Thursday, 30 June 2011

KT Tunstall?

Unfortunately the eyes took a turn for the worse when they became too dark and heavily "mascarade?". Anyway, I' am happy, the texture of the clothes seems ok, the figures in the proportion and the circles are meant to accentuate her curves. That wasn't meant to sound sexy! But here it is, KT Tunstall with someone else's eyes.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Radiohead - Staircase

An exciting new track - very King of Limbs, but there's
improvement in the audability and general Yorkeness of
the lyrics.

Laurie Masters (you cheeky devil)

This is just mere coincidence, but a portrait artist I've loved for bloody ages has gone
and painted M.I.A in oils. The reason why I' am so surprised by this occurence is the
fact I only drew from the exact same reference photo earlier this year.

I have to say, the version here is bloody amazing, and far better than the quality of work
I've been producing of late.

Good on you!

And here's a reminder of mine...

Oh and I've lost all trace of any version of this illustration, both digital and physical including the
colour one, so this will have to do!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A Weekend In The City

To celebrate my Dad's 50th we had a weekend down to London. The temperature was well over thirty degrees during the two days we were there, but we couldn't have asked for more perfect weather.

On the Saturday evening we were attend a production of the Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, which starred the winner of a BBC program to find the lead role for the musical, alongside Michael Crawford.
The show as you can imagine was mindblowing, the best of musicals I've ever seen, as the stage shifted and spun, seamlessly switching from one scene to the next. It really is something you have to see to believe, but this doesn't dominate any of the top class performances.

On the Sunday we took a ride on the London Eye, which was bloody high. Because of the gorgeous weather we were priviledged to have clear views across the city skyline (we could even see the arch over Wembley Stadium).

From there we wandered around the centre, past the Houses of Parliament, up to 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, The Mall and up to Buckingham Palace where I small parading of the guards was timed perfectly once we were there. From here we wandered back, returning to Trafalgar Square, Regent Street, Oxford Street and the bohemian Carnaby Street, which is home to probably the coolest shops on the planet.

For lunch we stopped off at a hidden gem nestled in the Carnaby Street area - Mother's Mash, which was probably one of the best sausage and mash dinners I have ever had! Oh words can't deliver how nice it was, I felt like Oliver Twist when singing hot sausage and mustard.

And that was just about the end of our trip, as we strolled back to the Millenium Eye on the southbank, and then the 5 hour drive home!

James Roper - Rapture

"The pursuit of release or transcendence occur most purely within the seemingly opposing natures of religion and 'sin'. This is dealt with explicitly in my Rapture series, the inspiration for which originated from my interest in Bernini's sculpture 'The Ecstasy of St.Teresa' and how Bernini visualised 'religious ecstasy' in an abstract form and inadvertently drew comparisons to psycho-sexual release:

"He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it." 
(Life of St.Teresa of Jesus – St.Teresa)

This is explicitly symbolised in the Rapture series by the use of porn stars as the vehicle for the expression of this 'spiritual' emotion, the shedding of carnal bodies giving way to an abstract purity beneath. The idea of release from the material to the spiritual is apparent in many religions as if there were a divine soul trapped in our earthly bodies, this is analogous to contemporary imagery found in comic books specifically the way in which Clark Kent, a normal man, sheds his clothes to become a Superman."


I remember getting this film out from the college library and thinking how
bloody it was, so 4 months on I thought I'd just produce quite a simple
illustration based upon it and its awesomeness. This work might not
have purpose, but it's all in good practice for when I recieve client-led
work. At the moment, I' am just trying to simplify working with watercolours
and how I' am working with line and shading, as well as text.

Don't Panic Feature - The Horrors: Skying

So I've written my first ever album review, and the editor's thrown it up on to the Don't Panic Online Magazine for the entire world to see! It's quite a big thing on a personal level, because I' am passionate about writing but never have an outlet or reason to do it, so this was a nice chance, and there'll be more to come too.

You can read my review HERE

Friday, 24 June 2011

Metronome on the wall

I never ever hang work but this is an exception. The mount and framing's a bit iffy but the frame was £1.50 so I won't cry! Looks kinda ok with Derren and my hand-drawn foliage from last year.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


Finished a small and quick illustration of the band Metronomy - together with as-seen-in-gigs chest lights and shades reflecting part of the band's album cover. This is basically a celebration of their album, the fact I' am going to see them in September and a third thing that I can't yet mention.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011


I just want to improve my skills with watercolour and this is what I came up with - I didn't want to spend too much time layering shades and colours up but I' am happy enough that it's recognisable. Inspired by Dmitriy Rebus Larin, Michael Frith and Sarah Larnach at the moment.

(Oh and this is my 330th post!)


Is a friend of mine and we've just got back in to talks about art work to promote her amazing talent.

Phoebe's an awesome singer and through a mutual friend wanted me to produce some art work for whenever she plans a release. At the moment this is one ditty little idea, it could be better! I quite like the retro-space theme, but we'll see what she thinks of it in due course.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Mark Dickson

Cultural references a-plenty right here, very dynamic and straight forward work with a great use of colour and shading, similiar to those I've seen recently.

Peter, Bjorn & John - Young Folks

I will always love this video, and the song for me is
secondary. I've gained more interest in the video now
because I' am appreciating comic/instructional illustration
a whole lot more now.


Son Of Alan / Lee Woodgate

Humourus instructional illustrations on behalf of

Finn C Notman

Lyndon Hayes

Silke Werzinger

Lovely bohemian biro illustration, with alot of fashion, beauty and general lifestyle references from Germany.