Another linocut, yew!

Okay so this process is a little addictive. I love how it takes a lot of thought. And then there’s the energy of carving it out and making a nice mess of lino bits everywhere. EVERYWHERE.

This piece is inspired by a true story of someone dear to me. If they wrote their life story, this is how it would begin:

“When he was a young boy, a crow stole his watch. Perhaps this explains everything that’s happening right now.”

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My first linocut print

I’ve had a couple of pieces of lino and black ink laying around for a while. At last over the weekend I pulled them out and had a carve. While the designs are simple, it was satisfying for me to complete the process and I felt really pleased with the results. I just love the intensity of the black ink and there’s a tiny thrill when pulling the piece of lino up off the paper after inking it up. Credit for the words go to someone dear to me.

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Commissioned graphic novel

 

I took some time off from posting “businessy” things over January. It’s February already (what??) and so I’m keen to get back in to sharing what I’ve been up to. So let’s start with this piece I finished off late last year.

A lovely person approached me to illustrate her words as a short graphic novel. It was to be a one-off hand made piece, a gift for a close friend of hers.

My illustrations used pen and water colour paints. I then made a cover with thick card and hand bound it all together using cotton. As a finishing touch, I added some stars and planets to the cover using a silver pen.

What a pleasure it was to complete. MOAR PLEASE! COME AT ME!

Back Home

I’m trying out different comic strip styles lately. I’m liking this one I just finished working on for its mixture of hand-drawn and digital colouring. I often appreciate art with a minimal colour palette and so enjoyed limiting myself here.

This is a personal one, mostly to do with feelings of grief and displacement in our strange world.

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New year, new blog and an old wish

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To keep myself inspired I will try to keep up a blog of my latest endeavours and designy/artsy crushes. I figured for my first post which happens to land at the start of a new year, it might be fun to play around with the numbers of 2015 them self.

As soon as I started sketching out ideas, I realised that I really wanted to create something which spoke of new beginnings and a chance to make amends. The world and all of it’s funny little people running around (you and I) could really do with a moment of closing our eyes and thinking about PEACE. Being peace.

“Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference.” – Dalai Lama