Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Throwing some shapes!

I drew a lot of random shapes  in my sketchbook a couple of weeks ago. I just remembered and  threw them together quickly to se what would happen. I kinda like it!  

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Charity Cards!

Christmas is right around the corner, and it's time to get those cards sent out before it's too late! This design is featured in a pack together with 19 other artists including Ben Newman, Peskimo and Jon Burgerman! So why not buy a pack of 20 different exclusive, limited edition cards from here? Only £15! All I want for Christmas Cards is a new festive project in support of the Bristol based charity"Young Bristol" . 

Monday, 30 November 2009

"Sekret Firmy"

Here's a job I did before the weekend. It's for a Russian magazine called "Sekret Firmy". It's to go with a story about a businessman who really wants to pursue his dream to make films, but is afraid to take the plunge because of his responsibilities as a family man...He asks God for advice, and to his surprise receives a letter in return....

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Christmas Cards

Nobrow Press in London have been going from strength to strength since they started out in the beginning of the year. I'm really impressed with what they have achieved in such a short time. Take a look for yourself at www.nobrow.net  I really can't wait to get my hands on the new magazine and the Blexbolex book. Also really looking forward to seeing Nishant Choski's new book. What better place to do your Christmas shopping? And while you're at it, why not pick up a set of Christmas cards? Designed by yours truly and screen printed (by hand!) in the Nobrow studio. You can't go wrong! 

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

9am at Waterloo Station, London

Here's a piece I've just finished for a group show called "Secret Service".  It's hosted by Rotopol Press  in Kassel, Germany, and runs from Nov 21st to Feb 13 next year. 
I really enjoyed working on this one I have to say, after having gone through a long creative slump.  I managed to bring a lot of techniques together in a way I haven't been able to do until now. It kinda looks like an old lithograph, which I reckon is pretty cool...

Monday, 16 November 2009

Robot Owl

Here's a picture that I did last week! 
It is for an article in  Vision magazine about the importance of assistive technology in education. How technology can help pupils with disabilities reach their potential. (Speech recognition software, braille printers etc, etc...)
I was  fairly pleased with it in the end, but I couldn't get it to work for ages. It was driving me mad! 

Tuesday, 27 October 2009


Here are some spot illustrations I did for a magazine called  RAAK  a few weeks ago. The theme was storytelling, and how it has evolved through the ages. RAAK is an in house magazine for the Dutch company Arboned. Nice little job!

Friday, 21 August 2009

Ariadne's Thread

Here's a painting i just finished. It's for yet another Peix calendar (unorthodox format as usual). Nice to do a bit of painting again after a looong break. The theme for this one is Ariadne's Thread. I'm basically illustrating the myth, with Theseus  just about to enter the labyrinth. I've added a few geometric puzzles and stuff here and there, relating to the problem solving method named after the legend (the solving of a problem with multiple apparent means of proceeding-such as a physical maze, a logic puzzle or an ethical dilemma- through an exhaustive application of logic to all available routes...Phew!) 
Work has been a bit sluggish this summer. Lost a couple of big jobs too, so the morale isn't on top at the moment. Going on holiday soon though. Woohoo!

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Augusta Heritage Center

Julie from Yee Haw asked me a while back if I fancied collaborating on a poster. She wanted to support a place called  the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia, which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving traditional music and folk arts. Seems like a brilliant place!  I'm really looking forward to seeing how it'll look with some Julie Belcher typography on it! 

Old Time Music!

I've been in holiday mode the last few weeks, but I've been working on and off on a new range of cards/t-shirts for Yee Haw Industries. Animals playing old time instruments is the theme!

Monday, 29 June 2009

Zine A

I've got a piece in a brand new fanzine called "Zine A", which is just out. It's printed in black and white, but looks really nice. It features one of my favourite artists, Marcus Oakley, so it must be good! Head on over to Tor Press and get yourself a copy! (£7 including postage)

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Play it again Sam!

Phew! As soon as the "Take it to the hills" exhibition came down, Lindsey and I put the work straight back up for Jamaica St. Open Studios. Good to get some extra mileage out of all the hard work we put into it, right? The Opening Night was super busy and I was really flustered because I wasn't ready on time with prices etc. But a great night after all. Rest of the weekend was pretty busy too, and I sold quite a lot of t-shirts, cards and books, but also a a few pictures! 
Thanks to everyone for coming down and for all the great comments we received. Hope to see y'all again soon!

