Monday, 5 June 2017

Calligraphy Club Illustrations




Calligraphy Club illustrations


I met Matthew Deyn of local bluegrass band Calligraphy Club, and he invited me to their gig at Madame Waffle over the Bank Holiday weekend.
I also found this old vintage music book that I once found in a charity shop, and has otherwise been languishing in my studio, and I'm working on a series of new illustrations for the band.




Inspiration

Calligraphy Club live at Madame Waffle

Calligraphy Club 
Testing out an old bamboo pen once made at college with the epic tutor Tony Westerby



Taking a line for a walk - illustration of Calligraphy Club live at Madame Waffle

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Fancy Footwork - Chromeo t-shirt illustrations



Look how good they are in my shop!


All the Chromeo custom converse merchandise

Who's this funky guy??

These are now unavailable due to a disagreement with management. 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Funk Lady and The Funk Lordz Custom Converse

Whilst I'm busy figuring out how to publish the graphic novel, I've been inspired to work on some new custom converse. I've been out teaching kids this week, and they often ask how I make them, so I'm also working on a video tutorial, although it would be better if I could run paid workshops to avoid the slavery aspect of Youtube...

(outer left) The Funk Lady wip
 #The Funk Lady plays the keytar. Looking a bit rough there.


Text without neon (inner left)

(inner right) Funk Lordz text and mixtape

right tongue - P Thugg
Finished (inner right) Funk Lordz custom converse

Finished pair

Finished Funk Lady and Funk Lordz Custom Converse (outers)

Finished Funk Lady and Funk Lordz Custom Converse (inners)


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Cloudbusting is finally finished!!

It feels as though it's been an age since I started work on Cloudbusting, the graphic novel, and looking through old sketchbooks at some of the trains of thought that never made it, how it evolved to become the story of two academics working together in a flooded city, a female protagonist flying over the city via umbrella, battling with the DWP and the military to continue research, has been a true challenge.
Through lack of funding, forced to take on low skilled, underpaid work just to keep it going has certainly taken a level of determination not recognised or valued highly enough.
But it is an authentic account of survival in this unfolding dystopian reality of austerity, of real heartbreak, grief, duty of care, survival....
And during the time it has been illustrated, things have been more desperate, there have been more failures than anything J.K. Rowling boasts about.

All the work is being kept safe, the studio making room for new projects, commissions and fine art work, as the next step is now to determine the audience, and work towards getting it published!

Children's book illustration competition non-submission



Thursday, 2 March 2017

Ms Blackbird's Home For Peculiar Children

It's World Book Day again, and when I'm not illustrating Cloudbusting, I'm currently reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.
Of course, I'm Ms. Blackbird, ymbryne of the Lincoln loop, and I take care of peculiar children.
Miss Peregrine, Miss Avocet and Miss Wren all send their best regards.

Ms Blackbird, ymbryne of the Lincoln loop
What's your peculiarity?


Ms Blackbird's Home For Peculiar Children

Ms Blackbird's Home For Peculiar Children