Welcome to Project Art, my website initially designed to
show some of my artwork, and all things cool! It has grown to include
other areas of interest, in particular, in the areas anime,
comics and video games. Not
forgeting stuff about my guitar exploits. This Project Art website also
includes a few personal websites that I have
built. As well as websites I have built or
helped to build on a professional and/or commercial level.
(Project Art 2005 - 2012)
Take a look at some of my favourite video games. From the retro past, to the present day!
Being an avid fan of Japanese Rock music, watch some of my favourite youtube videos
Read about my journey and exploits on learning to play the guitar, and guitar related news!
I'm not enjoying the fact that Capcom are taking the biscuit a bit. Too many versions of Street Fighter 4, with the cheek to hide characters even though the data is still on the disc. Marvel vs Capcom 3 is all but dead, made even worse by the fact that they are releasing a new version which was supposed to be downloadable content, but is now being released as a new game. I don't think I'll be buying Street Fighter X Tekken for full price, as going by the current business model, there will be a new version coming out soon afterwards!
So which is better? A Yamaha YZF R125 or the new Aprilla RS4 125?
The new McClaren MP4-12C in a McClaren showroom in west London.
So far in terms of movies watched, 'Thor' gets a double thumbs-up, 'X-men' get's one... 'Green Lantern' gets a thumbs down - still struggling to remember any defining moments in the film! Just glad I didn't waste my money by watching it in 3D..
Started watching 'Deadman Wonderland', very dark indeed. Not as dark as 'Code Geass' mind you. Well it's only been the first episode so guess we'll see! Also finished watching GITS: SAC (again), forgot how good it was - tachikoma's ftw!
The year of the Metal Rabbit promises to bring some much-needed peace and tranquility. If you are like most people, you probably feel like you were on a roller coaster in 2010, the year of the Tiger. That will generally not be the case in 2011, as the Rabbit is everything the Tiger is not.
The Rabbit is also very much about good taste and refinement. That said, self-indulgence is another Rabbit theme. By all means go to the theater, spend time at the spa and patronize those great restaurants you love. On the other hand, be careful about not overdoing it. And you can bet the Rabbit will put lots of temptation in front of you.
This is especially true if you belong to the Rabbit’s group, that is, if your sign is Rabbit, Sheep or Pig. These, however, are the people most likely to have a great year. If you are one of these signs, make an extra effort to follow your dreams, seize opportunities, and enjoy the moment. Other signs with excellent prospects this year include the Ox, Tiger, Snake, and Dog. Those that might want to hold back a bit include the Rat, Horse, Monkey, and Rooster.
Active people who are always on the go are likely to be unhappy with the Rabbit’s leisurely pace. They might find themselves in trouble if they try to move faster than the prevailing one. The Tiger, being the Yang to the Rabbit’s Yin, can still do well by modifying its style. This year the cautious, slow-but-sure approach is likely to win the day more than charging ahead.
What to do in a peaceful year? Education, for one. Leisurely travel is encouraged. Pursuing your hobbies is a very Rabbit thing to do and will bring you many happy moments.
Sony have unveiled the PSP2. Featuring a 5-inch OLED screen, dual analogue sticks, front and back cameras, and two touch pads on the rear.
Seems like Modern Warefare 2 is dead in the water in terms of online play. People hacking the game was bad enough before, but looks like the hacking has gone to an even higher level. Now people are erasing people's unlocks and achievements, changing people's clan tags to a very rude word beginning with the letter 'c' and leaving a message on the game ticker saying you've been hacked. Strangely enough the hacking escalated after that guy said he managed to hack the PS3. Not a happy bunny, I enjoyed MW2 more than Black Ops - seems like the developers left too many backdoors, which people are now exploited.
The new official W3C HTML5 logo... reminds me of Transformers Autobots insignia, keep expecting a voice to shout: "transform!"
