July 14th, 2009
|10:00 am - Decorative Plate / Feminism / Vote for me!|
Apologies for the radio silence, my poor neglected livejournal! I promise I will lavish you with all manner of attention and new work soon. But for now I have a favour to ask of you.
This is a new picture I made inspired by 'The Awakening'* by Kate Chopin, which I just entered (fashionably/foolishly late) to the Don't Panic poster competition. Please vote for it here if you would be so kind!
I originally intended on this being quite a different beast. To start with I wanted to enter something to said poster comp because the theme was feminism and I felt like I could actually make something good for that. Of course then I couldn't think of anything at all, and ended up talking to my mum about this book. We both agreed that we thought the image of a woman underwater somehow worked well, without being overbearing. I had a good idea of what to do, it was going to really emphasise the themes of the book, and be made up of big brushy lines and bold textures & huge swathes of ink wash; it being a poster after all. Then while reading the intro to the book and seeing Aubrey Beardsley mentioned I started thinking about all sorts of other things and ended up scribbling this out, then felt completely compelled to make it. I ended up taking influence from all manner of stuff as well as Beardsley; decorative plates, Samuel Palmer, Jillian Tamaki, George Barbier, manga art and even the Moomins. Also I finally got round to using my Deleter pens properly and realising I can actually, like, draw with them! That's the first time that's ever happened with that sort of pen and am v pleased.
So yeah, this may have become something quite different along the way. A print rather than a poster perhaps, and maybe more fanciful than at first thought. But, y'know, this is what I have. So I may as well enter it anyway! However, I'll probably try and make some nice prints of this regardless because I do think that's actually how it will work best.
Plus I like it.
* Which, when I checked the Wikipedia entry on it for this post told me it was 'one of the most boring books ever written. It has little value to people who are under the age of 35, who aren't married, and are not female'.... Aw, bless! So naive you can tell precisely who and why they might be writing such a thing.
May 2nd, 2009
|10:35 am - Flux Alternate! Screening!|
One of the things I love about screen printing is how the constraining factors of the process force you to see what you can come up with within those parameters. Well, I love it and it drives me mad, but it's always satisfying if you can come up with creative solutions that move you away from simply relying on your stock moves. Sometimes afterwards working in full colour seems a bit too much, "Well, I could just go and do anything now, couldnt I?".
The other good thing about this is because of the minimal amount of colours its really easy to change them round and you can come up with all manner of different variations on the same picture. There were loads of different colour combinations for my flux tee design; this is probably my personal favourite as of right now. It's sunny, ain't it?
Current Music: Sonic Youth - Thunderclap (For Bobby Pyn) | Powered by Last.fm
|10:35 am - Side B! Arrived! Looking fancy!|
The book arrived last week, looks awesome, I am in it (hi!) and so are others. Yes!
Current Music: Sonic Youth - Malibu Gas Station | Powered by Last.fm
|10:35 am - Check out my new lunchbox! Oh, um.|
Words cannot really convey the awesomeness of the worlds only Joe Louis-as-superhero lunchbox, so I will let pictures do my talking. I should mention however, that it arrived full of monstrously chocolate-y cookies, and say thank you to _bedhead!
Current Music: Sonic Youth - Poison Arrow | Powered by Last.fm
April 21st, 2009
|09:37 am - Fluxblog Shirt Design|
If you're in the market for a cute t-shirt that says Fluxblog on it, well you're in a shitload of luck, because Fluxtees are here for you!
My shirt design for the mighty and venerable musical public service that is Fluxblog is available for pre-order now! Right now! Sporting this chirruping couple of musical lovelies on a backdrop of American Apparel natural, one might say it was adorbs, because that's what it is. So you should probably buy one or something.
April 12th, 2009
|05:08 pm - She Thinks She's A Placemat|
The patterns are from the Olga Hirsch collection of decorated papers, taken from scans of postcards I bought at the British Library last year.
Really must remember to find time to make more of my own patterns sometime...
Current Music: The New Pornographers - Sing Me Spanish Techno | Powered by Last.fm
|04:55 pm - Is that what my voice really sounds like?|
Short interview I did for the Creative Choices website a while back. The music on this totally kills me! I can't quite describe it, but it makes me feel like a cartoon of a slightly bumbling and wildly ineffectual boozy artist from the 50s, it's totally awesome. I wish I had some newer art and stuff to highlight in this, seeing all this old stuff makes me cringe a bit.
Also shout out to piratecore - there is a good shot of your postcards in here! Slightly worried that the way its shot in the film it almost makes it seem like I made them, but I do assure you I was explaining which bits and pieces on the board among all the postcards were actually my work!
ps. Don't be coming round here with your fishy paintings, ya hear!
Current Music: The New Pornographers - The Bleeding Heart Show | Powered by Last.fm
March 5th, 2009
|05:54 pm - Side B / The Moth I Never Knew preview|
Here is a preview of my forthcoming short strip which will be appearing in the music inspired Side B anthology, alongside the work of all manner of (other) luminaries, and which is out in June. Looks good, no? Just wait until you can read it! I am excited. I should make more of these infernal things.
Ok, so I know that merely dangling a tantalising page of comic that cant really be read properly yet isnt all that appealing (although it does look quite pretty, doesnt it?), so I shall also provide a preparatory song! This is the excellent song that features throughout my strip -
Scott Walker - The Me I Never Knew
Current Music: Wu-Tang Clan - Campfire | Powered by Last.fm
|05:37 pm - Isaac Hayes / Plan B|
Illustration to accompany the reviews of a couple of Isaac Hayes albums - Juicy Fruit & Black Moses - in Plan B. Click through for the illustration proper!
Current Music: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Hysteric | Powered by Last.fm
|05:21 pm - Another Soda...|
The second anthology of music inspired 'lyrics you cant get out of your head' style illustrated songs and comics from the Sound of Drowning. Featuring excellent folks such as Nelson Evergreen (whose contribution is awesome and understated), Dan White, Paul O'Connell and assorted other folks.
Have a flick through! This is a publishing model I wholeheartedly approve of. Hard copies are available here if you fancy.
Current Music: Jenny Wilson - Clattering Hooves | Powered by Last.fm