Thursday, 30 June 2011

Like most science-fiction writers, Trout knew almost nothing about science.

"No Place Like Home": June Mixtape Cover Design

"Liam Finn"

(a couple of illustrations for Creaturemag)

I am feeling quite homesick today, I miss my family and Hebe and my old job at the University, the lovely people I worked with, and my students, and cycling to work along the Isabel trail (a long cycle path, lined with trees and wild overgrown nature, over what used to be a train track) while listening to Bright Eyes, Joanna Newsom or the Magnetic Fields, and noticing the gradual change of the seasons happening around me each day, passing all the people walking their dogs...

This is what the Isabel trail looked like when it used to be a railway, before nature took over:

I've just finished 2 more pages on my webcomic :

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Now that it's June, we'll sleep out in the garden and if it rains, we'll just sink in to the mud

I met up with Making Space recently - Rosie and Rob are two artists on a mission to help local artists to find interesting venues for their work (eg: ones which don't charge ridiculous fees per night/ have a clique-y committee behind the scenes deciding if the art fits with their standards). They recently had a very successful exhibition at the Unthank Arms in Norwich, and since I've been on board they've helped me to get my work exhibited at Mustard Cafe and (soon) Expresso Cafe in Norwich. I'm really grateful to them for their help since I moved here.

On Thursday I sold my painting of Billy Childish - the 3rd customer to come into Mustard Café purchased it the morning it went on display, which was kind of unbelievable. (Mustard have invited me to make more paintings for them too, which I'm starting to plan now.)

In the evening, Dan and I went to see Bright Eyes at the Royal Albert Hall (in the flesh!), and even though we were so high up, in terrible seats (people kept walking past us to go to the bar) the band played so perfectly, and were so full of energy, that it was a wonderful night and we were totally immersed, and now we're obsessed with their music all over again.

My friends at Unfold Amsterdam have been busy lately - they have contributed to a wonderful Amsterdam City Guide for the Guardian. It makes me wish I was back in Amsterdam...I think its my favourite place.

I've also been working on my comic, and it now has its own little site:

Oh - also - I found a wonderful book by Andrzej Klimowski "On Illustration", which I would really recommend. He is an illustrator I've looked up to for a long time. During my 2nd year at Falmouth he came to give a talk about a graphic novel adaptation of The Master and Magarita he had created with Danusia Schejbal under SelfMadeHero. Pip Chorley and I were sat on the floor in the front row, as all the seats had disappeared very quickly, and I breathlessly told her how Klimowski was a Polish poster artist, that he had written a mesmerizing wordless narrative book called "The Secret", and how he was a friend of the Quay Brothers...not realising until he got up to speak that he had been sitting behind us.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Monsieur Lapin

I've been drawing lots and lots of rabbits lately, playing with water-soluble graphite to create the soft texture of their fur. I am tempted to start making a children's book about them...

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Mustard Café, Norwich

If you get chance, I definitely recommend a visit to Mustard Café in Norwich - the staff are really welcoming, the food is all home-made and the coffee is amazing.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

I stand shoulder to shoulder with all denouncers of meanness. I honour spirit and faith and uphold the glorious amateur

This is another drawing of Billy Childish (very similar to the one I sold in 2010) which will soon be coloured and put on display (and for sale) at Mustard Cafe in Norwich.

(A big thankyou to Rosie and Rob at MakingSpace for helping me to get my work out into this fine city!)

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Les jardin de la memoire

I've started to make a little comic book, entitled Les Jardin de la Memoire (or Memory Garden), about the dream-adventures of one man and his daschund.

Also, I just finished reading the graphic novel Blankets by Craig Thompson, and I urge you to read it too if you haven't already. It is beautifully crafted to the point of being impossible to put down and reminds me of the work of a lot of my favourite illustrators/comics artists (David Beauchard, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba in particular).

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Unfold Poster 19: Tune-yards at Paradiso 6/6/11

This is why I was building cardboard mountains.

The animal featured in this poster is an endangered species called the Mountain Bongo which is native to Mount Kenya - there are less than 100 mountain bongos in Kenya living in the wild. More than 300 are living in American zoos, but the plan is for them to return to their natural habitat in Kenya eventually.

I really recommend you listen to the tUnE-yArDs - the new album W H O K I L L is available now, and they are playing at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, on 6th June.