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs 2005
Been playing Angry Birds android app... 'nough said I think :-)
The good ol' battle between Nintendo and Sony continues on with the Nintendo 3ds (shown below) and the much anticipated Sony PSP 2, which is rumoured to have a larger screen, retains the sliding out controller buttons and is supposedly have graphics to match a PS3. I guess we'll have to wait for the 27th January (the rumoured public unveiling), to see.
Bleach side stories are pants!
Happy New Year! It's been an anime-less seasonal holiday - no Bleach, One Piece, Naruto Shippuden to name a few. Was looking forward to possibly a double episode for bleach, but got a New Year side-story instead (-_-).
Ordered a HTC Desire HD, after much diliberation! My current phone is pretty small, so whatever I get will be significantly bigger anyway. Regarding battery life, I've seen a few tips online of how to get the most out of the battery, so I'll give these a try and let you know how it goes. Plan to still use my old phone since it lasts several days without the need for charging.
My, yet unopened, Collectors Edition Gran Turismo 5
Dynamo-powered Lego man torch
Dilema: I Want to get a smart phone. But none are exactly perfect, especially in relation to the amount of money I will be spending. Candidate number 1: The "iPhone 4", problems include price, reception problems but has nice screen and is small and compact. Next HTC Desire HD: Problems inlcude it is massive (although could be good for watching anime and stuff). Although the screen isn't the much publicised super LCD and battery life is crap! Finally HTC Desire Z: Heavy, sliding keyboard problem (but I could overlook this). Hmm, wanted to get the HTC Desire HD but the screen lets it down and the battery life... so thought HTC Desire Z, but it's heavy, but has better battery life. iPhone 4 has a nice screen but it is too expensive. I could buy a new laptop with that sort of money!!! Might just get the HTC Desire for christmas. Rant over.
Recently watched Gundam Unicorn. The first episode came out in the spring and the 2nd episode was released this autumn. Massive gap! I couldn't even remember what happened so had to watch the whole first episode again!
"RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us". A cool and informative video on what actually motivates us... and hand-drawn too! I knew there was a reason to why I have kept on learning the guitar :)
So they've finally unveiled the iPhone 4g. Well, funny enough I've seen it already... best thing I've seen about it is the size and the cam/video functionality.
It's weird, I never thought I could miss one shop so much. I used to enjoy browsing through Borders - especially the magazine and Sci-fi book sections. Other bookshops juyst don't feel the same, they feel like you are in a library.
Been playing around with Wordpress and added this theme to my car based blog, with just random car stuff on it.
I've been playing Final Fantasy 13 and have got about halfway through, but am struggling to find enough motivation to finish the game. Just seems a bit lacklustre to me, when compared to the earlier Final Fantasy games - especially the heroine. Seems long gone are the days of Cloud and Squall type characters, which is a shame.
So much for keeping things underwraps... iphone 4g images leaked - seems a bit of coincidence, that someone just left it in a bar ;)
I've slightly tweaked my website dedicated to action meister Jackie C. Just slight amends, nothing major as of yet - need to get some more content on it and re-jig the images gallery page. Enjoy the video on the homepage ^__^.
I've watched 434 episodes of One Piece in only two months... that sounds really dull, meh! Really surprised as I've been out a lot recently.
Capcom plan to release Super Street Fighter 4 in the spring of 2010. I first read about the updates i.e. more characters (Cody, Guy and Adon), and the reintroduction of the bonus stages (breaking the car and breaking the barrels). I initially thought they were updates to Street Fighter 4. But was soon shocked that it is to released as a new game, which is stupid as it is just an update. So shouldn't you be able to just download the game changes - considering it is the same game? Anyway here's a gamespot video which shows some of the changes.
Been rummaging around website review sites, amazon, play etc.... looking for decent PS3 games to play over the christmas break. There's not much out there, and I don't really want to spend over £30 on any one game.
Looks like another 4 months until GT5 is released in the UK. After there was confusion by retailers who posted release dates in Sept 2009 and then November 2009.
There's not much out there on the web about Masamune Shirow - probably my favourite manga artist. If there is, you have to dig hard to find anything decent. I did however find this website dedicated to all things Masamune Shirow, judging from the 2005 date it hasn't been kept up to date, but is still a good read nonetheless.
