Monday, 26 November 2007
Saturday, 24 November 2007
I have been tagged by Rob Ryan who in turn has been tagged and asked to provide five facts about myself. I'm also going to ask five people to continue the tagging. I'm going to pick five artists who inspire me. Rob would be one but he has already done his, will need to think of another! Now I'm thinking that each person needs a blog so it maybe even harder than i thought. How many other bloggers do I know? Anyway, here are my facts ....
1. When I was nine I entered a colouring competition at our local Wimpy bar, in Hemel Hempstead. I knew I would win before I'd started my picture. Three weeks after handing in my drawing I went back to the Wimpy for my usual burger & chips meal. My picture was pinned to the wall with a 'first prize' sticker next to it. I haven't won a competition since. My prize was a Mr Wimpy watch in a box, it never worked but I still have it.
2. When I was seven I met a magician, he was the entertainer in our holiday hotel in Cornwall. He gave me a magic wand. I was so disappointed when it didn't work I immediately put it over my knee, snapped it in two and threw it on the floor.
3. When I silk screen I am still surprised by what I see on the paper when I lift the screen up. This feeling of aniticipation and wonder is what makes me do what I do. It still feels great.
4. When I feel frustrated, in a bad mood, pissed off etc, I put on 'Annie Hall'. It never fails to make me feel good, it's a given.
5. I made a mental 'note to self' that if I started a blog, it would be predominantly about silkscreen printing. I guess I've blown it ....
Friday, 23 November 2007
I have just found out that Reggie is no longer with us. I was a huge fan of his paintings before I had the pleasure of meeting him .... then I was a big fan of him too. I will miss you Reggie.
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
I had my first and only show at the gallery at Pentagram, in September 2003. I hand printed the invites, including their envelopes. This is a photograph of them all drying off ready to be posted ....
Friday, 2 November 2007
We have our Open Studio weekend on December 1st & 2nd, so I decided to have a tidy and found these. Its great to re-discover old work, I often prefer a print having not seen it for a year or so.
Monday, 22 October 2007
Just found out my bid for the Darwin Stamp test was unsuccessful, what a shame. I really enjoyed the project though and below is my finished 'Origin of the Species' silkscreen pitch.
I was put forward by Art Director 'Howard Brown' to make two Stamp Tests for Royal Mail. The theme was Charles Darwin and in particular his journals 'The Origin of the Species' and 'The Voyage of the Beagle'. The comps shown below are Howards original proposal to Royal Mail to introduce my work.
Monday, 15 October 2007
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Monday, 17 September 2007
Here is a 'detail' of the album artwork for 'Sonny J'. Look out for the poster inside the album. Its a hand built collage by Patrick Duffy (No Days Off) with Silk Screened elements on top, really nice.
I had the pleasure of seeing The chemical Brothers play in Trafalgar Square last Sunday .... they were brillaint with some amazing visuals. I especially liked the dancing police men, if that's what they were?! Their new single 'Salmon Dance' was released last Monday, check out their video it's hilarious .....
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
Earlier this year I worked with pop band 'The Magic Numbers' to create a campaign for their most recent album, "Those the Brokes". After working on their album and their first two singles, they decided they wanted to move into a new direction for their latest EP. What I hadn't realised is that the band were actually going to do it themselves. And why not, I'm sure they know best. Their 'Undecided' EP is pictured above.
I have been working with Patrick Duffy from 'No Days Off' on a new music campaign. We have been making some great silkscreens and are due to finish the album artwork this week. Here is a sneak preview ....
Thursday, 30 August 2007
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
A friend asked me to make a poster for her brother's 50th birthday .... she supplied me with some old photos and phrases. Here's how it turned out...
Friday, 27 July 2007
I was asked by Ed at Sleeper Studio (www.vaeditions.com) to contribute to a childrens colouring book he's putting together .....
"I have two kids and they are consantley being bombarded with horrible commercial imagery from barbie to pokemon.
I just want to make something for kids that has thought gone into the content and presents itself in a non commercial way.
It's going to be a seriously low tech, anti slick operation to inspire kids, instead of turning them into consumers before their time."
My brief was 'Psychic Powers', here's what I came up with...
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Thursday, 14 June 2007
I have chosen three (out of the seventeen) 'H G Wells' covers I have illustrated for the Penguin Classic series, to produce my first set of Limited Edition Silkscreens for sale. All the prints are hand printed and are editions of just five, currently only available on the Product of God webiste. My usual working method means I mainly produce 'one off' images which are often un-repeatable. In the future, I hope to be producing lots of different, limited edition prints that you can buy online, receive by post and pin straight on your wall.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
My agents 'Big Active' now have an online shop selling limited edition prints and silk screens. Take a peek .... www.productofgod.net
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Adam Withington has just curated an exhibition at our studios .... 'A History of Great Western Studios'.
Whilst looking at Rob Ryans blog (amazing ... http://rob-ryan.blogspot.com/) I love that he had posted some great work he'd made that was never used. I can't tell you how many jobs I've 'nearly' had in the past 18 months, things have definitely changed. Here is a test I made with Seb & Tom @ Village Green for musicians 'The Rapture'. It didn't get picked.
This print is so simple, just reptition of paper cut stencils. I think it makes for a strong image though.
Friday, 8 June 2007
I was very pleased to be working with Mark & Simon from 'TappinGofton' again for the latest Chemical Brothers album 'We Are The Night'. Creatively, there is quite a process in developing images to form each sleeve. Often our original thoughts and the finished artwork are quite different. Here is my initial visual for their first single 'Do It Again', out on June 18th.