Sunday, July 8, 2018
In June I ran a workshop to gather ideas for an abstract design for the Bellingham Gateway Community Centre computer room. The juniors really got into the abstract drawing, the concept being pick your 3 favourite colours and doodle, have a look at some abstract references, pick some shapes and make a repeat pattern. With the senior I had a design meeting where we selected 4 paint colours and discussed the drawings and other abstract designs they liked. We loosely planned the design, they also chose icons to represent the juniors to go on the juniors wall and icons for the seniors which will be in black to form a pattern in spaces within the design. We are about halfway through the painting at this stage, but it's already looking much better than the beige before.
I assisted a Young Maker from the Phoenix Housing Association based at the Green Man with her Silver Arts Award. I helped her to design, template up and paint mural boards for an interactive painting workshop at Bellingham Festival on June 30th. She was only 14, mid-exams and did really well.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Sunday, March 4, 2018
He's in! Flying Merguez will be included in the character gif installation at the Pictoplasma Conference 2018! Whoop!!!
My submission for the Pictoplasma character stare down gif open call #characterstaredown. Finally Flying Merguez moves, finally I try out stop motion, painstaking but very satisfying...could be the beginning of my life as a recluse.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Here are the final tunnel murals, designed and painted with the help of Youth First - February to June 2018. See more at my MURAL BLOG
At the start of the Bellingham mural project I made this overview.
I was excited to see the dark unfriendly tunnel
bright and colourful.
bright and colourful.
Monday, December 11, 2017
I've been busy working on the fun illustrations for Breaking Mum and Dad: The Insider's Guide to Parenting Anxiety, Anna Williamson's second book for Bloomsbury. Her first book Breaking Mad was a number 1 bestseller on Amazon.
Breaking Mum and Dad publishes on 8 March 2018!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Connecting Bellingham community to its local green space through art
inspired by nature
inspired by nature
The rail tunnel at Lower Sydenham is a major link-way for locals to access a green space, the Riverwalk. My project idea is to transform the dark rail tunnel into a colourful work of art, to create an inviting entrance for residents to enter their local green area. From an initial art activity – painting a tunnel mural, designed and delivered with the Bellingham Gateway Youth Group’s help, the project aims to increase appreciation and access to nature, share art skills through the mural process, and encourage youth engagement with their local area through subsequent art workshops, culminating in a their own design for their computer room. This is just an idea, a suggestion in Photoshop of what the tunnel could look like painted with a nature inspired pattern.
For more images click here
Monday, April 17, 2017
Moving house has been chaotic, but I was able to write a short story for my characters Violet and Catman and his magical pockets. They are nature lovers and go on a different adventure in each story. I started with thumbnail sketches, a first round of roughs and now I'm working out the backgrounds, characters and scenes. It's exciting merging my cover style for the backgrounds. Here's a tiny sample of images so far, there's lots of testing still to do...
Ruby Tandoh asked if I would contribute some of my social anxiety images and do a new illustration for the 150-page Do What You Want Zine magazine she and Leah Pritchard have put together for charity, amazing zine on mental well-being and very pleased to contribute. Out this month - the first print run sold out.
I've started developing a style suited to the nature narrative titles at Bloomsbury
Hen Harrier – Donald Watson
Songs of Love & War – Dominic Couzens, front and back artworks
In a dramatic publishing change about a year and a half ago, I moved in Bloomsbury from my Senior Editorial role to part-time Junior Cover Designer. I love my new job. It complements my illustration work and I'm learning all the time. It made sense after the MA in Communication Design and Illustration (distinction :D).