Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Greetings Cards 2015

My 2015 greetings card collection with AHD Paper Co. is now available to buy in limited numbers from my shop! Perfect if you're based in the UK or Europe, each A6 sized card is blank inside & comes with a recycled Kraft envelope & comes sealed in a cellophane wrapper.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter



Illustration by Jaan Tammsaar for Kits Sarapikus, a Belarusian tale (Estonia, 1984)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Patternwork

2015 has been pretty much non-stop studio time so far. Time off has been a bit hard to come by and it feels a while since I got the chance to work on something at a slower pace (or not work at all). But it's also good to work quickly & luckily many of the commissions coming my way have been full of interesting twists & turns & unexpected outcomes.

One of those projects was an 8 page feature for a US lifestyle magazine (I'll link it all up & show the work once it's released) & part of the brief was to come up with a range of decorative patterns to sit behind some of my felt tip pen object illustrations. I began by looking at kaleidoscopic patternwork as I have a love for things created spontaneously (a recurring theme I should investigate says the ex-tutor in me...) & here are two from the series which I didn't end up using.




Working fast & slow is something which has interested me for a while & as it sometimes happens without me realising (racing to finish a deadline...) it's good to reflect on how that has affected a drawing.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Jealous Needs You @ Saatchi Gallery

Photo courtesy of Jealous Print Studio

I am thrilled to announce that I will be exhibiting work at Saatchi Gallery as they will be showing the Jealous Needs You exhibition which I have work featured in, in their Print and Editions space on the Kings Road, London. The show will run 9th April – 4th May 2015. All the screenprints are just £75 each.

Monday, March 2, 2015

AHD Paper Co. 2015 Collection

I have illustrated a new range of greetings cards for Australian-based stationery label AHD Paper Co. and here they are! They launched in Melbourne last week and are available to order now from the AHD Paper Co shop.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

HMS Courageous

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Yesterday Steve & I were invited with 3 other arts practitioners by the Royal Navy on board the decommissioned nuclear submarine, HMS Courageous, where we were given a 3 hour tour by a former electrical engineer. This is an image of the submarine rising to the surface on one of her many missions between 1971-1992, mainly as part of the Falklands War. The submarine was powered by a nuclear reactor but didn’t carry nuclear missiles. Internally the ship has been partly restored to represent the SSN fleet of the Royal Navy during the Cold War, using many parts from the interiors of HMS Valiant. It has had it's nuclear reactor removed, but pregnant women are still not allowed on board; making it clear that it has been impossible to rid the sub of all residual radiation. Besides HMS Courageous, there are 11 other retired nuclear submarines which sit rusting in the dock, most of whom have not had their reactors removed. You can read more about this here; "Devonport: Living Next To A Nuclear Submarine Graveyard".

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Photography isn't allowed on the sub or in the dockyard but these are some pictures I found taken from inside during her operation. One of the most fascinating things was to discover that the military used William Morris floral fabrics in the interiors of the communal areas inside the submarine - it was such a contrast to see against the activities at the time - and inside such a masculine vessel purely designed for attack. We were told that the submariners weren't too keen on it. As space was limited, the fabric was used to wrap over beer kegs and form chairs in the senior mess; a bar / cinema / restaurant / library / games room & occasional operating theatre.

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Morris&Co fabric, Tudor Rose, 1883, used to upholster British nuclear submarine interiors.

In November 1972, Princess Anne visited HMS Courageous for a tour, and a plaque was made which sat above one of the toilets - "Princess Anne Sat Here". Here she is cutting a giant cake in the shape of a submarine.

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Being someone who is generally pretty risk-averse, my favourite topic were the emergency evacuation procedures; all involving a huge element of risk (such as your lungs exploding) - my 'favourite' were a set of individual bright orange floatation suits which were given to all submariners to first eject to the surface, await the next, and zip together - slowly forming a giant bright orange human life raft bobbing across the ocean, hoping to be seen.

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Many of the submariners (except for the navigator & captain) have no idea where they are going or where they have been during their mission, so surfacing in an emergency may throw up some surprises.

Living conditions were cramped (some of the trainees & juniors were expected to sleep in the mechanical bays, sharing beds with missiles) and the dormitories had up to 40 beds stacked 3 high - in these rooms the lights were only switched on once a week in order to hoover the floors - and smoking was allowed (and popular) until 2010.


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As an artist, I don’t think the mindset of the military is something I will ever be able to understand. We are fundamentally different; I am trained to ask questions & they are trained to ask none. This makes it difficult to be creative (although one submariner on HMS Courageous had packed his paints and drawn a portrait of Lenin during one Cold War voyage) & makes it hard for me to fight wars. But stepping into new shoes once in a while is always a healthy and valuable thing to do.



Thanks to the HMS Courageous Association for the images.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My New Shop is OPEN!


So it's been a while, but I'm pleased to announce my shop is now back online with an array of new & old favourites - a range of prints & products for your perusal. Including a new screenprinted tote bag in a playful collaboration with Neasden Control Centre. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

GQ (DE)



Some of the recent cocktails I have illustrated for my monthly column in GQ Deutschland.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Atlanta Magazine

A set of spot illustrations I did back in December for Atlanta Magazine for a feature on Indian dishes by Asha Gomez.

Boston Magazine



Another editorial illustration from back in December I did for Boston Magazine for a feature on spa treatments.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Jealous Needs You | Exhibition Opening



Here are the details of a show of screenprints I am in, opening next month. Prviate View is Thursday February 26th, 6.30-9.30pm. All prints are £75.

Friday, January 9, 2015

RSA Journal



An illustration I did back in December, which was commissioned by The Royal Society of Arts Journal, about prototyping in design.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Christmas


Happy Christmas one and all! Wishing you very merry holidays & lots of tasty treats.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sneaker News (US)


I illustrated the new Nike Air Jordan for Sneaker News Volume One.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jealous Gallery



I was invited by pal & fellow illustrator Jess Wilson, to contribute a piece of work to the Jealous Needs You exhibition, for Jealous Gallery.

This is a 50x50cm 3-colour screenprint in an edition of 36, and will be available to buy from the exhibition opening next month at Jealous Gallery, and through their website. Especially for Christmas, it also features a metallic gold ink.

This print is part of an on-going body of drawings which explore ideas about growth in the natural world.

You can find Jealous Gallery at 53 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT in East London and 27 Park Road N8 8TE in Crouch End, North London.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brain Magazine (Japan)


This just landed on my desk today from Japan! The cover of Brain Magazine is here with a nice feature on some of my new work.

Monday, October 27, 2014

UK Map


A new map I've illustrated which features some indigenous species of the UK. Enjoy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Brain Magazine (Japan)



I was invited by Brain Magazine in Japan to produce a cover for their next issue, under the theme of 'happy creation'; this was the perfect opportunity for me to explore my love of process & image making in a way much of my commissioned work rarely allows for; thanks Brain! I'll post a picture of the magazine once it arrives in my studio.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Illustrations for Majedie / Touch Agency



Some more new illustrations from another series for assets management company, Majedie, about a businessman who hides his money in his socks!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Illustrated Maps for MediaPartners (NL)









Here are the maps I was commissioned by MediaPartners, to illustrate for Dutch bank ABN AMRO's customer magazine, Relevant.

Departures Magazine (US)



A series of perfume bottle drawings for Departures Magazine.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Beauty illustrations for Stella Magazine

An assortment of beauty product illustrations for several double page spreads in Stella Magazine, out tomorrow in The Telegraph on Sunday.