Monthly Archives: December 2010

Poster TWO – Iron Man

Second in the Poster series i am continuing to add too. This one is . . Iron man . . yeh yeh woo woo i will be doing another one soon but it being christmas and everything i may get round to it i may not but expect some more next year 🙂

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Ben x

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01 the REASON – Script and Artwork

I thought it might be nice to add the script and artwork that supports each episode as i upload them, Enjoy

CHAPTER 01 – The REASON

I did the right thing, I killed him. I thought it would all end, but instead, it just gave birth to the devils heart. The bullet incarcerated me within the bars of my DNA giving me a crash course in my genetic destiny. I tried to free us all from the burden, the commitment, the obligation, but I drew the short straw, and he got off lightly. I thought it would end, but I was back at the beginning, acting like the middle man. I was dying of thirst while drowning in the water that was restrained within me, held prisoner by it, enslaved to it. Now my reflection was just a code, a number, a dot in the big picture. I still had the nightmares of another life, killing and dying, every night, like clockwork. The answers didn’t matter any more, I see the blurry image of the truth, now I needed the focus, the clarity.

It all started awhile back, back when ‘time flies when you’re having fun’, but fun was a perception born of circumstance. Life was simple, I was living the dream, but dreams have a nasty way of turning into dark nightmares. I was returning home from my routine, my nine to five, I used to despise it, but you never know what you have, all good things and all that. Then there he was, the phoenix that had risen from his own ashes. He said the words that spawned my Labyrinth. “Who do you trust?”. His magic tag full of diabolical meanings, spreading the seeds of diseased questions from the flesh of fallen angels. He left before saying any more, before he had time to explain.

After that everything changed for me, the nightmares started, the dispositioning, the insanity. My life transformed into a waste land of right and wrong. The beginning was way out there at the end, and the middle was lost with me and my sanity, somewhere along the way to wicked innuendo. The real world was far from authentic to me any more. The world changed, or I changed, I saw things differently, the shades of grey turned into frighting colours from hell, the world was in flames. I witnessed my previous life crumble before my eyes, the world didn’t care, it ignored me with a cold brushed off dismissal, as it sped past on fast forward, continuing to lie to me.

One day, out of the blue, I got a knock at the door. He was back. The knocking was like a pulsing headache, and I was like a kid on their way to the dentist. Fighting the inevitable. Outside it was crying colour, so vivid to me now. It sounded like a chorus of voices emanating from a manic depressive choir. He left a single note, his calling card. He wanted to meet and I didn’t really have any other choice. But I should have tried to walk away, never met him. At least living with the horror then wouldn’t have been half as bad as it is now, but you know what they say, Curiosity killed the cat.


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Ben x

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Hemisphere – Chapter 1 – The REASON

Hemisphere
Chapter 1 – The REASON

A project i started a while ago, all chapters are done now but i will be uploading them in time, also with supporting artwork. Hope you like them, or hate them, either one provokes an emotion, look at the 2012 Olympics logo, Now which side does that fall under haha 🙂

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Ben x

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Culture Shift

Thought i would write a note about something, maybe for future reference, may not go anywhere, may do, you never know. Me and a friend was talking and we have both noticed a slight shift in recent culture;

how things are perceived

what we expect

what we want

what information people look for and

how they want it delivered.

That may sound complicated so let me try and break it down (well TRY to) i watched a show a while ago (like a three parter) about how culture and attitudes shifted in the ‘naughties’ and i have always debated with friends how will the culture change and shift in the next decade.

We have both noticed changes in certain things like how people want their information and what they expect from it. The conversation stared about how Ray William Johnson had got a bit boring and a bit slack over the last couple months and that KassemG was probably better now. We started to analyse this and notice the things that we liked before about RWJ annoyed us, and that the things that we disliked about KassemG we dint mind so much. For example, RWJ has always been a bit ‘I’m doing this for my fans’ ‘I don’t advertise’ basically ‘I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE MONEY, I love you guys’ now KassemG has always done shameless promotion, promoting the attitude of ‘I don’t really care’ ‘i will say what i mean to get the laughs’ ‘all meat no veg’ type of thing, this attitude was annoying at first but now, kind of refreshing, honestly is refreshing.

