Monday, 5 January 2015

Going to Air in-

So. In a rather exciting development, the first episode (and indeed the others) of the audio-drama Paul Freeman (Sound Designer) and myself put together is going to be broadcast on the radio station "Resonance FM" this Friday at 3:45PM, and then repeated on Monday at 8:45AM.
Tune your wireless it to 104.4FM or indeed listen to it online on their site:

Picture courtesy of MelMcG

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

The year that was 2014

So! I've been jolly quiet these past few months.
A bad habit and I'm terribly sorry to those of you who've trying to keep up with me.
2014 has been a surprisingly quiet old year, with exciting bits and pieces dotted through out, like pennies dropped in a Christmas Pudding.
Here are the majority of my sculpted works and wears this year has led me to produce.

(Funny how it seems like you've hardly done anything when your year's works are laid out before you)

Oh yes and also!

Here are the FINAL two episodes of the mini-audio drama Paul Freeman (Sound Designer) and myself worked together on in the later half of the year.

Episode Three: "The cold fingers of Rothstead creep into Peter Heath's world. Cutting him off and trapping him, like a mesh of cobwebs.
Is the mist lifting? Or is it getting thicker?"

Episode Four: "Peter Heath is ready for answers. He finds his world is closing around him. The Wastelands are calling and the story is ending"

So. I do hope you have a very Happy New Year, and thank you for giving my work a glance.

I shall see you all very soon.

More to come....

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Bad Dreams

Time for episode two of the audio drama mini-series that sound designer Paul Freeman and myself have put together.

Peter Heath doesn't remember falling asleep. All he remembers is waking up.
It is early morning and Heath can't stop thinking.

Sound Design - Paul Freeman
Written and Read by - James O'Neill


More to come ...

Friday, 31 October 2014


So I've been quiet recently. I apologise enormously for that.
But I've not been idle.

Over the past few months, my sound designer and I have been working away on something quite different from out previous collaborations.
We decided to try put together a purely audio-based drama serial. Something that would be full of atmosphere and suggestion.

And so here is the first of four episodes of our Mini-Series titled: "The Hum"

A hum has been heard rolling over the faceless suburbia of Rothstead.
Wailing and sweeping like whale-song. The locals are scared and the cats are screaming.
Peter Heath has been assigned to investigate.
Will he find his answer, or get lost in the mist? 

Sound Design - Paul Freeman
Written and Read by - James O'Neill


More to come...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Who York

In connection to the San Diego Comic Con, my little sculpted thingamajig is now going to be shown (along with all the other fan artwork submitted) at the New York leg of the Doctor Who World Tour when the attendees wait for the screening of the Series 8 opening episode "Deep Breath" to start.
So quite a captive audience it sounds.
Which is a little amazing.

Photo courtesy of whoever at BBC Enterprises who took it.

Cracking Arm

So recently I’ve been working on a little bust of Wallace and Gromit for my cousin who’s about 9 years old.
I haven’t sculpted these chaps for well over 4 years and coming back to them has felt like a wonderful catch-up with the past.
They’re possibly my oldest friends and sculpting them when I was a kid were my first tentative steps into sculpting. I owe them a lot I suppose.
Anyway, I wanted to make this for my cousin as a spontaneous gift (Because I like to spoil her) but it turned out a little too big for my liking and unfortunately Wallace’s arm cracked during the baking process, plus there were a few other minor minor issues that make me uncomfortable with gifting it to someone.
Damaged goods and all that.
Plus Wallace seems a little….distant and Gromit appears to be thinking “Please…please help me…”
Anyway, I’ve been talked into keeping these two and shall make a smaller, better version later in the year or not as far as that as a Christmas gift for her.

All rights belong to Aardman (obviously)

Thanks for reading, more to come...

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Bowie and Bowman

 So I've caught the sculpting bug again and have been cracking on with trying to nudge my work into different territory.

  Its funny. Years ago (possibly 5 or 6 of 'em) I was given a souvenir postcard by an art teacher for an exhibition for the German artist Thomas Schutte as someone I should look into for artist research to go in my sketchbook for school. He intrigued me but unfortunately, being young, I didn't heed the hint and filed it away in the rather lacklustre artist research section in my sketchbook and rather forgot about it.
 Now several years on I find myself remembering Schutte and more to the point find his work having a felt influence on my current work.
 How long this influence will last I don't know, but its intriguing nonetheless.

(Above: [no title] 1994 by Thomas Schutte)

(Above: "This Is Not Bowie" by myself)

(Above: "Bowman" by myself)

A really fascinating and exciting experiment and something I feel I may continue.
The figures are simply sculpted heads suspended by five or six kebab skewers with material draped around the structures to give an impression of a figure which is what Schutte uses in his much larger sculptures.

(Above: Pegleg)

Thanks for reading, more to come...