Woodpecker Work in Progress

A couple of images from what I'm working on, I've actually abandoned this for now, and am working on a straight-forward pencil drawing as I'm starting to get confused about where this one's going. Also, I tried to work from 2 reference photos which ended up being tricky. Still, I'll come back to this soon hopefully once I can see it with fresh eyes. Also I will soon upload some pics of my studio space, which I share with fellow artist/illustrator Thom Durham.


Woodpecker skeleton mixed media

Working on a piece inspired by great spotted woodpeckers, which I saw a lot of on a trip to the highlands. I have been working on a commission in charcoal and wanted to play around with different textures, so the plan is to use a mixture of oil pastel and charcoal. I realise this may be tricky but I want a challenge and also I want to create something with a bit of contrast. I have been going back to anatomy and bones, even though I was first inspired by the markings on their feathers.

The final piece will be involve the more anatomical side drawn in oil pastel, and charcoal around the shape of the bird. I got my hands on some black grey and white oil sennelier pastels so I'll be having a crack at it tonight. 

More kitchen sink lithography

First try at home after recent etching workshop by Fiona Maher.

So far, a very unpredictable medium! I will just put everything up, including the really bad ones so that you can see how much the results vary.

First of all, this was Deebs's amazing print (definitely the best of the lot):

And here are mine. Some turned out alright, others problematic. The type of paper made a big difference to the outcome, and I think the with more experience I'll be able to fix some of the other issues as well.

Still Sold Out Cover Picture

Final version chosen for www.facebook.com/stillsoldout cover picture:

Still Sold Out Cover Picture (progress)

Following on from the Still Sold Out logo, I was asked to come up with an image for the facebook page's cover photo. This was to be in a similar colour scheme and portray to tragedy theatre mask i some way. Here's a progression of some ideas, I'm still to discuss progress with the client.

This led me to use an online images editor (pixlr.com/editor) which seemed great for simple mock-ups. Plus it's free and you don't have to download anything so it's good if you don't have a lot of disc space.

I then played about with the levels and such, I think one of the next three options is close to what I'll do for the final work.

I'd love to have the resources right now to make a lino print version of this, I think the bold lines could work really well. 

Also, check out www.facebook.com/stillsoldout if you need a laugh.

Scratch That Etch! Workshop

These are the two prints I made at Pop-up Scotland's Scratch That Etch! workshop run by local artist Fiona Maher. We were using inexpensive materials you could find in most supermarkets, such as coca-cola and tin foil, to replicate the process of lithography. This was a fun two hour course and I'll definitely be trying it at home.

First print:

 Second print:

Series of pen sketches


Story Of Me Project

Over the past few weeks I have been involved in the Story of Me project, run by primary school teacher Susannah Jeffries. Each of her pupils have been writing a sentence or two a week, creating a story as they go. Each pupil has an artist assigned to them who will illustrate their sentence each week, and the pupil can see the image before writing the next sentence.

One of the stipulations is that the image must show the pupil in the forefront of the picture. It is my understanding that this may help the pupil retain vocabulary by using it in reference to themselves, and seeing themselves in the narrative. My pupil created a story based around Mario games:

Week 1

It was Christmas. Everyone got a Nintendo switch!

Week 2

We played a Mario game and we were having an adventure.

Week 3

We met Princess Peach and she was friendly.

Week 4

I called Luigi to tell him we had finished the game

Con Air Illustrations

These images are from a recent project for a Christmas present, a comic of the "best" bits from the film Con Air.