Been listening to the new Muse album: The Resistance. A very good album,
good to see the boys are still doing there own thing and one of the main
reasons why I liked Muse from the beginning. Favourite tracks have to
be 'Uprising', 'Resistance' (the intro is brilliant), also like 'MK Ultra'
(Mortal Kombat Ultra Combo heh) - have just got some guitar tabs for it
so will have fun learning to play it. The three last tracks are good too.
I'm just loving the fact that it has songs on there that gives you the
same goosebumps that you get when you listen to Space Dementia.
It's always funny when things get misspelled through the translation
process or when marketeers don't do their research. I
found this quite amusing!
To iPhone or not to iPhone - that is the question? Can't decide whether
to get one or not... hmm... (not into my technology as I used to be -
plenty of new cool stuff I have left to pass me by).
I was watching Gintama got up to over a 100 episodes then found it hard
finding places to watch it - lots of dummy sites that say they have the
next episode, but in fact don't. Very frustrating, especially now that
I can't remember what the last episode I last saw is. Have also been looking
at getting a road bicycle - not sure how much to spend, in case it gets
stolen. Finding it pretty hard to finding enough reviews on bikes, that
on paper, look pretty good.
Adios bendy bus! They are to phased off of the streets of London.
I want to get a notebook to use on train journeys etc. Hmm, lots to choose
from, guess I'll have to just research into the best ones.
Another track that I've managed to track down. If you've watched 'Z.O.E:
Dolores i', and thought the opening track was rocking, then
this is for you.
It's amazing how much stuff you can end up with, especially when you
start taking stuff off of shelves and bookcases. Having trouble finding
a home for everything now... hmm perhaps ebay is the solution to some
of the - spontaneously bought and now regretting it - items?
I have a strong desire to do some more artwork, particularly some drawing
and maybe some painting. Just have to figure out how to find some time,
without interfering with my usual end of week rest up, where I usually
need a few hours of nothingness to prepare me for the following week.
There's still lots I want to do with this website, but once again it all
comes down to time. Takes a while to implement all the changes I want
to put in... so just have to do it bit by bit.
RIP Michael Jackson
I went to a Manics gig on the 28th May 2009. The gig was awesome, they
played 2 sets. The first was their entire new album, the second was just
hit after hit from their back catalogue. The gig ended with "Design for
Life"... bloody awesome!!!
Checkout this pavement art on a towpath on the Regents Canal in Islington,
London to stop speeding cyclists.
Hmm... just under a week until the new Transformers movie comes out (yay),
not hearing too many rave reviews from friends about the new Terminator
In case you didn't notice, I have revamped this website. It was looking
a little tired, and didn't really reflect my ever-improving skills as
a web designer. My basic aim was to make the site easier to update content,
after all, content is the key to a good site. Anyway, I also made the
content area wider to incorporate more content. Am still making further
tweaks here and there (well you have to start from somewhere), so don't
be alarmed if things suddenly look different from the last time you visited
Two sculptures from the World Ice Sculpture Championships 2009. Very
Double PS3 'powar!' My newly acquired PS3 is the one on the left ^___^
(still waiting for some more decent games though).
Checkout these infrared
photos. Older generation cameras were capable of capturing infrared
light, but most modern cameras filter it out, so to achieve this effect
you'll have to look around a bit for the few that can still capture it.
Christ Church photo - Niek Haak photos at pbase.com
Say hello to Mr. Cactus, picked him up from the Eden Project, Cornwall,
England. Might need to get him some cactus feed.
Here's a pic of my new PSP and FFVII: Crisis Core.
For those of you who love Naruto, checkout this Naruto
live action fight scene, that some Naruto fans made and posted onto
youtube. It even has some Special FX added.
Another interesting video I saw on youtube. Basically a guy used a Wii,
to create a 3D picture on a TV screen that moves depending on your view.
the video, well worth watching.
