Weekend

 

Saturday the first day of the Science festival, I was originally placed in Gallery 1 along with 50 years of space history, I was truly privileged to amongst such history.

 


While showcasing my installations I started painting a couple of Space Marines I had taken with me.  Due to the location I was in, I was unable to let anyone make any aliens for the Lunar Scape diorama.

By the end of Saturday, this marine is almost battle ready.

For the Sunday I was relocated to the top of the stairs on Level 1, this gave me the opportunity to allow people to create their own aliens.

 

Throughout the day the number of aliens increased and quickly filled the space.

I was fortunate that my youngest daughter wanted to come across and help out, she helped the younger children create their alien and placed them on the moons surface.  While I started painting the second of the marines I had brought with me.  I am very proud of my little girl!

My daughter showing a little girl on how to create an alien.
The second marine I painted on the Sunday.
The box of plasticine by the lunchtime is half full.
The moon filling up very quickly by early afternoon
By 4pm the moon is over run by aliens!
 

My daughter and I where completely exhausted by the end of the day but we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  

 

We are both looking forward to next years festival!

Lunar Scape

Lunar Scape

This year for the Bradford Science Festival the theme is space, so I am creating a Lunar landscape diorama with the activity of children creating plasticine aliens to place within it.

 

Build

I’ve created a box which is 30″x 23.75″ x 17″ which at the moment has a double layer of 10mm board. To create the surface I will be laying a foundation of newspaper, layered with wire mess. The craters will also be made of mess and then coated with Modroc plaster of paris strips.

The comic book are being used to weigh down the two bottom layers while they dry.
Wire placed over the top as a trail run.
Wire mess craters
Wire mess craters
 

 

 I’ve added a third layer of foam board to the base, then covered the area with ball of newspaper. Over the top of this I covered with a sheet of wire mesh, which I’ve glued into place.

 

 


 

I’ve started modrocing with the help of my daughter. It’s starting to look a little more lunal and not a rubbish pile

 

 

Painting

 After I finished modrocing the Lunar scape, I gave it a black base coat.

 

When the base coat dried I mixed up blue/ grey acrylic and water solution and covered they entire surface with it.

 

I have layered this piece three times, each layer I have added more white to the grey/blue mixture I used for the base coat.

 

I airbrushed a light grey over the entire surface, adding a mottled effect.

 

I painted the top of the frame with light grey and black round the back.

 

Background

With the landscape finished, it’s now time to work on the surroundings.

Taking some black card and soft pastels, I sketches out an alien world as a backdrop. For the planet I called upon inspiration from the 80’s. Can you guess?

 
 

 

I started to add a star field behind the planet using pastel, for the rest I am probably going to do with my airbrush.

I added a magnetic strip to the back board and its opposite to the back of the base.  The backdrop I cut down and stuck it to the backboard using adhesive spray.

The two side panels I cut them down diagonally to make it easy access for people to place the alien creations within.

 

What is left to do is paint the two side boards  and add magnets for them to attach to the base and backboard.

Magnetic strips have been added to side panels and 8 little magnets have been glued in to fix the sides to the back board. I have also painted a black board around the base.

 

The side panels have been painted with galaxies and stars, I’ve put an LED strip light around the base.  This is now ready for the weekend.

 

Final Pictures

 

 

Bradford Science Festival 2019

Bradford Science Festival 2019

The time is almost upon us for the Bradford Science Festival, I will be back exhibiting my diorama’s.  Creating a space themed model.  

This year I will be bring a lunar landscape, to which I would like everyone to fill it with alien plasticise models.  Go nuts with you ideas and creations!

BRADFORD SCIENCE FESTIVAL
18 – 21 JULY, 11.00 – 17.00
FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL

Mars rovers, slime-making, space VR, life-size video games and a 12-metre rocket ship… It can only be Bradford Science Festival!

Bradford Science Festival is a free weekend of surprising science in the city, packed with activities, demos and games for the whole family. This year’s festival will explore a range of fascinating themes, including space travel, chemistry and caring for the environment. And with new venues joining the fun, it’s set to be bigger and better than ever!

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/bradford-science-festival-2019

 

Click here and you can view  what I got up to on the weekend, even had a welcomed surprised helper to!

