Tuesday 25 August 2009

No more squinting .........

After a period of indecision - do I need a Cintique etc ? - I've finally decided to head for larger screen acreage. A new 30" LCD to go with the 24" which now runs in portrait mode alongside.
I must admit they were a bit overwhelming when I first started using them both. How quickly you get used to them though. Brilliant for putting large collages together and having lots of reference stuff up while your working. Watching TV on the second one - poser eh ?
They are both Dell's - the 24" I've had for over three years, just a few problems with the USB hub ( they replaced the monitor after 2 years ). The 3 year warranty is pleasing.
I haven't flipped to the 'dark side' though the smart bit that works it all is the MacPro under the desk.
Remains to be seen if it improves the quality of the work but all the lights in the street dim when I turn it on !!!

Monday 17 August 2009

Alfred Hitchcock

You can get so bored doing commissions, I really haven't got the time to do this - but - I saw E-Caricatures are doing an on line competition of 'ol Hitch so here's my attempt. Good experience doing a grey scale for a change - I'm not going to bore you with all that 'values' stuff !!!
Back to those jobs on the desk.

Thursday 6 August 2009

Truck caricature ....

Earlier this year I did a series of caricatures of the family and staff of a statewide trucking company to commemorate their 40th Anniversary.
To mark the occasion they had one of the caricatures painted on their newest truck - nice little byline.
The company, Marley's Transport, at one time were the Guinness World record holders for the longest Road Train. One of their Kenworth's hauled 45 trailers measuring 610 metres for 8 kilometers - hell of a job to back that !

Tuesday 4 August 2009

Sir Bobby Robson ... RIP & Thanks !

It was a sad day last Friday when I heard of the passing of Sir Bobby Robson. Sir Bobby was one of the greatest football managers of our time and though he went on to great success as England manager and clubs such as Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven, Porto and Newcastle United he will always have a special place in the heart of every Ipswich Supporter.
It was a privilege to follow the club through the 14 years of unprecedented success he gave us 'Tractor Boys'. The teams he produced are the stuff of folklore in Suffolk, they punched way above their weight and the big clubs visits to Portman Road were a source of trepidation - lovely stuff. A big thankyou from this life long Town fan. Rest in peace.