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It has been pointed out to me a number of times in the past that the way I work is painfully slow. As a result, actual finished artworks tend to be a long time coming. And in the age of social media and television, constant visual stimulation is pretty much required of anyone engaged in an artistic profession.
So in order to satiate ye of the short attention span, behold, a blog. Here will be posted my works in progress, my occasional inane ramblings, and sometime even a little information about the influences and inspirations that help to form my work.
Of course, to browse through the finished articles, take a look at the gallery page.
Thu, 14 September 2017

Councillor Seo Yoon-hee, Minister for Education of the City States of Sin-Baekje.

Hello everyone. Anyone remember that tiger-headed coat of arms I posted back in March? You'll find it here . It was going to be used as the Coat of Arms of the City States of Sin-Baekje; a federation of city states in the southern part of the Korean peninsula. Well, here is the picture that preliminary sketch was for. See if you can find it. The piece is entitled "Councillor Seo Yoon-hee, Minister for Education of the City States of Sin-Baekje". See below for more information about the Councillor herself, as well as about the City States of Sin-Baekje... "... Seo Yoon-hee was born on 29...
Thu, 31 August 2017

Sorry for not posting in such a long time, technical difficulties...

Sorry for not posting in such a long time, technical difficulties... Sufficed to say that the show Things are going to Slide with Kelly Ratchford at the Olivier Cornet Gallery went really well. A belated thank you to all who made it. I won’t try to fill in all the posts from Facebook and Instagram that I’ve done since the last one here. They’re all pieces from the show which I will eventually upload in their own album in the Gallery section, but until then you can check them out on my social media sites. In other news, I decided to part ways with the Olivier Cornet Gallery back in June. This...
Sun, 30 April 2017

Another teaser for the exhibition...

Some more work in progress to give you a taste of what you will see at the exhibition from Thursday 11th May, 7pm. Not long now. Also here is a reminder of the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/161036961087106/ Also on the events page is the text of the essay by Jenny Papasotiriou I was telling you about. It's really as good as I was expecting.
Sun, 16 April 2017

'Things are going to slide'

So now that it has been officially announced by the Olivier Cornet Gallery (plus I have a few minutes to do this upload), I can now give you some new details about my upcoming exhibition with Ms. Kelly Ratchford. The title of the exhibition is 'Things are going to slide'. The official opening is on Thursday 11th May at 7pm. Therefore, if you are in Dublin and available, do come along and see. The gallery is as follows: Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin. For those that cannot make the exhibition or would like to visit more than once the exhibition runs till the 11th of...
Mon, 6 March 2017

Coat of Arms of the City States of Sin-Baekje

I may have mentioned this before, but I'm currently working on a two-person exhibition at the Olivier Cornet Gallery with Kelly Ratchford which will start in May. The process of preparing for the show has given me some good opportunities for a bit of world-building. Here is a sketch I did in preparation for one of my 12X12 pieces for the exhibition. It is the Coat of Arms of the City States of Sin-Baekje; a federation of city states in the southern part of the Korean peninsula...
Thu, 12 January 2017

No. 4

This is part of a picture I did ages ago as a present for a friend. The gentleman in the picture is No. 4, a military clone from the City States of Sin-Baekje (the Seoul-Incheon Metropolitan Zone to be more precise) who used to serve in the DMZ between Sin-Baekje and the Divine Kingdom of Sin-Goguryeo. Now he works as a freelance law enforcement agent with a private security contractor called Su-mi.
Wed, 28 December 2016

Countess Yelena Boretskaya of Old Novgorod

Another oldie. Sorry for not posting in a long while, I've been up to my proverbials with one thing and another. This picture is entitled "Countess Yelena Boretskaya of Old Novgorod attending a photo shoot by Thomas Andrews for fashion quarterly Dvoryanstvo (outfit by Natalia Plastinina)". I did it for a group exhibition entitled 'Flaneries in Forests and Fields' in the Olivier Cornet Gallery back in 2014.
Fri, 18 November 2016

Plate 3: A view of a tower belonging to an unknown structure somewhere west of the aboriginal settlement of Lundenwic

