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….