Sunday, 15 December 2013

Latest illustration, December 2013

This illustration is based on family history, family photos; it includes some words/ideas that hopefully work on several levels, and also give some sense of a 'meta' language about illustration and what it might or can be.

These are the photos I used:

Primary school photo of my 3 - very different response to the situation
shown in their various expressions and postures.
Given a sepia hue.

My mother holding me - can't help but notice the direct gaze of the baby,
very engaged with the viewer compared to the mother

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Saturday, 12 October 2013

The Golden Goose

Winsor and Newton inks, + pencil, on metallic, gessoed paper
Part of the effect here is due to having to photograph, rather than scan, metallic work eg. the rather shadowy, dark edges and corners. I think that's okay though.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Tabby cat pattern play



Monday, 15 April 2013

Music Illustration: Mary Epworth at St. Pancras Old Church (for Amelia's Magazine)

My latest music illustration - this time of the stunning Mary Epworth, for Richard Pearmain's review of her gig at St Pancras Old Church last week. Fabulous and fascinating music writing, as ever, and more beautiful illustrations here in Amelia's Magazine.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Secret 7" 2013: my 3 entries

    Last year I submitted 2 designs for the first ever Secret 7" event - for Florence & The Machine's 'Only if for a Night' and Ben Howard's 'Black Flies'. Almost exactly 52 weeks ago I was happily amazed to be told that the Florence design was one of the winning entries. A couple of months later a copy of the single, in my cover and signed by Florence, popped through the letter box.

The 2012 charity being supported by the sale of 100s of Secret 7" singles, on Record Store Day in April, was the Teenage Cancer Trust. This year it is another wonderful organisation - Art Against Knives. Each single sells for £40, with the buying public in the dark about exactly which single is inside.

For the 2013 event I chose to illustrate Laura Marling's 'The Beast' (above at top) and these two also:
Nick Drake 'Rider on the Wheel'

Haim 'Better Off'

Like all the other hundreds of illustrators from all over the world who submitted entries there is now a nail-biting wait to hear if we were successful. It is rewarding in itself to be able to support such a brilliant event and charity and, whether or not one of my designs goes through, I know I shall be doing it again this time next year.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

EP Cover Design for Sarah Moss's 'These Full Moons'

I was delighted to be asked to do the artwork for the front and back of the debut EP by Sarah Moss. We actually first met and talked it over at the beautifully decaying/restored Wilton's music hall - yep, I'm that cool dear readers. Sarah spoke of moons, a tree, apocalyptical and Dionysian scenes - I was of course totally beguiled by these ideas!

So 3 months on, the EP has been released and it's flipping beautiful .. all the 3 tracks are wonderful ... lyrics, composition, voice and instrumentals. To choose a favourite is impossible but if I was forced I would have to say 'All That Wander':

It's already available digitally via Bandcamp: - where all 3 tracks can be listened to before buying :)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Illustration of Woodpecker Wooliams for Amelia's Magazine

Latest illustration - a music one - for Amelia's Magazine, to go with the unique, quirky but also rather troubling sound and lyrics of Woodpecker Wooliams, for Richard Pearmain's lovely review of her gig at King's Place. Read it here complete with lovely illustration by Sam Parr too.

A departure into 'digiland' for me, but still quite pleasing to conjure up!