All Jumbled Up.

Between our various projects at university we get giving small briefs to tackle. A little while ago we were given a brief to produce an image that “visually communicates your identity”.

Realistically, I don’t think that many people are shallow enough to fit their entire identity on one page, (At least, that’s what I’d like to believe) but I decided to focus on my distinct lack of knowledge of myself. I still don’t really know who I am. I feel like I’m floating between being different people a lot of the time, so that’s what this image represents. It’s me not knowing quite who I am.

I’ve also been working more on my A-Z project. Enjoy!

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ImageThere was also one more thing that I made. I think the caption sums up my opinion of it pretty effectively.

I do make a lot of wank, don't I?

Cue jokes.

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Oh yeah, and have this too.

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26 Images that Artists will get.

With my university projects handed in and evaluated (I got a 1st, naturally) it’s time to start on my next project. This project is all about making an A-Z. They were pretty open about what we could do it about, but I decided to make it about different artist stereotypes. Things that artists generally do or think, or that people think artists do or think, and a few things that are kind of pieces of advice I guess.

Like this one!

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These are the images I’ve made so far. Dark style, a little inspired by soviet propaganda posters, a little inspired by Nine Inch Nails in places (see The Slip album cover and you’ll know why :P). They’re not finished yet, I’m still playing around with ideas and refining the style I guess, but I like where it’s heading.

Whether my tutor likes them at all is another matter.

I like to think that the meaning behind each of the imagery is obvious, but of course I know what it is; I made them. Feedback? I love to hear what people interpret my work as.

Through The Looking Glass

So, in an attempt to broaden my creative and scientific endeavours I bought myself a microscope. I’d been taking photos through the lens of a little spyglass that I picked up at a charity shop for a while. I didn’t think that you could just hold a camera up to the lens of another object and it would work as if you were looking through it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t. Light still reflects off an object and passes through the lens then out of the other end in the same way. Then the camera still picks up that light and records it in the same way. And thus I figured hey, what else has lenses?

What is it? I'll give you a hint. It's not something's head.

And the Gods of Great Ideas reached down and put the word “microscope” in to my brain.

A few days later I was unwrapping it in my living room. 

It’s far too fascinating. It came with a few prepared slides, one of them being the leg of a house fly (pictured above!) and I’d ordered a couple of extra packets of slides and covers so I can pretty much grab anything and put it under the scope. And that’s what I’ve been doing.

Earlier that day I’d managed to cut my thumb and decided to put the blood to good use. I put a drop of blood on to a slide and slipped a cover on top and took a look at what it was like. For some reason, I didn’t expect to be able to see my blood cells still moving about on the slide. I didn’t think the microscope would zoom in that far. But there they were! Moving around and trying to find somewhere to go! But they soon started slowing down. The space in between each cell was closing and I realised that the blood was coagulating.

There is something strangely beautiful yet very creepy about that. I know they’re not dead just yet, they’ve just stopped moving…  But it looked like they were dying and that’s very life affirming. Every part of me is held together with such fragility.

I really need to be more careful with these things.

And then, while cutting things up again, I managed to slide in to my index finger with my craft scalpel. Is it normal for my first reaction to be “I must put this under a microscope and photograph it!”?

I’m sure it is.

I didn’t zoom in as close this time but you can see where the blood had already started hardening and formed cracks. you can’t see those cracks with your eye, but they’re there. It’s amazing, the things that you can’t see.

I’ll be working these images in to some of the corrupted/distorted pieces I’ve been working on lately, and seeing what other applications they have.

Next stop; Telescope.

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More photos on my website and tumblr.

I HAVE been working hard this year!

You've got to have a bigger dick than the next guy.

Oh yes, I’ve been doing a lot of this in the past few days. I’ve also decided not to decipher any of them for you. No sir, you can draw your own opinions to what these images mean. Even if you think they’re just a bunch of Photoshop fuckery and nothing more!

I had a bit of a dry spot over Christmas where I felt zero inspiration to do anything. So all the rules have gone out the window. I love making this kind of thing right now so I’m going for it, baby! I may also have started listening to Trent Reznor‘s music a lot more recently. I say Reznor and not just Nine Inch Nails because it extends in to How To Destroy Angels too. Not to mention the brilliant cover of Immigrant Song he did with Atticus Ross and Karen O.

So yes, wonderful fuel for the creative brain worms that have been hard at work the past few days. An esteemed colleague in up-fuckery introduced me to an online image corruption utility that yields interesting and unpredictable results by taking bits and pieces of file data and deleting/swapping/altering them. I spent a good few hours uploading different images and seeing what results I got. If this were for a university project, I’d call it damned good research.

 And thus I’ve been looking at the results it gives and recreating them. One that I really love is the rainbow lines that can appear when altering files. It takes me back for when I was a kid playing on my dad’s Commodore 64. (Oh yeah, I had top of the line gaming systems when I was a kid. You can take your Playstation…)

You’d pop the tape in, press play and then wait what (as an impatient child) felt like a lifetime for the game to load. Then you select that you want to play as the warrior woman and it’d take another half hour to finish loading.

