Tuesday, 30 December 2014

PowerPoint People

I often find myself searching for some simple and clear graphics to use in Powerpoint to represent people.  I didn't really like the ones I had,  so I created some.

Feel free to copy and make use of these if they are to your liking.  Image files have a transparent alpha background, so should sit over and alongside other images on your page with the background showing through.

Sunday, 26 October 2014


A Unicorn.   The offical animal of Scotland since the 12th century.

So dangerous,  that in heraldry, it is always shown chained.  Horse-like,  with cloven hooves, the tail of a lion and a single horn.  It seemed fitting to also make it green-eyed and red haired.

A bit dangerous, right enough.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Return to sender

I got the return address sorted out in-case Better Together put any leaflets through my door.  I hope my local Post Office has a big set of scales.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Yes Windaes

Inspired by the #windaeref and @yeswindaes on twitter...

I had a model of a Barcelona Chair to fit in the room,  seems appropriate.  The poster on the wall is from Paul T Kavanagh, he has lots of great artwork over on Newsnet Scotland.

Update 27/6/14:  I've been getting some questions on where this photo was taken.  Sorry everyone, it is not real - here is the view before the textures and lighting are rendered in. 

But if anyone is handy with a glass-cutter and a blowtorch,  here is the pattern:

Friday, 23 May 2014

Unleashing the Yes Engine

A follow-on from the Yes topiary.  This is getting quite a few re-tweets and nice comments on Twitter already.

Unleashing the Yes Engine.

And an animated version...

Saturday, 1 February 2014


It takes a bit of effort to get from a sculpted head to a working model ready for posing and animation.  Sculpting creates an enormous number of polygons,  far too much to be useful in further scenes and models without some work.   Also,  for posing and animation,  the flow of edge-loops in the model has to work,  or you get some pretty ugly deformation.

After an evening of retopo work on the head,  making a suit, and using the Rigify add-on for Blender,  I have a poseable model.

It will be a couple of weeks until I can go through the same process with the Darling and Salmond sculpts.  And I am lining up Farage as a late addition.     With that done,  I will be reviewing old Spitting Image footage for some inspiration on political situation comedy.

I am making the Cameron model available under CC-Attrib.  You can grab a copy of the Blend file here.  Enjoy :)

...to make images like this one:

Monday, 27 January 2014


Better Together were building up for a big reveal of a surprise celebrity that would be backing the Union.  All to be announced on Burns Night.

What transpired has to be seen to be believed.  Utterly toe-curling.  If we believe John Barrowman,  we will be better together in a Union with South Dakota? 

I'm also unveiling a character I created - very shifty looking.  Any resemblence to a backbench MP and campaign leader you may know, is entirely deliberate.


Friday, 24 January 2014


The term "Cybernat" was coined by Lord Foulkes to describe online supporters of Scottish Independence and, although intended as an insult, is rather popular with the very people it was meant to slight.  Envoking images of a mechanical version of the ferocious Highland Midge, swarming in their millions to seek out truth and debunk fearbombs.

Vote Yes.