Artist Spotlight #16

Submitted by Piner 05/29/06 4:02 PM GMT

They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky,
The images are all together ooky, That's Grimbug's Gallery.

He should live in a museum, Where people could come to see him, He really is a scream, That's Grimbug's fantasy.

(Neat) (Sweet?) (Petite?!?!)

So turn your computer on, Open a web browser you can crawl on, We're gonna pay a call on, Grimbug and his gallery!

AaaarRrrghHHhh I'm melting! I'm melting!! Dragged out of the darkest depths of the Manipulation galleries and exposed to the bright harsh glare of the front page! Like all good children, Iím normally seen but not heard! But you pulled me out of my cave now, so I best get down to business! Well, the name is Graeme Murgatroyd! Although nigh on everyone calls me Grim anyway! I'm 27 years old and going strong and have an odd penchant for rats! Iím currently single and have blessed the world by not finding anyone crazy enough to breed with me! Speaking of which, I was born and raised in England (UK) currently live in Bristol, having been here for the last 6 years, 3 of which were at uni! Before that I was living in Essex and London, I'm actually from St. Albans in Hertfordshire, but most of my family hails from North of the border, in the land of scotch mist!

And so it was, from an early age my mother encouraged my artistic leanings! As the boxes of my old scribbles stored in her attic would testify to! I've studied art at secondary school, 6th form, college and university! And before all of that I was an avid scribbler, so in all I've spent almost my entire life to date crafting something! University was a great time! A barrel of laughs in a social circle of close knit artistics! But me, art, and university didnít mix! Thankfully it was during my time at uni I became good friends with Sir Avi (monkeypuzzle) and it was way back when, in October 2003 that he showed me a great website to grab a desktop! I wasnít shy, and decided to get stuck in!

I had not really dabbled that much in computer art or photography that much, I've always been a draughtsman and painter, with a leaning towards sculpting and 3D forms at times! But I was starting to use my PC often! Caedes provided me with the perfect location to test and experiment! As a result a lot of my early work was very abstract, dealing in shapes forms and colors in simple ways I could manage as I slowly learned to come to grips with Adobe Photoshop! Over time, with the continued support from all the great people here on caedes, I've continued working on the beast! I've always been really inspired by the works of many of the people here! There are a few people dear to my heart and 2 such wonderful ladies are our Lucy (Cain) and Tracy (TRACYJTZ), It was their work and work from others like them that really inspired me early on! As a result I've found myself improving and now feel Iíve found a home for myself tucked away in the photo manipulation realms!

Iím a bit of a snap happy photographer and will more often tidy up in PS rather than spend time seeking the perfect shot at the camera! I work with a fairly unimpressive standard HP 4 megapix camera! Nothing flashy at all! I am however, an avid fan of the online sharing of stock images! Working on a new picture I will more often than not, find myself dealing exclusively in stock images. This is with the exception of a lot of the people in my work, who are inevitably people who i have found in my net wonderings, willing to submit themselves to my Machiavellian schemes! I've really fallen in love with the way you can bring so many images together to form a new image so seamlessly within PS with a bit of time, care and practice!

I've been a busy little beaver as of late as far as the art work goes! Most recently putting together a series of Faux Victorian fairy photos, all in aid of the gallery show 'Mythorobelia & Curiosa' on in my home town of Bristol, featuring me and other local artists! You can take a Virtual tour of the show if you like, step right up ladies and gentlemen, and enter an 'Exhibition of the Fantastic', some may not be for the faint-hearted! So tarry not, enter if you will...HERE.

As far as picking one of my favorite pictures goes, itís a tough one! Most of my pictures end up having a personal meaning to me and i often get caught up in my own story telling! I have always had a real thing for the Darker side of life, and vie never been afraid to explore the GRIMer side of life and death! Masque has always been one of my personal favorites in that regard! And I think any of my images, done recently as, I've been getting into 'multiple photo recombining' are works I am really proud of!

I seem to have rambled on a bit, so I better let you get back to whatever you were meant to be doing last week, before my mad rant hijacked your PC's, bet you regret clicking on that front page news article now!! That will teach you for being lured in by Piner's smooth talking! And so I will scurry back into my cave, feel free to scribe a message on the wall, I hope you all enjoy my work half as much as I enjoy creating it for Caedes!

Love & Lollipops, GRiM!

P.S. There are still a few spaces left in The Caedes Deck, so get yourself over there and check out what it's all about! YES, I MEAN YOU!!! Come along hurry it up, no dawdling now!


