Riiiiight ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. It is supposed to be Eddie, famous for the Iron Maiden album covers. 

This particular drawing I had sketched from the art for The Trooper album. I have been a bit vague with the uniform and the flag, but only because I have some plans in mind- not necessarily that they will work, I add grimacingly. 

This is by no means a perfect representation of the character that is known so well by Iron Maiden fans- I have not been able to replicate the dead flesh/skeleton structure so well using about six pencils (the first time I had opened my design set pencil tin, by the way.) I am hoping to bring this drawing to life (or, if it’s really good, a zombiefied death) by other artistic means. 

This is an experiment, so please do not be disappointed if this piece does not see light of day ever again. Of course, I will post the final result if all is well. 

Wish me luck! :)

Riiiiight ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. It is supposed to be Eddie, famous for the Iron Maiden album covers.

This particular drawing I had sketched from the art for The Trooper album. I have been a bit vague with the uniform and the flag, but only because I have some plans in mind- not necessarily that they will work, I add grimacingly.

This is by no means a perfect representation of the character that is known so well by Iron Maiden fans- I have not been able to replicate the dead flesh/skeleton structure so well using about six pencils (the first time I had opened my design set pencil tin, by the way.) I am hoping to bring this drawing to life (or, if it’s really good, a zombiefied death) by other artistic means.

This is an experiment, so please do not be disappointed if this piece does not see light of day ever again. Of course, I will post the final result if all is well.

Wish me luck! :)

For those of you who do not know… I am half of the brains behind Eggbert the Duck.
Eggbert was created in a photo printing shop in east London. There was a stuffed duck with a blank t-shirt, Photoshop Elements and a t-shirt printing press… One thing led to another and quack. 
I am also half the brains behind Woolfram the Sheep- the Altona 93-supporting sheep, who now lives in Hamburg at the Altona 93 club house (I believe.)
Eggbert is a Dulwich Hamlet-supporting duck. You may wish to follow our blog ‘Adventures with Eggbert.’ Here is the link:
http://adventureswitheggbert.tumblr.com
The above image is also a sneak peak into my current project. Keep your eyes peeled.

For those of you who do not know… I am half of the brains behind Eggbert the Duck.

Eggbert was created in a photo printing shop in east London. There was a stuffed duck with a blank t-shirt, Photoshop Elements and a t-shirt printing press… One thing led to another and quack. 

I am also half the brains behind Woolfram the Sheep- the Altona 93-supporting sheep, who now lives in Hamburg at the Altona 93 club house (I believe.)

Eggbert is a Dulwich Hamlet-supporting duck. You may wish to follow our blog ‘Adventures with Eggbert.’ Here is the link:

http://adventureswitheggbert.tumblr.com

The above image is also a sneak peak into my current project. Keep your eyes peeled.

World Cup Brazil 2014- Day 3

I suppose the most obvious place to start would be England’s match vs Italy… Okay, we- from my voice referring to England as ‘we-’ actually played pretty well. It was nice to watch an England match, and not be shouting AT the England team, rather than for them.

Raheem Sterling was fantastic, and I am not going to lie, that early strike I started cursing ‘what the-?!’ before actually BELIEVING the ball went in the goal. Elation! It did not help that the score on the screen changed to ‘ENG 1 - ITA 0’ before the replay, and then quickly changed back. Sigh. 

Some great chances and some great play- even Danny Welbeck (and I did see many people on fb expressing a dislike of him starting the match) looked to be having a good match. He won the ball well, he looked to be getting involved and trying to create opportunities for his teammates. 

Italy scored from a beautiful piece of play- that dummy (the skill that the Italian player did- not an insult to any player from either team) was very clever (the irony in that sentence) and the ball was kicked by an unmarked player through 4 (from my recollection) of England’s players. Incredible. 

The disappointment was short-lived, however, when England retaliated on the counter, Rooney crossing the ball through to Daniel Sturridge who popped it in to the Italian’s net. I may have been a bit loud at this point.

Unlike so many teams in the tournament previously, rather than the players having some gang-bang love-in in the dugout, Studge celebrates in style. Yes, The Dance. I don’t know if it has a name, but you should all know The Dance. Curiously, though, England’s physio had to be stretchered off shortly after the goal, from dislocating his ankle (again, the irony!)

Half time had been and went, and yes I may have considered at some point during that break that We Could Actually Win The World Cup. Sigh.

So anyway, the second half started okay, but inevitably something happened- Mario bloody Ballotelli is what bloody happened. So, another ‘little’ setback, England still pushed and pushed on… Saw the worst corner kick ever taken, though (at least, in real football- I once did an awful one playing FIFA14 once,) by Rooney. I don’t know- he hadn’t looked quite like himself tonight (weird patch of hair- or something- on his neck?) Maybe it was the choice of playing him on the wing? Not sure. I’ll be fair, he typically worked hard and otherwise assisted England’s goal. Curious as to what Woy is going to do with him vs Uruguay on Thursday…

Speaking of which, Uruguay LOST AGAINST COSTA RICA. Have seen brief highlights, and all credit to the Costa Rican team- some lovely goals there. Not sure how to take the fact that Luis Suarez wasn’t fielded today, but today’s results certainly have made the meeting between England and Uruguay on Thursday very interesting. Hmm.

Yesterday saw an exciting result for the Dutch- 5-1 victory over Spain. This is the game I would LOVE to have seen in the World Cup Final 2010- Holland playing wonderful football, and not a single drop of blood shed against the Spanish. 

RVP’s spectacular header was just… Super human. And Arjen Robben… Arjen fucking Robben, amazing- he just took the piss out of Spain’s defence. 

