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Monday, 1 September 2014

Fracking Earthquakes

FRACKING, IT'S A hot topic in the UK at the moment as the government forge ahead with some misguided plans to set-up 'fracking' drill sites all across our beautiful countryside. What has this got to do with me? Well, a few things. One, I'm strongly apposed to it, as for a way of generating energy it is totally dumb (I can rant on this point for hours, just take it from me that it is dumb). Two, I live in the beautiful countryside, and when I was a kid and used to live by the seaside, nothing spoiled the view more than when a dirty great-big oil rig appeared on the horizon and not only ruined the view, but the wildlife as well - I have no desire to see a fracking drill rig appear on my horizon in the future now I live in the countryside repeating that depressing experience. Three, fracking is risky, just read the guff online (or in a book, you'll get that one in a second) - fracking is against the law in some countries! Finally, and I guess politically the least important, I've just illustrated a cover for a book about fracking called, 'Fracking Earthquakes' (yes, it does cause earthquakes as well as poison the environment). Here it is:

THIS ARTWORK Might look to be a bit heavy handed in it's message, I'm going to add though that every part of it has been inspired by photos taken in areas that have fracking, the girl walking the dog in a mask, the ruptured farm land, the 'fireball' drilling rig, even the warning posted fence line - if you do a simple image based search for fracking you'll find all these images and more in abundance.However, fracking is dumb - just remember that...

...OH, AND Buy the book as well (I'll post some links once it's available, which should be soon).  

Artwork ©Simon Breeze 2014


Friday, 29 August 2014

Oodles and Noodles of T-Shirts

OKAY, SO I lied, there are no noodles. However, I have got bucket loads of new artwork, and therefore t-shits, over in my Redbubble store. Not only that but I have, after much thought, closed my D6 Gear site down and moved the content and designs over to my Redbubble shop. The simple reason for this was that my Redbubble shop sells a lot more than the D6 store did. I also really prefer Redbubble to the company hosting my old D6 store. That's it really.

SO WHAT'S New, here are some of the 20ish designs that have been added to Redbubble and there are more on the way soon:

Artwork ©Simon Breeze 2014

Thursday, 21 August 2014

That Bloated Feeling

MY WAR Gaming group has recently started 'up-scaling' to include some apocalypse sized stuff in their armies. There is now a Baneblade, an Ork Stompa or two, a growing collection of Imperial Knights, and with Games workshop and Forgeworld bashing out more kits that land in this super-size-me realm I thought it was time to join in.

WHERE TO Start though?

I USED To run a couple of armies, Dark Eldar, dabbled very briefly with some Dark Angels and mostly play a large Chaos army. Recently, however, I have streamlined down to just the one Chaos army, and by 'streamlined' I mean just the 15,000 points of Chaos Space Marines, Daemons and Renegades that make up the army.

I TOYED With the idea of converting an Imperial Knight for a long time, then thought it needed to be much more than that, and having just read Dan Abnett's book Titanicus, I started to dream BIG - Titan big!

THEN REALITY Hit, and I thought, 'What am I going to do with a Titan?'. That Idea got rapidly dropped. So, I picked up the recent copy of Forgeworld's Imperial Armour: Apocalypse book and got reading the Chaos section. Oh-my, is there some amazing and wonderful toys in there! A plan started to form, and purchase of some very pretty toys have started.

MY FIRST Super-size-me unit is a Daemon Lord, Scabeiathrax the Bloated, and here is why (other than I have a big Nurgle chunk in my army); he is simply 777pts of vomiting, farting and puss leaking murder on two stumpy legs that is harder than hell to kill anytime soon. Seriously, most weapons can't even wound him, and if that's not enough to convince you. He is such a blighted, stinky rotting lump that just by being near him you start to wither and die!

FOR ME As an artist there is also another reason, the Forgeworld model (like most of them) is a thing of beauty. This thing took me a few sessions to paint, which is something as I'm one of those annoying guys (according to my gaming group at least) that speed paints my way through stuff quite quickly. The reason Scabby took awhile to paint was that I took a different tactic than normal and used lots of thined down paints and washes to paint him. Here he is:

Daemon Lord of Nurgle

Daemon Lord of Nurgle

Daemon Lord of Nurgle

Daemon Lord of Nurgle

Daemon Lord of Nurgle

I DECIDED That washes and the brown/green colour pallet was the best way forward with Scabby as I'm really not a big fan of the mix of rotted green flesh with bright red blood and guts on Nurgle models. It's a common sense thing to me, when do you see a corps that rotted and festering bleeding? I also really like the effect the layering-upon-layer of thin layers of different colours has had on the model, the bruising around some of the wounds for example is a few layers of Druchii Violet and Drakenhof Nightshade blended and layered together had a fantastic effect.

SO WHO Is next on my list of Super-Size-Me upgrades for my Chaos horde? Well, happy that you asked. It is none other than the Daemon Lord An'Ggrath the Unbound.He is already mostly assembled and undercoated, and unlike with Scabby, I plan to take plenty of photos of the whole process so you can see how I either successfully (or unsuccessfully) I pulled the painting together for him. I'll also look at the thought process of adding this monster of a Daemon Lord to my army in that post as well.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Book Jackets

THERE IS A phrase you don't hear very often, 'book jackets'. Anyway, I've been away for a few weeks, mostly as I've just got married - which is ace! Art wise I've been working on a load of stuff, my shop has a mountain of new designs for t-shirt/sticker/posters and other groovy stuff available (I'll blog about this later in the week). Also I'm toying with the idea of blogging about some of my other creative pass times, mostly my addiction to wargaming  (such as WH40k) and the hobby side of that.

HOWEVER, THIS Post is about the two book jackets, or covers if you want to be all modern about it, I've recently finished. The first one is for a book called Scarred Sole, it's a young adult novel that has a bit of a old world myth and magic about it:

THE SECOND Cover is one I have already posted for a book I'm currently illustrating some further work for the interior. We decided (the author and I) that the book could do with a full wrap cover, this came about as I have illustrated another book for the same writer in the past and had produced a full wrap cover then, or as I like to call them - a book jacket.

THE MAIN Issue was that I had already painted the 'front' cover. So, with some fab-o skills I managed to seamlessly blend a back/spine/and the already existing front cover into one new and improved full wrap book jacket. So, here is the jacket for Witchmania:

SO, CLEARLY A-bit of a fire theme in both, not sure what that says about my state of mind when I painted them. Anyone who follows my work may also notice I've gone for a more 'photo-real' look for these two, more over the 'painted' look I've been using in my work recently. Entirely my choice, it just felt the right direction to take these images in.

Artwork ©Simon Breeze 2014

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Satanic Art...?

I'M IN The middle of illustrating a few things at the moment, mostly artwork for some books. These two pieces are for a book called, Witchmania. This first one is called 'Goat Lord':

AND THIS Second one is called 'The Blood Pentagram':

I DON'T Know why, but to me, the Goat Lord has a bit of a ring of 'The Artist Formally Known as Prince' about him........... Not intentional, I promise you.

Artwork ©Simon Breeze 2014