Final illustration for The Guardian’s Industrial Revolution series

Illustrating for The Guardian has been a bit of an honour if you want to know the truth. A bit sad that this is the last illustration for their five part essay on the next Industrial Revolution (aka robots taking over the world bleep bloop). Fingers crossed I will hear from them again soon for another collaboration!

Anyway, this final essay is about how it’s becoming common for people to have all kinds of jobs and careers throughout their life. This is due to such a wide range of education and training available online.

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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!

Do I do character design? YASSS!

A while ago I finished working on an amazing project. It involved creating characters and illustrations for an educational app to help prevent racism. Read more about it here.

This morning however, I heard back from the client who needed a specific graphic for promotional uses. The graphic was to have all of the characters together as a group. I suddenly realised how many characters I designed and developed for the one app; 30 in total! It also reminded me how much I love working on character design. There’s something so wonderful about using your imagination and creating a little being. Every detail is so deliberate to building that character’s personality.

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Editorial illustrations for The Guardian: Part One

It seems I’m on a roll with The Guardian, which is good news for this Guardian fan girl. They are doing a six part series on the impact robots will have on our work and lifestyle.

Part one starts with this paragraph, which gets my mind racing: When Aristotle described “the complete happiness of man”, he thought it would include, among other things, “self-sufficiency, leisureliness and unweariedness”. Unfortunately the philosopher concluded that “such a life would be too high for man” – it was suitable only for the gods. All the same, he encouraged humanity to keep striving to get as close to “complete happiness” as possible.

Read more here, it’s a pretty neat article.

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I am Syria

As you can probably tell from past posts and projects I’ve worked on, the current refugee crisis breaks my heart. When I say refugee crisis, I should emphasise that refugees aren’t the problem. It’s the treatment of them by countries who have vast wealth and facilities *cough cough* Australia *cough*. Honestly.

I won’t go on about it right now as the purpose of this post is to share with you a recent illustration commission I created for The Guardian and UNHCR. Working for The Guardian is a bit of a dream, really. I consider them some of the last real journalists. Also, UNHCR do incredible work, so again I was humbled to work on such a meaningful piece. The illustrations help to explain the disastrous situation in Syria while reminding us that there is always the possibility of peace and a brighter future. The below is just a small section, to view the whole piece click HERE.

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Virginia Woolf portrait

Oh, those sad and weary eyes break my heart. A very short but poignant quote of hers that I like to remind myself of from time to time:

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

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