It's online :D www.voodoobeans.org ! Coded by the marvelous LadiesWhoLunch :D
  • Listening to: Patti Lupone - Personality
  • Reading: Anatomy for Comics
  • Playing: Bioshock
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
...are back after an impromptu hiatus! ToastyandGhosty.com!
  • Listening to: Patti Lupone - Personality
  • Reading: Anatomy for Comics
  • Watching: Igor
  • Playing: Bioshock
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
So at some point it ceased to be January. Am I the only one who still feels like it's 1998? Time is disappearing way too fast, and I am doing very little with it, it seems.

Right now, I am procrastinating cleaning my house. I was going to do it, but the cat is all comfortable in my lap and providing me with an excellent excuse to write journal entries instead, so why should I disrupt the natural order of things?

I'm starting to get frustrated with my drawing again. I feel as though I've hit the wall as far as progression goes at the moment, I've run out of inspiration and can't get my hands to do my bidding. I can feel myself getting rusty, the work's getting more stiff instead of less, and I'm getting the rage as a result. Can't carry on like this, I'm going to have to remove my head from my arse and find a way forward. I hate feeling complacent, and that's what I've become. Content with whatever falls out of my head on to the paper*. Not cool!

I think what happens is that I spend too long looking at other people's work, people who have a better grasp on perspective and anatomy, and get frustrated that I've still got a way to go before I get to that stage - to the point where I forget what my real strengths are, or that I have any at all. Which isn't true, so it is time to stop moaning and do some damn work on it, lest I annoy myself to death :D

Been messing about with water colours lately. I've forgotten everything I ever knew about traditional painting, so this is going to be a long and labourious process. But one worth doing. On the cards also are life drawing and painting classes, I just need to work out when they start and how much money I can afford to blow on them (it would be nice to take both at once, but perhaps ambitious on a financial front...).

The cat has now removed himself in disgust because I keep typing, so I suppose I'd better go and clean the place now. The feral cat is in his bed, which is apparently enough of a reason to come and sit on my legs until they are numb. Even though there is an identical bed ten inches to the right of the first one, haha.

*I actually prefer my roughest, tiniest drawings over anything more worked up and painted that I do, I wish I could get away with doing tiny thumbnails forever. Sadly not, alas!
  • Listening to: Patti Lupone - Personality
  • Reading: Anatomy for Comics
  • Watching: Igor
  • Playing: Bioshock
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
This week I adopted a semi-feral kitten. This is day two! The first night she squeezed under the bath panel and I had to yank her back out (rusty nails in there, ffs) and I have many deep wounds to prove it.

So for the first day I had her in a rabbit cage. This was more for my other cat's sake than hers -- even though he is easily twice (maybe three times) her size, he was pissing terrified of her.

Now she is released and is hiding out in the cupboard in the bedroom, which is, btw, much safer than under the bath. They seem to be getting on OK, though Fry seems gutted she doesn't want to spoon with him haha. Which is much better than cowering and hissing at her, I must say.

Pictures: i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/…

Her name's Mouse, just for the hilarity of a cat called Mouse XD

Are any of you lot going to the Royal Television Society Scotland Awards? Don't think I am going to go, but curious nevertheless...
  • Listening to: Daddy's Gone - Glasvegas
  • Reading: Making Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Watching: Evil Dead II
  • Playing: Tomb Raider: Underworld &amp; Bioshock
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog
www.guardian.co.uk/technology/… booyah :D
  • Listening to: Daddy's Gone - Glasvegas
  • Reading: Making Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Watching: Evil Dead II
  • Playing: Tomb Raider: Underworld &amp; Bioshock
  • Eating: El Pollo Diablo
  • Drinking: Grog