Monday, 1 December 2014

Illustrations for Delayed Gratification

Illustrations for the next issue of Delayed Gratification. These are illustrating a story by Jeff Campagna of the newly elected Panama President's campaign against Gangs. Taking a very different approach to most, with a new initiative giving amnesty to gang members, weekly allowances and job training which helps integrate them back into law abiding society. However, after ten weeks since announcing the new deal, the programme had officially ran out of money. With more and more gangs coming forward to claim their places on the tapped out programme, frustration and violence erupted in the streets worse than ever. 
With this in mind, the first illustration shows a smoking gun with the smoke in the shape of Panama.
The second illustration has guns being handed up and money passed down in exchange.
The spot illustration shows the flag of Panama being used as a target for gun fire.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Upcoming Illustration for DG

Here are a few action shots of my print process for Delayed Gratifications new set of illustrations. Finals can be seen above.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Ernest Journal new issue

Ernest Journal's new issue is out now, here's a look at the page I have illustrated in this issue. You can buy the full issue here.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

New work part 1

My new images for the LPS new graduate award, some more to come. These two images are my favourites, The first is an image is our hero Houyi being rewarded the elixir of life for shooting down the extra nine suns in the sky and the second image is Houyi's revenge on the evil Feng Meng for attacking his wife and her consequent disappearance. ( the full story to be posted along with the other images in the next post )


Here are some collages made from the ink mark marking experiments I made at the start of my LPS new graduate award. I really like them as landscapes but to incorperate them into the story I have also edited them with some of my drawings in photoshop to make them into my backdrops for the Chang'e story. They are mostly inspired by the story and by the Chinese landscape in Guilin. 

Friday, 10 October 2014

Interview for Delayed Gratification

Thanks to Delayed Gratification who have published an interview with me on their blog, read it here.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Delayed Gratification

The most recent issue of Delayed Gratification with my illustrations for an article on the origins of Brazilian football and it's creator Charles Miller. Beautiful cover by Ai Wei Wei along with a great interview inside.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Structo issue 12

My illustrated issue of Structo Magazine with front cover end pages and two selected pieces on Jean Rhys and Margaret Atwood illustrated by moi. I love Structo, they always have the most beautifully written stuff to go along with my cup of coffee.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

New work Reflections

Originally made for Structo's front cover but printed more because I wanted to after Structo went with a different version. May need to scan this in to get a proper likeness of the colours. My ideas behind this 
image was made to show reflections of the natural world in water with foliage floating on the rippled surface obscuring your vision to the depths.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Prints for Structo's upcoming issue

Here are my prints for Structo's next issue. The first is the cover, a mirrored image representing the natural world set askew. 
The second image is a portrait of Jean Rhys, one of the most important female writers in the last century, presumed dead during the second world war by the public when she was actually residing in Cornwall. She was accused of impersonating herself by her neighbour, when she told the BBC she was in fact still alive and said "It’s a weird feeling being told you are impersonating yourself. Rather nightmarish. You think: perhaps I am!”. For this piece I drew a lot of inspiration from Edvard Munch's Madonna often described as look deathlike whilst having a sensual and dangerous attitude to it, an impression I got from Jean Rhys in the research I did on her.

The third image is a portrait of Margret Atwood, Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist and one of my favourite authors. Best know for her books The Handmaid's tale and Cat's Eye. This portrait goes along with an interview in Structo next issue. In this interview she talks of a great many things but what struck me most was the idea that writing is often like ripples in water. She explains ideas and themes echo in writing like ripples, in novels the ripples are spaced far apart through chapters but in poetry they are much closer together on every other line. I have incorporated these ripples into the background of the piece.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Margaret Atwood

Have a butchers at the only good drawing I was able to make of Margaret Atwood for Structo's interview with her in their next issue. Man is she a hard woman to draw. Still love her though.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Delayed Gratification Issue 14

Here's the newest issue of Delayed Gratification with some illustrations by yours truly, this was a slightly different style for me but I love how they've come out, and the article couldn't be a stranger story! DG always have the most fascinating journalism I have to say.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Woodblock relief of Chang'e inspired piece

During the New Graduate Award at London Print Studio's I was advised to experiment with Photopolymer for intaglio and Relief printmaking and see where my strengths and weaknesses lie. Here is a woodcut version of the one of my photopolymer's to test out what the differences are.

Photopolymer for Relief

As part of my New graduate award I've been doing some bits and bobs with Photopolymer, here's my experiment with photopolymer for relief. As you can see it's much more finely detailed than the linocut relief I did of this picture a while back. I really love the outcome, although next time I'll make sure to clean up some of the grey half tone. The half tone gives a bit more detail in some areas and makes the image a little fuzzy in others. I was really surprised with the amount of detail you can get out of photopolymer though.  Here are a few shots of the plate and a mishap along the way in which I used the wrong press to print it. In the end I used the Vandercook letter press to print the above image.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Delayed Gratification - Dead Man Running

Final illustrations for Delayed Gratification next issue's 'Dead Man Running' the incredible true story of man faking his own death with murder schemes and stupidity. Fargo very much springs to mind. Well worth a look when it comes out. 

DG next issue

Preview of some of my illustrations for Delayed Gratification's next issue. Definitely the strangest and most interesting article I've illustrated so far.   

Photopolymer for Intaglio

Huge update to come as I've missed out a lot of what I've been doing lately. But here's a few of the best ones anyway. These are photopolymer etchings made from collages of the experimental paintings i posted a while ago with more painting over the top and exposed like a screen print onto an etching plate at London Print Studio as part of their New Graduate Award Scheme. It's been so much fun learning all these new processes. I felt like I was back at uni again, sigh if only! more on the letterpress and woodcut to come

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Photopolymer for Intaglio

Here is a few shots of the photopolymer for intaglio process for my Chang'e inspired piece. Finals to come. It's a really interesting process where you expose your etching plate with your image like a screenprinting screen and etch as normal. None of the horrible polishing plates or dunking your plate in acid. 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Issue 2 of The Ernest Journal

Here are my latest illustrations for Ernest Journal's next issue. This article will be for the white shirt, created as an undergarment the first time it was used as it is today was when the paupers and labourers in the 1800's wore them under waistcoats in the fields etc, then the french dress shirts were then made popular by business men, the white shirt is made of the oxford weave as shown in the third illustration.