Group concept multi figure, May 2019

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I realised looking back through my character studies that i often visualise a figure from the same angle/perspective so I should in theory be able to combine the studies into one piece. I made a believable environment and lit the figures from the same source.

Degas said ‘a work of art is never finished just abandoned by the artist at some point’, I stopped when the piece seemed to stand on its own but I could have gone on forever.

Polish Rainbow Factory

All we need is permission from the Polish government, the necessary financial backing (and the technology to make the rainbows) and we could achieve our dream of establishing a rainbow factory in the beautiful Tatry mountains!Polish rainbow factory.

Concept art – ‘The Polish Rainbow Factory’ O’Keeffe 2019

 

Character design sheet LCC2018 concept art for computer games.

To employ eighteen identical templates in order to demonstrate the importance of lighting, weight, space and the other formal issues that constitute drawing.tony-o-keeffe character design

Figures 1&2 and 7&8 are the male and female templates for the exercise.

Figures 2&3 and 8&9 are shrouded in (red) semi transparent drapes to accentuate the light as it falls from above and to the left.

The halloween costume skeleton figures draw attention to the ‘bones’ as they appear two dimensionally on the skin and not as a representation of the skeletonThink about the contrast in the generic male and female clothing- waist heights, looseness of clothing or difference in the weights of fabrics (which influences how they hang or change in motion).

Think about the lighting as it hits the subject and use examples that demonstrate an understanding of a variety of technical and formal aspects of drawing such as space, transparency, colour and articulation (of the joints of the figure). Always include the shadow and the direction of the light.

Illustration & Storyboards

Selection of images from ‘Tower Of Pressure’ graphic novel written by Agnieszka Szczepanska. 2018TOP sample panel 01TOP sample panel 02TOP sample panel 03TOP sample panel 04TOP sample panel 05TOP sample panel 06Latest ongoing illustration projects, character developments, storyboards and sketchbook work.

Adjusted Postcards- Feb 2017

Having looked at CCTV for images that appear to represent genuine, authentic, uncontrived examples of human behaviour, I turned to search for a more physical archive (as opposed to Google’s digital form) to draw from and change physically.

Photoshop allows us to alter imagery unblemished or invisibly. I like the idea that the postcards are ‘obviously’ changed/altered by hand and not by machine- with guile not technology.

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I was trying to make the couple with the pram the true subject of this image as opposed to Romford Market, the place they are in. I wanted them to define the place not the other way round. Im also thinking of paint’s ability to cover things up, disguise, hide etc

The couple look isolated now and there is an odd melancholy about the image.

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Some of the people who people these postcard scenes appear unselfconscious. All of the photos were taken in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s before the ‘selfie age’. Cameras were still fairly novel and people didn’t know what to do in front of them. This next group are trying to laugh and relax, look ‘normal’ but there is a stiffness about their poses that suggests a deep discomfort at being photographed. Or maybe this is them relaxed on holiday?

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I began by thinking about erasing things. Rauschberg famously erased one of DeKoonings drawings and Cristina de Middel used correction fluid to edit chairman Mao’s Red Book.

I wanted to erase a photo of Margeret Thatcher. I found an autographed version of the photo I wanted but it was too expensive. So I thought until I can raise the funds to obliterate Thatcher I’d practice on another odious Margaret- Princess Margaret.16807136_10154463199897428_6859879199728010017_n.jpg

She looks like a fussy cloud of pollution. This is a postcard of her sister Queen Elisabeth with faeces on her coat-

16804395_10154463619732428_4212938402987166440_o.jpgA small amount of paint in the right colour and in the right place can be very effective. Here I have suggested Queen Elisabeth the second has faeces and blood on her coat and up her neck. I wanted to give the impression that she had hastily dressed having just come from an abattoir or murder.

(Adjusted Postcard)’The launching of HMS Ark Royal Invincible’ 5×7 201716904685_10154468649722428_1281677278227210367_o.jpg

I wonder if I could have made this event even more disappointing by removing the tug as well as the battleship? Its as if it was launched and sank immediately.

The crude or hurried painting-out obscures but doesn’t deny its deceiving the viewer. I thought about the way Doris Salcedo talks about the crack in the turbine hall floor in the Tate being filled after the piece had finished. She said it left a scar like the scar that is left in her country by the disappearance of political enemies of the state. It is till there in the floor today and always will be. The scar signifies reality and stands as evidence of the owner’s lack of passivity. A record or the consequence of an event.

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The Smith- part 6&7-

‘Every squeak smaller than the last” & ‘Lions once more.’

The final two chapters of a book dedicated to the memory of David Smith and all the brave people who face terrible things.
Disclaimer- If you think someone is too young or too fragile to learn about the terrible things that David Smith faced then don’t read them this story.

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Chapter 7-  (final chapter) ‘Lions once more.’

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Dedicated to the memory of David Smith and also to my Mum Jean who continues to sparkle with a twinkle in her eye.

 

A printed version of ‘The Smith’ by Tony O’Keeffe will be available soon, contact for more information.

(copyright- Tony O’Keeffe June 12th 2019)

The Smith (Part 3 & 4)- ‘The horror…the terror…’ and ‘The Liars begin to tell lies.’

Disclaimer- This book is dedicated to the memory of David Smith. David was a brave man and as often happens to brave men- he had to face some terrible, terrible, terrible things. If you don’t think someone is old enough to learn about terrible things then don’t read this book to them.

 

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Part FOUR- The Liars being to tell lies….

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Part Five coming soon-

The Smith (Part 2)- ‘Would you like to touch my fluffy tail?”

Disclaimer- Again I personally wouldn’t read this to anybody under twelve but I leave it up to your discretion.

Dedicated to the memory of David Smith and to all brave people who suffer terrible consequences for doing the right thing.

Part two in which Mitty’s big sister Meeny moves in to the field with her weird boyfriend….The smith p12The smith p13The smith p14The smith p15The smith p16The smith p17The smith p18

Part three – ‘The horror, the terror’ is coming tomorrow! 

The Smith (part 1)

Introduction-

Part one of my book about the life of David Smith.

I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable reading this to anyone under 11/12 years of age- As in life there is some violence and there is some swearing which I’ve handled as carefully as I could but I don’t feel it’s suitable for young people simply because there are some things in the world that we are better off learning about as late as possible and this is one of them.

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(Part Two is coming soon)