Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Zdeněk Miler





I was introduced to the mole-based films of Zdeněk Miler via Alice Stevenson's wonderful blog earlier today and I can't stop watching. I have been teaching on the Motion Graphics pathway at WSA this term so I have been thinking a lot about illustration as sequence; one informing the next, or in this case, the next informing the previous.

I love the way Miler uses clever framing to tell a story; first you see the underside of an elephant - an abstract brown mass - then he elaborates by switching to a zoomed out side-profile. To top it all his visual language is rich and gorgeous and makes me want to live in a forest more than ever.

You can watch the full collection of mole stories here.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wrapping Paper




I have made some winter-influenced wrapping paper for disguising gifts under the tree this Christmas. It was screenprinted with Bobby from Telegramme at OPEN. I decided to experiment with a split fountain gradient between a darker, teal blue and a bright blue, which gives the effect of a 3-colour print. Each sheet measures 50x70cm and is printed onto recycled newsprint.



I produced a very small run of these sheets for wrapping up presents for my family and friends, but there are a small number available to buy for £1 per sheet. Please let me know if you would like one!

The Seven Seas



Some drawings of ships and their sailors from my sketchbook for a very special collaboration...

Snow Problem @ Catch on Tue 13th Dec



Flat-e / NCC Xmas Party @ Catch - 22 Kingsland Road, 13 th December starts at 8pm with bands Kurtz, Details, Carl White - DJ's Solution vs Problem - Visuals Straight2video.

Come join us and get christmassy! Flyer by Neasden Control Centre

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

PROFIT Magazine




I did these illustrations as part of a pretty quick editorial job for Canadian magazine PROFIT, which looked at employees getting bored in meetings, managers inspecting new business ventures for flaws and the cost of exporting goods.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Stockholm to Finnhamn



At the weekend we took a boat two and a half hours from Stockholm to the archipelago island of Finnhamn, and I drew all the things I saw along the way, as the houses spread out and the huge rocks grew out of the water. It felt good to catalogue and organise these things in the order they appeared, with a time limit on each drawing because the boat moved so fast.




Monday, November 21, 2011

David O'Reilly - Vectorpunk Animation



"...so you see there is really no need to mimic other styles and media."

That's all.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Learning



 

Figure 24





I was drawn to these structures found in a book in the library, by their names and descriptions as much as their shapes; Single Cables Arranged Radially, Nets With Non Uniform Meshes, Pre-Stressed Systems. I'm also interested in how they are displayed; using grids and systems to display similar objects. I am trying to get away from producing single images for the t-shirt collection and interested in how I can use the format to display things in more than one way...

 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Encyclopedia




I'm working out some images which will form a new collection of 7 t-shirts to be sold by a new Californian based brand over the next few months. Here are a few things from my sketchbook after having spent the day drawing from my almost-unweildy collection of children's encyclopedias.



 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Goodbye British Summertime



New drawings.

 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

New patterns



New shape-and-colour compositions from my sketchbook...

 

How To Keep Your Hired Help



I've had this article from Successful Farming (!!!) for a few years, although I can't remember how I ended up with it; and I've been hooked on what makes a good leader since I found out Tony Blair has the Simian Line on both hands.

Good advice for anyone intending to work with anyone else.

 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Underwater 35mm







The summer seems already a long time ago, but I found these pictures which were shot on an underwater 35mm camera on our last day in Corsica before we set sail for Toulon; the sun went in, and water started to fill up inside the cheap plastic camera - a combination of which resulted in these hypernatural images... I'm glad I finally got round to editing a series.

 

Winchester School of Art Illustration Workshop




Today I led a workshop for 100 (!!!) eager first years at Winchester School of Art who I was meeting for the first time. The morning took the form of a series of drawing tasks, completed one after the other, leaving little time for reflection or criticism while making, which can often be a crippling problem. I was interested in demonstrating how putting the same image through different processes takes it somewhere new / changes it beyond your imagination / creates surprise / adds (or takes away) drama / has unique results, to prove that a degree of repetition can lead to new answers just when you think you've exhausted every opportunity...

In the afternoon Mia Frostner from Europa and I ran a lightning-fast speed monoprinting workshop, in which more than 100 prints were produced in less than 2 hours! Well done everyone!


 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Converse



I produced this image to be printed onto a 140cm wide canvas for a Converse press event, along with Neasden Control Centre and 6 other artists; we were each given a pantone colour to produce a piece of work which would work in a single hue.

Selecting colours is one of the first things I do when working so being force-fed something I wouldn't naturally choose, and then being unable to work with complimentary colours was really challenging; I played with percentages and halftones to reconstruct these parts of these pages from one of my sketchbooks.

Photos from the press event coming soon.

 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Frieze Family Space 2011





Here is the finished Family Guide I illustrated with friends Europa for this year's Frieze Art Fair. The illustrations are based on artist Pierre Huyghe’s aquarium which was a live ecosystem created especially for Frieze 2011. The walls were really well used and fully populated with millions of new species of sea-monsters by Sunday afternoon!

As usual Europa and I experimented with 4 special pantone colours; this year using a bronze on a bright white matt paper to make the ocean floor sparkle, along with some pretty hot fluorescents.

