Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Visited my family back in Stafford over Easter - spent a lovely day working in the garden with my mum, accompanied by her two guinea pigs. We have some red tulips that my Grandad Cyril planted before I was born which come up every year. I love how eternal flowers are. (I planted freesias, which are her favourites, and lettuces, which I suspect the guinea pigs will gobble up).

(Bacon the guineapig)

My Grandad Geoff sat for me and let me paint his portrait, which was lovely...I hardly ever get chance to paint people from life any more. It's nice to paint someone you love and admire so much. I was so impressed with him for sitting still for so long too - he never, ever sits still. He always has to be busy doing something. His childhood nickname was "lightning".

Later, while having a sort out and throwing away sentimental ephemera I came across a couple of bits and pieces I made a while back:

(the piece above was from an idea for a comic about Prosopagnosia or face blindness)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Monday, 14 April 2014

“A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.” 
- Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories.

(This is the lower 1/3 of an A1 poster, made using public domain images from the British Library)

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Collaboration with WeAdmire + the Barbican

I recently made illustrations for the Barbican, in collaboration with WeAdmire
This t-shirt design is for the Barbican's current film season - Cinema's Baddest Girl Gangs.

Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter is a Japanese exploitation film made in 1970, starring Meiko Kaji. 
The Barbican has a wonderfully spot-on description of it here. (Truly, the best hat in cinema history)

(photographs: WeAdmire)

WeAdmire have a pop-up shop in the foyer of the Barbican where you can purchase the t-shirts. 
(They are also available online here.)

I personally loved the film - it's fun and swaggering, the ending is genuinely quite perplexing, the ratio changes for no particular reason in certain scenes, coca-cola bottles are used as molotov cocktails, Meiko Kaji is amazing as Mako right from the start (- that hat!)...all best seen on the big screen. Also, as far as I can tell, it isn't available on Region 2 (though it appears Arrow Films will be releasing a box set of the Stray Cat Rock films later this year, which is really promising)

(Barbican Podcast on Cinema's Baddest Girl Gangs)


Early sketches: