Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Stoke Newington School flyer

A recent flyer for Stoke Newington School, featuring some of the drawings I've highlighted here previously.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Brussels

Waiting in a cafe in Brussels over the weekend for a lift to Rotterdam.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

That Sinking Feeling

I've been meaning to do something with this drawing for a while, and just had a very quick attempt at colouring it. I don't think this is finished, but you never know.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Seizure - Roger Hiorns

Last weekend I visited the Roger Hiorns installation, Seizure, which is just off Borough High Street in SE1. If you've not heard about it, Mr Hiorns sealed the windows and doors of a soon-to-be demolished flat, poured copper sulphate through the roof, left it there for two and a half weeks, and then drained the liquid out. What you're left with is brilliant blue crystals covering every surface of the flat.

The flat itself had been almost entirely stripped, save for a bathtub and some lightbulbs, none of which escaped the crystallisation process. The bulbs look particularly interesting as they still function, and in some areas the heat of the bulbs has burnt the adjacent crystals to a chalky white colour.

I recommend visiting this fun and atmospheric exhibition (I believe it's been extended to 30 Nov), and they lend you gloves and wellies so that you don't stab yourself on anything. Just make sure you don't spend ages taking photos of one of the lightbulbs, only to bash your head on it the second you move away.

Below are a few of my photos, along with a drawing I've messed around with.


Seizure 1



Seizure 2




Seizure 3



Close-up of one of the walls



One of the cystallised lightbulbs



Walls and lightbulbs covered in copper sulphate crystals

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Monday, 6 October 2008

There's no 'l' in home

A work in progress..I'll explain once it's finished

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Music Mayhem and Monsters

A booklet I recently designed and illustrated for Stoke Newington School. Oh, most of the photos featured within are mine too.


Music, Mayhem and Monsters Booklet - Outer


Music, Mayhem and Monsters Booklet - Inner

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Portait, again

Guess what? Another portrait!

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Portrait - Basim

Another new portrait.

Friday, 12 September 2008

New animation: Sandbag

I've created an animation for a new charity being launched next week, by the name of Sandbag (http://sandbag.org.uk/). Their aim is to reduce the number of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere, and this is done by...well, you'll have to watch my animation to find out!



If you happen to be reading the Guardian or listening to Radio 4 tomorrow (Sat 13 Sept) you may well see/hear mention of them.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Conspiracy theory corner

I wanted to keep this blog strictly illustrations, but couldn't resist pointing this out:



The top-left highlight on the logo for Google's new browser, Chrome, looks mighty familiar, don't you think?

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Portraits

A couple of recent portraits. I'm a lot happier with the girl than the boy; I'll keep practising...



Wednesday, 2 July 2008

I'm Only Sleeping

This is another one from the life drawing sessions I went to earlier this year, which I've just finished colouring.


I'm Only Sleeping, 2008

Friday, 30 May 2008

London Plane 2

I had another go at drawing a London Plane and got more carried away this time, finding it hard to stop adding more and more branches. The dangling things look a bit like musical notes.

(NB: you can view larger versions of the images by clicking them)


London Plane


London Plane (Detail)

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Life Drawing: John

Taken from a life drawing session on 18.02.08


John

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

W.C. (Weird Commission)

I was recently commissioned to paint* someone's bathroom. As I scoffed at the idea of manual labour, I realised I'd misunderstood the instruction and promptly** produced the image below (work in progress)



* A lie. I was actually asked to draw it, but then the joke doesn't work.
** Another lie. It's taken me about a year to get round to doing this.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Self portrait

This is a drawing of me drawing this drawing (I've flipped it upside down as I thought it looked better this way). As you can see, I've ended up with rather an odd perspective, and the thought of drawing my own head just became too Escher-esque, so I gave up at that point.
(drawn on 25.02.08)

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Easel

A doodle done during a break at a recent life drawing session at the Prince's Drawing School (see if you can spot their initials).



Easel


Easel (Detail)

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Newton

A pencil sketch of Eduardo Paolozzi's bronze sculpture of Newton (based on William Blake's original study), which lives outside the British Library. This is from January 2007, around the time I signed up as a member of the library (I'm not sure how I managed this as I think the reader rooms are for academic research, whereas I just wanted to read my own book in there). I managed to get a membership card but I actually think the cafe's a nicer place to sit so I wouldn't bother if I were you.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

San Francisco

This is the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco, which I drew in April 2006. It's a rather striking building, and I drew it from a very cool outdoor vegan cafe run by monk-like people. The top floor gives good views of the city; even better after a few cocktails.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Life Drawing: Maggie

I've just returned from a life drawing session and managed to draw the worst I have done in weeks. It spurred me on to finish this drawing from a couple of weeks ago (11th Feb) which I'm quite pleased with.



Maggie

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Bear

I have no idea what I was thinking when I drew this, or why I'm up so late for that matter.