This moved onto noticing that’s more apparent in life now, people using the internet more and more learning things that before would know and generally, becoming a jack of all trades and know a little about everything (how many people you know that has a camera and thinks there a photographer or own a copy of photoshop and thinks there a designer) what is happening now, is that this is translating into the fact that more and more people can see through the smoke screen and see what is really going on, because they are more skilled in detecting it. For example with RWJ and KassemG. RWJ promoting the ethos of ‘i care about you’ is annoying now because we can see through it, where as KassemG’s ethos is more ‘i don’t care, ill say whatever because its all about results, the laughs’ now i prefer this attitude because it seems, i don’t care if I’m liked as long as i get what i came here for, fast. my friend then coined it, saying ‘ i bet you tube will start charging us next, i would maybe pay for KassemG but not RWJ’ this tells more ‘we don’t care about if you like us, or if your nice to us, as long as you get us the goods i.e. ‘the laughs’ this is a shift in society, i feel.

Why does society love Ricky Gervais considering hes so arrogant and self absorbed, because  its all about the results, the laughs first, and doesn’t try and be your friend by portraying a smoke screen, if your fat, he’ll say your fat, the truth, we seem like the cold hard truth now because, he does deliver, we get what we come for, we don’t care if were liked in getting them. When he can make us laugh no more, society will discard him, but hes probably good with that because he done what he set out to do. Provide a service, get the money.

But Ben how does this translate into business and the real world, i see it like this. How many business did you see in the last five or ten years with the strap line, ‘we care about your business’ or ‘Your marketing solutions solved’ or ‘Growing your business together’ basically using emotive friendly worlds like helping, together, achieving blah blah blah, then throw in some supporting words like, marketing, solutions, innovative, dynamic, sustainable, proactive blah blah blah and you got yourself a perfect little ‘naughties’ strapline, that just don’t cut it now.

I even googled some of them words, backing up what i previously said, jack of all trades, and hang on the second link down in goggle, brilliant didn’t have to look far did i to find evidence of this, and notice the date?

http://www.derby.ac.uk/connected/stories/new-marketing-strapline-launch

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New Marketing Strapline Launch
19 February 2010

The main Marketing strapline used to promote the University in advertising for the last four years – ‘Safe, friendly and supportive’ – is to be replaced. A new strapline of ‘Your life, your future, your university’ will be officially unveiled at a Marketing launch event. . .

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So reading that list i wrote before, zone out? because they don’t mean anything, this words are ‘fillers’ and now people see through them, they DEMAND us to ‘get to the point’ because they can see thought the smoke screen. I feel, and i could be the only one, that I’m not going with a strapline like ‘building your business together’ (evoking emotion and caring) i would more like to see something that has more balls to it because i haven’t got the time for FAFFING around. You see this link within popular culture and business today.

Where we would pay to see something good even knowing that they don’t care about us and want our money (KassemG) than something where they care about us but is crap (RWJ – sorry RAY). On this note how many ads are on Youtube now. laugh or die has a ad before every clip that’s roughly 30 seconds!, if i haven’t finished what else I’m looking at before the ads over, i move on,  i demand better faster quality now, Results driven no time for faffing, and i don’t think I’m the only one.

Why is this happening? i think (again could only be me but…) think of the government and the natural force to repel against authority. when labour was in power they we abit more results driven, they may have not got them, but Gorden did do a few things good and bad but he dint try and be your best mate. So when people saw this cold results driven nature, and saw it going wrong, businesses were looking toward the opposite to get their success, a bit more caring, compassionate about their business and this, then, gave them results.

Not now, Now we have David Cameron trying to be everyone’s friend. Jason Mansford once said ‘David Cameron is that teacher you had at school that was sat on the end of your desk saying ‘Call me Dave, call me Dave’ – so true.  He tries to be your friend, lays a smoke screen, says work together, pull together,  tries to be your best mate. . . then raises taxes. He wonders why we are not friends because of what i said before that ‘we can see through the smoke screen’ at stage one, back when he was trying to befriend us and wonder why no one liked that, we saw what was coming. We don’t want to be your friend, give us the results.

