Sunday, 26 May 2013

Keep an Open Mind

Following on from my previous posts back in March and April, here is my third post of artwork in a psychedelic style.


My Own Little Universe


Wheel of Time

Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art.

Wynetka Ann Reynolds

Monday, 20 May 2013

Tie Dye or Not Tie Dye

I tried my hand at tie dying. It's very easy and even more fun! For those unfamiliar with the process, you basically tie up whatever your dying, add the dye, then leave it for a day. The patterns depend on the way they're tied up and how you add the die. See my first creations below:

Never compare your inside with somebody else's outside.

Hugh Macleod

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Photo of the Week #12

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Went for a ride down through Linear Park along the River Torrens until my path was blocked by a fundraising walk. Took a photo in less than ideal conditions, trying to accentuate the green and darkness.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Space Unfolds

Here's a new piece I drew a few days ago and coloured yesterday. Very geometric and typically colourful, though with a different colour range from usual. It's essentially symmetrical aside from the colours. I spent a bit of time and finished it much quicker than most of my pieces - probably no more than about 5 or 6 hours all up. I think I'll create a set of similar pieces.

I recorded a few steps in the process while working on it:

The final piece:

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You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe
as a wave is continuous with the ocean.

Alan Watts

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Photo of the Week #11

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Looking up at the brilliant autumn sky. Only faint hints of clouds. Very blue. Our hottest May Day in 92 years.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Warning: Contains Graphic Design

Graphic design is another passion of mine. I've had limited formal education in the field; the extent of which involved a few basic Photoshop classes in high school. I've always enjoyed it though, and learned much more in my own free time. I'm still far from an expert though.

I used to think that graphic design was synonymous with digital art, but they aren't quite the same. The two are overlapping categories; neither identical nor entirely different. Graphic design generally refers to visual communication and presentation, usually digitally, and often as part of a commercial interaction between a designer and client. Digital artwork, on the other hand, can be a category as loosely grouped as traditional art but created digitally. Some of the digital artwork others have created is staggeringly impressive - just take a look at some of the most popular pieces on DeviantArt. While I doubt I'll ever have the time and dedication to attain that level of proficiency, I'm constantly learning more and pushing my boundaries.

In 2011, 2012, and 2013 I was fortunate to have designs selected/commissioned for the logo of the Adelaide University Medical Orchestra (AUMO) annual performances. Shown below, each is based around a prescribed medically-related theme (as per the subheadings in red). The colour scheme and 'AUMO' text were pre-set and the rest was up to me. It's a very different process to create something specifically for someone else and each time I created multiple draft logos but my personal favourites were never chosen!

I have also had the opportunity to design cover art and logos for a few amateur music artists/labels/events. A few are shown below.

Lastly, a couple of weeks ago I designed a logo for my indoor soccer team. Our name, Blast Crisis, is somewhat nerdy and possibly a little inappropriate for a social sports team. We're currently waiting for our team shirts to arrive (from a dodgy online Thai company)!

I have created several other logos/banners/etc. - some successful, others not - that I may share in future (including my preferred alternatives to some of the above designs). For now I think this is enough.

You want something done, ask someone busy.

Mat Helme