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the seventh idol comic; remembered


3 images towards the end of this post contain elements of nudity that may be offensive or inappropriate to sensitive readers or children. Please beware, but ALL the images are CGI RENDERS and are in the context of story telling only.


Some of you may remember that in 2006 I began a project called “THE SEVENTH IDOL”. It was primarily an attempt at an online comic but whilst in some ways it was successful, in many others, it wasn’t.


My plan was to create a rendered comic and associated websites etc, and in that way, I learned a lot about website construction, rendering with programs such as Daz 3D and Bryce, as well as becoming members of such online communities as DeviantART and this very site, WordPress.

A little backstory: I’ve been a budding writer since I was 16 and have generally written screen & teleplays, but that have dabbled in many other forms such as short stories, novels, poetry and comic books, and have considered giving songwriting a go to boot!

Journey_Trough_The_Labyrinth_by_nEopolThe 2006 comic had three issues, with the first effectively being a double, but its major flaw that it was too rooted in screenplay writing and plotting, and I could not get my head around the methods of telling the story through a comic, let alone the technical problems of learning new software such as Daz 3D and the highly complex Bryce. Now I’m sure some people would have something to say about Bryce being complicated but to me it was! But I managed to get a few good renders out of it so I was somewhat happy.

 Some of the more obvious drawbacks at the time regarding my Daz 3D work, was the lack of skin textures and other details, aswell as costumes. I hope to showcase some of the improved models and sample clips from the presently abandoned animated version soon.

The comic was made up of several key elements and these were: –

– Background photographs, many of which were taken locally, in Manchester.

Meeting_by_nEopol                3D models and props rendered in Daz 3D








   External environments rendered with Bryce 5 & 6 Falling_by_nEopol










Sky_by_nEopolColouring and lighting using Photoshop & the now defunct Picture IT

After three issues and the resolution of the initial plotline, I put the project on hold and felt that I had learned a lot of  the do’s and don’ts but never really got back into it as I had intended. Life, as it often does, got in the way.


I do very much hope to try this again with the knowledge that I had acquired over the years and was very keen to try animation, which I have tested but still have technical reasons as to why I can’t proceed right now. But here’s a taste of  the original, which for all it’s faults, I must admit, I’m still proud of. Some of the imagery in this issue is in my opinion very good, but the pacing is way to slow and is too dialogue heavy.

 3rd Idol

Better luck next time…

There are more images available on Flickr & DeviantART.


Anyway, here is the first issue for old times sake…



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JPG Magazine


In the heart of flora

This is my most recent post on Flickr. It is quite a diferent shot for me but I think it turned out well.

Red Star

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r – rated

This is on of my favoured images. Taken at a low F stop, the letter ‘R’ is clearly visable.

"R"ed hot

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Manchester: Part 1 – A Growing Cityscape

Since I first began to take up Photography seriously back in the summer of 2005, my home city of Manchester has often being my subject. It is not soley out of local pride of a strong technical interest is architecture which has driven this, but often because Iive and work here!

I would and still do, take my camera out at lunch time and on the way home and take a few shots. The challenge was to find new and interesting places to capture the city from, so particularly in 2006,  height was definatly my thing. 
Dusk And The Two Towers

This was taken on the 13th February 2006, by my Kodak Z740. This shot captures two of the landmark towers in Manchester. The foreground being the Arndale Centre’s tower, which stands over one of Britains largest shopping centres, and in the distance, on of my favoured subjects, Beetham Tower, duing in it’s construction.

Wheel Of Fortune

This shot, taken a few months earlier, at Christmas 2005, shows one of the wheels which has graced the city over the years. This stood, as does one today, in what is known as Exchange Square, at centrepeice of the city centre used for events.

This was a lucky shot to be honest. Taken after a few drinks at about 11:00pm, again with the Kodak, the fact that is came out at all was great! This is still one of my favourites.

Pastel Manchester

This was taken earlier one in the afternoon of  the 13th February 2006. This to me, sums up modern Manchester. Is this reletively small area in the heart of the city, we can see various decades of architectural designs, such as the 50’s/60’s on the bottom left, and what I suspect is a late 1970’s tower in the top right.
Modern City

Now back a little earlier, November 2005. This shot was taken with my Vivitar compact. This builing, which faces the historic Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre, had just been completed at the the time and almost every floor was empty.

I forget what it became, but besides offices, but the ground floor became shops; Rather expensive ones, too!
G-Mex Vs Hilton

And to finish with a more recent shot. This was only taken this year, 15th April,  with my camera to hand, which was my trusty IPAQ rx3000. The shot obviously suffers for the low resolution, but with a small amount of ‘photoshopping’, I tried to create a more artistic image.

In the foreground with have the ond Manchester Central train station, which for many years now has been known as the GMEX Exhibition Centre. It has just recently, changes it’s name back to Manchester Central, though to my knowledge, no rail services are planned!

In the background, the faded image of Beetham Tower is barly visable, in an attempt to highlight the changes this city has gone through over the pasted hundred years or so.

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The latest in the Droplet series

Droplet Arrow

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Blue Drop @ 100

“Blue Drop” was taken back at the end of April and after a flying start, many comments, 9 favourites and fair few hits has settled down.

This is one of favourites and shows a progression in both my macro and droplet photography.

Blue Drop

Taken with my Nikon D40, 55mm, F/5.6


A few weeks later, I followed this up with one of it’s many companion flowers fully opened.

Blue Sparkle

Taken with my Nikon D40, 55mm, F/18

Five Points

Taken with my Nikon D40, 55mm, F/22
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Building Of An Icon: 2005 – 2008

Starting a couple of years I go, I decided to follow the construction of various buildings in Manchester. Manchester is a growing city now, ever since the IRA bomb in 1996, and Beetham Tower, AKA the Hilton has to stand as one of the most prominent examples of this.

Hilton on the way...

November 2005

Unfortunatly, I did start this project until the tower was well underway, but this is the first real image that I have. All these pictures are available on Flickr.

This was taken with my Vivitar 3765,  F. 2.9

Errecting an Icon

December 2005, the outer skin has been completed on the lower floors, and now the upper levels are well underway.

Taken with the Kodak Z740, 31.3mm, F. 4.5

Skinned Tower

Still in late December 2005, this beautiful clear day provides the perfect lighting to show the construction of the floors. After the outer skin has been fitted, the more extensive work of fitting out the interior can begin.

Taken with the Kodak Z740, 63mm, F.3.7

Working At Height

Now in March 2006, The outer contruction is well on the way to completion.

Taken with the Kodak Z740, 31.1mm, F.4.5

Height @ Hilton

May 2008: The finished article. Completed in late 2006, this is now the tallest building in Manchester and can been seen for miles around, dominating the skyline.

Taken with my Nikon D40, 18mm, F. 10

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