Category Archives: R n D

experimentation and mini creative ventures

Pencil illustration step by step of dry fly construction

Fly Tying Classes with @Super_FlyGuy

I’ve been working hard on my alter ego Super Fly Guy and with the trout season nearly upon us, it’s time to get people tying up flies.

For the past two years I have been teaching fly tying to all abilities in my own way, but with the increasing amount of artwork I have been producing, I thought I should illustrate my lesson plans by hand.

I have so far drawn up everything from tying on for the first time to whip finishing and everything in between. Its been a great process to get drawing again, but I must confess to a small cheat… I worked out every component I would need and drew them separately, combining them together on the computer. To hand draw even the hook 18 time a page seamed like a poor use of time.

Hopefully the results are as pleasing to see and use as they were to produce.

If you are interested in learning to tie, you can book in on a class below, there are currently spaces left for Intermediates on the 14th of march and beginners on the 4th of April.

 


A New Shelving Concept (or shelves as they used to be called) | @Craft_Coffee

The shelves finally up.

The shelves finally up.

Craft Coffee, one of my favorite shops in London wanted to expand their retail area with a bit more product. Not wanting to fall into the trap of the cliché of scaff boards and steel conduit, I came up with this simple and adaptable design.

C4D render of ratchet strap shelves

C4D render of ratchet strap shelves

A little sketching and a bit of fiddling in C4D I came up with the idea of using ratchet straps to pull the shelves into the wall, and a bracket that doubles as a shelf bracket and strap pulley at the same time.

welding up the brackets

I got to weld up the brackets thanks to Adam Lawrence at One Little Girl And A Can Of Gas who rented me a bench and mig welder. Not done any welding since 1996 when I worked at Spax so that was nice.

The happy owners

The happy owners

I still need to go back and tidy up the joins and set it all a touch straighter, but for this moment, it’s done.

 

 

 

Murals On Tiles in Frescobaldi Restaurant Mayfair

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As always the strangest of commissions landed on my lap.

“Bruno, can you replicate some artwork we’ve had made, 4 meters tall and on white glazed tiles?”

The answer was yes, but practically I had no idea. A quick ring-a-round my little black book and the incredible scenic painter Jason Line was on board. Together we worked to produce a mechanic and workflow to get the paint to stick to the glaze and not use Jason’s talents for mundane wall prep.

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My new project SuperFlyGuy.biz

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Since breaking my leg last year, I have spent a huge amount of time tying fishing flies. In April, thanks to a few commissions, I decided to wrap it all up into some form of business.

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So far Ive had dressed flies commissioned and sent around the world, boxes of dries and most recently started teaching beginners to master the basics.

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A may fly pattern of mine.

A may fly pattern of mine.

A dressed pattern I designed and tied, packaged up and sent to Canada

A dressed pattern I designed and tied, packaged up and sent to Canada

The first Super Fly Guy fly tying class at the Three Kings pub.

The first Super Fly Guy fly tying class at the Three Kings pub.

Victorinox Basecamp | Wilderness Festival

The Brand space that I constructed (not the tent) for Victorinox

The Brand space that I constructed (not the tent) for Victorinox

August this year I build the furniture for the Victorinox Base camp at Wilderness festival.

Some of the furniture in situ

Some of the furniture in situ

Originally just asked to teach a course in paracord braiding, the job escalated into build, rig and set dressing.

A pretty off piste braiding pattern

A pretty off piste braiding pattern on one of my hand made Victorinox jigs

Me teaching a class of wannabe paracorders

Me teaching a class of wannabe paracorders

The finished result

The finished result

I ended up staying the whole weekend the whole weekend whittling wood and teaching/sharing knots.

Me whittling a spoon with my Victorinox hunter knife.

Me whittling a spoon with my Victorinox hunter knife.

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My Year-Long @Instagram Project

The very first second of 2013 I uploaded an image of my self to Instagram , the goal, to re-instagram it each day for 2013.