These are two of my favourite websites at the moment, click the images
to visit the sites. You won't be disappointed ^ ^
I was browsing the web trying to find to images from the Detroit Motorshow
2008, when I stumbled across this website with really cool motorcycle
concepts. The image below is a concept made by Honda called ironically
the 'Concept 1'.
I went to the preview night at The Animation Art Gallery of David Bircham's
artwork, which were mainly based upon his comic Brodie's Law. Brodie's
Law, a british comic, which has built up a loyal UK fanbase; from the
dedication shown by both the comics' artist and writer, who spent the
last year travelling to convention after convention to promote their comic.
Well, after all the hard work, it seems to have paid off. With the comic
now in the process of being made into a hollywood film.
David Bircham comic based artwork exhibition, 13th November
The Animation Art Gallery, London.
Photo of my signed Terry Pratchett book
I had the pleasure of meeting my childhood and current day hero, Terry
Pratchett, at his new book signing at Forbidden Planet, London. A really
nice fellow, who took time to chat to each person, despite the massive
queues of appreciative fans. I took a few photos
of the occasion.
I framed my autographed Spider-man picture ^__^.
Check out this cool animation. Believe me when I say that this guy deserves
an award for originality. Click
here to view the animation (just click the 'play' button when the
I got a hand-drawn autographed picture, from a Mr. Townsend; who for
a living, draws Spider-man comics for Marvel.
I added some more photos of the Regents Park Concert in London, in the
Open Air Theatre. Click here to
go to the page.
I went to a music concert in Regents Park on Sunday 5th August in the
Open Air Theatre. Kate Walsh, Ben's Brother and Seth Lakeman were the
acts playing, all were superb. It was funny as the stewards struggled
to contain all those wanting to take photos of the acts. The highlight
of the concert was when a group of mainly girls/women, during one of Seth
Lakeman's songs, decided to commandeer a section of grass beside the main
stage for themselves and started to dance. They stayed there until the
Star Wars came to London's ExCel Centre over the weekend.
It took me just 45 minutes to come up with this logo for the 2012 olympics.
The Old London Olympics 2012 logo
The New London Olympics 2012 logo
This is the new London 2012 Olympic logo (above logo on the the right),
launched on th 4th June 2007 at a special launch event in trendy London's
Camden Town. At a cost of £400,000! When I saw it, it was like my heart
had stopped and my jaw had dropped so low that I struggled to pick it
off the ground. Reminds me of the 'Krypton Factor' logo, or pieces of
'Monster Munch' crisps. To me, it just says '20R'.
What I don't get is the second '2' in the '12'. It isn't like the first
'2' in the '20'. And the square thing is as much attached to the '0' in
the '20', as it is to the '2' in the '12'.
They claimed it was designed to appeal to the young, but who is going
to put a crap logo like that on their phones, or wear it on a T-shirt.
Another problem is that when the logo is shrunk, it becomes incomprehensible
and looks like a mess of something. With the London text (which doesn't
even have a capital first letter), disappearing entirely.
Another point is where in the design is there anything relating to London.
It seems they haven't learned from the Millenium Dome, where they built
an architectural wonder (the Dome), but failed when it came to the content.
With them believing that the stuff inside was what people really wanted
to see, when in fact it wasn't.
My verdict is.... total and utter crap! And worst still I think that it
embarrasses the UK internationally. I just hope that don't plan on putting
it on the medals. Just imagine that, winning Olympic Gold and seeing that
drivel on your well earned medal. They should just keep the old one, because
at least it has the ribbon in the same shape of the Thames, a river that
has been at the heart and center of London, since London (Londinium) was
created by the Romans. Plus it adds some sophistication to the design,
with the ribbon flowing in and out of the lettering.
Here are some alternatives I found on the BBC News website and from google
images. The images are copyrighted to their respective owners.
Signed copy of Shaun of the Dead, with both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's
A picture of a signed Final Fantasy 12 guide (the expensive one, not
the 'cheapo' one!), by the two japanese guys (one being the guy who did
Vagrant Story) who were at the London HMV FF12 launch.