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05/29/06 4:20 PM GMT
Congratulations Grim!
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'Study the past, if you would divine the future.' - Confucius
05/29/06 4:48 PM GMT
Congrats Grim!
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Tomorrow might never be | When you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything - Doc Brown | My Gallery
05/29/06 4:50 PM GMT
Congrats Graeme!
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05/29/06 4:54 PM GMT
Congratulations Grim ; its always a pleasure to look at your gallary.
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"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." my images
05/29/06 5:43 PM GMT
Freaky,Wacky....worms eye view! Just cruised your gallery..hope I can sleep tonight ={

Oh yeah...congrads to you.
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05/29/06 5:51 PM GMT
I'm a loyal fan...and have been always...and definitely, a well deserved spotlight! YEAH!
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05/29/06 6:55 PM GMT
Congrats Graeme you are a master at what you do...keep sharing......Jim
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05/29/06 7:19 PM GMT
Congratulations Graeme. I took the short tour through your "Gallery" and must admit that although your style and mine are very much different, I can't help but admire your creativity and imagination. These are both the qualities that make you a very good artist.
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05/29/06 7:19 PM GMT
Congrats, my dad grew up in Bristol...
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All of which makes me anxious at times unbearably so Check this out!
05/29/06 9:06 PM GMT
Hi Grim !!
CONGRATULATIONS!................Super Gallery!
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"Life is but a smile on the lips of Death" (Li Zhinfa)....and.... "God does not play dice" (Einstein)
05/29/06 9:17 PM GMT
Congrats Graeme! You have a very unusual and talent filled gallery of amazing images. Your time in the spotlight is well deserved. I admire your style.
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Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual. Edward Weston
05/29/06 9:27 PM GMT
Congrats Grim.. I've always been a fan of your wonderful manipulations, really like the dark stuff, I have a few of yours in a folder on my computer eg. Fay Faux Foto, Who's The Hunter, Masque plus a few more, you would have to be one of the best manipulators on caedes, your creativity and imagination is a pleasure to view... So keep up the wonderful work, and I look forward to seeing more of the Grimbug work...
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"A sense of humour is as important to life as shock absorbers to a car.. It helps us over the bumps im life" / P.K. Shaw
05/29/06 10:30 PM GMT
Iíve been enjoying your unique art for years Graeme, so itís good to see one of our more creative souls recognised in this manner. Congratulations itís an honour well deserved.
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There are three colours, Ten digits and seven notes, its what we do with them thatís important. Ruth Ross
05/30/06 3:50 AM GMT
Congratulations Grim, enjoy being in the spotlight because it is definitely deserved. Your artistry and imagination are right up there in the top sector. Well done and keep them coming :)
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Keep your face to the sunshine and you can not see the shadows. It's what sunflowers do - Helen Keller
05/30/06 4:54 AM GMT
You've worked hard, Graeme, enjoy! I lurked your gallery -- aren't you afraid of falling in when you walk so close to the edge..? :]

- Mike
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05/30/06 6:36 AM GMT
Congratulations Grim! Yours is truly one of the most unique and recognizable galleries on Caedes. I often look to your gallery for, oddly enough, inspiration on my on work. Thanks.
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05/30/06 9:02 AM GMT
Cheers to you, Graeme!!
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05/30/06 9:26 AM GMT
Thanks to bring us your very different art. Congrats Graeme! :-)
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05/30/06 11:37 AM GMT
Gongrats Grim! Your gallery is a true pleasure to explore, I love your fairies!
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Little Port Sunset on Paros island, Greece
05/30/06 1:22 PM GMT

Nice to see you in the spotlight. I've always admired the high level of creativity and aesthetic sense (dark as it may be) that is shown in your creations. You are one of the people around here that truly best are described as a great artist. The digital medium seems to fit you snugly. Did you do as cool stuff in "analogue" form earlier on?
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05/30/06 5:44 PM GMT
Had a quick jump through your gallery.....and I like :) Very nice, creative and definately pleasing to the eye. This is a well deserved, indeed. There are so much to see, experience and explore in your work. Will definately go back there and have a closer look at things around there. Warm congratulationg to you, Graeme!!!!

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Live every day as if it's your last... and take "pictures" of it ;)
05/31/06 3:50 PM GMT
It's about time your skill and unique artistry was spotlighted ...I have often been intrigued and highly impressed with your imaginative creations, each one a voyage into the unknown, a fantasy...I look forward to the magic and adventure as I take more time to peruse your gallery in the coming days...congratulations, well earned.:Pat.
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I used to be a gold-digger, but it didn't pan out.
06/01/06 12:38 AM GMT
Wow, congrats Grimbug, i have a ton of your images in my favorites gallery :) Well deserved!
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tell you what?...that i still love you? that i want to be with you for the rest of our lives and that im stupid for leaving you? well thats what i wanted to say but like i said it wont change a thing, because you love ashton and i cant leave krystalynne.
06/01/06 4:10 PM GMT
Congrats dude, from the days of 2003 methinks, we've come a long way indeed :~)
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Regards . Avi . Beware the anti-cinnamon <a href=
06/05/06 1:48 PM GMT
Sorry to be slow getting this here - I've been on vacation. Congratulations on the Spotlight selection. You deserve it.
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06/13/06 7:55 AM GMT
Way to go Graeme! Congratulations on your well deserved election to AOTW. I have much respect and deep admiration for anyone who is as gifted as you are.....your talent shows in each of your pieces whether it be mystical or fanciful. May there be nothing but good luck in your future!
Enjoy your well-earned time in the spotlight! :~)
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06/18/06 6:58 AM GMT
Yes... congrats Grimbug...your gallery is lovely...***
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06/21/06 4:55 AM GMT
hey Graeme.. a bit late getting here, but wanted to say congrats.. a very well deserved honor..

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And everytime I feel that my lifes a waste.. I just cant rid myself of your bitter taste.. - Me (Option21)

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