“Some mysterious fiddlestick!”
A little insight into my current project... an adaptation of the Fleet Street publisher Edward Lloyd's 1846/47 Penny Dreadful serial (Sweeney Todd) 'The String of Pearls: A Romance' into graphic format (a kind of anthropomorphic visual melodrama... and terribly murderous!)
It's my tribute to London, the place of my birth and a constant source of inspiration, as well as the chance to indulge in specific interests; vintage ephemera and details of the gritty reality of 18th century life.
You can check out all the various concept artwork for the project in the following gallery: leopreston.deviantart.com/gall…
I don't often get the chance to express my full appreciation for the wonderful pieces of gift art fellow artists send me. With this in mind, I thought I'd feature some of those that I both applaud and treasure right here!
The long and short of it is that this account is currently under construction. I won't be posting regularly again until I feel happy with how this place looks and functions, and right now I've allowed it to become far too cluttered (or at least that's how it feels). Sometimes you've just got to get out the virtual broom and duster and have a good go!
My previous journal entry pretty much covers the reasoning behind my current state of unrest: leopreston.deviantart.com/jour…
I can't say for sure when I'll have this place sorted by, but you can follow the updates below if you're interested (or if not, go drink some cocktails and watch mud wrestling).
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01/01/13 - Well, I didn't get as much done before the new year as I'd hoped. The last few months spent away from DA have been spent doing a lot of soul-searching and head-clearing. I'm still not where I want to be. However, the one good thing to have come out of this break, is that it has made me realise one majorly important thing... that I really don't need this to survive creatively. I don't have to stress myself out under false pressure, trying to please others and I don't need to be hooked on judging reactions to what I do every day. What I do need to do is please myself. In simple terms it sounds rather selfish, but what I mean by that is, if you're not happy with your own work, how can you possibly expect to go on? Do what makes you happy and that way the work you produce will communicate positively and it's a bonus if others like it too.
With that in mind, I'm going to set myself little goals for this year, starting with a revamp of this account. Hopefully this will be done by February (I've always said the start of February is like the real new year to me). After that, I'll go back to working on the ST project (I'm not sure if I'll be 'posting as I produce' yet or if I'll just bundle everything up as a buffer for later in the year). In short, this is going to be a year spent getting back on track, planning, scripting and getting back to the concept work (although I am finishing up another tester page too, so there's that at least!)
I'm still posting on Tumblr (albeit morbidly curious interests!)
Happy New Year, 2013 everyone!
02/02/13 - Just finished uploading new category graphics under the gallery tab (they match DA's branding palette, so no more bleeding eyes!), as well as new navigational folders that are more appropriate for the work I display here (got to make use of that 'folder within a folder' feature). Also, I've swept through my uploads and made a few deletions. I did warn you! I certainly feel a lot more positive about my gallery now and am going to carry on sprucing up a few things here before getting back into the swing of uploading. Not sure how long that'll take, so fingers crossed!
11/05/13 - I spent the last couple of days going through my watch list, cutting down where necessary. If you find that I'm no-longer watching your gallery, please don't take it personally. I've just limited my watches to save my own sanity (so much for DA's 5,000 watch limit!) I just can't keep up with the amount of uploads that land in my inbox these days (that and the amount of abandoned accounts drives me insane). I'm sorry!