It seems like only yesterday that I drew this. Plate 3: A view of a tower belonging to an unknown structure somewhere west of the aboriginal settlement of Lundenwic; from Journeys in the Islands of North-western Eurasia by Lady Florence Kingsley-Bird, 12th Baroness Pfeiffer. That Baroness sure does get around. Perhaps I'll draw more of her adventures in the future...
Mon, 7 November 2016

Ogumo (tank destroyer) Concept Sketch

You know, it really bugs me that I almost never sketch anymore. There just never seems to be enough time. Even when I try to these days, I feel rushed and they never turn out right. Oh well, here’s a throwback to the good old day. This is the Ōgumo tank destroyer, one of the Obake Neo-Zaibatsu Conglomerates' most powerful weapons. It's produced by Jorōgumo, who also produce the Tsuchigumo, the Sasori and the Suzumebachi .
Fri, 28 October 2016

Rose Axson, Empress of America

Rose Axson, Empress of America Rose Axson , Empress of America, is believed to have lived from c.2458 to 2504. Her reign as Empress lasted for 24 years, from 2480 to 2504, which was an exceptionally long reign for the time. She is recorded by historians as being a particularly militant empress, expanding the territory and influence of the American Empire, then in its nascence, to its greatest extent during the 25 th century. Early Life Little is known about Rose Axson’s early life. She is generally assumed to have been of common birth, given the absence of the Axson family name in any of the...
Sun, 9 October 2016

East Coast Fashion AutumnWinter Catalogue Promotional Image (Season's featured model- Fork)

Every now and again I actually produce a piece of work I actually like. Not one that I am reasonably satisfied with or that I think "well, I guess I won't throw this one in the bin", but one where I actually, genuinely think "I like this one". This picture was one of those pictures. Scary to think it was all the way back in 2011... The character in the picture is Fork. Below is an excerpt from the text that accompanied the picture in the Herd Society exhibition: (taken from the Eye on the Stars gossip column in the 5 August 3285 issue of the Avalon Reader) “…reports have emerged of the recent...
Sat, 17 September 2016

Vizelet Whiskey Winter 3249 Billboard Advertising Image, courtesy of Abura-akago Holdings Ltd.

It seems like forever since I had my first (and so far, only) solo show in the Mad Art Gallery. The show was entitled Herd Society, and featured a range of characters accompanied by some information on their backstories as gleaned from (fictional) publications. Here is Krystal Davenport, a celebrity, model, businesswoman and an important figure in recent Imperial American history. Below is an excerpt from her text from the show: (taken from the May 3268 Golden Gate Business Times) “…the third recipient of the Golden Gate Business Award is supermodel, actress, style icon and entrepreneur...
Mon, 5 September 2016

Heroica Comprador by Soso Design Inc. T-shirts now available! Choose a design today!!

So, it being a month since my last post, it could be concluded that I have been somewhat lax in my online updates. Basically, I've been working a lot on getting some work ready for a two person show which I will be taking part in next May. Unfortunately, all that stuff is top secret, so you'll have to wait until next year to even get a preview. In the meantime, I think I'll take this opportunities to post some oldies that you may not have seen in a while (if at all)... To begin with, here is past commission I did entitled "Heroica Comprador by Soso Design Inc. T-shirts now available! Choose a...
Fri, 5 August 2016

Ashurbanipal light tank

The final image of the Ashurbanipal light tank is complete. Although it is not as sophisticated as some of the armoured vehicles utilised by other states, this nimble little tank is the work-horse of the Imperial American Army. Full information will be added in the future...
Mon, 25 July 2016

Ashurbanipal light tank

Finally got around to colouring another on of my tanks of the American Empire. This is the colour stage of the Ashurbanipal light tank. The finished piece should be ready soon...
Mon, 18 July 2016

Cleric of the Malthusian Order of the Church of Social Darwinism

Another work in progress (isn't nearly everything at the moment). This one is a picture of a Cleric of the Malthusian Order of the Church of Social Darwinism. I'm hoping to do a little more developmental work on the religious orders of my dystopian world in the future. In the meantime I really need to stop working up these pencil stages when I have no time to finish them...
Mon, 11 July 2016

