Monthly Archives: February 2014

Lifedrawing class

lifedrawing class

lifedrawing class2  lifedrawing class3

Before starting this course, ever few weeks I’d attend a life drawing class on Dawson St, Dublin, in order to improve my drawing ability.  As you can see, there are some seriously talented people attending these classes, with one of my drawings seen at the bottom left of the top image.  We are given 30 minute sessions with one pose over a period of ninety minutes.  Some produce one image, others three, purely down to the artists.  Afterwords, some of us head to The King’s Head to socialise.

Audi A8 pen case work in progress

case wip

Carved and sanded entirely out of balsa wood, then primer was added and some layers of glossy car paint.  It was a bit of a rushed job, we didn’t have much time to get all the work completed on time in the run up to the Christmas break.  Further WIP images to come in the future and all going well, a completed piece for the end of the course.

Audi A8 pen close ups touched up

audi pen details one
After touching up the renders of the Waldmann complementary pen for the Audi A8 and included a link to my blog and personal logo in the bottom right corner.  Just about ready to begin a behance page.  It’s getting exciting now and as always, feedback is welcome.  Lots happening in the coming months leading up to June.

The iDrink

online presence

In preparation for launching a behance website, I felt more work was needed besides the case bridging study and the end of year project.  A few years back, in Letterkenny IT I designed a portable personal draught beer dispenser.  Having looked back at the old work, I spent some hours trying to touch up the old renders before giving up and decided to rerender from scratch.  After spending some time reworking the iDrink logo and adjusting the tap lever dimensions, it was rendered out in photoview 360 and then touched up in Photoshop.  The two other rendered views are still being working on and will be posted at a later stage.

Below is the old render going back to 2008.  I always felt the rendering package that came with Solidworks back then didn’t do the work justice.  The above render is far more vibrant, visually interesting and realistic.  In the coming weeks and months, I intend to show some exploded views showing how the design works, in order to prove it’s not a superficial design.


WW2 Photo

ww2 relative
Something other than portfolio work for a change.  Looking through boxes filled with letters and old photographs, this was found.  We thought we’d found all the old photos of long lost ancestors and relatives.  I’ve no idea who he is or his job in WW2.  My guess is he was either my grandfather’s uncle or cousin and surely, his surname was Connolly going by the initials, DC.  In April 1945, the Nazi regime was collapsing and the Allies were charging into Germany when this photo was taken, with the VE only weeks away.

On the back is written:
“In a German Dugout near the Rhine River, Germany,
April 1945.”

Sometimes it’s healthy to look back at the challenges others met, to put into perspective the sacrifices others made so that we can be free.  So the next time you are feeling sorry for yourself, spare a thought for the people who died fighting Fascism and toppled despotic regimes around the world and further more, those who are still fighting those evils today so we can live well.  Freedom comes at a price, isn’t guaranteed and should never be taken for granted.