There’d be all the colours flashing across the screen and luckily as a kid I was content enough to just sit and stare at them. As mesmerising as fire! Of course, I could never make it out of the hanger bay in Raid Over Moscow

So anyway, these rainbow lines are cool.

Like bow ties and Minecraft.

 

But I’m not just blasting and blazing with the distortion effects. I’m still thinking of other ideas. I had this one around about the same time as the pirate ship one from my last post, using the same idea but this time with a Bioshock theme. I do need to play that game again. I’m happy how this one turned out and it was good to have an excuse to use THAT ART DECO FONT.

You know, that one that’s everywhere. Even on things that have nothing to do with the ’50s or books that aren’t even slightly art deco in any other way. It’s nice to see people using appropriate typefaces for what they’re doing right? Y’know, I’m sure there’s someone out there who’d based their entire career on the world’s hatred for Comic Sans. They ONLY use Comic Sans. For everything.

Hell, they’d save a fortune on paying for fonts.

Tilt your screen.

It keeps growing, and I can feel it breathe.

But, of course, I came back to the corruption with a vengeance and I’ve been going wild with it again. A little more conceptual this time. Decided to ‘flesh’ them out a bit more.

"Only the moon howls."

 

One of the things I like the most is when I make something cool looking by accident. I was playing around with an image of a forest and ended up coming up with this. It was tempting to write “Winter is Coming” on the top but I’m trying to stay away from having too many pop culture references in my work! I watch too much tv and film as it is, without incorporating it in to the things I make as well.

I like adding shadows to images. The wolf walking in from the side fit the image, and kept it from looking too plain. I like the quote too, but I’m not sure about the placement of it. I may come back to this and/or try to do more in this specific style.

Hm? Whassat? That’s a lot of work so far? Why yes, yes it is. And I’m not even done yet.

I’ve been crazy productive this week. If only this were for a job or university project!

 

Wait...this looks familiar...

 

Well…this one actually is for a university project. I realised that I could actually use the style I’ve been working with for my university project so I added this one in to this piece to see what it looked like. It’s not as direct as before, but the technological corruption/distortion definitely works for the project.

I should probably corrupt the HUD for the thing as well. Or should I? Is it better to have just the person and background distorted or the whole thing? It’s got a nice contrast to it either way. The brightly coloured, highly distorted image on the iPhone screen and then the clean, sleek, monotone phone itself along with a nice grid for a background.

It’s a shame that I only started doing this so late in the project. It would have been great if I’d had this idea from the start, but perhaps I can use this style more in the next project I get instead.

 

And so, I leave you now with an image I just finished and bid you goodnight for another day. I only just fixed my sleep pattern and here I am at 3am still doing things. There has to be a society somewhere where I can work at night instead of in the day.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

The Ratio Is Good!

I’ve worked on more pieces than there have been days so far this year. That’s the kind of trend that I’m happy to keep up. Fooling around in Photoshop a bit more, trying out some more distortion effects and throwing around what ideas I’ve got.

Because who doesn't love pirates?

So I’m in a taxi at about 4 in the morning on New Year’s Day when the tire bursts. The driver manages to make a botch job, but to save him having to go so far I tell him he can drop me off at the top of the hill near where I live and I’ll walk down from there. It’s a good five minutes, but five minutes of no distractions with a comfortable amount of alcohol induced inspiration makes for decent idea-conceiving conditions.

I’m not sure if it was the rum in my system or just the fact that I like pirates and the ocean anyway, but this is what I decided to do.

There’ll be a similar image referring to the lighthouse from Bioshock incoming sometime soon I’m sure.

A much better quote from The Joker.

My good friend Martin went to a fancy dress party on New Year’s Eve. While I was at a club losing track of my waistcoat he was celebrating dressed as The Joker. I felt like experimenting some more, so I used a photo of him as a base and just went wild. I made more good use of the shattered glass effect I’ve been using, and played around with more ways of distorting an image.

I wanted to put some text on to the image, as I so often do, but definitely wanted to stay away from “Why so serious?” Don’t get me wrong, that was a great film and he made a great Joker, but he isn’t my favourite depiction of the character. So I went back to a great quote from The Killing Joke.

“All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day. You had a bad day once. Am I right? I know I am. I can tell. You had a bad day and everything changed.” – The Joker

It was shortly after that I decided it was time to sleep. But my brain? Well, my brain decided there is more to do. There are more ideas and experiments to try out and issues to work with. I must stay up. Yes, stay up and do more.

Have I been on iamtryingtobelieve.com? Maybe...

Jamie, out.

And now for something completely different.

University work aside, I’ve done a lot of other things over the past 12 months. Here’s some of those pieces that at least look similar to each other.






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