Lindsey put up this wall in about one hour! Great idea, which I can't take any credit for, I'm afraid.  Just some bits and bobs we've gathered over the years, but it's nice to see a direct link between our inspiration and our artwork like that. 

Pretty Boy Floyd

Heres my contribution to the "Mini Canvas Auction" at  Jamaica Street Open Studios. All the artists in the building did a picture each, and thanks to the amazing auctioneering skills of Louise Gardiner we raised over £4000!!  
I went a bit off the rails with this one. I've been meaning to do something in a hexagon shape for ages, plus I fancied a strange, chunky, decorative border. A bit art deco perhaps, without using any references or anything. I overheard a conversation where this guy was going over board about how much he hated every aspect of it. When he realized  the artist was standing next to him he got extremely embarrassed. I really didn't mind though...You can't please all the people all the time...

Friday, 29 May 2009

Open Studios

The annual Jamaica Street Artists' Open Studios Bonanza  is suddenly just a week away! As has been the tradition the last few years, a bunch of us get together for a big ol' mural-painting session to advertise the event. Every year I swear I'm gonna start doing more "street art" stuff, because it's loads of fun and everyone who walks by seem to love it; junkies, kids, mums, businessmen, hipsters, punks, crusties etc,etc...
So yes. Come along for the big art hoe down Friday 5th of June from 6pm. There'll be cakes, beer, an  auction, etc, etc...Then theres a big party at the Croft later, with heaps of DJ's and bands playing your favourite tunes. 

Monday, 18 May 2009

New work on the old web site!

I've put some new work on my web site...Hurrah!  Here's an image I've done recently called Not In My Airforce. I'd been wanting to make a picture featuring old war planes for ages, but didn't know how to do it until now. 

Nobrow Magazine

The first issue of Nobrow magazine is out at last! It's a beautifully printed, limited edition magazine in which a range of artists have interpreted the theme "Gods and Monsters". The price is very reasonable, only £9, so get yourself a copy immediately!

My contribution is based on Norse mythology and features a showdown between Odin and the horrible Fenrir!  According to the myth, Odin would get killed by Fenrir at the battle of Ragnarokk and the world would go under. Kinda like Armageddon I guess. All this stuff is normally the property of black metal folks who take it all very seriously... I thought I'd make it a bit more light hearted. 
A  limited edition screen print of the image is currently for sale from Nobrow Smallpress. It's an edition 50, all signed by the artist (me!) and can be yours for a mere £75.00 

There's also an exhibition on in the bar/gallery Jaguar Shoes in London, where all the images in the magazine is on prime display. My image was chosen to be blown up real big, covering a whole wall! I'm super chuffed, because I must say it looks pretty damn cool!
The show is running until the end of June I think, so check it out. 
Thanks to Alex and Sam for the hard work!

Take it to the hills! (opening night)

Here are some photos from me and girlfriend  Lindsey Stainer's show, "Take it to the hills!" We both worked super hard to get it together, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out, especially how well our work sat together  when we mixed it up (thanks Ben!) Check out the Here Gallery's website for more pictures. It's running for another couple of weeks, so it's still a chance to catch it if you are in the Bristol area. 

Monday, 27 April 2009


Finally finished the Bachelorboka project last week. Despite ending up doing quite a lot of work for not very much pay, it was a nice project all in all. Sometimes getting a lot of good and positive feedback from the client can be worth more than a little bit more money...
I got to fool around with old style packaging, make up ridiculous products and just really cut loose with 1940's style Norwegian copy writing... Even my most far fetched ideas went straight home with the editors! The only compromise for me was the colour...I would've liked a different colour scheme, but the client asked about 20 people what they preferred and they all said red...It's all right I guess.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

I've got an image in a magazine/book called "Gods and Monsters" published by a small London based publisher/art studio called Nobrow. It features work by lots of cool artists (like Ben Newman and Stuart Kolacovic for instance) and its all printed in just two colours, blue and black. Really lookin forward to seeing it! There's a release party/ exhibition in London in mid May. Please come on down!
Private View: Thursday 14th May, 2009
Exhibition: 15th May-28th June 2009
32 Kingsland Road, E2

Friday, 3 April 2009

Back to school

Just finished this here peace for Futurelab. It's a cover image for a "Teacher's handbook".
I was trying out some new techniques, but it's too busy an image to really see it. I'm fairly pleased with it, but my girlfriend said it reminded her of  Marc Boutavant (...) And damn it, I guess she's right!! I'm a massive fan of his obviously, but I was hoping it would turn out more graphic and not look so much like him, but oh well...Hopefully there's some of Me in there too though..