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Nailed it…

Whoever said realistic skin tone was difficult clearly didn’t know what they were on about. I’m pretty sure I’ve nailed it with this one.

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Man at work

I was just looking for something else on my computer when I come across this rare image of the younger half of id-iom actually doing some work! I know because I took the shot. Any pics that you may have previously seen showing him doing something that looks like work will undoubtedly have been staged or digitally generated using Photoshop. What’s more incredible is that he’s also up a small pair of steps (which are just out of shot) so that makes the whole thing doubly rare. He doesn’t like using ladders at the best of times. Even small ones. If only I could remember what had driven him to such extremes. Perhaps I was suffering from whooping cough or the more dangerous man flu at the time. Who knows?

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Other Peoples Graffiti (Food for Thought update)

Whilst making our way through sunny Streatham we chanced upon the boards we painted for the Streatham Food Festival last year that were still in place. There’s a couple of minor tags and what seems to be a lot of white paint that has been thrown at it. On closer inspection it would seem that the main culprit in defacing our picture is, in fact, the pigeons that live on the guttering above and have deposited their thoughts on the piece from on high. It would indeed seem that everyone is a critic.

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6 Million!

6 Million!

6 Million!

Our artwork has only gone and got a combined 6 million views on Flickr – so I suppose we here at id-iom HQ can now call ourselves millionaires. With that news I’m off to buy myself a country pile. Oh wait a sec it’s just views not pounds or even pence. It looks like we’ll just have to remain starving artists who live by their wits just a wee while longer…

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Two hearts living in just one mind

People are far more complicated than they generally realise or would lead you to believe. From the quiet unassuming man who sits opposite you at work but is, surprisingly, the life & the soul of the party come the weekend to the closet racist who you’d have thought loves everyone when, in fact, the opposite is true.  In Japan they have the concept of honne and tatemae which are words that describe the contrast between a person’s true feelings (honne) and the behaviour one displays in public (tatemae or ‘facade’). Unless you get to know someone very well it’s rare to know both sides fully but they still remain flip sides of the same coin.

Anyway today’s pieces are trying to express that duality that is contained within us all. Whichever aspect is on top doesn’t negate the fact the flip side still exists. Personally I think the key to happiness is trying to minimise the difference between the two. But maybe that’s just me. Anyway, I just love to get ambigrams into our work if I can and I think I’ve outdone myself with getting the angel/devil ambigram involved in a piece where it actually makes some sense. As I’ve put it on there twice (but flipped one of them) it reads the same whichever way up you have the picture so with a bit of crafty framing you can flip it round whenever you want to give your room a bit of a change so basically it’s like two pictures for the price of one. Bargain or what? Anyway if enough of these sell and there is a clear preference on colour scheme I may go ahead and get a print done. I could even tailor the colours to personal preference if there was enough interest. Oh and did I mention there’s gold leaf of some kind on there too? This one’s got it all. Just drop us a line if interested…

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id-iom

PS I’ve also stuck an earworm in for the title. This pic really does have it all now.

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The balloon we thought would never burst

The balloon we thought would never burst

The balloon we thought would never burst

Here at id-iom we are relentless wombles and nothing escapes the all seeing eye for identifying potentially useful junk. In the  studio we had a helium balloon of unknown origin, but we had somehow acquired it all the same. Having been a strangely comforting presence in the studio for months now it would follow you from room to room without ever seeming to deflate. It was becoming quite the talking point. Anyway, after a few small impromptu beers on Thirsty Thursday we managed to lose the balloon. The next morning we tried to piece together our last memories of the old girl and this picture is our best attempt at a visual representation of our available memory. If only it was all a little clearer…

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Iteration No. 47

Iteration No. 47

Iteration No. 47

This poor canvas has had a hard life. It’s been in development hell for a good 4 or 5 years or so with the pair of us making multiple attempts to finish it over that time. Things weren’t looking good for this old chap. The paint was getting thicker after every move and it would inevitably be whitewashed when whoever was last working on it would proclaim it a failure and move onto something more fruitful. It would then be handed over to the other member of id-iom with a snarky ‘Back to you. Best of luck with it…’

After languishing in this state for a long time it would seem like the muse felt sorry for both us and the canvas as she has graced us with a picture that we both haven’t yet wanted to whitewash. I’m still not sure if we’re actually happy with it or just happy to have it out of our hair. Anyway, please behold iteration No 47. Let’s hope it’s the last…

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