Bradford Unleashed 2019 event

Bradford Unleashed 2019 Event

I attended Bradford Unleashed on Sunday, I had a great plot in hall.

 


To my absolute joy I was placed diagonally opposite Peter Davidson, the fifth Doctor Who.  It cost but I got him to sign my 80’s Doctor Who Tardis diorama.

 


 I had a wonderful day, met some great people who are really interested in my work.  Half way through the day my youngest daughter joined me making this a family affair, even though by the end of the day she got a little bored.  

 

 

A great day had by all and looking forward to the next one!

Bradford Unleashed March 2019

Bradford Unleashed March 2019

This March, I exhibited my works again at Bradford Unleashed 3rd March 2019.  It’s the second year I have attended as a trader , needless to say it was a great day and thoroughly enjoyed by all, click here to see pictures from that day.  I asked Peter Davidson autograph my Tardis diorama too!

If you look to attended and want to get tickets, details are below.

 

Or you can visit their website and purchase your tickets there.

 

 

July 2018

Bradford Science Festival Weekend

 

Friday set up

Having arrived at the Science Museum earlier today, I was taken to the room where I would holding my workshops for the next couple of days.

 

 

 

After I finished setting up, I went for a wonder around the museum and look what I came across.

1st Day

It’s been a fantastic first day at the Science Festival, met loads of lovely people who were very interested in my work. Before the event started I was able to explore parts that I had missed the day before and came across Davros and his Dalek horde.

 

 

By mid morning I was half way through my 80’s Tardis build, I had hoped by the lunchtime I would be able to start painting it.  Unfortunately that had not happened, the build had taken longer than I had hoped.

2nd Day

The 2nd and final day of the Bradford Science Festival. It went so fast but enjoyed every moment of it, even down to getting my arm painted!

My Tardis diorama, I was able to finish the build and complete the base coats of the walls and floor. Unfortunately by the time the paint had dried, the festival was coming to close at the museum. I will be finishing it off in my own time next week.

You can follow the rest of this diorama completion by clicking this link

 

Thank you to all staff, I’ve had a wonderful time and everyone was very friendly and helpful.

 

I have dedicated my Dalek Lair diorama to the museum as apart of the Doctor Who theme of the festival.  I have been told it is going to used in the animation activities for schools.

Bradford Science Festival 2018

Bradford Science Festival 2018

I have been asked to exhibit my work and hold workshops on how to build diorama’s based around the theme of Dr Who, to which I am very excited about.  I have always been a fan of Dr Who since I was a small boy watching the adventures of Tom Baker’s Dr and K-9 travelling through time and space.

BRADFORD SCIENCE FESTIVAL
21 – 22 JULY, 11.00 – 17.00
FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL

Battling robots, monster hunting, Timelord tech, space travel, splashy experiments and a supersonic car… Bradford Science Festival is back!

This year’s festival will celebrate the wonder of engineering. At the National Science and Media Museum, across City Park and at The Broadway Bradford we’ll be offering activities, demos and games for all the family to get involved in—plus some amazing special guests including Richard’s Creative Workshop!

Peek inside, be inspired, get hands-on and have a go!

 https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/bradford-science-festival 

Click here to catch up on the weekends festivities

Bradford Unleashed February 2018 Gallery

Bradford Unleashed February 2018 Gallery

I had a great day at Bradford Unleashed, lots of visitors, plenty of compliments about my dioramas. It was a wonderful but tiring day! Thank you to my wife who spent the day with me again. Thank you to everyone who visited my stand today.

Bradford Unleashed 2018

Bradford Unleashed 2018

This February, I exhibited my works again at Bradford Unleashed 18th February 2018.  It’s the second year I will have attended as a trader before, needless to say I am really looking forward to it.  If you are in the Bradford area on that weekend please call by, I’d love to see you.

If you look to attended and want to get tickets, details are below.

Or you can visit their website and purchase your tickets there.

Full gallery of the day events can be found here.

 

 

Bradford Unleashed 2017

Bradford Unleashed 2017

As you know I was exhibiting at Bradford Unleashed Comic Con 8th October 2017. it’s was a tuly excellent day, met a lot of new and wonderful people but I must say a big thank you to my wife Emma Who agreed to get up at 5:30am and spend the day with me as my beautiful assistant. 
Fun day was had by all and look forward to doing it again!

Here are few pictures from that day.