Hammurabi Tank Destroyer

Finally got a chance to finish this off. The full title and information will be added at some time in the future (maybe after I get time to get the rest of these tanks done)...
Fri, 3 June 2016

Hammurabi Tank Destroyer

Finally got around to adding some colour to one of the tanks I've been working on lately. This is the colour stage for the Hammurabi Tank Destroyer. Only the final line work to go before it's finished...
Fri, 27 May 2016

Sennacherib assault gun

Sorry for the two week wait, you know how it is, stuff happens. So, the fourth in my series of tanks of the American Empire, the Sennacherib assault gun. For when you really need that bunker busted...
Mon, 16 May 2016

Hammurabi Tank Destroyer

And so here is the pencil stage of the Hammurabi Tank Destroyer, third in my series of tanks of the American Empire. Hopefully I'll get around to colouring these at some point. Anyway, one more to go...
Sun, 8 May 2016

Sargon heavy tank

Next in the series of tanks of the American Empire is the Sargon heavy tank. Here is the pencil stage.
Sat, 30 April 2016

Ashurbanipal light tank

So recently, due to a written project I’ve been working on, I had the urge to start drawing some of the armoured vehicles used by the American Empire. I planned to do four pictures: a light tank, a heavy tank, a tank destroyer, and an assault gun. Here is the pencil stage for the Ashurbanipal light tank. Stay tuned for more updates and information…
Sun, 24 April 2016

Excerpt from Page 135 of Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians

…The backbone of a tribal chieftain’s army is the kern, a sort of light infantryman, who stands in sharp contrast to the heavier gallowglass mercenary. These ruffians, for that is the best description for them, gather beneath the banner of the strongest and most brutal of their brethren, forming bands of warriors who traverse the marshy wastelands of Hibernia, terrorising and abusing the peasantry with impunity. From what I have observed, it seems that these formations coalesce into the ruling order, with the will of the chieftain enforced by means of intimidation and punitive violence, often...
Fri, 8 April 2016

Excerpt from Page 38 of Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians

…My audience with the chieftain of the Big Forest West tribe reaped an unexpected dividend; I was able through sheer luck to gain a glimpse of his hareem, and therefore to observe the peculiarities of the women of high social standing in Hibernian society. The most striking feature of the female companions of the Hibernian ruling classes is their unusual skin pigmentation. Amongst the aboriginal population, the beautification of the body by colouration of the skin is seen as a mark of distinction. Notable women coat themselves in a substance which transforms their natural paleness to...
Sat, 26 March 2016

Excerpt from Page 63 of Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians

…Among the most despised of the denizens of the Hibernian wastes is the merchant trader, individuals about whom my loyal guide would vituperate for hours on end. Generally regarded as the most corrupt, venal and exploitative of personages, the merchant traders of Hibernia travel from settlement to settlement, selling their goods and chattels at the most exorbitant of prices. They also have a hand in regulating the trade between the Hibernian tribes and those of their neighbours in Albion, Cambria and Caledonia, reaping rich dividends for their role as middlemen. On enquiring into why such...
Sat, 12 March 2016

Excerpt from Page 112 of Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians

…My observations have led me to conclude that the military structure of the Hibernian tribal armies is dominated by two distinct classes of warrior. The first of these are the gallowglasses, the elite troops of a Hibernian chieftain’s war-band. I could garner little information about the origins of these men, as the local populace were loth to speak of them for fear of some unspecified retribution. Indeed, my guide strictly forbade me from approaching these men myself, saying that I should do so at the forfeit of my life. By all accounts these gallowglasses strike a very imposing figure,...
Thu, 3 March 2016

Excerpt from Page 28 of Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians

…My stay with the Big Forest West tribe proved to be a most fortuitous one. After much remonstration with my faithful guide, I was finally able to prevail upon him to arrange for me a meeting with one of the local dignitaries, one Aymo of the Towers of Crom (a local war god, I believe). I had been reliably informed that this gentleman, a warlord of sorts, was currently serving in the capacity of chieftain of the Big Forest West tribe, having inherited the position following the untimely death of the previous incumbent, Steevo of Old Tribe. On further investigation, I discovered that the...
Sun, 21 February 2016