Saturday, 16 February 2008

Hampstead Heath

I took advantage of the freakily nice weather last Sunday and visited Hampstead Heath, which seemed not to have been the most original idea judging by the number of other people there.

On my way out, I spotted some very interesting trees (no idea what they were - probably something really obvious like oaks), and took lots of photos of them. This drawing was done from one such photo. What really looked odd about them was that the little balls (conkers? I don't know) were hanging from branches that had created almost perfect right-angles. These shapes seemed to go against the otherwise typically organic shapes you would expect from a tree.

TREE UPDATE: It sounds like this is a 'London plane' (thanks Jeff)


London plane

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Dodgy weeds in the Netherlands

I drew this plant at Keukenhof in the Netherlands (a short bus ride from Amsterdam), which is a big flower garden that everyone tells you to visit if you're there in April. It was a bit of a disappointment as it was so pristine and organised that it felt like a giant garden centre.

Interesting(?) fact: if you visit Amsterdam in April, when all the tulips are out, thinking that some tulip bulbs (as sold by almost every market stall) would make a nice present...STOP! For the precise reason that it's the very time of year that tulips are looking their best, the bulbs you're buying won't do anything. Otherwise they'd already be...tulips! (fact garnered from the Tulip Museum, which explained why they had bulbs for every flower other than tulips on sale. I just thought they were really stupid.)

If anyone knows what this plant is, I'd be interested to know. Hint: I had completely forgotten what colours it really was by the time I coloured it.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Media Tedia

I can't remember how many years ago I drew this (2005 perhaps?) or even why. Maybe it was a comment on the annoyance at the ever-increasing and overwhelming number of media formats available. Or maybe it's just that it rhymed.


British Museum Artifacts

Items drawn while wandering around the British Museum - a great place to go for inspiration. Be warned - even if you think you've found the perfect quiet spot to draw at there, there is still the chance you'll be set upon by a bunch of rowdy schoolgirls who throw tampons at you (not used, thankfully).

Friday, 1 February 2008

Amsterdam

Some illustrations from a trip to Amsterdam in April 2007. A great place to spend a week; I could have spent the whole time peering through the windows of the canal-side homes. There seem to be far more people in that part of the world showing off their stylish taste in home d├ęcor rather than their bodies through their windows than you'd think!


Bridge 124
(While I was drawing this one, a bird pooed on me. Presumably it was wishing me luck )



Store



Apart

Thursday, 31 January 2008

UVA / UVB

This is an old drawing from 2003, which I've just given a fresh coat of paint to (i.e. added colour). I'd already shaded it in grey, so I've added colour in a way that will still show this texture underneath. It was from an advert for sunglasses in case you can't guess (which ones, I'm not sure).

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Furcateboard

This was the first illustration I decided to spend some serious time and effort on (which ended up being around 3 months in my spare time during 2005). The main reason for this was my choice of pen, namely a Rotring Rapidograph with 0.1mm nib. Despite the hardship, this is still my pen of choice!


Furcateboard, 2005



Furcateboard (detail), 2005

Women and Nanotechnology

This illustration juxtaposes scantily-clad women with real and imagined pieces of nanotechnology. Will future technologies continue to advance alongside pornography, such as they already have on the internet and in print?


Women and Nanotechnology

Wilde Thing

This was the first illustration I submitted to Le Gun magazine, and also the first failed attempt at having an illustration published in Le Gun magazine. The theme was 'France', so I drew Oscar Wilde's tomb from the Pere Lachaise cemetery (also final resting place to Jim Morrison). The text at the bottom relates a story I heard when I visited.


Wilde Thing

Hirst in Reverse

My second attempt at getting something published in the illustration magazine Le Gun (my first being Wilde Thing). The theme for the issue was 'The Sea', hence my witty attempt at reversing the scene from Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (or The Shark in the Tank, as most people know it). It didn't get published.


Hirst in Reverse

Mycro

This is an A5 page from my sketchbook I started doodling on in 2005 (I think). My aim was to fill the entire page, which I've still not managed to do. Every now and again I still add to it, with random ideas or memories of things (which is where the name 'Mycro' derives from. That, and the fact the actual drawings are pretty tiny).


Mycro

Blue Hotel

The view from my bed in a hotel room in San Francisco, Summer 2006, the start-point for a road trip to San Diego. Chris Isaak's 'Blue Hotel' formed part of the soundtrack to the trip and it seemed to work well as the concept for this illustration in that the pair of trousers slumped over the chair look rather seedy (therefore making this a blue hotel in itself).


Blue Hotel

Pecked

An older image from late 2004/early 2005. I remember having the idea for this in a semi-daze when I decided what an unpleasant experience this would be. I like the fact that the man (who isn't meant to be me by the way, despite various comments) seems unfazed by the whole thing.


Pecked