Continuing distractions.

Continuing distractions.

Another wasted(?) period of time, six weeks or so since my last post.

I spent a lot of the time working on the continued transfer assets to a newer version of Unity to allow for a cleaner (smaller) executable and for more actions within the space. Conversations and research have convinced me that I need a narrative and more interactions in the space and I think I’m going to combine them. The thing I haven’t got at the moment is words.

So I decided to take a step back and produce some developments towards sculpture based on the lemniscate drawings. The full gallery is here …

The drawings began as experiments with binders and carriers for graphite powder following the comfrey torus drawings from this post, stepping aside occasionally

studio drawing

A1 drawings made in the studio

These drawings were then torn into quarters and collaged together

A1 torus collage

A1 torus collage

And finally these collages were worked over to define a central connection and suggest a sculptural solution.

Final A1 Torus drawing

Final A1 Torus drawing

There are 16 drawings in total and I’m working on a series of maquettes.

I also made some paintings of peppers I grew this year.

Continuing distractions.

Fruit and Peppers, oil on denim, 12″ x 12″

There are six paintings and they can be seen on this link


I’ve carried on drawing every day and you can see the November  images  here

There is a link to the previous month’s Gallery on each page.

The drawings are posted to Twitter and Instagram each day.

Gardens Project 15: Weeks of Dithering.

Gardens Project 15: Weeks of Dithering.

There are eight videos tracing the development of the gardens project so far.

The first shows the introduction of the trees and bushes and ends with the errors around the second church.

The second shows the slide and the difficulties with climbing that made me seek a different solution.

Then there is the solution and some of the adjustments.

Followed by the speed adjustments that I needed for the locomotion to work more reasonably.

Then a run around the area when all that was worked out.

This was followed by a digression into the canopy scene – using one of my apple trees as the backdrop for a model of a branch with flowers.

and a video showing the resolution of that into a working scene.

The final video, necessarily at a lower resolution shows the current run through of the project, starting with the cave of the sibyl and running through the oak leaf, through Glover Street, with the falling toy, and into the canopy before returning to the oak leaf. There are still parts to be added to Glover Street and a few tweaks to be made to the canopy digression.

I also decided it was time I updated the webpage for this project how I remember myself


I’ve carried on drawing every day and you can see the July images  here

The drawings are posted to Twitter and Instagram each day.

Lemniscate Explorations

A set of Lemniscate Explorations

I’ve also started a series of collage drawings of lemniscates that can be seen in this gallery Lemniscate Explorations

Gardens Project 11: Hackwork and Ennui

Gardens Project 11: Hackwork and Ennui

Langour of spirit is about right as far as the ‘Gardens Project’ is concerned.

I’ve got, finally, the topography established for the glover street scene. It took about 230 hours to get it looking the way I wanted. I’ve noted before that this is because of my lack of knowledge which leads to the iterative process of build, test, scrap, rebuild, test, scrap and on. I’ve also built the Introductory scene in outline and started to model the oak leaf as the overall box for the environment.

There will eventually be an introduction leading to the oak leaf and six chapters built around the gardens that will be accessed through the oak leaf at the whim of the player.

Hackwork and Ennui

Gardens Project Plan

I’ve planned this out to complete over the next six months frustrations notwithstanding, but then I got a job, so that’s going to slow it down somewhat.

Given those frustrations I’ve continued to paint.

holly leaves oil sketch

Holly Leaves, oil on board, 10″10″

I added a 10”x10” oil sketch of the holly leaves on plywood and finished the Bathroom Still Life.

bathroom still life

bathroom still life, oil on board, 50cmx40cm

This one is 50cmx40cm plywood and is another oil on board.

I made three small (30cmx20cm) oil on board paintings of lens flares from my camera trap.

lens flare painting

Lens Flare One, oil on board, 30cmx20cm

lens flare painting

Lens Flare Two, oil on board, 30cmx20cm

lens flare painting

Lens Flare Three, oil on board, 30cmx20cm

I also made a garden painting the same size,


apples, oil on board, 30cmx20cm

and a painting of honeysuckle.


honeysuckle, oil on board, 30cmx20cm

I added a sparrow to my bird collection


sparrow, oil on board, 10″x10″

Finally I began a 50cmx40cm of a rose from the front garden.

rose - in progress

close up painting of a rose in progress

I’ve carried on drawing every day and you can see the November images

The drawings are posted to Twitter and Instagram each day.

The Gardens project posts start here