LIFF28 launch guide at Light Night with Maekstar cover art! by Michael Hoskin

For a few weeks now I have had to suppress my excitement over being given the huge opportunity to design the LIFF28 guide cover. As a long time supporter and supplier of the film festival I'm really proud to have played such a major part this year.

So finally I get to go public with the image and looping motion graphic for the Light Night trailer reel. I hope everyone likes it and a huge thanks to the LIFF team for entrusting me with such a huge task.

LIFF28 Guide cover art

LIFF28 Guide cover art

Little tribute to the new Doctor by Michael Hoskin

Although my documenting of my digital painting journey has gone slightly awry, I recently received Sketch Workshop by 3DTotal Publishing - a Kickstarter campaign of workbooks for improving your sketching skills. 

After slowly working my way through the Anatomy book and starting to do some portraits of a very random array of famous folk, I finally got the confidence up to complete a digital painting of Peter Capaldi's exquisite face.

This took me waayyy too long to complete but I learned a heap from the process and it has got me back into my stride with drawing/painting something every day so the next digital painting is well under way, and I'm building up a nice collection of sketches that will be following soon.

I'd love to hear any feedback, tips, questions etc, so feel free to comment.

Bad Pollyanna headline emotional acoustic evening in aid of S.O.P.H.I.E. by Michael Hoskin

Last week I received a surprise phone call from Propaganda in Leeds asking if I was available to photograph a charity gig at the beautiful Holy Trinity Church in Leeds in support of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Admittedly, I didn't know a great deal about the charity but after as Lucille from Propaganda started to tell the harrowing story that led to the formation of this incredible organisation, I immediately remembered that day 7 years ago when a young girl had her life snatched away from her for nothing more than the way she looked.

Since then, Sophie's mother Sylvia has worked tirelessly to spread awareness and offer support to young people who face prejudice, often daily, for the way that they look. I couldn't help but have incredible admiration for Sylvia for embarking on a project that inevitably reminds her every day of the awful event that took her daughter from her - something that many would wish to push to the very bottom of their memory in order to try and only remember the precious time that they spent together.

It's nothing less that beautiful that Sylvia Lancaster now facilitates support for people like Sophie through the music that played a part in shaping her daughter's identity. To arrive at 5:00 for a 7:45 start and see a queue of enthusiastic young rock lovers eager to get a foot in the door made my heart swell even more.

The night was great. It was a real honor to be involved, for S.O.P.H.I.E. but also to meet Chasing Dragons, Ashestoangels and Bad Pollyanna - not only 3 seamless rock outfits but all great people with what was clearly a deep connection to the cause. 

If you get an opportunity to attend any of these gigs or show your support for Sophie, please do... I can assure you it's both time and money well spent.

Intro to "Obsessive Creative Disorder" by Michael Hoskin

 Welcome and many thanks to all 3 of you for taking the time to read the preamble to my blog.

Now, anyone who knows me will surely know that I have a very serious problem known as "Obsessive Creative Disorder" or OCD for short. This means that, since my creative enlightenment in about 2007, whenever I look at a piece of creative work I compulsively start to ask questions, namely:

  • How have they done that?
  • Why didn't I do it first? and
  • How long will it take me to create something equally as wonderful?

Generally accompanied by strong feelings of jealousy, anger and self-pity.

It does have it's upsides though. Over the years I have learned a tonne from my problem, and while living through the development of digital media, almost everything I learn in one discipline I have been able to apply to another, through audio, video, graphics, motion graphics, music to list but a few of my "hobbies". This has often allowed me to jump in at the deep end and progress fairly quickly.

However, about 18 months ago I met my Moby Dick.

I stumbled across this Speed Painting Demo and of course my disorder kicked in.

 In the 18 months since, after trying to jump in at the deep end I have realised that it simply isn't possible with something like this. I had so much envy for the skill involved that I tried and tried to produce something in Photoshop that I could say I was vaguely proud of and put this obsession to bed.

But no. One awful attempt after another.

So I have conceded. Not to give up of course, Simply that I have to start from scratch. Absolute scratch. Go and find out properly about all the things I should have taken seriously at school, and thus, this blog was born.

I want to document my progress in public. Starting at the very beginning with pencil, paper and Andrew Loomis. Every triumph and every crappy failure with the end goal of getting something published by Layerpaint or ImagineFX

It's likely to be a very long process, but hopefully it will act as an aid for future generations that suffer from my disorder, to follow my self set curriculum, learn from my mistakes and create some incredible images that will one day torment and motivate other people the way these have to me.

Enjoy!

Maekstar