The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, Illustration Competition – House of Illustration / Folio Society

March 02, 2012

The Bloody Chamber is a reworking of old fairy tales. I read all the stories, although the brief was to illustrate, The Bloody Chamber (the retelling of Blue Beard), Puss in Boots and The Company of Wolves (retelling of Little Red Ridding Hood).

Illustration for "The Bloddy Chamber" by Angela Carter

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Wagtail repeating pattern for Domestic Etch – Theme; Growth and Decay

February 27, 2012

bird tile of a repeating patternI was invited by arts magazine Domestic Etch to produce an illustration for their biannual magazine. The theme was Growth and Decay.

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Cocktail which will give you a critically dangerous headache. Mountain Gorilla

February 09, 2012

Watercolour illustration of a Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla illustration

The Mountain Gorilla is critically endangered. So what? What does that really mean? Critically Endangered is the highest risk category assigned by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List for wild species. Critically Endangered means that a species’ numbers have decreased, or will decrease, by 80% within three generations.

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Can you hear those sirens calling you?

January 23, 2012

limited edition screen print - ocean swimmer
The third in my ocean series of screen prints. This one is more of a waterman than a sailor, with a nod to the watermen on Hawaii who thing nothing of paddling a long board between O’ahu and Maui. This print is about the ocean. The figure is not really tattooed but his body is a frame for the waves and water within it. All beautiful things come with some peril involved. The Sea is an unforgiving territory that has claimed many lives. The two sirens on the figures legs bear witness to this, they are representations of mermaids that sing sweetly to lure sailors on to rocks. Like all the other prints in this series the figure faces away from us, we can’t know this mans face as we can’t fully know the ocean.
This print is titled, Ocean Swimmer.

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I can reach you over an ocean… nice octopus!

January 20, 2012

Limited edition screen print- sailor with peacck

The second in my ocean series of screen prints, this sailor heavily tattooed with an octopus and a peacock, strange combination you might say. But, the peacock is a symbol of immortality and the octopus although vaguer in it’s symbolic meaning represents reaching into a lot of things. I like the marriage of the two meanings. Old sailors tattoos are often in some way trying to protect or act as a trophy or an award, I like the idea that this sailor can stare out into the ocean unafraid of death and feel like he can go anywhere he pleases without any risk of harm.
This print is titled, Sailor with peacock

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The Ocean Series – Screen Prints

January 19, 2012

 

limited edition screen print- sailor with swallows

I’ve been wanting to do these screen prints for ages. They were a struggle. I drew the positives on tracing paper with indian ink and it was a bit of a dark art calculating the expose time. But I got there in the end. There are three in total.

All sailors, all to do with the mystery of the ocean. There is obviously a very heavy japanese print influence going on, but they are also very much influenced by naval tattoos. This fist one for instance has images of swallows which have a symbolic meaning when represented as a tattoo. Back in the days before modern navigation birds would obviously represent land and tattoos of swallows, sparrows and blue birds came to represent a safe passage home. Swallows, maybe because of their migratory habits came to represent successfully sailing a certain amount of miles. 

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Alpha male. Get the hell out of this guys back yard. Mountain Gorilla

January 17, 2012

This illustration in progress is of the mountain Gorilla with his natural environment inside him.
illustration of a gorilla, habitat loss

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I Got My Fingers Tangled

December 16, 2011

There is an interview with yours truly at the superb blog Tangled Fingers, there is even a Mugshot! I spill the beans on my inspiration. It shows some of my illustrations from conception to completion.
Check it out here

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Boo hoo – The Nile Crocodile illustration

December 15, 2011

Illustration of a crocodile, River Nile contemporary illustration
Should we be crying over a Crocodile? Perhaps shedding some crocodile tears, just to pretend we care about its fate. apparently the myth about Crocodile tears comes from an anecdote first spread about by a man called Sir John Mandeville back in the 14th century. Crocodiles weep to lure their prey. But the bit I like is that they Weep While eating it! I had no idea crocodiles were so empathetic!
Anyway, here he is, the magnificent beast. The Nile crocodile. Part of my series of paintings about habitat loss. Although the Nile Crocodile is relatively secure and abundant in southern and eastern Africa, The same can’t be said in the central and western parts of its range. This is due to habitat loss and historical poaching.

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Contemporary legend – Sewer alligator

December 07, 2011

It goes like this: in the 1920’s and 1930’s families would return from holiday in Florida and bring back baby alligators to New York City, with the idea of keeping them as pets for their children. When the alligators grew too large for comfort, they’d be flushed down the toilet!

crocodile illustration watercolour

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Birds, Repeating Pattern – Wagtails

December 06, 2011

This is the start of the drawing; it is a repeating pattern so the clouds line up top and bottom.

repeating pattern of wagtilas (watercolour ion progress)

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55 million years old lizard that’ll eat you for breakfast! Crocodile Illustration

December 05, 2011

The Crocodile is an Icon of how life can prevail. At the end of the Eocene period from which it is first recognised to have come from (56-35 Million years ago) there was a massive extinction event called Grande Coupure or the “Great Break”. It caused widespread extinctions and isolated may spices forcing them to evolve. The crocodile Came through unscathed.

This is the start of an illustration of a crocodile. I’ve nearly finished the drawing , soon on with the watercolour.
Drawing of a crocodile in progress

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