Posts Tagged ‘robot’

Finding Inspiration:5 tips from me to you

August 23, 2010

Hello there!

Today I’d like to talk about inspiration and where it can come from.

As a creative, I continuously run into walls and blocks where my mind just gets stuck and won’t work, but as someone who depends on their creativity to generate an income I have no choice but to do my best to overcome them.

So I’ve made a short list, with details, of some of my methods of sparking imagination, I hope this’ll be useful not just for artists but for other creatives too.

1.Getting outside the box


We all have our comfort zones, we all know what we’re good at and what we’re not good at but it’s when we take a little jump out of these zones that we can sometimes find other things we’re good at.

I don’t necessarily mean try totally different things, I think it’s more important to experiment with different approaches to what you’re already doing, for example In an artistic context it’s good to try or mix mediums you wouldn’t usually use, subjects you’ve never studied before and colours you wouldn’t normally think of using.

A little trick I sometimes try is drawing something with my left hand, which gives a little wake up call to right side of my brain which often goes into auto pilot after a while.

2. Research the competition


It’s a well known rule of life that there’s always going to be someone better than you, doing what you want to do just that little bit better. Of course this isn’t a bad thing, it’s good to know the competition and it also can be inspiring whilst giving you a good sense of direction.

This is something I quite often do, be it buying magazines and books, keeping tabs on my favourite artists, checking blogs or even just googling ‘robot painting’ to see Eric Joyner pop up and place a firm boot to my back side.

3. Carry a sketchbook/note taking

Some of our best ideas are forgotten about, this was what my last exhibition was solely based on.

Keeping a sketchbook, pad or note taking device is essential for creatives because lets face it, do you remember every idea you had today?

Even if you are 100% sure that you’ll remember a certain idea by the time you get home or wake up the next day make sure you take note anyways. sometimes when I’m having a block I’ll look into old sketchbooks and find great ideas that I’d totally forgotten about, after a while they turn into little idea banks!

On another note I always get ideas just as I’m falling asleep so keep a pad and pencil next to my bed just incase, although most of the time I wake up to find random babbling.

4. Go for a walk
Sounds simple enough? personally most of my blocks occur in the house, getting out and getting a bit of air and space to think is sometimes all you need, that said it also pays to not whap in the headphones and listen to your head for a while instead of drowning it out.

5.  Write and reflect

If like me, your work is inspired by life and its events this can be a really helpful practice. Basically it involves writing loosely about anything, your day, you’re weekend, you’re relationship with someone, (it doesn’t have to be incredibly important) and in most cases you’ll come across something you’ve forgotten about that’s worth making something of.

It can sometimes even be as simple as having a little reminisce of past events until something pops.

Well Thats all I have to offer, I hope you enjoyed my little tips and hope that one or two comes in handy one day.

If you have any of your own please let me know!

nx

Running on Empty

August 22, 2010

Robots,my favourite vehicles of expression.

As you can maybe guess I’ve been feeling a bit run down recently, mainly because I’ve been out and about so much and it’s starting to take a toll on my sleeping pattern and work ethic, im getting back to normal though I just need a good nights sleep and that’ll be me!

In other news, I’ve updated my shop, I’ll be sticking up a lot more stuff once my new prints arrive, which im quite excited about.

take care!

nx

New In Town

July 1, 2010

Hello again! It’s that time again for another insight into the amazing life of a mental artist, This week I’d just like to show off another painting, this one was actually a commission, and like the best kind of commissions, I was given complete freedom (although other times jobs with strict guidelines can have interesting results) and so I had a flick through some of my sketchbooks and found a little idea I jotted down some time ago.

Basically, as I often do, I pondered into the life of a robot, this time a giant robot. Now, a lot of the time in sci-fi films robots and monsters find themselves in big cities (always new york city for some reason,place must be a dump now). Anyways I got to thinking what if I was a big robot in that situation,would I go ballistic and start tearing the place up? probably not, I’d probably have a seat, or try to find a giant robot or lizard pal to hang out with.

And that my friends is the kind of thinking behind most of my pieces!

hope you like it!

nx

A thought for today

May 12, 2010

Do you think robots would like music? or even understand it? I was thinking this earlier, also today, as I put  my shopping through the self service checkout I had a think about the aspects of robots in our society getting closer and closer.