Always using the HDR button and whatever filter made the most exciting picture, I steadily annoyed all of my followers with imperceptibly small daily changes to an already ugly picture. The video below is not just the culmination of a strangely hard project, it’s a thank you to all my followers who put up with my pink mushy feed for the last year. Especially markjamesworks dp_dubs gregtbrown and petefowler I hope you all have a tremendous New Year and a fabulous 2014, even if it is just thanks to the end of my dissolving face. Happy New Year Bruno

Click the pic to watch the video on Instagram

The 1st second of 2013 I uploaded an image of my self to @Instagram , the goal, to reinstagram it each day for 2013.Always using the HDR button and whatever filter made the most exciting picture, I steadily annoyed all of my followers with imperceptibly small daily changes to an already ugly picture. This video is not the culmination of a strangely hard project, it’s a thank you to all my followers who put up with my pink mushy feed for the last year. Especially @markjamesworks @dp_dubs @gregtbrown and @petefowlerI hope you all have a tremendous New Year and a fabulous 2014, even if it is just thanks to the end of my dissolving face.Happy New YearBruno

progression of CT scan of skull to a symetrical lo-poly model to be flattened in Blender

“Projection Mapped” Mirror Skull

I was asked one evening by the Endless Reach guys if I would like to VJ at a halloween party, something subtle and psychedelic. Frankly the idea of spending 8 hours behind a laptop while everyone else has fun wasn’t too appealing.

As a compromise I suggested building a distorted mirror to play a long loop or even horror film at. The result would hopefully be exaggerated distortions thrown around the room.

A little more back and forth chat and I had persuaded myself to build faceted mirrorball skull, 2 meters high, for £50.  WOOPS!

 After a little mental RnD, I found a nice CT scan of a real human skull and set to work stripping it down and reducing the millions of polygons to a manageable quantity. This was then cut in half as a way to both make a symmetrical object and also save costs on pattern printing as all I would have to do is turn the sheet over. From here I needed to flatten the 3d into 2d polygons. Thanks to the guys at Inition and Devin who was sitting next to me at the time, we did a great three way research effort and found a plugin for Blender that would do the job for me. So I cracked open another bit of software and spat out the most horrifying array of triangles. Back to reducing the polygons again, and again and finally something that wasnt too scary.
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The Blender plugin had reduced my model to the minimum of islands and had annotated tabs for re-assembly, bloody marvellous. Unfortunately is was a terribly inefficient use of paper space for my pattern so I divided and reorganised the islands and annotated each polygon, just in case.
Flattened (A1 width) pattern for one half of the skull

Flattened (A1 width) pattern for one half of the skull

From here it was just a case of cutting the pattern (with a little help from Mike Kee), laminating some mylar mirror film to mount board, cutting the pattern out of that and then crying in the corner of the room, surrounded by triangular mirrors.

After regaining my composure it was just a task for some gaffa tape and some ingenious rigging to get the job done and assembled in the party space.

Pattern Cutting

This project had a certain production value from the outset so my “projection mapping” was going to reflect this. A quick photo on my phone of how the projection looked from the viewpoint of the projector lens and straight back to the computer to cut out all the background and white tape.

Photograph from the projector lens as a base to start constructing the matte.

Photograph from the projector lens as a base to start constructing the matte.

Would have loved to have spent longer mapping the beast and to have had a much brighter projector so I could have mapped the lux to each polygon, but for £70 spend, I was ecstatic with the results and even got a remote controlled smoke machine in its mouth. What’s not to love?

Skull is up. Mapping is a bit off due to long throw projector. Looks mental.

Click the pick to see a (very) short video.

Now as if this post wasn’t long enough, I had enough scrap mylar to make myself an outfit.

How do I look?

If you would like to make one yourself, just download the second picture on this post, scale it to A4 and cut it out. This will give you the pattern to make one half of the mask, its up to you what material you use, just make sure it has a bit of stiffness (anything over 300gsm should be fine.)