Jim Kirk

How I learnt portraiture – Inspiration Point

I’m a Star Trek fan. Trekkie, Trekker, odd-ball and nerd, I’m a fan of the original 1965 television show, Star Trek. I have a book collection, a comic collection, all the films and television episodes on DVD with several documentaries kept on good ol’ VHS. I have a model of two different Enterprises on my desk, along with a borg cube that has fallen off the computer and is currently gathering dust behind my hard drive. I even have a little pewter Captain Kirk talking into a little pewter communicator (he sits right next to my cast metal Kitt and his figurine Michael Knight, but that is a whole other story :D).

I’m a fully qualified Star Trek fan.

What does that have to do with anything on this blog? Well, I have to go back in time a little to explain.

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Beware of the dangers of creativity

Creativity has been my life. I’ve only just recently surrendered to that fact, but despite my denials over the past thirty odd years, it has always crept up on me and taken over whatever project I’ve been working on.

This has been both an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantages are obvious, creativity added to anything can only really make it better, but it also had its downside. I had a dark period in my life where I basically fell into my creativity to escape reality.

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My Creative Plumbing

It has been nearly a week since I have created some art.

Do you find that if you don’t create regularly, you start fraying at the edges? For me, usually a maximum of around four days of no creative time for myself will start sending me a touch crazier than usual.

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Sunday Sketches – Concept drawings

I’ve been building a universe to support a sketchy plot I have. The main star is a human, but the co-star is an alien and when I started profiling him, I found I needed a much clearer picture in my head as to what he might look like. So I got out my sketchbook and did some concept sketching.

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Drawing Lab Challenge #15

This is the fifteenth challenge post for the Drawing Lab Challenge. Grab your copy of ‘Drawing lab for mixed media artists: 52 creative exercises to make drawing fun‘ and join us as we tackle the book together. Details of the challenge and joining can be found here. This week the challenge is… Lab 18 (Page […]

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Inspiration point – Gumnut’s gum trees

Eucalypt bark is rather unique. Some species (and there are hundreds of them) have bark of many colours. The Snow Gum that lives on the very top of our higher mountains literally has bark in a rainbow of colours, subtle but distinct in its own way. Another, the Lemon-scented Gum, has pink bark that almost looks like skin and wrinkles like that at the joins of branches. The Ironbark has almost black bark, the silver green of its leaves and pale pink of its flowers contrasting quite remarkably.

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Nutty interview

I have been honoured to be the subject of a ‘Meet the Artist’ interview on 365 Days of Inspiration. If you would like to get to know a little bit more about me, and visit a great site for inspirational resources, I hope you drop in for a gander.

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