Monday, 28 February 2011

Mug painting 60/365

Acrylic painting 7"10" on paper

Mushroom 59/365

Here is an animation of how i made "Mushroom"

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Mushroom 58/365

final instalment to this :)

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Mushroom 57/365

Only a small update today as i've been busy working today. 

Friday, 25 February 2011

Mushroom 56/365

More of the 'shroom :)

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Mushroom 55/365

Adding some more to this, there is more definition on the face and i've started working on a background.  at the moment alice has been removed - she'll probably return soon :) i know it looks like he's floating but i will start to block the mushroom is tomorrow :)

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Mushroom 54/365

carry on working on this :D

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Mushroom 53/365

Back to doodling :D 

Monday, 21 February 2011

Breakfast 52/365

Sorry I've not done anything "arty" recently will get back into doodles soon :)

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Guild hall 51/365

Trying out a darkroom app :)

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Guild hall lion 50/365

Took the kids to town to see "the war" as Harvey calls it.

Friday, 18 February 2011

An iPod drawing 49/376

I've been pretty busy today so I tried out a iPod drawing app :)

Thursday, 17 February 2011

tilt shift 48/365

a bit of an experiment ive been working on :)  

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Boat manipulation 47/365

a photomanipulation today :D  Also an animation of it...

and the wizard from yesterday :D

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Wizard 46/365


I think this maybe the end of the wizard painting - i'll have to think about it! :D

Monday, 14 February 2011

Wizard 45/365

Adding some more to my wizard :D  

Sunday, 13 February 2011

home 44/365


Taking a little break from my wizard tonight :D this was done on my Ipod :D i liked it - but it is a bit filtered :D

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Playing with my iPod

Sent from my iPod

Wizard 43/365

More on this picture :D he now has a beard and different hair! :D 

Friday, 11 February 2011

wizard 42/365

day 3 :D 

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Wizard in colour 41/365

coloured version :D

Wizard 40/365


Digital, line art, type thing :) 

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

crappy ufo 39/365

pretty crap - feeling uninspired today!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Here kitty kitty 38/365

kitty kitty

I have no idea what is going on here! :D  

Posh man 37/365

I had a struggle yesterday after i killed my laptop trying to install linux on a seperate partition - grrr!  silly simon!!  still it seems to be okay now!!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Simple face 36/365

I've been fighting with ubuntu today, trying to get it installed on its own partition.  the fun neve stops :) 

Friday, 4 February 2011

Artrage doodle 35/365

Trying out artrage - its a bit "stiff" but fairly cool :D 

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Comic Book style text Photoshop tutorial 34/365


I'm a huge fan of comics – not that I've been able to buy any in the last 5 years or so :( but I do love rereading my old ones. This had me thinking about the old style Pow's and Thwaks they used to put in fight scenes. I liked them, so I thought i'd show you a way of making them in Photoshop.

Step 1.

Go to and download and install the font Badaboom, this is a fantastic comic font that I love. Also we want to download a cloud brush from Next make a 1024x768 sized document inside Photoshop. Next using the Gradient Tool make a 50% grey to black gradient.


Step 2.

First set your foreground colour to white by pressing D followed by X on your keyboard, Select the Text Tool from the Toolbar and using the Badaboom font type KABOOM! I set my font size to 72 but you can choose what ever size you want.


Step 3.

we now want to add a Layer style, go to Layer>Layer Style>Drop Shadow. Leave the settings as default, next add a Inner shadow style, set the colour to #f70a0a and the blending mode to normal. Increase the distance to 5, choke to 8 and size to 24. Finally add a Bevel and Emboss Style leaving the default settings.

step3a step3b step3c

Step 4.

We now add a new Layer under the text layer and using Control and E merge the text layer and new layer together (First select the Text layer then merge). Select the now flattened text layer and go to Edit>Transform>Perspective. Grab the top right hand anchor and pull it up so the right hand side is larger than the left.


Step 5.

Now duplicate the Text Layer using Control & J, This layer is going to be a sort of shadow. First we hide our original text layer by pressing the eye icon in the layer window. Next we want to make it black, the easiest way of doing this is to add a Colour overlay Layer style (Layer>Layer style>Colour Overlay) set to black. Then we unhide the original text layer.

step5 step5b

Step 6.

Finally we use the cloud brush we downloaded in step one, on a new layer brush in some clouds around the word. Make it thicker towards to beginning of the word and less at the end :)

Hope you liked the tutorial and please feel free to visit my website :)

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Night Scene 33/365


This is pretty much the result of slapping some paint down and seeing where it evolved :D  Acrylics on Paper 7"x10"

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Egg box crocodile 32/365

eggbox croc

I painted an egg box crocodile my son made at school :D  acrylics on paper 7” x 10”