Wednesday, 26 October 2011
I'm thrilled to say that my entry for the 2011 Cheltenham Illustration Awards was selected! The awards exhibition is open until Fri 28th October (bit late, sorry) where you can catch my piece and a host of young and emerging talent. It's the second year running that I've been selected for the awards and it's a real privileged to take part again.
The competition was judged by Shaun Tan, who's is one of my favourite illustrators. I wrote my dissertation on his book 'The Arrival', so it was a bit of a personal achievement to be selected for this years awards.
Sunday, 16 October 2011
To celebrate what would be Oscar Wilde's 157th birthday several illustrators from Eastwing agency have produce book jackets for his one and only novel: The Picture Of Dorian Gray.
I wanted to do something completely different to the usual covers of classic books. The idea of a children's puzzle game depicting the deterioration of Gray's soul fitted the bill nicely. It was a real challenge to position the text and the sections of Gray's face so they were disjointed and yet still readable. I think I managed it but it is always difficult to judge when it's your own handy-work.
Checkout the Eastwing blog for other illustrators' interpretations.
Friday, 7 October 2011
I rarely produce a piece that has real emotional resonance behind it but when I heard of Bert Jansch's death on Wednesday I felt I had to make an illustration in his memory. I would never be able to do his music justice and I'm always a sceptical when people interpret music visually (you have to be extremely good to pull it off), so I didn't try. I simply sat down, lined up my Bert Jansch and The Pentangle CD's and did my own thing.
Bert Jansch is credited as being one of the most important figures in British music but his influence has spread internationally (including to my clumsy fingers). Neil Young once said that Jansch was the Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar world. I agree with that sentiment but his voice and his banjo playing are not to be overlooked.
I could list so many songs that I love but I shall only mention 'Courting Blues' and his underrated Banjo playing in 'The House Carpenter' by The Pentangle. If you have some free time this weekend sit down and have a listen.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to graffiti of Zizzi Restaurant's front window in Lincoln. I was asked to base my designs on the surrounding area and I chose the Brayford Waterfront as my muse.
I had great trouble designing this piece initial because I was trying to design one big image. I had a brainwave one night and decided to split it up into six separate scene/ideas.
It took 9 hours, 10 chalk markers, one free meal (thanks Zizzi, delicious!), 3 cups of tea and a wasp sting to complete the window. Viewed from the inside the sun creates a fantastic effect on the markers and from the outside, because of the double glazing, the colours get knocked back so they appear vintage (hate the term but can't think of a better one).
Overall I'm pretty pleased about how it turned out, there are a few things I'd do different but live and learn. Please excuse my A Level C photography skills and the mugshot, had to include it.
Saturday, 1 October 2011
Have you ever wished you could un-see a film? The upside of not being able to sleep for fear of possessed children is it gave me time to do this piece. The idea just popped into my head without really thinking about it. I'm really pleased with it's simplicity, sometimes I think I over complicate things.
Sorry there haven't been many posts lately, been pretty busy with a couple of projects. Some more coming soon.