Maybe in about 10 years or so I’ll be able to have a robot companion to help me about, do the shopping, walk herman and basically be my personal assistant, that would be amazing!

Anyways thats my nonsense for the day.

take care!

nx

Question time!

May 8, 2010

Hello Internets!

I’ve became a bit of a sheep and created a formspring but not for the usual reasons, see, I do get asked quite a lot of questions anyways like ‘Neil what paint do you use?’ or ‘Neil where do you get your mad ideas from?’ etc.
I think its a great wee place just for asking little things you normally wouldnt, I got a lot of great arty advice from Gemma Corrells and Marceline Smiths profiles, So I thought why not, maybe I can help some people out too.

So yea, if you have anything you’d like to ask fire away!

take care!

nx

Neils Day Off.

March 11, 2010

Hello everyone hope you’re all well!

I have lots of stuff to show today, I was going to spread it out over a few posts but I’m away at the weekend so I’m just gonna cram it all into one big post :)

OK, first things first,  I know I’ve been prancing about the subject of my next exhibition and trying not to give away too much, but with 3 weeks to go now’s about the time to explain what It’s going to be like,  and doing that for me are the lovely hosts Made In The Shade via their lovely blog which is here, please have a look!

Also today I found some time to make a couple of sketchbook entrys!


am i the only person that thinks this?

Also today I got a couple of things in the mail, including a massive guillotine of death for cutting paper and a bad ass bench stapler so i can get to work on making some zines :)
But the best thing that came was this…

It’s a robot pencil case! (unfortunately my dinosaur pencil case just had enough and is now in a sad state) I got it from a lovely shop on etsy and im just chuffed with it, my pens have never been happier!

anyways I think that’s enough for today,have a great weekend!

nx

Postcards!

February 18, 2010

Hello everyone! hope your having a nice day :)

Just a quick little note to say I’ve popped some new postcards up on my etsy shop!


these little chaps are ideal for posting to friends near and far, and also for sticking on the wall or even in a frame!

they come in packs of 5 and every set comes with a free little drawing by me :)

Anyways, if you’d like some have a peep at my shop!

more stuffs soon!

nx

Winter Adventures!

December 6, 2009

Bonjour!

Hope everyone’s well and wrapping up warm. I must apologize for not updating this in a wee while I’ve been a bit of a hermit whilst getting work together for college and my Christmas commissions.
I had a little stall today in town, and it was absolutely lovely, i couldn’t have thought of a better to spend my Sunday afternoon than to have a gab with some crafty people and fellow robot fans, although unfortunately I had to say goodbye to some of my favourite pictures, including the zelda one :( !

But don’t worry i still have a good number of paintings left, most of which are in the lovely maisonette shop in the west end, don’t they look comfy!

Thats not all though there’s plenty more in the shop as well as an amazing mind boggling exhibition by my good friend Gary MacLennan who i previously posted about here.

Garys new exhibition is all about tiny people and their tiny lives, and to emphasize the point,the exhibition is actually all miniature and is to be viewed with a(given) magnifying glass!

Here’s me having a peek.

For more about the wonderful Maisonette and how to get there please look here

My work will only be there till thursday so hop-hop!

Just before I go i’d like to thank everyone who came along to mono today, I was totally flattered by the people who came to see me and stopped to say hi :)

Have a great weekend!

Nx

My New Robot.

November 23, 2009

Hello!

No new art today im afraid, just me (a 22 year old man) blabbing about my toys :)

Earlier this month my good friend(and band mate) Ben went to Japan, seeing a robotic opportunity i entrusted him with my weeks wages to bring me back a cool Japanese robot,and this is what came back!

It’s only a bloody golden gundam bot! ok so he’s not actually real gold but he’s amazing and fits in perfectly with all my wind up bots, transformers,star wars droids and early learning centre dinosaurs :)

That is all!

Nx

Is it…..a Dinosaur?!

November 12, 2009


Just a quick little painting today, I was having a little flick through some of my sketchbooks and found a doodle of this, at the time i was wondering if in millions of years robots will come across fossilized humans and put them in museums etc(yup that’s the kinda stuff I think about.)

I’m sure It’s entirely possible :P

Have a nice day!

nx


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