This is the same as businesses today, we can see through the ‘we want to help you’ lines, when you said them at stage one, we can see it actually means ‘we want your money’ and were annoyed you tried to pull that one on us. But now i am finding this would be OK to say ‘we want your money’ if they also said ‘and you will get the results for it’ that second past is what makes this shift slightly unique, people now see how it is and don’t care. For example remember when pop idol came on TV and everyone was up in arms saying ‘now your manufacturing bands? publicly!’ when it was only rumors before. This then caused the shift to make it widely accepted and popular. remember honestly is refreshing.  If your going to do something tell us straight don’t try and ‘trick us’ and try to be friend, as i said , no time for it. Obama was voted in in the era that we were craving ‘lets be your friend’ phase and was very popular due to this, but now culture has shifting into ‘getting results’ he’s not coming up so good, this is maybe why the world is more ‘cold hearted results’ driven now, because were sick of trusting people, things and businesses that try to ‘befriend’ us, NO i want results now, go away and get it done.

I’m finding this is translating into popular culture and businessess, because now we are craving more ‘to the point’ marketing saying, in effect  ‘We get results, no mess, we have done it before, you don’t want this, your loss’ but said in a more snappy way. People are generally expecting more and more intelligence that other people give them credit for, what do you want ‘we can double your business’ or ‘let us be your friend’ market approach, who would you opt for?

How many people have i heard say ‘i would rather watch a good TV episode than a film with a crap ending’ even if its got big action and massive budget or ‘i would rather13 episodes of quality than 24 mediocre ones’ or even ‘I’m glad they ended it because its now a classic’ people don’t want more, as long as its got the quality, the results.

If results was alcoholic content,  a beer would be what we did accept (more sociable, but watered down) now we demand a shot of spirit (less sociable, gets the job done)

Now im not saying this is a good or bad thing, just what i have been noticing.

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Ben x

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Wordlens – REALTIME text translation!

A friend showed me this new app, check it out its amazing. you download the app on your iphone or whatever, and it activates your camera on the phone, hold it up next to like a spanish sign or some thing and it translates the text – IN REALTIME on the screen – Amazing

called word lens – you tube it or see link below

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Ben x

Poster ONE – Star Trek

hi ya been trying to update my page a bit, frustrating, but getting there 🙂

Finished off a poster a started awhile ago i plan on doing a series of them for different TV and film characters. Well here’s the first, if you like them let me know. . if anyone reads this haha. First one is a Star Trek, because i thought i would start on something that the colours was very distinctive. I plan on doing an Iron Man, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Babylon 5, DS9, Space above and Beyond, Firefly, Battlestar. . but all in good time, these things take time, and i spend most of it FAFFING on here haha. Oh and yes they nearly all are Scifi, that’s because im a full blown geek.

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Ben x

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Quick Thought

Just been reading the walking dead. . had an idea, how good would it be if someone made a game that was like borderlands, You have a MASSIVE map and there are small settlements all dotted around it with like walls or some shit keeping everyone in every settlement was sectioned off. Then all the land in between could be CAKED in zombies and you take on jobs. . much like borderlands where you have to go from settlement to settlement trying to survive, so a cross between borderlands and left for dead or something…just and idea. . probally not a good or original one haha

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Ben x

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Ello :)

Ello was meaning to do this for a while now, not that anyone will read this probally but i had a spare moment and thought i would set one up. The main reason why i suppose would be that i have done LOADS of video and posters and design work over the last 10 years or so so i thought it would be nice to have a collection online with it all on, so i can look over it and feel like like justified my life in some fashion haha. Anyway i plan to keep it up to date with new work old work so watch this space i suppose i will be posting lots of stuff up, Oh and when i get a bit more time i will update the look of it and make it look (well try to) a bit more sexy.

On another note, i just finished watching the walking dead and managed to get hold of the original comics and have been reading them through, man they are so good, i don’t know what i would do if i had to wait every month to read a new one that would be mental i would be out of my mind, like having to wait a week for the next episode of the latest show i’m into. Saying that me and a mate just finished watching Breaking bad, SO. F’ING. GOOD. up there with some of my best shows, now i have to wait until, like, June or July or some shit for season 4, oh man. . . the wait. . . dark times. ok well, hang on i just thought if no one reads your blog is it like talking to yourself, on man, that what must be what happens when waiting for BB season 4

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Ben x