Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Ive spent these last weeks continuing studying mechanical forms. Ive been a busy man with my camera, photographing any mechanisms that grab my attention on my travels. I've been concentrating mostly on shape and the way parts connect to each other, from these images I've been taking elements and incorporated them into my own drawings. Here's a few pics of the things i found! 
some amazing complex inter-joining parts
got alot of nice shape ideas out of this spot sketchbook sketch.

 cog-like rounded shapes

giant wheel, press machine in the print room

a rail mechanism, i love the different parts supporting the rounded rail mount.

 Its crazy what uni chucks out these days, i was doing some casual skip dipping and i came across absolute gold mine!! I think they were clearing out the engineering department because i found some amazing surveying gizmos! 
check these guys out! they look like little robot characters, with a massive glass prism eye!
I think these were used for the measuring stuff using laser's. they have so much character! 

great shapes.
Spent a bit of time focusing in on component in this spot sketch. Again there is so many great shapes to be seen.

Here's a box i found, with some epic laser stickers on i may use it to hold my promotion materials in the final show.

My friend Alex found this, its a 1950's German calculator, incredible.

These are just a small amount of images ive collected, from these i have taken elements and put them into use in my machine drawings. I have been attempting to draw very organically, trying to steer away from too many hard lines and rigid structures, and ive put  a lot of  thought into the fluidity of the line drawings. Another way ive tried to capture this organic feel is by not outlining the complete form before i fill it in, also by drawing straight onto paper with pen, no pencil outlines. With these images i first thought about the elements i wanted to incorporates (such as wind turbines) and just started drawing with no real finish line, until i'm happy it looks complete. I think these outcomes are interesting and unpredictable, the way the image evolves  (like a tree or plant growing) gives emphasis's to the organic feel i was aiming for. Here are some of my recent outcomes, the next step is Photoshop! 
A1 drawing, with fine-liners and paint pens. Although this has an outline, the image is evolving from the middle outwards,

still not finished (will upload the final image) I this based on a cross section of a planet..... looking very Death star!

(A3,fine- liners)
(A1, fine-liners) This image i feel captures the most organic quality's, reminds me of a very complex tree branch structure.

Saturday, 2 April 2011


Had a quick chat with Jonny today, i was feeling at bit bored with what i was doing so he looked over my work and gave me some ideas as to what alternative directions i could take them. He told me to take a look at films such as Brazil and Blade runner (both of which i have seen but not recently) to see how the directors portrayed the future. I viewed clips to refresh my memory of the films, and both are fairly different. Jonny suggested that i could use my machines to create a altered vision of the future possibly by having the world run by these machines. He also suggested that i could add some comical value, we came up with an the idea of imagining if one of these machines were to break down, and focusing on the one man with a scanner who's task is to find the problem. All these ideas we generated were very refreshing, and its nice to know that if i do come to a dead end i could variate my idea slightly and not have the work ive done so far go to waste.
BRAZIL,  it vision on the future is a surreal one.

BRAZIL, some human integration in my project could work, somthing i must try.

BLADE RUNNER, grimy vision of the future, if i were to create my own i would make it gritty like this.

BLADE RUNNE, nice lighting in this screen shot. 

Friday, 1 April 2011


Soooo, i finally got my table design done, so get your asses down to Pop and eat a pizza off it! ENJOY
Spray pained base coat, dark to light blue gradient (with some cheeky splats of other colours)
Masked out a spiral with tape, then sprayed with a yellow.
taaa daaaa!
painted some duck outlines, including a rouge red one (bottom right)facing the wrong way :O 
 Penned in the outlines
Final outcome (click it to enlarge)
Shameless self promotion...