Happy Halloween!

Here is the monthly themed post…..with a few minutes to spare…….eeek

This months theme was ‘Horror’ in conjunction with ‘scare the crap out of kids day’ …….oh I mean Halloween.

I was thinking of imagery and doing research on artists who draw horror and I was mostly compelled towards Batman comics, especially David Mazzucchelli. Not because of horrow but the thrilling visuals that David outputs. He is one of my favourite comic book artists, and around this time last year, I was in New York, visiting his work in MoCCA. So the sketch I whipped up this evening was a take on David’s work.

I did it in the hour, a quick wash on paper, scanned, sketches done in sketchbook pro and then colour burn of greys in photoshop.

Here is an example of influence from Batman Year One:

So other than that been working pretty hard on a number of things…….I’ve been posting up on my tumblr as well, check it out……http://danielspencer.tumblr.com/

enterprising caterpillar

did some mock boards for ‘Toon Bros’ tonight.

I was given the text, a colour code for key elements and free reign.

I definitely have to change wordpress template as well, there is too much colour distortion between display product on blog and finished product on screens.

an art, mapping, psychogeography workshop

So I did this workshop with ADW yesterday.

The exercise was to map out Dublin and significant places to ones self experiences/likes around the city, followed by 3 lines of text to describe it:

Here is my contribution:

Location: Stevens Lane, where I sat down the previous week after dealing with a lady overdosing on Luas.

Dear Siobhan,

For all the abuse you have put me through, this is it, for strength or weakness, I have to leave you now. There is no remorse for your lies of recovery; they will fool me no longer. I can not sustain this lifestyle and have to go. If anyone asks, at least you have the grace of saying that I caused this tragedy upon you.

Yours Sincerely

Your Dead Body.

Location: Band Stand in Pheonix Park, where I use to run around as a child.

Reminiscing of past times, past glories, breathlessness, fatigue, excitement, screaming, shouting, joy, chasing, acceleration, exhilaration, animation, happiness, delight, rushes, cheer, glee, ecstasy, vibrations, haziness, hop, skip and dance…………. all senses disorientated……..all is love.

Location: Bridgefoot St. by the Bridgefoot Rejuvination Project

Robert’s hands are dirty, damaged and weathered. He has been hard at work. Rejuvenation is no easy task, but that is the least of his worries. He has to make sure his lessons are absorbed by the community, he has his work cut out for him, especially when his rival stands beside his project selling junk to the general public

More info on ADW – http://adw.tumblr.com/

Promo for Brent Pope

So I’ve been working on a Promo for Brent Pope with Ben, Niki and Anna. We’ve been doing it on top of all our ordinary work and its been a very exhausting 2 weeks.

Here is the work so far

Promo for Brent Pope



A few tweeks this week and it’ll be sorted.

Credit goes to

Ben Hennessy – Designer & Director

Anna O’Sullivan – Colour & Backgrounds

Niki Kehoe – Animator and Modelor

Brian Boylan & Rob Spencer (selfless good deeds) - Music

and myself – Animator, Modeler and Compositor

And here are the scenes I modeled and animated…

lots of squares

So I’ve been attending Declan Long’s lectures on monday mornings. We’ve been discussing exhibition space, content and modes of gallery display.  So I was thinking on monday about digital extremes of delivering art. On the way home I saw that advertising companies are taking advantage of the QRreader system……and I asked myself why not a digital artist?

So I created some images as a test and printed corresponding QR codes that link QR readers to the image. I mounted these QR codes and then began to place them in different public spaces and potential modes of galleries.

Firstly, in public domain, in more of a street art context…….

and then I was thinking more white wall gallery spaces…….

…..but sadly none were open when I was walking through the city

so I put myself up beside paintings on sale in a Cafe…..

so next steps………….to convince someone to give me white wall gallery space to exhibit 6 – 8 QR codes……making sure there is WiFi in the room. It interests me as it transfers the QR code as part of the delivery system to the art itself.