Saturday, 12 November 2011


A few sketches pulled from my last couple of sketchbooks. Most of the content was made up of project ideas and not particularly stimulating. Heres a few of the ones I liked.

Photogenic drawings... kind of

Monday, 25 July 2011

'I wear my Pen as others do their Sword.' John Oldham

I think we can all relate to this. Be you cartoonist, artist, illustrator or graphic designer. At one time or another and most likely even now, we have all had that single beloved tool. Be it a Staedtler pigment liner 0.1, a Faber Castell PITT artist pen M or perhaps a Derwent Graphic pencil 3B. It could be Round Sable brush #7, or perhaps its the Dr Ph. Martin's brown india ink you use it in. It's more than likely that at one time you've  entrusted your working ability to a single implement. 

During it's life that tool can become essential. It can become the make or break element to your work. Maybe yours is a £30 Rapidograph rotring pen, it could be the Argos pencil you accidently left the shop with. Regardless of what it is you use, or how you use it, you become familiar with it. You become familiar with the way it reacts to certain stock. The pressure it requires to give that perfect tone. How best to handle it along side different media. You perfect it's use to the stage where it may come to feel like an extension of your ability. 

I think it's important that we have these utensils which are unique to us. And sure, any number of people can own the same pen, but it comes down to the individual to use it in their own way. After all what is a chef without their specialty dish, or a football player without their lucky socks

(I'm dedicating this post to my beloved mapping pen)

21 days later...

It has been a little over twenty days since my last post. Illness has meant I wasn't very productive for the first two weeks of that, and since that I haven't been really happy with anything that I have done. I've been working towards producing a more finished piece (non of which features below)with the original intention of perhaps submitting it to AOI this year. Nothing so far however. I will put up a bit of a selection of what I've done. It's rather random but I need to post something. I've received a little feedback lately and I have found it encouraging, I've begun work on addressing it  so at least I'll have something to post soon. Please feel free to comment, this is my only outlet for my work and the only place I can get an opinion from creatives, so anything you have to say would be appreciated.
(Apologies for the bazarr image arrangement, I cannot seem to fix it.)