Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Ickworth Stumpery

Hi, its being busy here over the past few months. Currently juggling a few illustration projects and experimenting with lots of drawings, few paintings and a couple of prints. I've recently rediscovered the Stumpery at Ickworth House and have enjoyed been out & about drawing on location again so though I thought I would share a couple of drawings with you, pictured.
 Me and my wife are also are expecting a first baby in the next couple of weeks so plenty of research and preparation for all things baby…exciting times!!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Beethoven Drawing

After listening to Beethoven's 9th Symphony this morning I felt inspired to draw the man himself. Based on Joseph Carl Stierler's 1819 portrait of Beethoven, painted during his life time and just before Beethoven started work on the Symphony. I hope my piddly little pencil drawing captures a tiny weeny bit of the concealed frustration Beethoven must have felt while composing his most epic Symphony. At that stage of his life he was almost completely deaf…. #AbsoluteGenius

Wedding Invitation

A personal commission for a wedding invitation. If you can't guess, the wedding had an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Drawing Set - Textures

 Posted are some of the results of the past month or so. I thought I would initially start doing what come most naturally, drawing.

My commercial illustrative style always starts with a set of rough pencil scribbles which are then re-drawn to an acceptable standard and scanned into Photoshop. It is within Photoshop that I then start the process of colouring using pre-scanned, found textures. It is these textures I have decided to document.
I am constantly inspired by the textures I use in my commercial work. Working in a secondary school Art Department I'm surrounded by the 'creative mess' of discarded brush marks, paint splats, pencil, print marks etc Which randomly fuse together to form unique compositions. For example if a student is messily painting a picture which is placed on a sheet of paper to stop paint getting on the table, it is usually the paint marks left on the paper that I find most interesting. I like to think of the marks as the left over or discarded marks of the creative process and that is what I'm trying to capture with this initial set of drawings and, to a lesser extent the brooches I have started making. 

Texture 01

Texture 02

I have entered two of the drawings into the Smiths Row Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, open exhibition. Not sure if they will be selected (as this is a new territory for me) but we will wait and see……


Texture 02, one of the two drawings entered into the Suffolk Showcase at Smiths Row has been selected for exhibition.

The Suffolk Show Case 2013 is on from Sat 6 - April - Sat 8 June. Opening times Tuesday - Saturday 10:30am - 5:00pm.

For more information about the exhibition and galley location within Bury St Edmund's please visit Smiths Row website

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Personal Commision

A recent personal commission of the beautiful market town of Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

New for 2013......

Hand crafted Badges & Brooches

 Over the past few years I have started to use January as an evaluation month to reassess my previous years creative journey to give focus for the year head. As a consequence I've decided that during 2013 I intend to move away from digital ways of working as my main creative format. My focus instead will be re-exploring a variety of physical mediums,  developing my skills as a painter, along with developing printing and drawing skills. I'm hoping that my creative output will be interesting and varied and that you will continue to read whatever (potential crap) I post up.

 I will still be available for commissioned work using my regular digital style (see portfolio) It just means my illustration portfolio will be taking a back seat for while, while I readjust my creative focus. So stick with my blog and let see what happens in 2013…..

 First up I've been experimenting with small scale badges and brooches. Using some of the textures I'm use to scanning and developing digitally, I've decided to chop them up and use them as miniature canvases. The Badges / Brooches are all hand crafted and are uniquely individual with their lumps, bumps, holes and marks. They have all being sealed using high quality matt varnish and will be available to buy to buy in my new etsy online store. Old and new prints will become available to buy in the coming weeks along with experimental drawing and paintings. So keep popping back to see whats new….

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Merry Christmas

I'ts amazing what Father Christmas can do with a long beard and a bit of Brilliant-Cream.
 Last image of 2012, Enjoy Christmas & have a Happy New Year. See you all in 2013.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Fashion Image

I haven't listen to myself, old image slightly altered. I promise something new and a bit different coming soon involving an Owl and a Cat, if I can manage to correct some dodgy animal expressions.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Nursing Standard Magazine

 Last year I was commissioned by Nursing Standard Magazine to illustrate an article about Dignity Volunteers. It was a difficult subject to tackle and I was never very happy with my finished result. I posted on this blog an alternative version of the image of which I preferred. After recently updating my  portfolio I came across the illustration that was printed and decide to re-jig slightly. The original colours I had used seemed too harsh so I've changed the colour pallet and added a different background, bottom image.

  I still don't think the concept is great but it did go to print so i didn't want to backtrack with regards to how else I could have tackled the subject. Ive also re-jigged my 'preferred alternative version' of the image, top. I'm now happier with the final outcome and feel they make a difference over the original images printed. 

Note to self, stop faffing around with old images and get on with something new!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Cricket Magzine Commission

The November/ December edition of Cricket Magazine has just been launched within which I was asked to illustrate one of the stories. Its a publication I've never come across before until I was asked to illustrate the story of 'The Wooden Apple'. The Magazine is aimed at kids aged 9-14 and includes stories, quizzes, poetry, recipes and more! It's fantastically illustrated from cover to cover and a breath of fresh air compared to many of the kids publication I've looked at on the shelves of my local newsagents. The publication is based in the USA with international subscription, it got me thinking is there anything like this in the UK? All I see in the kids section of WHSmiths is dumbed down Disney/Tv mags that rely on (dare i say it ) over digitised imagery which has a tendency to make all the publication look very similar. Maybe I'm missing the interesting stuff and need to look a little harder?

The story I was asked to illustrate 'The Wooden Apple' is written by Johanna Stein and based upon shared family memories of World War 2. It centers around events that unfold when two German Soldiers stay with a family in Netherlands during the occupation. As well as been my first international commission its also the first time I've created images for a younger audience and something I should aim to do more often. Images included are the two main illustrations in context plus stand alone images along with a couple of sketcher's and a spot illustration.