I had attempted to watch the Chile vs Australia match, for 2 reasons: Australia’s Mile Jedinak (who plays for Crystal Palace,) and because my cousin’s husband is Chilean. However, I went to bed with the intention of watching this ‘more comfortably’ on the tablet, and got very comfortable. Very comfortable until about 9am, in fact.

The opening match between Brazil and Croatia was a fair bit more exciting than I had ever anticipated. Croatia played very well, despite making a few (actually, quite a few) poor tackles that led to needlessly conceding free kicks. 

Brazil, in my opinion, didn’t play very well at all (SHOOT ME.)

I hate the fact that the most part of what I have to say about this match is just going to be a rant- Croatia were robbed. Completely arse-raped robbed- disallowed goal (WHY?) Neymar Jr I think should have been sent off for his foul before scoring his pathetic first goal (I’m sorry- I am yet to see this player DO SOMETHING, so forgive me for not figuratively sucking his penis) and that penalty? Never a fucking penalty. 

The ref was so fucking poor, I have actually seen Homer Simpson display more competence refereeing a football match than he did.

Sadly, I am worried that some bias has been given towards Brazil to try to diffuse the protests that are happening due to the competition being held in the country. I don’t know- that may be a bold comment to make, but even from watching the highlights I could not help but feel that any question against the Brazilian team was never replayed- Croatia’s bad tackles, however, were. Brazil’s goals constantly replayed, meanwhile the own goal not so often. 

I have to say, though, thank heavens for goal line technology- never would have known, even though the ball hit the back of the net, that the own goal was actually scored. Maybe someone was trying to find a reason for that to be disallowed, too?…

Anyhow, I am dabbling with the idea of watching Ivory Coast vs Japan but think I will give it a miss as I am working tomorrow (later on this morning, in fact.) Luckily I start at 11, and it is a Sunday. 

Peace out people! 

So, I went to Gumball 3000 yesterday down in Regent Street… To be completely honest, I don’t get excited by cars, and I get even less thrilled at trying to take photos in massive crowds.
I had taken a couple of okay-ish photos. The original photo of the above image only interested me because of its association with James Bond, as I had only become a fan of the films probably about a year or so ago. It was also one of only a few that I had managed to take without somebody standing next to the car having their own photo taken with the car (again, not really something I get excited about.)
To make the photograph more interesting, I have edited it using Lightroom to change the colour picture to black and white, and to adjust some of the exposure levels that I had difficulty getting right with my 450D (its LCD screen is difficult to view in bright sunlight.) I had then transferred the newly-edited photo to Photoshop Elements 11 to work on blurring the background to make the car stand out. I was considering adding some lens flare, but decided that it would have made the image too- i don’t know- cheesy.
Anyhoo, this picture would be better if I could eliminate the people in the background (not in an Arnie Schwarzenegger type of way, you understand.) I would like to keep the car ‘on the road’ (as it were) if I were to make further edits to have the motor by itself in a picture.
But knowing me, I probably will not bother.

So, I went to Gumball 3000 yesterday down in Regent Street… To be completely honest, I don’t get excited by cars, and I get even less thrilled at trying to take photos in massive crowds.

I had taken a couple of okay-ish photos. The original photo of the above image only interested me because of its association with James Bond, as I had only become a fan of the films probably about a year or so ago. It was also one of only a few that I had managed to take without somebody standing next to the car having their own photo taken with the car (again, not really something I get excited about.)

To make the photograph more interesting, I have edited it using Lightroom to change the colour picture to black and white, and to adjust some of the exposure levels that I had difficulty getting right with my 450D (its LCD screen is difficult to view in bright sunlight.) I had then transferred the newly-edited photo to Photoshop Elements 11 to work on blurring the background to make the car stand out. I was considering adding some lens flare, but decided that it would have made the image too- i don’t know- cheesy.

Anyhoo, this picture would be better if I could eliminate the people in the background (not in an Arnie Schwarzenegger type of way, you understand.) I would like to keep the car ‘on the road’ (as it were) if I were to make further edits to have the motor by itself in a picture.

But knowing me, I probably will not bother.

The Call

Do I consider myself talented? I don’t know- I do things that I enjoy and sometimes to a standard that I can appreciate.

For example, I love taking photos. Whether it be of my local football team, or a derelict building, I like to think that I know one end of a camera to the other and some of the bits in between to be able to show something that I show beauty or interest in that I am happy to share with others.

With art- mostly digital art and photo manipulation- I am still trying to develop my skills and hopefully can create exciting work that portrays a message or can bring an old knackered photo back to life. I like to think that I have some sort of skill in this, but understand that I am still rusty but am working each day to improve in order to do a job that I am required of each day in my current employment.

One thing that I have a great urge to practice these days is portrait photography. People terrify me- as hard as some of you may find that to believe- and studio lighting is something I kind of ‘get’ but don’t know well enough as yet to do it right first time. I am pushing myself to make situations to develop confidence, but inevitably my lack of experience knocks me and makes me feel very self-conscious and practicing becomes scary again and… Urghh vicious circle.

But one thing I do know, if I am not good at anything else (despite my attitude of ‘I can cook!’ And ‘I am funny!’) I will tell you right now what I am bloody good at- wrapping presents. A customer had asked me to gift wrap a present that he had bought from my shop for his girlfriend and- not that we as a store offer this service- I was delighted to do so because I am the dog’s under-carriage at doing this. It’s a Purple thing, I’m sure.

Anyhow- will try to get some ‘proper’ photography and/or art up soon- Dulwich Hamlet’s pre-season games are gradually being announced, and otherwise some sunshine is expected as June has arrived in England (that’s the memo I got, anyway,) hopefully the SLRs can see some light.

May the joys be with you all.