Excerpt from Page 52 of Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians

…Upon entering what could only be described by the most charitable observer as a building, I encountered a being of such peculiar appearance as to leave me positively aghast. Seated in the midst of the most pronounced squalor sat a woman barely five feet in height, displaying in her visage every sign of old age. My guide informed me with the utmost gravity that this venerable creature was in fact the settlement’s spiritual guide, a shaman of sorts, who through the use of various psychotropic substances, the names of which I will not inflict on the delicate sensibilities of my readers, would...
Sun, 27 December 2015

Rose Axson, Empress of America, at the taking of Fort San Ysidro (2484)

Sorry for the delay in posting, it's been a busy few weeks. Here is the finished version of the Rose Axson, Empress of America piece. Posted below is the information found on the back of the piece: … this 3125 painting by court artist E. Percy Leutze depicts Empress of America Rose Axson standing amid the aftermath of the Siege of San Ysidro. The piece was commissioned to commemorate the 645th anniversary of Axson’s ascension to the Imperial throne, an event many historians view as the beginning of the American Empire’s ascendency on the north-west coast of the American continent. The Siege...
Wed, 25 November 2015

Rose Axson, Empress of America, at the taking of Fort San Ysidro (2484)

Here is the colour stage of the piece I have been working on recently, as well as its full title: Rose Axson, Empress of America, at the taking of Fort San Ysidro (2484). Here is an extract from the information written on the back of the piece: "… this 3125 painting by court artist E. Percy Leutze depicts Empress of America Rose Axson standing amid the aftermath of the Siege of San Ysidro. The piece was commissioned to commemorate the 645th anniversary of Axson’s ascension to the Imperial throne, an event many historians view as the beginning of the American Empire’s ascendency on the north-...
Mon, 16 November 2015

Rose Axson, Empress of America.

Rose Axson, Empress of America. This is the pencil stage of a piece I have been working on recently. It was spawned by another project I was working on. I haven't finalised the information on this character, but she is one of the empresses from the formative days of the American Empire, and obviously had a very warlike demeanour...
Thu, 1 October 2015

Giant Mutated Osteodermic Bear (ursus thyreophora alascensis)

It's finished. Black line added. I'll get around to writing up the background information soon (as I do with all my 12x12 pieces), but for now I hope you like the Giant Mutated Osteodermic Bear (ursus thyreophora alascensis).
Wed, 16 September 2015

Giant Mutated Osteodermic Bears (ursus thyreophora alascensis)

Sorry that it's been so long since I've posted anything. I've been really busy on another project, which involves a lot of writing (more about that at a later date)... In the meantime, here's a preview of the 12X12 piece I'm working on at the moment. It's connected with the other project. The working title is Giant Mutated Osteodermic Bear ( ursus thyreophora alascensis ). Watch this space...
Sun, 10 May 2015

M1A2 Gecko

Marker and pen on card. 12cmX12cm. "…conflicts in the South American Territories, particularly those in relation to the Peruvian Colonies, highlighted the need for an All-Terrain Heavy Tank. In 3259 the Imperial Army R&D Department launched the XM518 ‘Climber’ Program. Designs were proposed by the Akkad Company and Assur Defence (part of the Assur Group). The Akkad Company’s design was deemed too expensive and complex, and so funding was granted to the Assur Defence design under the program. The development of the walking gear was outsourced to Bixi Heavy Industries’ design team based in...
Tue, 21 April 2015

New piece for group show "5 Cavendish Row" at the Olivier Cornet Gallery June 1-August 31

Working away in preparation for the summer group show at the Olivier Cornet Gallery , which will run from June 1 - August 31 with the title "5 Cavendish Row" and will feature works by gallery artists Michelle Byrne, Kelly Ratchord, Jordi Fornies, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Martha Quinn, Adrienne Symes, Hugh Cummins, Conrad Frankel, Jason Lowe, and invited artists: Eve Parnell, Gerard Cox and Catherine Ryan. And of course, me. Below is the initial stages of the piece I'm getting ready for the show.
Mon, 20 April 2015

Post-apocalyptic Hibernia (work-in-progress)

Initial stages of the piece I'm currently working on. No title as yet, but the various characters are all drawn from the same setting; post-apocalyptic Hibernia...