Each year I have introduced more and more figurative elements into the Frieze Family guides, part in response to the client and part to see how I might treat the composition differently. I went a lot further with this one and while I'm not sure it works in the very detailed parts of the aquarium, I can see how it might work backwards, and abstract elements might help to build up something figurative. I'm going to experiment with this way of working and see where I get...

 

Friday, October 14, 2011

'75 Peters' opens in Brisbane

To celebrate the wonderful Archigram architect Peter Cook's 75th birthday, I have been invited along with 74 other artists to produce a portrait of Peter for this show in Brisbane.



 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Feynman Series (part 1)




 

What's Next?



Over the weekend, we visited Barbara Hepworth's studio in St Ives. Everything had been left in it's place; from her tiny workclothes hanging on pegs, to work-in-progress frozen in time; dozens of tools left to rust but all more organised and laid out than she may have had them; it was still great to get a glimpse into her world though, and while looking through the library this week, I found an article she wrote for Circle: An International Survey of Constructivist Art, which she illustrates with this picture of Stonehenge. It occurred to me that the thoughts I was having about stiles were similar to bigger questions raised about these monolithic structures on an altogether different scale. Similarities in material, texture and form; it makes me want to ask how should they be used?.

I find a lot of these thoughts keep coming back to the functionality of things; of images. They can no longer be left as they are; enjoyed, or understood over time - they all need to have immediate impact and readability. Are we in a hurry to assign images with a purpose because we want to be able to achieve immediate certainty? Do we cling to the feeling that if we know something for certain we can move on to the next much more quickly?


 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Stile over Style

A stile is a structure which provides people a passage through or over a fence or boundary via steps, ladders, or narrow gaps. Stiles are often built in rural areas or along footpaths to allow access to an adjacent field or area separated by a fence, wall or hedge. Unlike a gate, there is no chance of forgetting to close it, and should the stile break, the fence remains intact (livestock cannot escape). However, stiles may well be difficult to use for some disabled people and people with limited mobility.




We found this series of stone stiles in Cornwall this weekend while negotiating narrow footpaths with half-height doorways in the hedgerows, presumably for tall badgers or ferrel children.



I like the stile as an object because it is so concerned with function, it forgets the ridiculousness of it's form but in doing so blends seamlessly into it's environment; many of these Cornish stone versions could at a glance be accidental formations; rockfalls at convenient junctions - you're not sure whether the bit you're standing on is an intentional part of the design or a lucky stepping stone; most also have spaces or cavities between the stones which cater for dogs - cleverer than sheep in learning that they can go up, down, under, and over in that order.



Someone should tell them though, that the view on the other side really is this good.




 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Maps




I have been commissioned to illustrate quite a few maps lately. Here are two from some very recent projects I worked on for US clients.

 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Iconemesis / iPhone cases for iPhone 3G



I recently collaborated with Iconemesis to design 4 new cases for iPhone 3G. I'm really happy with these - treat yourself to one!

 

APG Gallery, Sheffield



I am pleased to be part of this group show at APG Gallery in Sheffield.

Creatures, Characters and Communication
3 Cs in Graphic art - A Group Exhibition of Original Screen Prints

September 24th - October 22nd, 2011
Preview Evening, Friday September 23rd, 6-9pm

Feat. Ian Stevenson // Russell Maurice // James Nash // Sarah Abbott // Matt Sewell // David Litchfield // Jane Faram // Bob Milner // Steve White // Malarky // Holly Wales // AustinVonNew // Neasden Control Centre // 45 RPM

For this new exhibition at APG Works Sheffield, artists from various backgrounds have been brought together by the curator, Steve White, to explore various applications of "Creatures, Characters and Communication" within graphic art.


 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Loss



On Sunday night, someone broke into my studio at OPEN and took everything. I lost over 6 months of work, most of which I'd never published online or offline; it's all gone into a big black hole like this one, and it's like it never happened. It made me think a lot about what we do with our time and how so much is now made of documentation; the need to document, to represent, to display; as proof or as a replacement form of memory.

I wonder what I will make now I have arrived at B with no idea how I got here from A.


 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Burgermat Show @ Beach London 15/09/11



I'm part of this show at Beach London on Thursday 15th September, curated by the lovely meat-eaters at Burgerac. Come on down!

 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Art of Sitting



A selection of chairs for a recent project.

 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Campsite Architecture #1





While living under the shade of pine trees, olive groves and Swiss stormclouds this summer, one thing began to really interest me; campsite architecture. I will document this over a series of posts but one of the biggest things which struck me was our unquestioning need for electricity in any form we can get it. Extension cables snake around trees, occasionally weighed down by pine cones or submerged in a flurry of leaves; microwaves and electric grills sit upon treestumps and cameras charge their batteries nestled safely under shrubs.

They form unspoken boundaries between pitches, at the same time as opening up opportunities; if we buy an electric lamp, we could add an extra 3 hours to our day... (This thought multiplies at lightning speed and within a week there'd be a washing machine and a smart car, a couple of skyscrapers and international space station) We become hungry for it but there's also something taboo here; our neighbours scurry nervously too-and-fro from plug sockets, wrapping phones up in plastic bags (presumably to stop a wasp from laying its eggs in the microphone right...) and hanging them from trees. It is a bizarre performance structure and I am hooked.