Last year I was asked to do a talk at Gray’s school of art to the students about some of my process and design in general. I had never done any kind of public speaking before this but jumped at the chance, I prepared a visual presentation to follow but didn’t write anything and just winged it. I don’t really need to explain any more you get the gist if you watch the video. This was my rather lovely but intimidating view…I should point out it was full when I did the talk 🙂
After my talk I gave a workshop on doodle gifs in photoshop, it was a great experience and great to meet all the students who were brimming with enthusiasm and see some of the great work that’s coming out of Grays.
It’s worth having a look through the archives of Guest @ grays they have had some great guest speakers, you can find them all here.
This is quite old now, the little one had just mastered walking so thought I would make a little movie. Poppy loves books and this is her favourite hangout, we swapped out the bottom 2 shelves of the bookshelf just for her books. Chances are if she gone for a wander this is where you will find her.
I love my sketchbooks, I’m never far away from one. I’ve a bit of a terrible habit of buying new ones without filling the others first. My name’s Rob Johnson and i’ve a stationary problem, there I’ve said it. When I finally do fill one it’s a rather momentous occasion, as you can see it’s taken me months. Drawing everywhere, on boats, buses, planes and shoogly trains. It didn’t seem right to just put it in the bookcase. So I Played around with after effects a bit and even made the music to present to you…my sketchbook. Enjoy.
Recently been using last.fm this is genius. Apparently it’s been round for ages i’ve just chose to ignore it. Seems like they have every song under the sun and you basically choose some tags to search from whether it be genres or bands and it fires back a continuous stream of awsome music. It’s like one of your mates who says “if you like that you’ll love this album i bought the other day” , but never actually gives you it…last.fm delivers the goods with lots of random results it’s awsome. Also managed to find a plugin for wordpress which shows you what i’ve been listening to (over on the right)…Brilliant!
This is where i had my first encounter with Screamin Jay hawkins…this guy is genius…heard a load of his music and it was awsome, but i think the video just backs it all up. He’s like some weird voodoo james brown.
Just back from Aviemore…Once again thanks to Macca for the hospitality. A bigger turn out than last year, infact at one point it had more than doubled! The usual of sitting round a chalet in whatever you went to bed in the night before playing games and drinking coffee to desperately avoid a hangover played a large part of it. Arrived on saturday just enough time to go to the shops and buy enough beer and meat to fill a spare car. The sit down watch an exciting England draw and see Scotland beat France 1-0…Genius. Then it’s off to Cafe Mambo The Hip and Happening pub where last year we got lots of free drinks…no joy this year. Clock hits 11 whole pub gets up and leaves…Off to the only nightclub Aviemore has to offer…The VAULTS!! lots of happy hardcore dancing fuelled by our Â£120 kitty. Which by the way ended up with some comedy dancing and the bulk of us leving the club only to fall 2ft into nettles! Tommy Hart takes the worst of it and Christerry failing to see the potential hazard throws Sam McMillan in thinking he’s just Won a game. Walk home in the dark only to get lost but miraculously end up home.
Next morning slightly rough, lots of coffee and itchy nettle…ness. Eventually all up and out and go for a wander round Loch an Eilein, Just What the doctor ordered fresh air and the oppertunity to throw your friends in a loch. Fully recovered it’s back for more booze and games then off to the local pub quiz. Came 4th which was pretty good considering about 15 teams played and some were clearly substituting the fun element for serious competition. Back home more Booze and Games. Repeat morning ritual of Coffee and Crap dvds maybe some golf (the computer kind not the real deal).
Monday is sports day…Over to The sports centre we clamber for squash, badminton and some swimming. At this point I realise despite all the drinking and silly dancing I am quite unfit and struggling to keep up with the competition. Lose most of the games and go in a huff with Macca as he’s too tall and good at badminton. sweat out a good 3 pints then back to the chalet for games and booze.Tommy leaves us (5 people left, an awkward number for game playing) I cook T and the chalet smells over-whelmingly of cauliflower. Off out back to Cafe Mambo for quiet drinks…Eventually Thrown out and realise there is no possible way we could have got lost on the way home the night before. Back for games and booze.
Tuesday is adventure day…We head into the middle of no-where hire big fancy mountain bikes and head off BMX bandits style into the hills. At this point it’s noticed again how much of a role fitness has to play, and again how much i lack it. Knock up a good 15m round trip round a couple of lochs stopping only for jaffa cakes and to repair maccas puncture. Also included were river walks, sam going over his handle bars and cycling on a sandy beach. We pelt home on the main road everyone is knackered and suffering from the saddle. We get home go swimming then back on the booze and out for T. We all have starters, burgers and deserts undoing all of todays good work. Ross leaves…man down 4 is a better number. Back to the chalet for more beer and games…At this point it’s a struggle, the late nights and early mornings have destroyed everyone so basically we all drink until we pass out.
Next day we have to tidy the chalet and try and shift the cauliflower stench i emitted 2 days ago then sadly we leave. Alot of hilarious details have been missed mostly due to alcohol…for this i Apologise.