Monday, 20 February 2012

Orange case

As I await the outcome for the Orange court case and OFCOM investigation, it seems that Orange aren't the only company intent on trying to destroy my career.

A mobile phone magazine published my illos in an article about the case, without my permission or consent. 
So I invoiced them, and they are refusing to pay up!! Well, they should've thought about whether they could afford to use them before using them without my consent!

Here I'm going to share Sally Renshaw's blog 

Thursday, 16 February 2012

My final animation has been uploaded onto BAA Sheep Stings vimeo page for voting!!

BAA Sting - Helen Dearnley from BAA Stings on Vimeo.

It's taken me ages to do, the soundtrack is part of "Sounds Of Daydreaming" from the Apparatjik project.

"Everybody Is One Bar" is now finished, and Apparatjik have compiled every submitted edited track into one compilation with an old fashioned CD release due on Pancake Day :-)

Meanwhile, my trip to Colchester to attend OpenAIR: Effecting Change is documented briefly here

Lincs Free Press article 
On my return via Spalding, I came across this article about Network Rail workmen building a snowman.

Lincs Free Press story
 It seems obvious to me that these are artists in action Effecting Change, so good for them for being paid to create a snow sculpture - a step in the right direction, although more needs to be done to ensure artists are paid to create art, instead of having to do another job to pay the bills, effectively doing two jobs at once, which can't be right!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

For two months now I've been working on the Sheep Stings animation. Initial attempts with the crystal growing kit that was given as a gift at Christmas didn't quite work out to my satisfaction, so a second version was made. I've since decided to add to my Norwegian sheep, a Swedish disco sheep, a Danish Lego sheep, and an English pixellated sheep, and together they will form Apparatjik, or Apparasheep, whichever, so I hope that if this is successful it will support my other work with them. 
Swedish sheep
Danish sheep

British sheep
I can't do any more work today, as it's being edited on son's laptop, which he takes to school, so will do final bits tonight to submit tomorrow. It needs shortening slightly, and music / sound effects, so won't take long. 

I was pleased that someone purchased one of my Red Arrows Valentines Cards yesterday :-)

I also spent a day re-editing my old Illustration degree storyboard for the Ray HarryHausen project brief here. I never usually receive enough votes to win anything on here, but still I go for it!

Apparatjik aren't accepting any more submissions for their album now, and I had planned to finish the half-made disco track in Garageband, but unfortunately suffered a really bad headache and gave up. 
I've contributed a few tracks anyway, here's "Don't Sue Warhol's Banana!" and "Signs Of Daydreaming", and Superpositions/The Particle is due to be added to Frequency Festival's website / blog sometime as well.

The Orange case has gone to court, so we're waiting to find out if we're successful in our attempts to stop capitalist greed from completely ruining our livelihoods. An article in a mobile magazine highlights the issue, however, someone has taken images from the Facebook group to use with it, without my prior knowledge or permission, so I've sent the editor an invoice. I later thought that maybe I'd over-priced it a bit, but the extra is for the inconvenience, and because it's dated November last year.

Looking forward to attending Open AIR: Effecting Change in Colchester on Saturday, should be an exciting event!