Thursday, 7 October 2010

Recent experimenty bits and pieces.

Just some A4 sheets of pattern experiments, trying out different pens and such.

Drew over that old pic of Kit to save time.

Zoom to give better idea of pattern and pen range.

The background was entirely made up of tiny circles.
7 hours worth of's A1 size remember.

More A1 pattern stuffs.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


That's Demetri there. I'm not sure what he is exactly but he lives on my finger and helps me to write and draw. He has pretty much doubled in size over the summer with all the work I've been doing. He is generally a very happy little chap except sometimes he gets a bit irritable after a ridiculously long day's drawing. I like him.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Ho hum.

Well. What a productive day.
I got to the studio at about 7.10am and left at 7.00pm! And worked non-stop the entire time I was there. I'm getting pretty good at this 'on the ball' business. I done a heap of work on the pic of Justice and so might take my camera in sometime to show you the progress soon. I also stretched up a new board and then spent another heap of hours working into the surface pattern of another experimental piece which uses an old self-portrait of mine for the base. Poor Demetri is dying.

Since I don't have any pics of the current woke I am doing I will just stick up the images of some cards I created and got prints of over the summer for selling. I did 8 designs, all black ink on white card, all with their own ugly charm :)

I did an A1 piece for the exhibition based on this idea too, it was not for sale as I grew rather attached to him after Dad gave him a name :) The bear (Shamu) in that piece is a lot grizzlier though and takes up the whole paper.

This is my favourite card design I think. I also did an A1 piece based on this pic, it is the one that I know has been sold already.

Some people ( wee granny :) ) do not like the layout of the text for this piece and would rather it was all bunched at the top. I however, like it this way. And I am the boss.

It worries me how many people don't get the joke.....come on.....pigs may fly.....gravity as in pulling down....down as in there in the end eh?

The other thought for this imagery was 'good things come to those who wait' rather than 'good luck'. I like the cruel humour in that idea but I didn't think it would be as appropriate for a card.

This is based on my brother because he is tall and lanky. I like playing with words, letters and spacing.

Not a tall.
Not at all.

I did two more pieces of similar idea to this in the show.

This card was made because 'Thank you' is a good thing to say. It's a bit more cheesy pun but I can forgive myself that because I like the way the chimp turned out :)

I also made the turtle pic in the yesterday's entry a card too, but there is clearly no need to upload it all over again.
I have plenty of cards so am selling them whenever possible. Some are on sale at the show and the rest are here with me. I have had quite a few sets requested so that's good. If anyone want's them, they just need to ask.

Seriously, I have them coming out my ears pretty much.

Sunday, 3 October 2010


The zoom is actually pretty fuzzy so here is better detail of the Turtle.
I'm off to eat triple chocolate and nut cookies that James and I made today.....mmmmm! :)

It's been a while

Well, I have my Kilau exhibition on at the moment. I'm pretty happy with it and I have already sold one piece which is more than I could have hoped for! I also have cards for sale so fingers crossed a few of those will sell too.

Here is one of my favourite pieces in the show:

It's black ink pen on A1 white card and it took about 30 hours to complete roughly.
An earlier post in this blog shows one of my rough drafts of the idea. I think if you click on the image it should show you the type of detail that makes up the image.

All the pieces in the show are text based, some idioms, some varies. I mounted each one on newspaper and put them in black frames, I really liked the way that turned out.

I've started back in the studio now too, working on developing the pattern-built portraits from last year but trying to focus on creating depth in them at the moment. I've been experimenting with lots of new inks, shapes and paper etc. Using a lot of Berol broad line black pen :) It's all very exciting!