Thursday, January 26, 2012

Collaboration with City Edition Studio

Here is a special collaboration for Jono Lewarne at City Edition Studio - Jono's girlfriend Amy never quotes this famous mariners proverb quite the same way each time she says it, so for Christmas he asked me to draw some sea-farers and their ships to produce a series of prints to surprise her with at Christmas! Printed as a set of 2-colour Risographs.

Buckminster Fuller - 5 part interview on 'Psychic Phenomena'

Buckminster Fuller states that "man must learn to think for himself, rather than follow blindly what he has been taught." "As the astronauts stated, the words 'up' and 'down' have no meaning. The correct words are 'out' and 'in'. This was confirmed when mankind learned the Earth was round, not flat." Buckminster Fuller Archive

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Life Aquatic

After finishing the book cover for The Bloody Chamber i really wanted to explore that way of working; summarising themes in a limited amount of space and also the opportunity to use hand-drawn type. A lot of illustrators have produced responses to The Life Aquatic which made it more of a challenge and also like I was becoming part of a special underground club at the same time.

And talking of, Wes Anderson - check out the trailer for his new film Moonrise Kingdom - as if you haven't seen it already, internet.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Abelha Cachaça

This is a label I designed a few years ago for Abelha Cachaça, an organic cachaca brand from Bahia, Northern Brasil, which you can read all about here.


I saw The Artist directed by Michel Hazanavicius at The Barbican last night. I enjoyed the self-referential moments where the idea of the silent film filters into the script itself (the heavy feather, the relentless noise of the public...) but ultimately I thought it was an incredibly tragic film; not so far from the truth, with an end which left me feeling defeated.

Another great silent film and inevitable love story, from 1925, this time by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which I was lucky enough to catch last year, performed with a live score.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Bloody Chamber (sketchbook)

I thought it might be interesting to post some photos of my sketchbook for The Bloody Chamber project. I tried to make the most of the long deadline and was working on this for quite a while, on and off, between November and January; as such I ended up with loads of loose ends and which was a real luxury, and not really possible on short projects.

I used the time to draw and re-draw things observed and imagined, celebrating the imperfections which appear in drawings when making a copy of the previous one.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Bloody Chamber for The House of Illustration & Folio Society

Cover illustration.

'Then out into the cold morning, harking after that black, vague shape...'

'A dozen husbands impaled a dozen brides while the mewing gulls swung on invisible trapezes in the empty air outside.'

'If you spy a naked man amongst the pines, you must run as if the devil were after you.'

I decided to enter the Folio Society competition run by the House of Illustration, to illustrate three scenes and a cover for The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter.

I became interested in acknowledging the different levels of translation required between text and image, and dealing with different levels of abstraction. It was also important that they worked sequentially, even if they will not be seen directly side by side, so working all four up at the same time and reassessing them as a collection became an important part of my working process.

Monday, January 9, 2012


A collection of illustrated figures from various projects I have worked on.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


After my trip to the Swedish island of Finnhamn in the Stockholm archipelago in December, I started to illustrate some of the buildings we found there; shops and houses abandoned for the Winter; swept up by ice cold howling wind and damp, these huts and homes stay strong for the intervening months. I love their simple construction and the shapes they make.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Annie Hall by Woody Allen

I saw Annie Hall at The BFI last night as part of their Wise Cracks: The Comedies of Woody Allen series.

His mum's right, Brooklyn is not expanding, but it doesn't stop me using the ultimate apathy of the universe (or watching films I've already seen and then blogging about them...) as a way out of doing January's tax return.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Lady

The story of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and the academic and writer Michael Aris; a true story of love set against political turmoil. Directed by Luc Besson.

I saw this at The Barbican last night and it's really sticking with me.