Monday 12 December 2011

handmade letterforms

sketch model images

final outcome images

Exploring handmade letterforms, inspired by the Peter Greenaway film "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover", using three dimensional shapes and projections.


Tuesday 25 October 2011


                                  a beautiful collection of old matchbox designs from around the world found on 
                                  this flickr page

Monday 24 October 2011

chiharu shiota

                                                 and here she is speaking about her work.

Monday 10 October 2011

lotte reiniger

Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981) was a hugely influential German animator and film director. 
Here are some stills from her animations, for which there are links below.
This style of animating layered paper cut outs is something which I would like to
 explore in my own work at some point this year.

Friday 19 August 2011

John Knox Sex Club

 It's been a very good and very hectic summer thus far. Much fun has been had, and much hard work has been done. Our band has recently completed the mammoth task of recording our 2nd album, entitled "Raise Ravens" and hand making cd cases over the kitchen table (and many a cup of coffee). Here's a wee peek at the artwork, done by yours truly, and the posters I made for some of our upcoming shows, including the album launch in Stereo, Glasgow, next Sunday. Get down there! It'll be good. Hopefully i'll have made a bunch of t shirts by then too. Yummy.

 front cover

 inside bits


 posters yo.

Wednesday 18 May 2011

boy in the ditch [revisited]

A series of linocuts as part of the final outcome of 'boy in the ditch'. A loose narrative is formed by exploring and abstracting the visual aspect of the theme. I also made a book, more of that later...

Thursday 28 April 2011

Ivan Bilibin

 Baba Yaga
 Vasilisa the Beautiful

At the moment I am enjoying the work of early 20th century Russian folk artist Ivan Bilibin. His depictions of bizarre creatures in nature are surreal, intricately executed and quite beautiful. 

Wednesday 27 April 2011

boy in a ditch

 Some screen prints from the development process of our current self-initiated studio project. I have chosen to investigate printing techniques, using imagery/text related to the idea of humans being lost in natural forms. The screen printing process can be stressful but extremely rewarding when all goes to plan. I intend to be doing a lot more of it in future...

disco bill

The results of my first session in the case room, experimenting with different fonts and word arrangements. The text is derived from recorded background conversations in studio. Although mistakes are evident (text being cut off at the edge of the paper/ insufficient pressure applied in the printing press) I enjoy the aesthetic of these imperfections.

Thursday 21 April 2011

seven-legged horse

Some attempts at making a horse stencil
for a t shirt.............................................

....................and the final result. I have realised that more detail and a cleaner edge can be achieved by using newsprint for stencils instead of cereal boxes. Who'd have thought it?
 Now you can buy this t shirt here!

Sunday 3 April 2011

Jesper Waldersten

I discovered this Swedish artist/illustrator during a rummage in a bookshop in Stockholm. His drawings are simple, witty, stylish and at times a little dark. I am in love. You can see more of his stuff here.

john knox sex club

I play the violin in a band. I also make posters and covers for them sometimes.

upside down cat?

Over the last while I've been attempting t-shirt printing in my free time. Me, a silk screen (some of the time), my ironing board, are some of the first efforts. It's definitely a learning curve.

 And the prep/some experimenting.