Monthly Archives: June 2014

Life drawing class

Having been kept busy completing the honours degree up until mid June, the opportunity finally came about to rejoin the weekly life drawing session on Dawson St. in Dublin.


As usually it began with ten poses lasting one minute each in order to warm up and loosen up the muscles in the arm.  Using a pen for a change to force myself to be more confident with my lines and less scratchy.  The results I’m happy with considering it’s been seven or eight months since my last class.

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After the warm up sketches there was one pose with three 30 minute sessions.  My first attempt wasn’t so great, but below at the two other 30 minute sketches.  The model arrived with her body painted, which was interesting but made her slightly more difficult to draw and she moved a little, which is always expected.  It was enjoyable nonetheless.

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Some of the other members’ work can be viewed below.  At the end of the session, most people place their work in the center on the floor so we can all view it.  As can be seen, there is an abundance of colour and what appears to be a confident use of line by many.  My line work has a tendency to be too thick and aggressive, but it’s a way of drawing which suits me best for getting the image down on paper accurately and rapidly.  In the next visit, it would be worthwhile attempting to use various colours and varieties of paper.

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End of year project

Biopodz main render

This was the result of the end of year project in product design.  In the coming days and weeks more information will be posted about how the product works, research findings, manufactured, material choices, content, rationales, hypothesis and so on.

Having attended PDI Yr 4 Honours Degree in Product Design in Carlow IT, it was a hectic year, a steep learning curve, a combination between being stressed, excited and driven to reach the finish line.  On reflection, ideally I would have liked to have had more time to get the know the classmates some more and socialised on nights.  There was so much work involved, not everything was completed, but ended up achieving a 2:1. All those hours paid off, working from morning to night, it was enjoyable too.

The course lasted nine months and I viewed it as a wonderful opportunity to gain an Honours Degree and go on to get a good job, be it in product, industrial, graphics, games, arch-viz, research or where ever.  The skills learned are transferable into many fields and a great deal was learnt in this course, most importantly in my eyes a change in philosophy towards the merits of primary research.

The website is currently being redesigned with new product design content at

Audi pen case with white fabric

Audi Pen case white

Having bought V-Ray Masterclass by Erasmus Brosdau at some adjustments were made to the rendering of this piece.  The black fabric on the previous render made the whole images too dark and I finally mastered HRD lighting.  Rendered in Vray, modelling in Solidworks and 3ds Max and post processed in Photoshop.  Erasmus’ video tutorial is excellent and goes int much dept about mastering Vray.  It wasn’t possible to cover everything about the program, but the areas which I was previously finding difficulty such as artifacts and render time are covered well.