Thursday, 19 January 2012

Ben Howard song illustration: for Secret 7" and Talenthouse

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And this is my design for Ben Howard's beautiful song 'Black Flies'. There is something very haunting and lovely about Ben's music - I was captivated. You can listen to the song here: http://soundcloud.com/talenthouse/ben-howard-black-flies-edit

Voting for your favourite vinyl cover art begins tomorrow - Friday 20th January - and you can vote for my illustration HERE ... everyone and anyone can vote and I would very much appreciate your support if you like my interpretation x

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Florence and the Machine: for Secret 7" and Teenage Cancer Trust


Secret 7" and Talenthouse have created a rather special collaboration to raise funds and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Seven musicians/groups have each selected one song to release as a vinyl, and illustrators have been invited to submit designs for the 7" square cover. 


My first (of two) illustrations is for Florence and the Machine's 'Only If For A Night'... listen to it here: http://soundcloud.com/talenthouse/florence-the-machine-only-if


This is what I said about my design:


I find "Only If For A Night" has a very enigmatic quality .. the way it begins with the mention of ‘school’ – which has huge resonances for almost all of us - led me to interpret it with the idea of our present self being made up of our past selves, who can return to defend, support and guide us, and make things right for us now. For me, Florence and The Machine’s ‘sound’ or voice carries that same mixture of vulnerability and strength.


The voting begins this Friday the 20th and I would be so grateful if you could give my illustration your vote here, if you like it that is.


x

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Illustration for ThinkActVote: Jo Royle's Future

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This illustration has been under wraps for quite a while, but I can now show the whole design. It was created for Amisha Ghadiali and ThinkActVote ... 52 international figures were asked to 'choose a Future'; mine was Jo Royle‘s: 


The Future I Choose is one where the barriers between nature and societies are blurred, one where we all think of ourselves as environmentalists, as the environment is our umbilical cord for life, and therefore one where we full fill our role as care takers of the planet.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Photographs: Frost / Condensation



A couple of photos of frost and condensation on the inside of the bedroom window in our very aged farmhouse, taken last winter when we had proper weather!