This is a progression of my last post about animating some of my images in the galleries. I reckon this is like 'Phase 2' of the project. The next stage is adding sound and typography and 'stylin' it up a bit!
This animation is based on one of the daily images I created last year. It's a chance for me to stretch to something different from what I do in the day job. There's a fair bit more work goes into changing something from still to moving. I'm pleased enough with the result so I'll be adding more soon.
Fifty years ago on this date, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
This is part of a hero/villians series I'm working through....villain one month/hero another month...
In secondary school, I was on the debate team and one of our debates was something about investigative journalism. I can't quite recall the whole thing but remember learning about John Pilger and his stories about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Jesus, some hateful stuff went on in Cambodia under Pol Pots rule. (Text source for the image: http://www.killingfieldsmuseum.com/cambodia.html)
An Cosantóir (The Defender) is the Irish Defence Forces monthly magazine. Recently, I produced some artwork and layout design for an article about the Irishmen that were detained and sent to Frongoch Prison in Wales after the 1916 Easter Rising.
From clockwise: Michael Collins, Dick Mulcahy, Terence MacSwinney, Oscar Traynor
This piece on Roger Casement is a collaboration between myself and a friend of mine. A big 'Thank you!' to Máire Ní Mhórdha. She was kind enough to provide the text and I did the artwork. We're planning to work our way through a list of people that we'd like to share some work on.
The first is Roger Casement.
This year marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. It remains an event of huge importance and the country was forever changed. Having a personal connection to one of the most important men of Irish history, the beginnings of this project started for me with a series of portraits. Once I began this history/illustration site, I knew that I'd like to create something I could say I've invested a lot of effort into.
I've been working on this project for a number of months and truth be told, I would have preferred to have released it about two months ago. It's been a real challenge but I think it's about time to finish up. This project though cannot encompass all the history surrounding the circumstances of the Rising. Neither has it paid the recognition deserved to all those whose contributions and efforts made in the rebellion. I would like to create smaller projects about the people I have not yet had the time to recognise within the scope of this project.
There are also elements I would like to address in the future. The project unfortunately is really best viewed on a desktop. I aim to deliver an adaptive version (at some stage) My skills in these kinds of areas are sorely lacking.
I hope the project is of use to anyone interested in Irelands history. Please follow the link to view the project.
The Battle of Iwo Jima was a 35 day battle in the Pacific between the U.S Marines and the Imperial Japanese Army. The island was significant in terms of tactical positioning because it had three airfields. The battle was one of the bloodiest in the War of the Pacific, with casualty and loss numbers and of about 25,000 for the Americans and about 20,000 for the Japanese. The image of the flag being raised was captured by photographer Joe Rosenthal on the fifth day of the battle. It immediately became an iconic image, flashed around the world, reproduced widely. It won the Pulitzer Prize.
“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
On the day of his assassination, Malcolm X was to deliver a speech about human rights and Revolutionary Pan Africanism and Internationalism. He was maligned by the mainstream for having the courage to call out the deceitful hypocrisy present in America...purporting integration but practising segregation, between blacks and whites. At least in South Africa, he said, they practised what they preached. He pursued the cause of liberating the Black man in American society instead of just 'integrating' the Black man into that society. This is an important distinction. He was also keenly aware of the importance of education and in particular, acknowledging the valuable role women play. During his travels to the middle east, he observed that the countries progressing the most were countries moving towards socialism and with a focus of liberating women. His legacy is that of a man who fought against all forms of oppression and whose values and messages could not be diluted nor bought.
To read more about Malcolm X's thoughts, click here.
On the 12th of February 1993, three year old Jamie Bulger went missing from the Bootle Strand Shopping Center in Liverpool. Two days later, his body was found by some railway tracks. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were captured on CCTV leading the boy away. Although the boys were witnessed by a number of people walking around with the baby, people were unsure what to think or do. Was he just a little brother crying? With details emerging about abduction, people were struck by the thought it could be child killers displayed on their televisions. The cruel and calculated fashion in which the boys tortured Jamie filled a nation with shock, disbelief and anger. They had left his beaten body on the train tracks, believing a passing train would make it look like an accident or it would cover up evidence. On the 20th of February, Venables and Thompson were charged and became the youngest convicted murderers Britain in 250 years.
Find out more about this awful case here.
The Thalidomide Tragedy was the result of marketing and greed for profit over the well-being of patients. Developed in 1957 by Chemie Grünenthal, little or no testing was done on the drug before it was happily prescribed to pregnant women. After an abnormal increase of the rise of rare birth defects, the efficacy was questioned. The final estimates of damage rendered can hardly be measured. Tens of thousands of babies dies, over ten thousand were born with irreparable nerve and organ damage. Most common of the defects were the malformed legs and arms of the child. In 1968, the company, with it's army of legal representation, pressured a paltry settlement with the families affected. The battle for compensation continues now in over 40 countries. The drug remains in use in Latin America as a treatment for leprosy.
“Have you no sense of decency, sir?”
Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy is the man most remembered for the ‘Red Scare’ in American politics during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. It was just another name for “witch hunts”. The idea that Communist sympathisers, subversives and spies were “working and shaping policy” by working in government positions gave McCarthy licence to go after whoever he suspected. And anyone could be a suspect. Proof or evidence was often immaterial. Five years of interrogating high-profile citizens and other “elite” officials made McCarthy an untouchable. Scare-mongering and intimidation tactics were openly used in his hunt to expose the activities of citizens, with questionable results. It wasn’t until he went after members of the Army and the televised Army-McCarthy hearings that public opinion finally turned against him.
"By jungle law, the ghost who walks calls forth the power of ten tigers!"
The Phantom swore an oath on the skull of his murdered father to fight evil. He is a legacy hero, passing on the mantle of The Phantom from father to son. Known by those who fear him as 'The Ghost Who Walks', the seemingly immortal figure is in his 21st incarnation. The hero has been in publication from 1936 and continues today. He is also a member of the Defenders of the Earth (and my favourite Defender). The Phantom has no superpowers, relying instead on his wits, his fists and his two .45's. If there was no Phantom, there would be no Batman.
The Kyoto Protocol is an international treaty first set up in Kyoto, Japan in 1997. The treaty has a common goal of reducing man-made emissions globally, in an attempt to arrest the damage caused by the greenhouse effect . Each member state has agreed to different parameters, with aims reduce their current emissions based on evidence of past emissions. One has to question the motives of countries not committing to ratifying the treaty. Apart from shrinking profit margins, what is the big picture they have in mind? Though far from perfect, a bunch of scientists say the protocol is a "small but essential first step towards stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases."