February 15, 2012: Hatena Featured Artist - Dullbloke (id:Dullbedsitblogger)


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Today's Hatena Featured Artist is Dullbloke (id:Dullbedsitblogger) from the Europe and Oceania region.

Please tell us about yourself.

I am a 40 year old guy living in the seaside town of Brighton in the UK. I work as a care worker with learning disabled adults. I live in a small bedsit. I am a bit dull which is why I am Dullbloke or The Dullbedsitblogger.

What are your interests or hobbies, and how do you spend your free time?

In my spare time, I like to make videos and post them on the internet. I make short films, music videos and videos about my life and what I am doing. I also make music. I have a solo electronic music project called Nil By Nose. I am not really sure how to describe it but some people have described it as experimental Trip Hop. I also have a couple of group projects called The Las Vegas Mermaids (theatrical surreal live performance Band) and The Large Veiny Members (improvised electronic music). I like to do a bit of painting (this is where my Silverman character was born). I just generally enjoy the creative process.

Please introduce some of your best Flipnotes, and tell us why you like them.

★ "Street Silverman" - I am sort of obsessed with Graffiti art, so I thought I would bring a bit of street art to Flipnote. My girlfriend took photos of me miming doing graffiti against a wall which got some rather strange looks from people walking by!

★ "Skijump" - I did this for the 'Weekly Topic: Snow fun'. The nose is my girlfriend's. I was very proud when it was described as Monty Pythonesque! I am a big fan of Terry Gilliam and the way he sees the world in cartoons and films.

★ "Silverman Name Spit" - I like the kind of scratchy messiness of this Silverman. Things emerging from his mouth is a reoccurring theme for Sliverman. People have asked who is Silverman and why Silverman?. To be honest, I am not really sure who and why, and that is really up to the viewer!

★ "Heavy Hat" - I made this Flipnote for the 'Weekly Topic: Heavy'. It was the first weekly topic I took part in. I made the music, and the crashing sound is me shaking the cutlery drawer.

★ "Buzzing Mind" - When I started drawing this Flipnote, I had no idea of what to draw or where the animation was going to go. I thought I would just relax and see where it goes.

★ "Dada or Dadaist" - I like the silliness and depth of this loop. Is the character Dada or a Dadaist. The character is not my father so it is not my Dada. Is he a part of the Dadaist art movement? Is the loop a Dadaist statement? Probably not. A Dadaist would not use a piece of technology to create art. Or would they? Wow, so deep! Ha ha ha ha!

★ "Guess the Sound" - I like the interaction aspect of the internet, so I thought I would make this guessing game Flipnote. Here is a clue - it is not a washing machine!

What techniques or skills are you especially good at in your Flipnotes?

I think my strength is that I look at the world in a slightly strange way, and I can see things that other people might not notice.

What are some techniques or skills that you wish to improve?

I would like to perfect using photos in my Flipnotes. I would also like to work with a bit more precision and draw cleaner and more consistent lines. I would also like to get the sound a bit cleaner and dynamic. But I think a lot of those things will come with experimentation and practice.

Please introduce some of your favorite Flipnote artists

This is tricky, I am relatively new on Flipnote Hatena. There are so many great artists and people with interesting ideas here!

josecandel (id:goomer) - His style is so strong! It just amazes me what he can do with a Nintendo DSi!

geezer (id:geezerdk) - Very funny Cartoons!

katt (id:katt2) - Great Flipnotes, and she made me feel very welcome to the adult Flipnote Hatena community.

mrjohn (id:mrjohn) - Such a clean style and a master with photos!

There are so many artists. Every time I get on Flipnote Hatena, I find something interesting funny or just weird!

Is there something you would like to say to the Flipnote Hatena community?

Thank you everyone for looking at my Flipnotes and giving me stars! Thank you Hatena for picking me to be a featured artist. I'm still a noob and will endeavour to get better as I experiment and practice. I am going to be sticking around and having lots of fun!

If you have an idea, run with it. It's real fun!

Click here to check out all of the Flipnotes by Dullbloke (id:Dullbedsitblogger)

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