Monday, 30 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
in the summer i produced some narrative pencil drawings for 'inbetween' exhibition with peepshow (see earlier post). im trying to translate those drawings into screen prints by redrawing them in ink and changing the marks to suit the medium . hopefully the prints wont be a carbon copy of the originals but offer something different. this is just work in progress but more to come in the new year
two christmas sales coming up where you can buy lots of goodies from everyone at peepshow and a whole host of talented folk. The first sale is saturday 28th november at The Crypt of St Pancras Church, Euston rd, London, NW1 28A from 11-6pm.
The second sale is on saturday 12th december at the Tab Centre behind Shoreditch Tabennacle church, 3 Godfrey Place,London,E27 NT
Monday, 23 November 2009
often drawing to record, work something out, these were created with the focus being on the act of drawing itself.
-when each mark is a recording of a reaction,
-when you see yourself in the drawing,
-observation as a catalyst for something imagined.
-takes time before any discovery made,
-alot of bad academic drawings in the process before getting anywhere interesting
Thursday, 19 November 2009
i keep different sketchooks for different reasons and rarely show then as they feel private but perhaps its good to have some distance. these images are from one i keep on my desk at home to create disposable drawings at the end of the day.often the drawings are light and seem meaningless but have some joy. lately these drawings are becoming more informative than intended. void of reference and intent but always offering a spark.that is their worth
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
two christmas cards just going to print. The cards show two epic journeys undertaken in order to get a precious , if slightly underwhelming gift of a twig or a rock. these will be on sale at some christmas sales soon. more details to come.
been thinking about print more and more which is causing my drawings to be produced with even less refinement, with a lack of weight or importance to them. i can see the mistakes or how i could redraw, add, develop but for now im happy to actually avoid that and let them not be over worked.
Monday, 16 November 2009
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
thursday night was the 1st birthday party of Heavy Pencil at the ICA. fun seemed to be had by all and it was great to see so many people drawing. drawing in any kind of public space/arena can pose some problems. personally i find the experience is nerve racking and slightly alien during, but beneficial afterwards. i think its hard to not try and draw to show off, which can be the worse kind of drawing, or to fall into a default mode but avoiding both of these issues in this situation is hard but a good challenge. i like what heavy pencil are doing and its good to think about drawing as a more open activity. thanks to all involved and the great live music from django django
Friday, 2 October 2009
when i did my residency at Island fold i collaborated on a quick series of drawings with the talented Luke Ramsey. A lot of work was made during my time there and i had forgotten about these drawings until now. Seeing them take the from of a zine, lovingly put together by Island fold, is a real pleasure and a reminder that distance from your work is a good thing . You can buy a copy on their site .While your there i recommend looking around at their other publications. lots of great work by great artists and any purchase supports the generous spirit of Island fold.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
YCN on rivington street london have started a library and kindly asked us at peepshow to add to their growing collection. we presented the books last night, so a big thank you to those who came along, asked questions and had a beer. it was a pleasure.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
i was recently asked to be involved in a a project called 'the open daybook' which is a perpetual diary being curated by david earle.each artist creates a piece of work on a specific date. the project has a lot of great artists involved including chris johanson, miranda july, shoboshobo and lots more. the book should be published in 2010. ive been reading and researching alot about whales recently so my day for this project was spent attempt to put some of that research into a practical piece of work. the image here isnt the actual piece for the diary ( ill post that nearer the publishing date) but is a result of what the project sparked. thanks to david earle for getting me involved
Saturday, 26 September 2009
new illustration for zoot magazine. i was given a lot of freedom to create this image which is a response to a 'london diary' written by ruby king .The piece mainly focus is about aspects of dalston. the point the author makes about the term 'urban cool' being used in the media, really meaning that their is still money to be made out of property, was my main focus. the estate agent characters placing sold placards in anything are pictorially based on painting of colonists claiming new land.
other aspects of dalston inform the picture, such as the fact it used to be a woodland with deer.
im not sure how much of this communicates straight away but i think it becomes clear with the text and doesnt need to be a direct communication type of illustration
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
just finished working with pete mellor on this animation for a website being created by sennep.
looking back, im not too sure about the message behind the animation but as an exercise in translating dry information it was quite interesting
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
iv e been thinking about a story for an animation for a while and managed to storyboard it last week. i decided to tackle it by producing a comic and here are a few images from my first attempt. because it was created with no planning the visual language is a bit confused as there are times when it falls into a grey area of neither possessing any intuitive charm or well considered visual structure. as a vehicle to help the animation progress it is fine as it will naturally change from collaboration. but im thinking of also pushing it as a comic in its own right sometime in the future
Monday, 10 August 2009
the new film 'it felt like a kiss' by adam curtis is on the bbc blog for a limited time and well worth a viewing. it was originally a site specific collaboration with the punchdrunk theatre company and i think its coming to london later in the year, so you may want to wait until then to see it. click here to read more or here to watch the film.like most of his films some of the imagery can be disturbing.
Sunday, 5 July 2009
i am currently working on an animation with pete mellor. the script deals with some ambient content such as how to 'assessing research' and other marketing terms. it also contains sensitive issues with low literacy levels in 'developing markets'. whilst the problems presented with this project are quite typical for illustration, i have struggled to make my visual language feel right for the job in hand. its work in progress but here are my initial drawings.
Friday, 3 July 2009
in april i was lucky enough to spend some time at the wonderful Island fold. i havent looked at the work i created there since returning to london .looking at them now, i can see there was an attempt at a conventional narrative. i will continue with this project over the summer but for now here are three of the drawings